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  • Shadow of Night

  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,850

Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended, however....

  • By J. Lunsford on 07-15-12

Excellent story, even better narration<br />

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

The story is wonderful and engaging. Jennifer Iketa paints such distinct characters with her voice it is amazing.

  • The Language of Food

  • A Linguist Reads the Menu
  • By: Dan Jurafsky
  • Narrated by: Steven Menasche
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Thirteen chapters evoke the joy and discovery of reading a menu dotted with the sharp-eyed annotations of a linguist. Jurafsky points out the subtle meanings hidden in filler words like "rich" and "crispy," zeroes in on the metaphors and storytelling tropes we rely on in restaurant reviews, and charts a micro-universe of marketing language on the back of a bag of potato chips.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Highly interesting but a lot of fluff

  • By cpip on 01-24-15

A good blend of food and language.

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

Not a bad read. Short and interesting enough. He swings from being a bit too heady to a smidge pedantic from time to time but overall it has good content and explanation of terms, techniques and ideas. He uses anecdotal transitions quite a bit that I found slightly out of place given the rest of the story but not so much as it detracted from the overall story. I didn't much care for the narrator at first but ultimately his tone and pacing worked with the book.

  • Consider the Fork

  • A History of How We Cook and Eat
  • By: Bee Wilson
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 825

Since prehistory, humans have braved the business ends of knives, scrapers, and mashers, all in the name of creating something delicious - or at least edible. In Consider the Fork, award-winning food writer and historian Bee Wilson traces the ancient lineage of our modern culinary tools, revealing the startling history of objects we often take for granted. Charting the evolution of technologies from the knife and fork to the gas range and the sous-vide cooker, Wilson offers unprecedented insights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing history of everyday utensils

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-31-14

Informatively Whimsical

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

A great look at the evolution of cooking technology that blends history with a light humor and realistic examination of the role of cooking and the tools used to do so.

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