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  • Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Michael Pollan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (651)

    In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements - fire, water, air, and earth - to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world....

    Michael says: "Very enjoyable listen!"
    "Classy Food Erotica"
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    Would you listen to Cooked again? Why?

    I have already listened to it again.
    Everything looks palatable and acceptable against a background of beautiful food and its seductive description. This book is perfect for readers who want to read about food - and about life in context to food. Michael Pollan so cleverly touches upon myriad 'touchy' issues such as religion, gender, as well as our present day lives.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cooked?

    Pollan describing his family's microwave night experiment...


    What does Michael Pollan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oh after listening to him, I feel all authors should try reading their own books. He brought so much life to the book. Also, only he knew what tone he meant the written words in the book to be read in...if that makes sense.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    About how humans justify animal sacrifice


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  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (202)

    When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof, or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking - to save someone else's life.

    Carol says: "What a wonderful story!"
    "Maintain a fast pace in reading this slow book"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It is a slow paced book by itself so you need to ensure that you listen to it within a matter of a few days to keep the tempo high otherwise it will just - drag - on.
    The 45+ crowd may enjoy it more than others. The first half is better than the second half.
    It primarily is about a lot of introspection and realization by the man who is walking. The narrator is not bad but not great either.


    Would you recommend The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really. Maybe if you are insomniac...


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