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Eric

Audiobooks Make Weed Wacking a Pleasure

Maui, Hawaii, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Botany of Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1530)
    Performance
    (798)
    Story
    (801)

    Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.

    Teddy says: "If you have an open mind... Give it a listen"
    "I loved this book"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets from Around the World - Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daphne Miller, M.D., Andrew Weil, M.D. (foreword)
    • Narrated By Heather Hathaway
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Daphne Miller, M.D., travels around the world in search of native cuisines to address the Western ailments that plague her patients. This exciting culinary adventure reveals the health and well-being benefits of eating a less processed, more natural diet and how one can incorporate native foods into everyday living.

    Patrick says: "Impressive"
    "Like a Massengill Commercial"
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    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?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4275)
    Performance
    (3736)
    Story
    (3705)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "First and Last"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David J. Linden
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (190)

    A leading brain scientist's look at the neurobiology of pleasure-and how pleasures can become addictions. Whether eating, taking drugs, engaging in sex, or doing good deeds, the pursuit of pleasure is a central drive of the human animal. In The Compass of Pleasure Johns Hopkins neuroscientist David J. Linden explains how pleasure affects us at the most fundamental level: in our brain.

    Jenn says: "Great technical, mediocre presentation"
    "Like a text book"
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    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4971)
    Performance
    (2557)
    Story
    (2559)

    In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

    Marian Hanganu says: "Exceptional!"
    "Full of amazing and interesting information..."
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4021)
    Performance
    (3579)
    Story
    (3601)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Thriller history"
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    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.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (19083)
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    (14846)
    Story
    (14796)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Light hearted funny book"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27654)
    Performance
    (14242)
    Story
    (14296)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Incredible narration"
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    I enjoyed this audiobook. Well written and the narration was performed flawlessly. Probably safe to say this book would more appeal to chicks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (935)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (548)

    J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb but later confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s.

    Christine says: "One of the best books I have read"
    "Interesting and long biography."
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1816)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (825)

    With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

    Charles says: "Inspiring book, HORRIBLE reader."
    "Very enjoyable"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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