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  • Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tom Mueller
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (139)

    For millennia, fresh olive oil has been a necessity - for food, medicine, beauty, and religion. Today's researchers continue to confirm the remarkable, life-giving properties of true extra-virgin, and "extra-virgin Italian" has become the highest standard of quality. But what if this symbol of purity has become deeply corrupt?

    dr says: "Well worth the listen - if you eat"
    "Well worth the listen - if you eat"
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    Story
    What did you love best about Extra Virginity?

    This is an informative book about the olive oil trade. The scams that go on in oil labeling, bottling, and sales will likely shock most readers. Unless you are already well informed about this, the book will give you much needed practical information that will help you make informed decisions about what oil to buy, how to use it, and how not to waste your money.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Extra Virginity?

    the section on oil substitutions and adulterants


    What three words best describe Peter Ganim???s voice?

    bad at accents


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

    the slippery side of olive oil


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Our Island Story, Volume 1: Early History of Great Britain

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Henrietta Marshall
    • Narrated By David Thorn
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Our Island Story, originally published in 1905 and later updated, details the history of Britain up to World War I (including some myths and legends associated with British history). Author H. E. Marshall based the book on her answers to her children's questions about the history of their "home island" (Great Britain). This volume covers the earliest historical period.

    dr says: "good for children under 10; not for adults"
    "good for children under 10; not for adults"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I was hoping for essentially a brief history. It is that but the content and tone are geared for children. The publisher notes that the author was inspired by her children's questions but it should note that the book was written to not only address those questions but to explicitly address them for children. The book was originally written in 1905 and it is interesting to hear for how very differently ideas and concepts were presented, with a good deal of patriotism spiced with pride that is lacking in much of today's works. However, it does get a bit tedious after a while. As an historical oddment, for nostalgia, or for children, this book is all right, but otherwise, better to give it a miss.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    the male voice is a bit oily


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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