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  • The Omnivore's Dilemma

  • A Natural History of Four Meals
  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,968

"What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great presentation of a moral dilemma

  • By MCRedding on 02-07-09

good insight!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-10

Makes you really think about where your food is coming from! Loved taking these journeys with the author!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,332

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Take My Buds Out

  • By Judith on 11-08-07

Wow!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-09

This is amazingly written! The way Mr. Follett introduces the characters and their lives at the beginning... then slowly causes them to interact and impact each others' lives is awesome. I've never "read" something like this before. His research on the topic is interestingly implemented into the story. I've told all my friends and family about it. There's always something new!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Life of Pi

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,038

Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio of the year for me

  • By Theresa Ann McIntyre on 06-04-03

Awesome!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-09

I could not "put this down!" I found myself not being able to wait until I got in the car again to listen to what happened next! Wait until you see what happens at the end! The facts twisted with fiction... the imagery!... was beautifully done. Definitely recommended!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lamb

  • The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,818

Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blasphemus or righteous?

  • By Timothy on 08-19-08

Loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-09

This book is a good "read." After knowing the real story of Jesus's life from the Bible, this book was an interesting view of His life... the life between what we already know. You have to have an open mind... I found myself laughing out loud to some parts. BTW: this story is not for those wanting the cold hard facts of Jesus's life. That's all I'll say.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

  • By: David Wroblewski
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 998
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,003

Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just OK

  • By Ella on 10-22-08

Great Read!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-09

Love this book! Easy to listen... very engaging and enjoyable. I couldn't "put it down!" I wouldn't call it a "dog-person's book," but dogs play a significant part in the lives of the main characters. Any dog-lover could appreciate the connections... Highly recommended! Plan to "read" again!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hold Me Tight

  • Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
  • By: Dr. Sue Johnson
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,580
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186

In Hold Me Tight, Dr. Johnson shares her groundbreaking and remarkably successful program for creating stronger, more secure relationships. The message of Hold Me Tight is simple: Forget about learning how to argue better, analyzing your early childhood, making grand romantic gestures, or experimenting with new sexual positions. Instead, get to the emotional underpinnings of your relationship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most Sensible book on Repairing Relationships!

  • By Debra on 11-05-12

Definitely Groundbreaking

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-09

My husband and I have a great relationship, but I've always wanted us to be able to communicate better about things like finances and household responsibilities. It seems as though those topics always end in an argument. It's amazing how this book has definitely changed the way we talk and interact with each other. Now that I've listened to "Hold Me Tight," my husband is going to listen to it and we're going to work through the sections together. Not only has it improved our relationship, but it's also affected my relationships with my parents, sisters, and friends. It leaves you wanting all the people in your life who are struggling in a relationship, to go through these 7 conversations with their loved one. Life-changing...

28 of 29 people found this review helpful