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William in Salt Lake

Salt Lake City, UT | Member Since 2002

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  • Saturday

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (120)

    New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan's novels have inspired sweeping critical acclaim and won such prestigious awards as the Booker Prize for Amsterdam and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his modern masterpiece, Atonement. With Saturday, McEwan has crafted perhaps his most unique achievement to date.

    Deena says: "Extraordinary"
    "Luxury of time"
    Overall

    The prose simple and approachable while simultaneously beautiful and elegant. This isn't a 'car chase with a big twist' - book.

    The way Saturday comes across is 'matter of fact-ly' benevolent and non-judgmental. This perspective was entirely refreshing to me. I'd like the McEwan to write a day of my life - he seem like he's be able to find the kind of time to explore and examine a life that we may not be able to find for ourselves. It really is quite an amazing, luxurious point of view I simply loved.

    It does have a very feminine sensibility. I can't really put my finger on it, but the tone of the whole book is very soft and feminine. It is a departure for me - when I think about it the other books I love, they tend to be very masculine and unforgiving. That being said, I would still include it among my favorite books - easily making into my Top Ten list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Salt: A World History

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (951)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (435)

    So much of our human body is made up of salt that we'd be dead without it. The fine balance of nature, the trade of salt as a currency of many nations and empires, the theme of a popular Shakespearean play...Salt is best selling author Mark Kurlansky's story of the only rock we eat.

    Karen says: "More than SALT"
    "Good but long... so very long."
    Overall

    Interesting, and entertaining, filled with facts and history but far too many recipes from the middle ages... its about 40% spectacular and 60% LONG. The narrator is excellent, I think the narrator did one of the Ender's Game series - very well done. I recommend it if you have a lot of time on your hands - or a passion for 3rd century fermented fish sauce recipes.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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