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BJS

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  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3562)
    Performance
    (1307)
    Story
    (1305)

    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    Stephen Redding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    This is a fantastic book. The author does a great job of showing the origins of four different meals and how they go from living beings (plant or animal) to food on our plate.

    The narrator is also very good. This is third book I have heard that has been read by Scott Brick and I don't think it gets any better.

    When I first started listening to the book I thought the author was going to be a crazy PETA vegan type, but in the end he made a very reasoned argument about what is wrong with our way of eating in America. (FYI: the author is not a vegetarian). This discussion is not only from the obvious nutritional aspect, but also from the sustainability aspect of our industrial food chain.

    The entire book was enlightening and filled with interesting facts, but the first part of the book on corn (sounds boring, I know) and our utter dependence on this grain is absolutely fascinating. Most interesting fact: we use about a barrel of oil to produce an acre of corn.

    Best book I have "read" in a very long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Mark Bowden
    • Narrated By Mark Bowden
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    Killing Pablo is the inside story of the brutal rise and violent fall of Colombian cocaine cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar. Also from Bowden: the best selling Black Hawk Down.

    Bob says: "Relevant Accessible History"
    "Good story. Well crafted."
    Overall

    The author does a good job of weaving together the many moving parts that were involved with trying to bring Pablo Escobar to "justice." I like when authors read their own books, and this author does it fairly well. It was also interesting to see some current in-the-news names popping up in the roles they held 15 years ago.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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