McPhee does an excellent job of introducing geology. However, despite his excellent prose, pictures and maps would add to the experience.
Worst thing is Nelson Runger's narration--while his avuncular style is well suited to McPhee's prose, the microphone picks up all of his lip-smacking noises. Once I became attuned to this, I couldn't get it out of my mind--he sounded like a dog eating peanut butter. Please, filter this out on your next book.
Pretty interesting read, but too often lapses into knee jerk big farm=bad, agribusiness=evil, mentality without ever acknowledging the tremendous success of the agricultural revolution that produces more food than the world needs for the first time in history. And he never seems to understand the benefits of economies of scale. To be certain, corporate farming has gone too far and needs to be cut off from the government teat, but I don't think chicken coops and pig pens in every back yard is the answer either. a
BUT THE NARRATOR!!! UGGGHHH Looking at the reviews here, he's a love him or hate him guy. If you liked Niedermayer's harangue in Animal House, you'll love Scott Brick. Every sentence is dripping with over the top theatrics.
Mildly amusing but too lighthearted. Maybe I'm mistaken, but it would have been a little more interesting to offer a few more insights into what happened to her relatives in Iran, how they viewed the revolution, etc. I know this isn't supposed to be a treatise on the state of Muslims in America, but a few more insights into her beliefs would have been enlightening.
Finally, while I love books read by the author (guaranteed to pronounce the names correctly), Firoozeh Dumas too often sounds like she is reading to a group of kindergartners.
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