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Nature, animals, sociobiology, science, spirituality art, travel, healthy cooking are my main interests. I love a great novel but don't enjoy works where there is no real point just one description of people after another. I wont read Steven King anymore because of one scene in his book that put an experience in my head I didn't need to have.

Oakridge, OR, United States | Member Since 2002

  • 9 reviews
  • 19 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Love Your Body: A Positive Affirmation Guide for Loving and Appreciating Your Body

    • UNABRIDGED (36 mins)
    • By Louise L. Hay
    • Narrated By Louise L. Hay

    Louise L. Hay shows your how to Love Your Body. This powerful work by Louise Hay will help you to create and maintain a positive self-image. Includes over 51 affirmation treatments, each focusing on a specific body part.

    Amazon Customer says: "always good to hear"
    "always good to hear"

    the piano gets a little grating after a few dozen listens but the message gets through. We have been given so many negative messages getting something this positive into our nerual network is invalueable.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Adam Minter
    • Narrated By Stephen McLaughlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter - veteran journalist and son of an American junkyard owner - travels deeply into a vast, often hidden, multibillion-dollar industry that's transforming our economy and environment. Minter takes us from back-alley Chinese computer recycling operations to high-tech facilities capable of processing a jumbo jet's worth of recyclable trash every day. Along the way, we meet an unforgettable cast of characters.

    sail says: "super interesting"
    "enter a world you never really knew existed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would because its interesting to see how our garbage can become someone's livelihood and how social ideas on what is appropriate use of objects can change the world

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Junkyard Planet?

    when the Chinese junk merchant was being charming to try and buy the junk to send to China to be sorted and reprocessed

    What aspect of Stephen McLaughlin’s performance would you have changed?

    none I liked it just as it was

    Could you see Junkyard Planet being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    it would be an interesting documentary

    Any additional comments?

    I don't like the new review setup where you make answering the questions mandatory I would prefer ot write my own review and then perhaps be quried

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Second Nature: A Gardener's Education

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Michael Pollan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In his articles and in best-selling books such as The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan has established himself as one of our most important and beloved writers on modern man's place in the natural world. A new literary classic, Second Nature has become a manifesto not just for gardeners but for environmentalists everywhere.

    Marie says: "Lush no-nonsensical brilliance"
    "at first i thought it a little slow"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Second Nature to be better than the print version?

    micheal has a good reading voice and since listening is my favorite reading method it works for me

    What other book might you compare Second Nature to and why?

    only his other books

    Which character – as performed by Michael Pollan – was your favorite?


    Any additional comments?

    yes this book is well worth the read for the new perspective it gave me on weeds

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Amy Stewart
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo

    Beware! The sordid lives of plants behaving badly. A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. Amy Stewart, best-selling author of Flower Confidential, takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature's most appalling creations in an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend.

    Julia says: "For the Casual Nerd"
    "great information but"

    it is just to hard without pictures this is one book that would have really benefited from a pdf readalong file. It also got a bit discounterting to hear over and over "meet the realitives"
    still well worth the listen and great information. It could save your life to know not to cook marshmellows on a daphne stick! I think that alone makes it worth getting.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charles C. Mann
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed totally different suites of plants and animals. Columbus’s voyages brought them back together - and marked the beginning of an extraordinary exchange of flora and fauna between Eurasia and the Americas. As Charles Mann shows, this global ecological tumult - the “Columbian Exchange” - underlies much of subsequent human history. Presenting the latest generation of research by scientists, Mann shows the creation a worldwide trade network....

    Amazon Customer says: "fasinating new perspective on history"
    "fasinating new perspective on history"

    Jamestown like you never thought of it before, a sweeping look at how plants, animals and people change the world and make history. If school taught history as well as this book does i would have loved the class instead of dreading it.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus: Exploring and Conserving Our Natural World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jacques Cousteau, Susan Schielfelbein
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Explorer, diving pioneer, filmmaker, inventor, and activist, Jacques Cousteau was blessed from his childhood with boundless curiosity about the natural world. As the leader of fascinating, often dangerous expeditions all over the planet, he discovered firsthand the complexity and beauty of life on earth and undersea - and watched the toll taken by human activity in the 20th century.

    Thomas M. Olenski says: "A Politcal Opinion"
    "fabulous book amazing man"

    had we heeded Cousteau 30 years ago we wouldnt be in the predicament we are in now. This book chronicals his expoilts and gives us a clear view of the truth of our actions on our environment. I always wondered why the death of this amazing man was hardly covered on the news. Now i know, he spoke the truth and it was inconvenient.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Money, and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Wealth, Health, and Happiness

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks
    • Narrated By Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks

    In Money, and the Law of Attraction, Esther and Jerry Hicks present the teachings of the Non-Physical consciousness Abraham. The concepts offered here relate to the topic of abundance and prosperity. They will show you that you truly need to think about what you want in your life and not what you don't want. If you put your attention on thoughts of not having enough money, you are in the perfect position for the creating of more of that which you do not have.

    Thomas says: "After a year, I am ready to rate"
    "actual useful information"

    It doesnt really matter where Esther gets her information from, its excellent information, useful, life affirming, and, if you use the techniques mentioned in the book, can bring you a happier life. Who could you ask more from a book?

    In my opinion of the Hicks books i have read, this is their best to date.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "get the print version"

    the author fast reads through this like its a chore and he wants to get it out of the way as quickly as possible. I was so turned off by his delivery that i found it impossible to finish the book. Too bad, because it had some interesting points. My tip to author, next time either take the time to make the reading worthwhile or let somebody else make some money doing a better job.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "a fun and educational experience"

    the first part of the book was a little dark but soon bloomed into an intimate sharing of a fabulous adventure. I loved it and learned more of the cultures of the countries the author visited than i could of from any other means. I highly recommend this book. Great fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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