This is an almost perfect book for gardeners. I say "almost" because of the chapter on roses that gets so hyperbolic and ridiculous in the discussion of the sexuality of roses that I almost stopped listening. It was, however, worth it to continue.
This is not my first Michael Pollan book. I have read several of his books on the topic of nutrition, and I had good things to say about all of them. But this is, by far, the funniest of the books he has authored. I was, as they say, rolling on the floor laughing at his description of going to war with a woodchuck, his thoughts on weeds and the politics of gardening, and the comparisons and descriptions of various seed catalogues. This book should be made into a stand-up comedy routine.
Pollan does a great job with the narration, but I had to speed him up a bit. I will probably re-read this book every spring and possibly more often than that when I need a good laugh.
There are also a great deal of quotations from famous authors on the subject of gardening, and they really added to the depth of the book. That said, this book is not a strictly literary exercise as I learned a great deal about individual plants and various gardening techniques.
Pollan's quick wit and ability to laugh at himself mixed with his knowledge of literature, poetry, individual plants, and gardening techniques made this book almost perfect. There's that "almost," again. He really should have had more intelligent things to say about roses.
I listen to this on my way to work every day, and I just completed it a couple of weeks ago. The advertisement on the cover really says it all, "Hear the Bible come alive in dramatic audio theater."
Mind you, I have, in the past, listened to numerous audio Bibles that left me annoyed due to the overwhelming music in the background. At times, it was almost as if whoever came up with the score for those audio Bibles wanted to make the listening experience as annoying as possible with awful music that did nothing but distract from the Word. This is not true for the Word of Promise. There is music in the background, but it is very calming, and I never found it distracting.
What really sets this audio Bible apart from the others is the exceptional quality of the background sounds - not just the music, but the sounds. When people are walking, you hear the footsteps. When they are crying, you hear the sobs. When the tabernacle is being constructed, you hear the construction. When Paul is writing, you hear his pen on the paper. When someone is killed, it is almost too realistic. This is all beautifully edited and mastered to very high quality standards until you feel that you are there, in the Bible, with the characters.
As to the all-star cast, you can almost see Moses crying as he delivers his final sermon knowing that he will never be able to enter the promised land. Richard Dryfuss delivers the voice of Moses with such an exceptional perfomance that you will be crying when you get to that point. Everyone in the cast did an exceptional job at delivering the content with conviction and gravitas.
The only thing, in my opinion, that would have made this work better would have been for the version to have been the Old King James rather than the New King James. That said, I really enjoyed listening to the Bible in a way that I never have before because of this audio recording. Bravo! to the entire cast and to everyone who contributed to it. I am already listening to it, again, and I believe that this is going to be an audiobook that I will enjoy listening to for the rest of my life.
This is a great listen and was well-read by the author. I really enjoyed Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson and I was not disappointed in his son's book. Actually, I thought this book was even better.
Jase Robertson mixes his and his famiy's story with hunting stories and tips and various passages from the Bible as they relate to all of the above. Anyone who is a fan of the show will already know to expect some of it, but there are behind-the-scenes glimpses into the Robertson family and enterprise that provide unexpected entertainment.
I found the book to be well worth the credit. Jase Robertson relates the material well with a few passages read by his wife, Missy. This would be a great deer-stand or rainy-day listen for hunters.
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.
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