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manywingedboat

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  • White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Aaron Bobrow-Strain
    • Narrated By Kris Koscheski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    How did white bread, once an icon of American progress, become "white trash"? In this lively history of bakers, dietary crusaders, and social reformers, Aaron Bobrow-Strain shows us that what we think about the humble, puffy loaf says a lot about who we are and what we want our society to look like. White Bread teaches us that when Americans debate what one should eat, they are also wrestling with larger questions of race, class, immigration, and gender.

    manywingedboat says: "interesting commodity history of white bread"
    "interesting commodity history of white bread"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wonder bread for its squishy whiteness.


    What didn’t you like about Kris Koscheski’s performance?

    Kris Koscheski has a nice reading voice but there are some weird mispronunciations that I find distracting. One example would be "matilaristic" for "militaristic." He also mispronounces Michael Pollan's name several times.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John M.; Nan Gottman; Silver
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (181)

    Straightforward in its approach, yet profound in its effect, the principles outlined in this book teach partners new and startling strategies for making marriage work. Gottman has scientifically analyzed the habits of married couples and established a method of correcting the behavior that puts thousands of marriages on the rocks. He helps couples to focus on one another and pay attention to the small day-to-day moments that, strung together, make up the heart and soul of any relationship.

    Jason says: "DON'T BUY THIS AUDIO BOOK WITHOUT PRINT TOO"
    "shouldn't be an audiobook"
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    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    frustration


    Any additional comments?

    There wasn't much narrative or discussion here - it was basically a guy reading a workbook aloud, and the content of the workbook was not modified in any way to make it more appropriate to the audio format. Some of the ideas were interesting but they were not really elaborated on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michael Wex
    • Narrated By Michael Wex
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    As the main spoken language of the Jews for more than a thousand years, Yiddish has had plenty to lament, plenty to conceal. Its phrases and expressions paint a comprehensive picture of the mind-set that enabled the Jews of Europe to survive persecution: they never stopped kvetching about God, gentiles, children, and everything else.

    dlb says: "entertaining & informative"
    "narrator's voice is terrible"
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    What would have made Born to Kvetch better?

    Another narrator! Just because you wrote the book doesn't mean your the best person to read it aloud.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Wex again?

    I would listen to something he wasn't narrating.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator's voice was so bizarrely modulated, I found it impossible to listen to what he was saying. Listen to the sample before you buy this book. I don't know how to describe it. He stresses parts of word completely at random.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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