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  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3514)
    Performance
    (1263)
    Story
    (1260)

    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    Stephen Redding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
    "Too obvious"
    Overall

    The story was somewhat engaging and I enjoyed most of the characters. However, as usual, I picked the likely candidate for the mystery very early. Unusually (for me anyway), each step merely reinforced my guess. If you find Agatha Christy too predictable, you won't like this at all.

    The narration was good.

    1 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ari Shavit
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (217)

    Not since Thomas L. Friedman's groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Ari Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family's story, illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts.

    Chaim says: "Important book; unfortunate narration"
    "Insightful description of Israel and its history"
    Overall
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    I found this book to be engaging and full of information. It would be an excellent book for a discussion group.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1117)
    Performance
    (801)
    Story
    (807)

    The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

    John says: "Priceless! Best book I've read in years"
    "Sparked many investigations"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book captured life in Paris as viewed by the many Americans who went there to learn. I frequently found myself searching the web for images and works of many of these people. I certainly will appreciate the artwork of many of the American artists more, having read about their lives and their art.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3145)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (939)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "Excellent background information"
    Overall

    An excellent portrait of what was going on behind the scenes. The writing and narration is engaging and detailed. This gives a much broader picture than the movie.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Our Mutual Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    John Harmon returns from exile expecting to receive an inheritance, but knows that he must marry a stranger, Bella Wilfer, in order to collect. He fakes his own death and takes on a new identity in order to observe her first. Some of the memorable characters in this, the last completed Dickens novel, include Bella who, unlike other Dickens heroines, cannot be accused of unnatural virtue; the insolent barrister Eugene Wrayburn; the amiable Boffin; and the rascal Silas Wegg.

    Louise M says: "The Usual Dickens"
    "Read Count of Monte Cristo instead"
    Overall

    Another reviewer related this to the Count of Monte Cristo. There are some similarities in the basic premise of the two stories. However, I personally found that the characters in Monte Cristo and the story itself were far more interesting than those in My Mutual Friend. There are many readings of the Count of Monte Cristo. The one I listened to was the three-part unabridged version from Blackstone Audiobooks (2001) and read by Fred Williams.

    1 of 17 people found this review helpful

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