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Andrea

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  • Enough: Why the World's Poorest Starve in An Age of Plenty

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Roger Thurow, Scott Kilman
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    For more than 30 years, humankind has known how to grow enough food to end chronic hunger worldwide. Yet while the Green Revolution succeeded in South America and Asia, it never got to Africa. More than 9 million people every year die of hunger, malnutrition, and related diseases every yearmost of them in Africa and most of them children. More die of hunger in Africa than from AIDS and malaria combined. Now, an impending global food crisis threatens to make things worse.

    Andrea says: "Good backgrounding for hunger issues"
    "Good backgrounding for hunger issues"
    Overall

    This is a good account of the events and decisions which have contributed to Africa's hunger issues. Excellent for people new to the various issues affecting hunger and poverty in Africa, and a good summary and refresher course for those who ma know something about it. But it will only be useful if readers/listeners take head of the warnings and recommendations. Well balanced and objective for the most part. Hard to be totally objective when the facts speak so clearly for themselves and reveal the injustices which the developed world has inflicted on Africa.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Carte Blanche: The New James Bond Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Toby Stephens
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Fresh from Afghanistan, James Bond has been recruited to a new agency. It operates independent of Five, Six and the MoD, with its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary. The Night Action alert calls Bond from dinner with a beautiful woman. GCHQ has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week. And 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfil his mission.

    Andrea says: "A very worthy successor to Ian Flemming"
    "A very worthy successor to Ian Flemming"
    Overall

    I've read a few of the Flemming originals and none of them were as well researched and richly described as Jeffery Deaver has done in Carte Blanche. South African's will love the setting in Cape Town. I thoroughly enjoyed this book; good pace,not too cliched, good twists...and all the features that make James Bond such a successful character. Toby Stephens is also very good at recreating the scenes and helping your imagination along through his involved reading style. Highly recommended!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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