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UMATILLA, FL, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 49 ratings
  • 203 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014

  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    Stephen Redding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
    "Girlfriend forced me to listen. Love her for it."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is non-fiction at its best. Not only is the entire book a huge eye-opener concerning our nation's food production, but Pollan's style is engaging and fluid. I fought "reading" this for about a month--I'd much rather leave my head in the sand when it comes to the scary stuff in/about our food, and I was expecting Pollan's solution to be some ridiculously extreme change in diet. Turns out, he simply shed light on some pretty serious issues and recommends that we simply be intelligent and well informed about our what we eat and where it comes from.

    Any additional comments?

    Great performance for a great piece of journalism.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The B-Team: The Human Division, Episode 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris

    Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Union’s future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers there’s more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected... a secret that could spell war for humanity.

    A Fitts says: "Obumwe said, Eagan said, Wilson said, Rickney said"
    "Great Universe. Heavy on the identifiers."
    What made the experience of listening to The B-Team the most enjoyable?

    Scalzi's got great talent for taking the simple and making it complex--weaving various simple story lines together; developing simple situations into intricate plots. Plus, I've always loved this Universe, where humanity uses retirees as new blood for our military (this has great appeal as I live in Florida).

    Any additional comments?

    The only problem is Scalzi's script-like use of identifiers, and the producer/narrator's failure to edit them during the read:

    "Blah, blah," Rickney said.
    "Yeah, blah," Eagan said.
    "Blah blah blah," Rickeny said.
    "Of course, blah blah blah," Eagan said.

    Ad infinitum. Reading something like this, it's easy to tune out. LISTENING to it is a bit tougher.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Teddy says: "Did not disappoint..."
    "Epic novel, terrible narration."
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    Martin is incredible. Great characters, fearless plot--no one is safe--and masterful pace/susupense.

    Dotrice, on the other hand, has mastered all of maybe 3 different voices, and each of them is about as easy on your ears as broken glass mixed with sandpaper.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

    I may not even listen to the rest of these novels simply BECAUSE Dotrice is involved.

    19 of 23 people found this review helpful

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