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Chantal

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  • Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Tom Vanderbilt
    • Narrated By David Slavin
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Driving is a fact of life. We are all spending more and more time on the road, and traffic is an issue we face everyday. This audiobook will make you think about it in a whole new light.

    Craig says: "How's My Driving?"
    "A must read for everyone on the road"
    Overall

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book. As a recovering driver who now uses almost exclusively mass transit I wasn't sure if this would apply to me. In reality, it was a very balanced look at our roads and all the associated issues and problems from all vantage points: rational drivers and those with road rage, mass transit, parking, engineering, car racing, etc. Even though I consider myself fairly well informed about planning issues, I learned a lot and highly recommend the book. The type of information included in this book can also make our road safer and voters/taxpayers better informed.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Yes, Chef: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Narrated By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (399)

    It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem.

    loix says: "A fun and inspiring civics lesson"
    "Great listen takes you on a memorable journey"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had never heard about Chef Samuelsson when I picked up this title. I loved his descriptions of the culinary world and how his life experiences and origins influenced his taste in food and his prepation techniques. But this is much more than just about food. He also takes his listeners through the stages of his life and talks about what made him who he is today through an eye-opening journey that covers several continents and a multitude of kitchens, and talks about his origin, his families and friends with love and candor without glossing over some of the big mistakes he made. The reading of the book by the author, with its different delivery and little quirks, adds authenticity to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Charles C. Mann
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    Overall
    (1128)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (607)

    In this riveting, accessible work of science, Charles Mann takes us on an enthralling journey of scientific exploration. We learn that the Indian development of modern corn was one of the most complex feats of genetic engineering ever performed. That the Great Plains are a third smaller today than they were in 1700 because the Indians who maintained them by burning died. And that the Amazon rain forest may be largely a human artifact.

    Case says: "Hotly debated new theories, but NOT revisionism"
    "1491 - easy to listen to, but full of information"
    Overall

    This book clearly outlines some amazing accomplishments by the New World's early inhabitants. It is full of information, but the information is provided at a pace and with enough narration that it reamins easy and entertaining to listen to, in contrast with one of my other favorite books, Jared Diamond's Collapse, that require full and undivided attention.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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