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Mike

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Valencia, Spain | Member Since 2001

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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
    (75)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    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"
    "Not enough meat"
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    The hAnger rant of a rabid ex-addict,
    a manly evangelism of half-truths,
    alarm that still whets reaction,
    like blue plastic in a burger.

    4 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Great British Short Stories: A Vintage Collection of Classic Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A glorious collection of some of the finest British short stories ever written. The Dog – Arnold Bennet, Not On The Passenger List – Barry Pain, The Old Man’s Tale About The Queer Client – Charles Dickens, The Half Brothers – Elizabeth Gaskell, The Veiled Portrait – James McGovan, Markheim – Robert Louis Stevenson, The Bottle Imp – Robert Louis Stevenson, The Adventures Of The Kind Mr. Smith – William J. Locke, The Man Of Mystery – Barry Pain, The Brazilian Cat – Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Mike says: "My favorite tales - but not my favorite lilt"
    "My favorite tales - but not my favorite lilt"
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    This is a collection which entices by the list of stories and authors - cream of the crop.
    However I found Cathy's lilt not one I could listen to. Her pace and the comprehension she brought to such varied styles were good but the intonation as to my ear, forced and inverted. Most frustrating! I checked many samples of her other readings and this varies slightly from earlier ones and it may be better suited to the cadences and exaggerations of nursery rhymes - a book of which she herself has produced. I would certainly try and listen again to her telling of these great tales if this lilt was toned down...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Silk

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (92)

    It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks.

    Roxalanne says: "Recommended as a welcome return"
    "Reflections on Sherlock and ourselves..."
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    Horowitz's novel is worthy of the name, presenting an insightful reworking of Conan Doyle's privileged acts onto a broader stage. Holmes' cold deduction is turned inwards and Watson chronicles are darkened with the consequences. The sequence and pacing lead and capture, enlivened all the more by Jacobi's prowess. A great pleasure - thank you!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of the 20th Century

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Greg Bear, Terry Bisson, David Brin, and others
    • Narrated By David Ackroyd, Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (100)

    A walk around the block, a quick drive, before shutting down your PC ? these short story collections are perfect for when you only have a few minutes to listen."

    Greg says: "Biased toward the last 20 years of sci-fi"
    "If not the greatest certainly Classics..."
    Overall

    A fine collection of stories better called Classics rather than the greatest.

    However one nagging feature of this recording is that there is less than a 1 second gap between tracks! This eats up that essential pause needed after such calibre of tale for reflection.

    Other than that I really enjoyed hearing these again.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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