Barbara Kingsolver and her family embarked on an experiment to grow their own food - both plant and animal - for a year and eat locally grown, seasonally-available produce. I applaud their effort and I do not stand in judgment for anything they did or didn't do in their quest. Kingsolver and her family narrated and didn't do a terrible job although I had to speed it up to 1.5 and 2x in parts because they read very slowly.
This wasn't a bad book. It actually contains a lot of useful information for anyone interested in raising poultry. It just got too preachy in certain areas, it contained too many weird thrown-in references to various religions, and it didn't contain the information I was hoping for in the way of gardening techniques for growing vegetables. Perhaps that last part was unjustified given that I have recently read The Edible Garden by Alys Fowler, which I consider to be the magnum opus of vegetable gardening books. Kingsolver's agenda was very different from Fowler's in that she sought to document her family's year-long quest and not to provide a step-by-step guide.
I have to say that I thought the best part of the book to be the interview with Kingsolver at the end in which she describes the process of writing the book and how she approached it stylistically (which information she decided to include and why). I consider that interview to be one of the best explanations of the ethics and dynamics of the writing process that I've ever heard.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is more of a story than a guide, and maybe that's why I didn't like it more; I wanted a guide. The story is well-documented, although I thought it could have used a little less description and a little more information. Kingsolver and her family have calming voices and they all read very slowly. It took me a couple of months to finish because the book drags in places and the overall pace of the book is so slow that it didn't maintain my attention.
The main point of the book seemed to me to be that there is a moral point to be made about overconsumption and that small, individual efforts against gluttony and overuse of resources add up to big changes. This would be an invaluable reference for anyone who wants to raise their own poultry or for anyone who wants some basic ideas about how to grow or raise their own food. If you're looking for more of a guide to gardening, however; read The Edible Garden by Alys Fowler. Something else - you may not want to listen to this one while driving. It's not exactly caffeine for the mind and it drags in places, but it's a great listen around bedtime or while doing something else around the house.
Peter Dennis did a wonderful job of narrating A. A. Milne's famous work, and I thouroughly enjoyed it. He is masterful with the different voices.
The only issue that I had with it is that (forgive me for bringing this up), but Piglet sounds like he's passing gas every time he speaks. I could have done without that particular sound effect, but I won't fault him for it because I think he was just trying to make Piglet sound like a pig, and little boys will love it.
Este libro es una serie de discusiones de aspectos diferentes de la diabetes. La informacion presentado no es muy detallada, pero es informacion basica del sujeto.
Es una buen referencia por alguien que ha estado diagnosticado recientemente con la enfermedad. Hay discusiones de la dieta, de las medicinas comunes, y la medicina alternativa. Trovo las discusiones de como la endermedad funciona estar las mas utiles. Es un corto libro que da buena informacion para el paciente que es nuevo al sujeto. Personalmente, no soy de acuerdo con todos las ideas que estan presentado (por ejemplo, la hipnosis - por consiguiente yo reduje el resultado por una estrella), pero creo que este libro merece el precio.
Los narradores estan muy bueno por este tipo de libro. No soy hablante nativa de espanol, pero entendido la mas parte de las discusiones.
This book is a series of discussions about different aspects of diabetes. The information presented is not very detailed, but it is good, basic information about the subject.
It's very good information for someone that has just been diagnosed with the disease. There are discussions about diet, common medications, and alternative medicine. I found the discussions about how the disease works to be the most useful. This is a short book that gives good information for the patient that is new to the subject. Personally, I do not agree with all of the ideas presented (for example, hypnosis - thus, I subtracted a star from the overall score), but I believe this book to be worth the price.
The narrators are very good for this type of book. I am not a native Spanish speaker, but I understood most of the material in the discussions.
I am now a Daniel Silva fan. This is the first of his books that I've read, and I'm very impressed.
The Heist involves art restoration, theft, and international intrigue, and the characters are well-developed to draw you in so that you want to read the entire series (at least, I do).
What can I say about George Guidall except that listening to him read anything is akin to enojoying a good massage or your favorite cup of tea on a chilly day? This book was certainly worthy of his incredible talent, and he rendered the characters' voices so well that you miss them when the book is over.
The only caveat that I can give is that the reader should be aware that this book is part of a lengthy series. That shouldn't stop you from purchasing this one if you want to give it a try because Silva catches you up on all you need to know to allow this book to stand alone.
Anyone interested in art, international espionage (the Isreali Secret Service, in particular), thrillers, or George Guidall's voice will love this book. For those interested, I don't recall any nasty language or lewd scenes, although sex is mentioned in a very general sense. I intend to purchase the first book in this series and read all of them. I can only hope the rest are as good as this one.
I've read quite a few theological works by great Christian authors, but in my opinion, they all pale in comparison to this one.
What John Piper does so well is to make it so clear that we are creatures made for worship, and we were created to worship God. It is in this activity alone that we find complete peace and satisfaction. It is not that we have too much desire; it is that we do not have enough desire. It is not that we seek too much satisfaction, but too little. God is the only desire that will fulfill us. Piper compares this truth to C.S. Lewis' infamous analogy of a child playing in the mud because he cannot imagine a holiday at the beach. We attempt to satisfy ourselves with lesser things to our detriment because we don't understand just how full our satisfaction can be when we seek it in God.
Piper does not stop there, however. He goes on to discuss what pursing God means and how to incorporate that pursuit into our daily lives. He tells us that joy is something we have to fight for, and he discusses various tactics for that battle. He makes his presentation very easy to understand. He uses quotations from other well-known Christian authors, such as C.S. Lewis, but he keeps theological rhetoric to a minimum. His style is conversational, and it was translated very well through the narrative talents of Grover Gardner. Gardner did an outstanding job with the narration with a beautiful melodic voice that maintains an upbeat cadence throughout the audiobook.
Let me just say that by applying Piper's view of God as my ultimate goal and desire, decisions have become much easier, bothersome thoughts don't bother me as much, and I am a much happier and more satisfied person.
I know...You're thinking..."Seriously? She read this book and it changed her life that much? This sound suspicously like that self-help nonsense that works for five minutes until life happens." Life has happened and life will happen, and I know that I will continue to see it differently...through the eyes of a God Who wants nothing more from me than my worship, praise, adoration, and love. I'm not suggesting that I will do this perfectly, but, at least, John Piper has shown me what a holiday at the beach with God might look like, and once you've seen an image like that, there's no going back.
Beowulf is the ultimate epic warrior story. It is fantastical and believable; it is poetic and savage.
This story of a great warrior king and his people was beautifully translated by Seamus Heaney. The translation is modern, but it does not loose any of the beauty of the poetry in its effort to be modern. The descriptions are vivid and the meaning is clear throughout the poem.
As to the narration, Seamus Heany's rendition is masterful. He does not attempt to differentiate between the various voices in the poem, but that allows for better concentration on the poetry, itself. This reading of Beowulf would be best enjoyed before bed with a cup of tea in your favorite chair. I would be interested to hear a narration that does differentiate between the voices, but I did not feel slighted by this reading in any way. Heaney's voice is beautiful, clear, and melodic.
For those who are not familiar with the poem, you should be aware that all does not necessarily end well. That's all I'll say about the plot, itself. As this is the oldest surviving Old English poem (at least to my knowledge), the plot is generally known. Just don't approach it thinking that it's Disney-esque. That's not to say that there is anything that could be considered inappropriate in the poem - it's just to say that little ones might not be ready for everything in it.
I would highly recommend this audiobook to anyone interested in poetry, epic battles, Old English, or even just something different because there's nothing else quite like Beowulf in all of literature.
This is a great resource for anyone with diabetes. Suzy Cohen discusses the disease, itself, diet, nutrition, exercise, supplements, medications, interactions, and recipes. She is a pharmacist, so she brings a unique perspective to the topic that is rarely offered in other books as most are written by doctors. The pharmaceutical background adds a lot to the discussion of various medications and supplements.
Jo Anna Perrin narrated the book well. There is a long PDF document that comes with the purchase of the audiobook, and it contains a vast amount of information. This is one of those books that would normally require either extensive note taking or the hard copy of the book to really get a good grasp on a lot of the topics, but the PDF makes it possible to listen to the narration and print the material you would need to review. That said, I have the hard copy, myself, and for the sheer amount of material covered in this work, I'm glad that I do.
I was impressed that the author covered the use of teas, which is a topic often ignored in discussions about supplements. I was also impressed that she continued to exhort her audience to make their physicians aware of the supplements that they take as they have pharmacological effects and can interfere with their prescription or over-the-counter medications. She was very open-minded about prescription medications and vitamins and supplements, but she was not without criticisms. I found the book to be particularly well-rounded in its approach various treatments for diabetes.
I will be using this book again, for reference purposes, and I will probably listen to the audiobook every so often as a refresher. It was well worth the credit for the life-saving, well-researched, and well-presented information.
I didn't expect to enjoy this book this much. Actually, I got it from one of those Audible daily deals thinking that it would, at least, be something different.
In short, David Epstein studies human and animal structure from head to toe and compares athletic prowess between men and women and between people from different geographic regions, climate zones, and backgrounds, and he puts all of this information into perspective in a way that the average listener can understand.
For example, he explains the structural difference in various types of atheletes, such as why some countries produce runners while others produce jumpers and still others produce football players and why "nature vs. nurture" may or may not even matter in certain cases. He questions why it takes approximately 10,000 hours of practice to become a musical virtuoso. He explores the ins and outs of breeding sled dogs for the Iditerod and how the Iditerod was changed by one man who thought that a dog's determination mattered as much as his athletic build in terms of his breeding potential. He also explains why the breeding potential of humans doesn't necessarily work the same way.
The author narrated the book, himself, and did an excellent job. He was neither too stuffy nor too comic. His tone was relaxed and congenial. I could wish that all narrators of scientific material would do as good a job.
Overall, I thouroughly enjoyed this listen, and while I don't agree with the author on all topics, I found his work to be thoroughly researched and well presented. Anyone interested in sports science, biology, genetics, anthropology, or psychology will find this an invaluable reference. As a nonatheletic type, myself, I particularly enjoyed the part about inherent musical talent vs. practice. Apparently, in about ten years, I could be a virtuoso. Gotta go pick an instrument....
I really enjoyed this one. This is the first in the Mary Quinn series, and I'm sure it won't be my last. Y.S. Lee does a really good job balancing mystery and suspense with action. I listened to this one almost nonstop because I didn't want to leave it.
Justine Eyre's voice couldn't have been a better choice for this audiobook. She has a smooth voice that handles the voices of other characters well without losing the smooth quality that makes you want to get a cup of tea, sit down in your favorite chair, and relax while you listen. Just don't think you can go to sleep to this book because there's too much excitement going on at any given moment.
There are a few places (I remember three) where inappropriate language was used. I don't understand why that was considered necessary by the author, but there isn't much of it, so it didn't ruin the book for me.
Overall, if you enjoy period novels, mysteries, suspense, or action/adventure novels, you'll like this one. I'm planning on acquiring the next book in this series, myself.
Tonight I Said Goodbye by Michael Koryta was not a bad first effort for the author. I really enjoyed the story. Koryta is good at descriptive writing without over-describing so that just enough is left to the listener's imagination, and the character development was adequate for a novel of this type. This book could be classed as a mystery, a detective novel, or a thriller depending on how you want to look at it.
I won't go into too much detail about the plot, but essentially, it begins as a missing persons case and moves into a mystery that culminates in a mob thriller ending. It moved at a good pace, so I wasn't bored with it at any point, and I was surprised by some of the developments.
Scott Brick is a good narrator for this type of audiobook. He has the voice of the hard-boiled detective down pat, and he has a good cadence. I listened to him at a speed of 1x, which says a lot for his vocal quality. For novels, if I don't like the narrator, or if the story becomes boring in parts, I will use the speed button to get through the book faster. I didn't do that here because Brick has a relaxed, calming voice that I enjoyed listening to. He's not the best at differentiating the character voices, but he was adequate.
The reasons for the two-star deduction are the language and the sex scene. The language is mild, but it was scattered throughout the book and it became an unwelcome distraction from the novel. The sex scene was short and it's easy to skip through because, as usual, it had nothing to do with the story.
Overall, the storyline is great, the narration is good, and if you want to survive the language and the sex scene (or skip through it as I did), you will enjoy this book if you like mysteries, thrillers, or detective novels.
This course is good for people who want to hear an anecdotal overview of how the English language has changed over the course of time with a few side excursions into a few other languages. It is not the general overview of languages that it was advertised to be.
Professor John McWhorter does a good job with the narration, and as he is so good at mimicking various people and intonations, I think he should seriously consider becoming a professional narrator. It's not that his normal voice is so great, it's just that he does such a fantastic job with other voices.
There are a few other languages besides English that are mentioned, but English takes up somewhere around 80% of the discusssion. McWhorter is amusing, although I found some of the comedic schtick to be annoying and overdone. He tells stories to illustrate the way language (again, mostly English) has changed over the years and explains the background of some interesting expressions.
I wasn't particularly impressed, but then, I was looking for a general overview of language, not a cutesy description of the changing patterns of English, and I felt that this course was misadvertised. If you're really interested in English, this audiobook is great, just be aware that a discussion of English is what you're getting.
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