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Bret Vogel

PORTLAND, OR, US | Member Since 2012

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  • Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman
    • Narrated By Quincy Dunn-Baker
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    (654)
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    A dominant force in the sport of ultrarunning, Scott Jurek is a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and a two-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. Eat & Run offers an inspirational account of Jurek’s life as a runner and vegan. Regaling listeners with jaw-dropping tales of endurance, Jurek also delivers sound science and practical advice—as well as his favorite plant-based recipes.

    Andy says: "one of the better ultramarathon books"
    "Tough Guy Narrator Misrepresents Nice Guy Scott"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Eat and Run to be better than the print version?

    The audio version of this book is disappointing. The narrator is a poor match. While I do enjoy his voice, and feel that he is a talented narrator, his delivery is overly macho. It frequently disrupts the soft, reflective, and spiritual tone of the book. Every other sentence I expect the narrator to begin recounting how many beers he pounded at a frat party in college, and/or how much he can bench press.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eat and Run?

    Scott's relentless pursuit of refining his craft and his continuing desire to discover what he is really made of will stick with me long after the specific elements of plot.


    How could the performance have been better?

    While I would under no means shy away from this narrator with other books, I don't believe he is a good fit here. Perhaps he could have delivered the story with less bravado and more tenderness, but I really feel that if Scott Jurek himself was not up for reading this, then the narration should attempt to incorporate elements of his kind and soft spoken demeanor.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Keynes: The Return of the Master

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Skidelsky
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (29)

    Keynes's preeminent biographer, Robert Skidelsky, brilliantly synthesizes from Keynes' career and life the aspects of his thinking that apply most directly to the world we currently live in. In so doing, Skidelsky shows that Keynes's mixture of pragmatism and realism, which distinguished his thinking from the neo-classical or Chicago school of economics that has been the dominant influence since the Thatcher-Reagan era and which made possible the raw market capitalism that created the current global financial crisis, is more pertinent and applicable than ever.

    michael says: "Suprisingly Informative"
    "Easy Recommendation"
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    Would you listen to Keynes again? Why?

    Yes. I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of biography with our modern economic conundrum. It's amazing how Skidelsky brings it all together. I listened to first part several times. I wasn't familiar with a lot of the terminology but it was compelling enough to get me to do some research on my own. I often didn't feel lost even when I was over my head.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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