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James Outlaw, Jr

Memphis, TN United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Michael Pollan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (701)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (626)

    In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements - fire, water, air, and earth - to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world....

    Matt says: "Michael Pollan Fans Will Love It."
    "A good "read""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone who is interested in learning a little more about the basic fundamentals of cookig will enjoy this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Ruhlman
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    Ruhlman propels himself and his readers through a score of kitchens and classrooms, from Asian and American regional cuisines to lunch cookery and even table waiting, in search of the elusive, unnamable elements of great cooking.

    Justin says: "Interesting subject, terrible presentation."
    "Dull narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Making of a Chef? What did you like least?

    The story was interesting, however the narrator's performance was dreadful. He spoke in a complete monotone.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Making of a Chef?

    The descriptions of the curriculum and the preparation that goes into a restaurant meal was very interesting.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was dull. The narrator seemed to be doing a cold reading of the text. There were awkward pauses (probably poor editing) and it was next to impossible to determine which character was supposed to be speaking.


    Did The Making of a Chef inspire you to do anything?

    Not really, I was just interested in the subject and thought it would be a good "read".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4963)
    Performance
    (4458)
    Story
    (4484)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Didn't finish it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't sure what to think about this book. The voices of the various characters didn't match my mental image of them and so, became somewhat distracting. In the end, the story just didn't hold my attention so I didn't finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anthony Swofford
    • Narrated By Anthony Swofford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    In his New York Times best-selling chronicle of military life, Anthony Swofford weaves his experiences in war with vivid accounts of boot camp, reflections on the mythos of the marines, and remembrances of battles with lovers and family.

    A User says: "Candid view of a marine and modern war"
    "A Good Story"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this man's account of his time in the US Marine Corps. If you are a reader who expects all veterans to praise the military and the US government this book is not for you. It is a realistic account of one man's experience and his impressions of the military and Operation Desert Storm.

    My only complaint is that I think the publisher should have hired a professional actor or narrator to read the book. Aside from that this is a very good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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