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Brian D. Savage

Hardscrable, NY

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  • Pandora's Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Melanie Warner
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    If a piece of individually wrapped cheese retains its shape, color, and texture for years, what does it say about the food we eat and feed our children? Former New York Times reporter and mother Melanie Warner decided to explore that question when she observed the phenomenon of the indestructible cheese. She began an investigative journey that takes her to research labs, food science departments, and factories around the country. What she discovered provides a rare, eye-opening - and sometimes disturbing - account of what we're really eating.

    Jeff says: "Interesting."
    "Informative"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Pandora's Lunchbox?

    Learned a lot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were no characters, really.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I never was a processed foodee in the first place, but this book has definitely changed the way I've eaten. I try to avoid most all processed food for myself now and do it for my children as well.


    Any additional comments?

    It was an easy listen and the narrator was great, easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4376)
    Performance
    (2888)
    Story
    (2912)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Great."
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    What did you love best about Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World?

    The beginning was that cross between historical story telling and greek mythology. Like a ancient saga, which is what I guess it is.


    What other book might you compare Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World to and why?

    The Odyssey or Beowulf for the aforementioned reasons. It was better than that because the story turns out to be mostly true.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where GK along with his brother decide to upsurp their mother's new husband.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The book does give a sympathetic look at Ghengis Khan and his moral vantage point vs. the old addages that he was a blood thirsty conqueror with little motivation other than bloodlust.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the narrator. His voice has a close resemblance to William Shatner.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (3561)
    Performance
    (3357)
    Story
    (3365)

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "Cliche'"
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    Would you try another book from Max Brooks and/or the narrators?

    No.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story was told from the vantage point of every kind of cliched cartoon character you could contrive. The ex-army guy, the pts girl, the callous hollywood body guard, the scientist. No seemingly regular people with a compelling story to tell; all ridiculously "compelling" people who just happen to have a zombie story to tell.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Over the top performances. WAY over the top. The performances, the great many of them, were over forced.


    What character would you cut from World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)?

    The teen who was mentally 3 because of post traumatic stress. The hollywood body gaurd. The callous soldier always swearing and still wearing his swagger. I hated them all.


    Any additional comments?

    skip this. May be an instance where the book is worse than the movie. I can't believe this was a best seller. Worst best seller I ever read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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