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Michael

Ottawa, ON, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • Back of the House: The Secret Life of a Restaurant

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Scott Haas
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Food writer and clinical psychologist Scott Haas wanted to know what went on inside the mind of a top chef - and what kind of emotional dynamics drove the fast-paced, intense interactions inside a great restaurant. To capture all the heat and hunger, he spent 18 months immersed in the kitchen of James Beard Award-winner Tony Maws's restaurant, Craigie on Main, in Boston. He became part of the family, experiencing the drama first-hand.

    Michael says: "Interesting but repetitive"
    "Interesting but repetitive"
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    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    It was fascinating to follow the processes of running a high end restaurant . However by the end of the book the author drifts away from his narrative and gets bogged down in long conversations of cooking philosophy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first section or the book that is focused on the day to day operations of the restaurant.


    Any additional comments?

    Read Kitchen Confidential instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (2263)
    Performance
    (2017)
    Story
    (2035)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "Good writing, but it all sounds familiar"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Like his last few books this all sounds like something I've read before, almost like a collection of magazine articles edited into one long book. It also feels a little glib, like a Malcom Gladwell book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Lewis again?

    Michael Lewis is a very talented writer. If he were to write a longer, more in depth book as he did earlier in his career I would be all over it.


    Any additional comments?

    Read Dark Pools by Scott Patterson instead.

    22 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950 - 1980

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Charles Murray
    • Narrated By Robert Morris
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Beginning in the 1950s, America entered a period of unprecedented social reform. This remarkable book demonstrates how the social programs of the 1960s and ’70s had the unintended and perverse effect of slowing and even reversing earlier progress in reducing poverty, crime, ignorance, and discrimination. Using widely understood and accepted data, it conclusively demonstrates that the amalgam of reforms from 1965 to 1970 actually made matters worse.

    Tim Garber says: "Interesting material poorly read"
    "A great book ruined by a terrible recording"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Nobody - this is completely unlistenable


    What did you like best about this story?

    Charles Murray's incisive unpacking of statistics is able to illuminate broad social trends in ways that laymen can understand.


    What didn’t you like about Robert Morris’s performance?

    Recording levels are much too high! The audio regularly peaks, going from inaudible to painful in the same sentence. Worse, there is someone else in the room talking!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No, this was unprofessional and embarrassing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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