I liked the way she described the chemical reactions to the human body for each type of plant. It amazed me about the effects of corn!
Who knew that Deadly Nightshade is related to the tomato? And nicotine from the tobacco leaf is a neurotoxin. This kind of information is absolutely invaluable.
The narrator was very consistent as there is a specific format to each plant type. She was very engaging.
I had to have the hardcover and have bought several copies for friends. I highly recommend it.
I don't know who I could recommend this book to. The plot or point to the story was terribly mundane. I thought there would be more discussions on paintings, there was some on furniture restoration that was interesting, but nothing on paintings. There was too much drug usage that had an unlikely outcome: main characters were not affected, but other teens ended up in rehab....go figure. This is a 36 hour book that I kept waiting for something to happen. I was glad when certain characters died or fell away....that was something I guess.
I have never read anything by Donna Tartt before, and her prose in this book was repetitive and over descriptive. I didn't realize we would be spending sooooo much time (days) with Theo as a teen, and his narrative was more than one could expect from an academic person let alone a 13 - 15 year old boy. I will be choosing another author to listen to, rather than Donna Tartt.
The narrator, David Pittu, did an excellent job - I will seek out more of his work. I loved ALL of his character representations. He even made alcoholic Boris likeable and still I couldn't wait for him to fall off the planet!
The characters were not likeable, it was the same old private detective song and dance: broke, woman issues, depressed. I thought there might be a creative twist, but when it came, it was just so stupid and unbelievable.
I will give the next Robert Galbraith book a chance, but I won't struggle to finish it if it comes to that. I will just return it ASAP.
I will continue to purchase these types of books. This book is too much for a person that has never owned a dog and in the market for one. The discussions are not a fan of rescue dogs, and the targeted audience appears to be too much towards purebred enthusiasts and looking for a dog with expected personality types.
Her voice inflections contained too much sarcasm and was distracting. I couldn't tell if the book was supposed to be funny or informative.
I expected some information on why dogs behave the way they do. I did expect redundant information from other books, but was hoping for more. Sometimes just one more clue makes it all worth it. This book provided nothing like that.
Historically Informative, Edge of the seat Action, Compassionately Written.
When Seppala and Togo first drove through Nome. They were a 20 dog team with bells on them. An Alaskan Santa Claus to the rescue was the visual I had from that scene.
I highly recommend this book. The delivery of the background information was fantastic, the setting of the stage was well done. I learned about diphtheria, eradicated in my life, but what a nasty bacteria! A truly enjoyable listen!
I am amazed at the amount of research that was done for this book. Deborah Harkness is truly the historian here - I will check out some of the reference books she listed on Amazon. The characters were likeable and mature. Some self-pitying occurred, but not for too long. The romance seemed juvenile, but what real romance isn't (at least it wasn't harlequin-type). She has a handle on the rules for being a witch and utilizing witchcraft vs. magick. The other creatures were developed enough for this story and I'm sure they will develop more in the subsequent book(s). I enjoyed the rich texture, scents and colors. The narrator did a fabulous job with the accents, voices, dialog and inflections. I gave it 4 stars because the storyline didn't move fast enough to keep me totally engrossed. I was able to not listen for a full day now and then.
This book has put my experience & communication with my dogs in a whole new light. The narrator did a perfect job with the flow and pace of the words. There were some difficult patches in the story, but all main characters are enjoyable. Highly recommend. Bring tissues.
I am not a scientist nor have anything to do with the sciences. Yes, this book was way over my head in areas, but the stories of what each element can do and the personalities and careers of those that were involved are fantastic. I could turn around and retell the stories to my friends and make them interested.
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