This is the most pleasurable audiobook I've heard on Audible. I didn't have any expectations, and I just loved this book. The author meanders through the topics of four plants, and his stories and insights are very interesting. The author's prose is beautiful and the narration is top-notch. I'll probably listen to this audiobook again.
I liked this audiobook... basically. The information was interesting. Nothing was particularly objectionable... Still, I get a lot more information and motivation from the works of Drs. Andrew Weil, and Joel Fuhrman. This seems to be a cookbook without recipes, and a travel book without snapshots.
Dr. Daphne Miller might get a patient who's fat, depressed, refuses to exercise, and won't eat vegetables who needs a miracle cure. So Dr. Daphne books the next flight out to some jungle and comes back in a few weeks with some custom cure-all recipes. Kinda like Fantasy Island.
OK, I lied... I do have an objection: Dr. Daphne never passes up the opportunity to use a cliché, and the narrator Heather Hathaway has this prom queen tone that's like fingernails on the chalkboard. Hathaway is probably fine reading other works, but this synergy is like a Massengill commercial. The surprising thing is that Dr. Daphne Miller read the epilogue herself, and although it sounded like she recorded it on her laptop in the bathroom, her voice was natural and pleasant.
Why is there no .pdf of the recipes?
This was my first Murakami book, and it'll probably be my last. I actually enjoyed it, but with major reservations.
It was very repetitive. Like watching a marathon end-to-end TV series, when they give you recaps every 24 minutes. Like the reader/listener is stupid, and not paying attention.
The prose was very utilitarian. No wit, no humor.
It's a fantasy, but some parts are so ridiculous that author devotes four sentences trying to convince you why it isn't that ridiculous.
I thought all three narrators were good. Some folks seem to have a problem with the female narrator, Allison Hiroto. She seemed fine, but I wish all three narrators would settle on common pronunciations of the Japanese names.
The ending was the most predictable of any book I've read/heard. If 2/3 way through the book you asked a group of readers how it would end, half would give the exact actual ending, and probably a third would come up with a much better ending.
There are complaints that the audiobook was too long. Yep. I think 1Q84 could have been much better with some tweaking and editing, and a lot more finesse.
I'm usually the guy that complains that technical aspects of many books are too dumbed down. Not this time. You will hear the names of a jillion neurotransmitters, drugs, parts of the brains, synaptic this, receptor that, and reuptake do-dads. I quickly learned not to go back when I was fuzzy in some neuroscience topic. It'll be repeated anyway. Even the narriator had trouble navigating through the medical terms. The author's humor is unimaginative, and basically just interspersed for shock value and to wake up readers. All said, it was interesting, but not useful, and not a relaxing listen. A similar and much more enjoyable audiobook is The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, by Malcolm Gladwell.
Full of amazing and interesting information, but maybe not the kind you will recite at cocktail parties. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook and already bought a paper copy for a friend. Well written and thoroughly interesting.
Try as you might, history can only be just so interesting. Well written and researched, this is a good audiobook. Is it a hold-onto-your-seat white-knuckle thriller? Not so much. But it was interesting and you'll learn a lot. Bill O'Reilly does a good, but not excellent job narrating. Some fumbles in the narration should have been re-done.
Tina Fey tries to get a joke into every sentence, and tries very hard to funny. Pleasurable audiobook with a clever light-hearted self-deprecating style. No, I don't watch or enjoy Saturday Night Live or 30 Rock, but nevertheless enjoyed the stories behind the shows.
I enjoyed this audiobook. Well written and the narration was performed flawlessly. Probably safe to say this book would more appeal to chicks.
This is a really really long audiobook. Very detailed and occasionally repetitive. Did I mention it was really long? The narrator apparently went back and re-recorded most, but not all of his mispronunciations. For example, Lewis Strauss pronounced his name "straws" so the narrator went back and re-recorded every sentence that contained Strauss. The problem is that it sounds like he re-recorded these sentences in his car with a cheap cassette recorder. It's not even obvious that the same narrator made these corrections. Other reviews have mentioned the differences in the audio, and that was charitable. It's really annoying. Yes, there are mispronunciations, like Bhagavad Gita. The audio engineer had no business releasing the audiobook in this condition. And I should mention that the audiobook is really long.
Very enjoyable audiobook. Basically a collection of short stories by physicist Richard Feynman. A love of science would be helpful for the listener, but this is not a prerequisite. Clever and humorous.
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