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  • Food: A Cultural Culinary History

  • By: Ken Albala, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Ken Albala
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,681

Eating is an indispensable human activity. As a result, whether we realize it or not, the drive to obtain food has been a major catalyst across all of history, from prehistoric times to the present. Epicure Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said it best: "Gastronomy governs the whole life of man."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my top 3 favorite courses!

  • By Jessica on 12-28-13

DELIGHTED US!

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

We listened to it twice and probably will listen to it in the future. If you like history, if you're curious about the origins of the culinary art, if you like to hear entertaining anecdotes about history and food, if you're curious about what they ate in Sumeria, Rome and France ...YOU FOUND YOUR BOOK. We enjoyed it like a gourmet dish. Thank you professor!

  • The Secrets of Story

  • Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers
  • By: Matt Bird
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

The Secrets of Story is a revolutionary and comprehensive writing guide for the 21st century, focused on clever ways to get an audience to fully identify with an all-too-human hero. Authors will learn to how to cut through pop culture noise and win over a jaded modern audience by rediscovering the heart of writing: shaping stories that ring true to our shared understanding of human nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want this guy to be my editor

  • By Charley Dunn on 01-09-17

Best Book on Fiction I've Read So Far

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

Reviewed: 02-15-17

Sorry, this book is so complete and simple at the same time so thorough I would have to write all morning. You will be happy to have discovered it.

16 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Ikaria Centenarian Diet Secrets

  • 10 Evolution Lifestyle Behaviors of the Greek Deities with Superior Health
  • By: Todor Djordjevic
  • Narrated by: Chris Abernathy
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

This book contains proven steps and strategies on how to eat, live, and have a gorgeous body just like a Greek deity. You will learn what the 10 best-kept Ikarian secrets are. These secrets will not just tell you what to eat and what not to eat. You will discover how to prepare food and embrace the right attitude toward food and toward life. After listening to this book, you will definitely be able to live life to the fullest. Don't miss your chance. This book will change your life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • not based on reality

  • By rita v. on 02-15-17

not based on reality

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

Reviewed: 02-15-17

What disappointed you about Ikaria Centenarian Diet Secrets?

The impression it gives is that the the author didn't research seriously or bother to travel there. Mostly are bland common sense advices and some are not even current with finds.

What was most disappointing about Todor Djordjevic’s story?

Seems to me that the author's main goal was to make some bucks on something of general interest, not give a good service for his reward.

What didn’t you like about Chris Abernathy’s performance?

It was ok. That's not my problem with the book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ikaria Centenarian Diet Secrets?

I would cut everything and start anew.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins

  • By: Anne Curzan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Anne Curzan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779

From new words such as "bling" and "email" to the role of text messaging and other electronic communications, English is changing all around us. Discover the secrets behind the words in our everyday lexicon with this delightful, informative survey of English, from its Germanic origins to the rise of globalization and cyber-communications. Professor Curzan approaches words like an archaeologist, digging below the surface to uncover the story of words, from the humble "she" to such SAT words as "conflagration" and "pedimanous."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Whole Nine Yards

  • By Dubi on 05-15-17

Boring, intensely disappointed.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

A person that is not interested in knowing origins of words, but a very theoretical account of language history. I love to read authors that tells you little stories of how a word was created and developed, and this was not it.

Has The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins turned you off from other books in this genre?

I have to tell you that although I love other titles this is the second Great Courses that I cannot listen to the end and find myself thinking I wasted my money.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her voice is ok, the material was boring.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Intense disappointment. I read all Isaac Asimov history books and since then I'm fascinated by the little anecdotes about words, their origins and development. I was very happy to be able to dig more into it and found the rug taken out under my feet.

8 of 18 people found this review helpful