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Edmonton, AB, Canada | Member Since 2015

  • 4 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 114 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Eating Animals

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross

    Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between omnivore and vegetarian. But on the brink of fatherhood - facing the prospect of having to make dietary choices on a child's behalf - his casual questioning took on an urgency His quest for answers ultimately required him to visit factory farms in the middle of the night, dissect the emotional ingredients of meals from his childhood, and probe some of his most primal instincts about right and wrong.

    Natalie says: "Surprisingly Even-Handed"
    "Better than i expected"
    What did you love best about Eating Animals?

    I would have rated this 4.5 stars, but there is no option and I consider it closer to 5 than 4, because I thought that it was very well done.

    What I loved was the balanced and reasonable viewpoint. I expected this book to lead straight to vegetarianism being the answer, but instead found it to be a quite balanced exploration.

    It was a great book to read after Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemna" because it brought up different issues, and focused on different areas of meat eating.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    A chicken farmer in one of the chapters. He really loved farming chickens the right way and treating them well, and is what a farmer should be.

    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Todd Ross’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Language A to Z

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John McWhorter
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter

    Linguistics, the study of language, has a reputation for being complex and inaccessible. But here's a secret: There's a lot that's quirky and intriguing about how human language works-and much of it is downright fun to learn about. But with so many potential avenues of exploration, it can often seem daunting to try to understand it. Where does one even start?

    Jacobus says: "A genious Miscelany of linguistic topics"
    "Favourite Audiobook So Far"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it to anyone interested in language, or anyone who is trying to explore new avenues. I found it thrilling, fascinating, and even funny, but I have the feeling that some people aren't as interested in how 'p' and 'b' are similar sounds. So maybe not for everyone, but I loved it so much that I wouldn't be surprised if everyone else loves it too.

    What does Professor John McWhorter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He really brings it alive compared to a typical audiobook. Most of the audiobooks I've listened to sound like words being read out loud, and they can be hard to process/ But with this book, I didn't feel like it was ever written down in words (and to be honest I don't know whether it was). I just felt like he knew the material, and expressed every word of it flawlessly. It was like a documentary in audiobook form.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don't, and How to Make Any Change Stick

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jeremy Dean
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Say you want to start going to the gym or practicing a musical instrument. How long should it take before you stop having to force it and start doing it automatically? The surprising answers are found in Making Habits, Breaking Habits, a leading psychologist’s popular examination of one of the most powerful and underappreciated processes in the brain. Although people like to think that they are in control, the vast majority of human behavior occurs without any decision-making or conscious thought.

    Sara says: "No Sugar Coating Allowed"
    "Important, unexpected information about habits."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Making Habits, Breaking Habits to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the book, however I found the narration to be outstanding in the audiobook. It got me hooked, and I was able to focus on what he was saying. In some non-fiction books I find myself zoning out and having to rewind to understand what was said, in this book I don't remember that happening, I just felt excited by Sean Pratt's reading.

    I think the print book would be good, because I would like to refer to some studies. Also, I found the beginning of the book super fascinating but now I can't remember what I learned form it, so the print book might be useful to jog my memory.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening chapter of the book.

    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    That it takes on average 66 days to produce a new habit, and that it depends on the difficulty of the habit. Simple habits could take only 20 days, but more difficult habits still weren't a habit after 84 days (the end of the study). And some habits, if extrapolated after the study ended, might take as long as 254 days to form!

    Any additional comments?

    There is a lot of important information about habits and what is needed to break them. And largely, they can't be broken, they must be replaced. There are a lot of helpful tips about how to make new habits, as well as tips on other related topics. And all of them are backed up by studies.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lying

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption - even murder and genocide - generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie. In Lying, bestselling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie.

    Teri Ambrose says: "Inspirational, quick read"
    "Simple, Short, Argument Against Lying"
    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I enjoyed how easy it was to listen to. It kept me engaged and interested without being too difficult for audio format.

    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed listening to this. It was short, but made a good argument for telling the truth, without being unreasonable.

    I regularly lied years ago, and came to my own conclusion that it wasn't worth the mental stress. However I still often tell white lies, or conceal the truth. This book has pushed me further, to aiming to be truthful as often as possible. However this was already something I was working on, so I am probably quite biased because this book was what I wanted to hear.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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