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  • Four Fish

  • The Future of the Last Wild Food
  • By: Paul Greenberg
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

Our relationship with the ocean is undergoing a profound transformation. Just three decades ago nearly everything we ate from the sea was wild. Today rampant overfishing and an unprecedented biotech revolution have brought us to a point where wild and farmed fish occupy equal parts of a complex and confusing marketplace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4 Reasons to Read "Four Fish"

  • By Joshua Kim on 06-10-12

Fairly good book, okay narration with some hiccups

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-16

The book is enjoyable enough, nothing earth shattering but fun/interesting to learn about four fish and where they are today in terms of fish stocks, farming, fisheries management, etc - a full book on any of these fish would've been too much, but this was a good length.

Narration was good, except for one big blind spot: character voices. The narrator would try to do accents for each. Sometimes that's okay, sometimes it's terribly distracting, and sometimes it was flat out unintelligible. Okay, it's nice to hear some variation in voice, but using "ethnic" voices for someone where it's not really implied by the text, just the name, is a little cartoonish and grating. Sometimes they were bad Simpsons renditions - his "salty sea captain" voice was really hard to understand and I couldn't understand parts of the dialogue as a result.

  • Lions and Tigers and Bears

  • By: Bill Buford
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Bill Buford spends a wild night in the park; Jonathan Safran Foer envisions it as a tiny, transplanted piece of a mythical Sixth Borough; and Marie Winn answers definitively Holden Caulfield's question of where the ducks go when the park's ponds freeze over. There are bird sightings and fish sightings; Jackie Kennedy and James Brown sightings; and pieces by Colson Whitehead, Paul Auster, and Francine Prose. This vibrant collection presents Central Park in all its many-faceted glory, a 51-block swath of special magic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Buford story good - but description a little off

  • By Kim family on 01-07-16

Buford story good - but description a little off

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-16

I enjoy Bill Buford's writing and this was a good story (from the New Yorker originally, I believe). That said, the description here seems to imply there are other stories included in the performance, which it isn't. This is just one short form piece by Buford, read by Scott Aiello (who did a pretty good job. could perhaps pause more strategically between shifts in historical asides and storytelling).