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Martha F.

Martha

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  • The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lierre Keith
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    We’ve been told that a vegetarian diet can feed the hungry, honor the animals, and save the planet. Lierre Keith believed in that plant-based diet and spent twenty years as a vegan. But in The Vegetarian Myth, she argues that we’ve been led astray - not by our longings for a just and sustainable world, but by our ignorance. e truth is that agriculture is a relentless assault against the planet, and more of the same won’t save us. In service to annual grains, humans have devastated prairies and forests, driven countless species extinct, altered the climate, and destroyed the topsoil - the basis of life itself....

    J. S. White says: "Interesting take on sustainability"
    "One of the best books I've read recently"
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    The Vegetarian myth is a book that is full of passion and honesty. The topic was covered in every possible way, and the author's personal story added to my interest. Couldn't recommend it more highly.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11465)
    Performance
    (9927)
    Story
    (9900)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Fascinating"
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    I almost didn't buy this book because of the bad reviews for the narrator. When you listen to the snippet Audible gives you, you don't realize you're hearing Walter Isaacson. He's not a bad reader, just not great. When Dylan Baker came on, I knew that I'd heard his voice before, but I couldn't place it. I thought he did a great job, so I looked him up, and of course I recognized him. Anyway, my two cents. (PS. There are narrators I can't stand, and won't buy books because of them. But this guy is wonderful.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andrew J. Bacevich
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    The Limits of Power identifies a profound triple crisis facing America: the economy, in remarkable disarray, can no longer be fixed by relying on expansion abroad; the government, transformed by an imperial presidency, is a democracy in form only; U.S. involvement in endless wars, driven by a deep infatuation with military power, has been a catastrophe for the body politic. If the nation is to solve its predicament, it will need the revival of a distinctly American approach.

    Frank says: "Disturbing"
    "Great Book!"
    Overall

    This was one of the best and most important
    books I've read all year. Really put the world --
    and the US role in it -- in perspective.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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