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Kevin Wilson

Cookenstein

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  • Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ann Vileisis
    • Narrated By Alex Day
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Ask children where food comes from, and they’ll probably answer: “the supermarket.” Ask most adults, and their replies may not be much different. Where our foods are raised and what happens to them between farm and supermarket shelf have become mysteries. How did we become so disconnected from the sources of our breads, beef, cheeses, cereal, apples, and countless other foods that nourish us every day?

    Gringuita says: "Fabulous book -- anemic performance"
    "Forgotten Past"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Everyone needs to jog their memories. We currently have no understanding where our food comes from. This book really gives an appreciation for what it must have been like just to survive only a few short hundred or so years ago. Incredible journals written by true, true . Cooks!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1597)
    Performance
    (1454)
    Story
    (1449)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "I grew up on this Guy"
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    What did you love best about Still Foolin' 'Em?

    My introduction to Billy Crystal was on the show Soap. Like many I thought his character was real in life, which goes to prove how good an actor he is. I enjoyed his comedy throughout my life, and this book is a great inside look as to his struggles and successes. A great listen or read.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Micro: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton, Richard Preston
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (771)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (672)

    In a locked Honolulu office building, three men are found dead with no sign of struggle except for the ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly invisible to the human eye. In the lush forests of Oahu, groundbreaking technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting. Trillions of microorganisms, tens of thousands of bacteria species, are being discovered; they are feeding a search for priceless drugs and applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined.

    Amanda says: "Honey, I Shrunk Your I.Q."
    "What would it be like"
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    Would you listen to Micro again? Why?

    Imagine being smaller than an ant? This book takes you inside the terrifying world of, what if this were possible!! Great story line and actually very believable. I could not put this one down. Enjoyed tremendously.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details about the technology used for shrinking objects.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Look up, there's an Ant above you!


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I could review better, there are many moments of this book that was captivating. I enjoyed and got totally immersed in it. The story telling Author, unabridged, is fantastic. You could truly visualize what was happening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17683)
    Performance
    (15723)
    Story
    (15676)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "If I could go back"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely a recommend. I think many are still fascinated with the time of the Kennedy Assassination, and the possibilities of what one could do to change the future. There is such a double edged sword about going back in time. But if you could, and then only be gone for 2 minutes regardless of the amount of time passed. The story is all consuming and well worth the read


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Al


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The main characters life while in the past, how he developed this other character, and falling in love when not expecting to, nor planned. How it affected everything. That's the catch, if you were to go into the past to possibly change a moment, you never can tell how things will work out.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The reuniting of the main character and his girlfriend Sady at the end of the book was warming.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book, and well told story. Steven Kings narrative at the end is a must listen too!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11376)
    Performance
    (9845)
    Story
    (9817)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Sounded too familiar"
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    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    If you read, return to the little kingdom, there was a lot of that here. That said, this book speaks to a life fully devoted to Apple, and a company SJ created.
    No one could ever have the same devotion to Apple that SJ did. To the extent that he alienated many.
    SJ's story won't really be told well for another 5-10 years, however this was a book that had great timing for it's author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The information and comments of Jony Ive.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did make you feel sad at times


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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