Sandy, UT, United States | Member Since 2010
I highly recommend this lecture series. Professor Harl is a fantastic presenter thus making an interesting subject even more so given his depth of knowledgeable and dynamic coverage of Viking History.
I took a risk in choosing a lecture series for the first time on a subject I was only mildly interested in. The risk paid in spades. I honestly expected an arduous churn up a deep information stream and yet found I was shooting the rapids with a fascinating guy: great voice, dynamic spirit, excellent depth, intriguing side bars. I found myself consumed by the lectures and now seeking out more about the lore and history of Vikings.
This the first time I've listened to the work of Professor Kenneth W. Harl and he presents the subject in such a fantastic way, I'm already trying to pick the next lecture from this man.
18 hours worth of material is too much for one sitting (IMO) but I'll be damned if I didn't churn through it within just a few days once I cracked it open. So well presented and logically divided by topic that I found myself absorbed by the work, focused on the subject and listening pretty much non-stop.
Professor Ken Albala is well polished and presents in an very engaging way.
I love food and felt I was comfortably well informed about most things food. A Cultural Culinary History just expanded my Universe in a fun way with an incredibly fascinating wealth of information the evolution of this most common necessity.
Food: A Cultural Culinary History is the first I've heard of Professor Ken Albala's work. And I loved it.
Pillage the Pantry
Professor Ken Albala is incredibly knowledgeable on the subject of food and culinary history. I love his tone and just how comfortable he is with a subject that effects us all whether we know how or why exactly. I'll be listening to this Series again. It was that good.
The honesty was brutal. She lived a fascinating life and hit the highest highs and lowest lows in her time with us.
Clarissa Dickson Wright of course. She was truly, one-of-a-kind.
Droll: aptly humorous and timely without trying. It is genuine and earnest. And yes... funny.
Sensitive: clinical at early on, but you feel the heartache when her heart aches.
Resilient: few have the staying power that Clarissa states as matter-of-fact. Simply stated, it was the way it was.
The point where this "tough one" relates the loss of her dog due to the depths of alcoholism was incredibly moving to me. For all of Clarissa's strength, there is a most fragile heart revealed in moments like these.
"Spilling the Beans" is an easy listen and a brief one too. I enjoyed it. Perhaps more so because I was new to her story. I arrived here not as an ardent fan rather knowing her merely as one of "The Fat Ladies" and casually so. Upon getting wind of who this woman actually was, I realized that this was a woman of depth with a compelling story to tell. At that, I wasted no time finding this book and am glad for it.
Entertaining Beyond Beer
Discovering the history of Britain's East India Company was something I didn't expect and feel I was clueless about before this book. What we were taught in school seems to been a farce. Cameron Stewart's voicing made it all the more compelling.
This is my first listen to a book as read by Cameron Stewart, and he was good enough, that he's the first Voice Actor I've searched for as a result. He's got a great tone and emotion to his voice.
Finding just how ruthless "The Company" was is a chilling discovery. The history of India is something I now want to dive into and learn more about.
I love beer. IPA include. I appreciated it even more now. And have a great appreciation for Pete Brown's willingness to suffer for us.
The story behind so many herbs and spices that at various times, drove men to extreme measure. Intriguing and beguiling at every turn. In this book you get something worth toasting.
Realizing the power many countries derived from the control of many herbs. The Dutch in particular, proved to be quite unscrupulous in their drive to control the trade.
I enjoyed Coleen Marlo's performance. She's eloquent and energetic in her delivery.
This book had lots of surprises and "now way!" moments for me. You see the best and worst in people and the lengths at which they'll go to for the power and wealth that come from botanical gems like nutmeg and vanilla. Things we take for granted today.
I loved this book. Its packed with all kinds of interesting and surprising facts what could be a rather mundane subject. Amy Stewart puts a lemon twist on this top-shelf cocktail of a book.
The Hot Kid is one of the more entertaining books I've pulled recently.
Arliss Howard does a fine reading but his character performances are pretty limited when compared to other performances. He lacks the depth in voicings lacking the diversity of character I would hope for.
The Hot Kid's got what everyone wants!
I got a kick out of Elmore Jame's "The Hot Kid" and loved the fact that it kept me guessing right to the end.
I would recommend "Tasting Beer" by Randy Mosher as worth spending the time to read over listening to "Short Course in Beer". Mosher's book is much more thorough yet very approachable.
It is interesting because it is about beer, however, the writing sophomoric at times so not the most compelling treatment of this subject for that reason.
Eloquence. He adds a compelling voice to a well paced reading.
This is not a silver screen able book.
I find beer to be a fascinating subject and hobby and have read many books on the subject. Where I tend return to a stockpile of beer books for reference notes and details on particular points, unfortunately. This isn't one I'll likely return to. i'm glad I gave it a listen but I'm also glad that I've got other books to turn to.
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