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Exec. Chef 'Special K'

WASILLA, AK, United States
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  • The Source Field Investigations

  • The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations behind the 2012 Prophecies
  • By: David Wilcock
  • Narrated by: David Wilcock
  • Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822

A stunning synthesis of hidden science and lost prophecies, The Source Field Investigations exposes many great secrets: DNA transformation, consciousness science, wormholes, stargate travel, sacred geometry, ancient conspiracies, multidimensional time, the Maya calendar, and a stunning new model of galactic energy fields triggering mental, biological, and spiritual evolution.More than two million people have seen David Wilcock’s incredible tour of the 2012 prophecies in his Internet documentary, The 2012 Enigma.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The science behind Fringe

  • By Jay on 08-25-13

Going to build a pyramid

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

The discussions and the insights to various components in this book are really quite thought-provoking. I am particularly fascinated by the effects of the pyramid and all of the elements that were discussed in that particular segment.. I am going to build a copper pyramid an experiment with this in my garden next summer as well as a smaller one for my house with my own meditation practice. If that goes well I'm even going to consider other suspending a small one from above my bed or building one around my bed that I sleep better at night.

This book is not your usual… Experiments proving a collective consciousness are worth open discussion and spreading awareness. I hope more people read this, if nothing else just to expand their current perceived perceptions.

  • When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice

  • By: Terry Tempest Williams
  • Narrated by: Terry Tempest Williams
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 399

Terry Tempest Williams's mother told her: "I am leaving you all my journals, but you must promise me you won't look at them until after I'm gone." Fans of Williams's iconic and unconventional memoir, Refuge, well remember that mother. She was a member of a large Mormon clan in northern Utah who developed cancer as a result of the nuclear testing in nearby Nevada. It was a shock to Williams that her mother had kept journals. But not as much of a shock as what she found when the time came to read them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story for all daughters

  • By P. Bergh on 03-24-13

Chick flick read

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

Reviewed: 09-09-14

This was not what I thought it would be.... But it turned into a more interesting read than I expected. It's always curious to hear how other parts of the world live and function in comparison to your own upbringing.

Her values and the different issues that surround women do have interesting points and she brings a unique observation and perspective to what women face vs. men. I would recommend this book for other women and for men, if they are open to issues that ONLY women face.



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  • Poison Spring

  • The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA
  • By: E. G. Vallianatos, McKay Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Michael McConnahie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Imagine walking into a restaurant and finding chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides, or neonicotinoid insecticides listed in the description of your entree. They may not be printed in the menu, but many are in your food.These are a few of the literally millions of pounds of approved synthetic substances dumped into the environment every day, not just in the US but around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Frightening Wake Up Call!

  • By Exec. Chef 'Special K' on 07-02-14

A Frightening Wake Up Call!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-14

As usual, the American public is under an illusion about what ''government'' agencies are supposed to be 'watching out for us and keeping us safe. However, this candid inside view of the EPA is a scary check of the real story and what goes on behind the scenes.

Their hands are tied and the large corporations that feed them are all corrupt and DO NOT have our best interest at heart. Well done to Valliantos and Jenkins for having the courage to write it down and spread the word. Maybe one day, someone will grow large enough testicles Or ovaries, to bring this out into the open and expose them for who they truly are and what they 'do not stand for'. You'll be outraged and sickened by the cover ups, the disregard and complete disdain for the American public. Fobid! That the American health of the people residing in it, should actually matter and be treated as a valued population where in their health could be placed at the top of the list.

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  • We Bought a Zoo

  • The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Change Their Lives Forever
  • By: Benjamin Mee
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 491
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 438

Already a BBC documentary miniseries and excerpted in the Guardian, We Bought a Zoo is a profoundly moving portrait of an unforgettable family living in the most extraordinary circumstances. This touching memoir is set to be a major motion picture starring Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon, in theaters December 23, 2011.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous narrator.

  • By Christie on 06-29-11

Not Your Usual Dinner Conversation Piece!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-14

This was throughly enjoyable! The rials and tribulations of purchasing a zoo, is beyond the comprehension of most everyone and really, who stops and thinks about these kinds of things anyway?

Ben's knowledge of the animal kingdom has some interesting points about different animals along the way as well - thus adding to the uniqueness of the story. HIs observations of his young children and their observations are also quite poignant and add interesting parts to the story - only through the mouthes of babes.

Who knew that animals escaping in the zoo are a common occurrence? It's always so controlled when you visit them, so the behind the scenes stories are funny and not your every day dinner conversation.

I normally feel like if I read the novel, that I don't usually have any interest in seeing a movie but this one might be just as good to watch as it was to read - if they stick to the main story line.





  • Headhunters on My Doorstep

  • A True Treasure Island Ghost Story
  • By: J. Maarten Troost
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

Entertainment Weekly calls acclaimed author and essayist J. Maarten Troost a "funny, candid, and down-to-earth travel companion". Both witty and poignant, Headhunters on My Doorstep follows Troost as he retraces Robert Louis Stevenson’s path through the South Pacific. Somewhere between AA meetings in Tahiti and discovering how the Island of Merrymaking got its name, Troost reconnects with himself, his family, and the beauty of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great South Pacific Book from Mr. Troost

  • By Michael on 08-29-13

Twisted Humour in the South Pacific~

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

Reviewed: 07-02-14

If you enjoyed the Sex Lives of Cannibals then you will enjoy this book as well - although that one was much better than this one. The title is a little off - didn't seem to correlate to the overall story. The writer does a great job in portraying his true colours when confronting his addiction to alcohol but this wasn't anything I saw coming when reading the synopsis. His wit in dealing with this addiction is bittersweet.

He does a fine job of portraying some of the interesting geography of the Marquesas, Fukarawa,Tahiti, Fiji and back to his first experience with the far South Pacific, Kirabati. He even ties in some interesting points on writer Robert Louis Stevenson (things I had no idea about) and finally ending up in Samoa at Stevenson's grave. I've always thought that Tahiti would be on my list of places to travel to some day, along with Fuji but now, I have a new fascination with the Marquesas too now.

I've not read Getting Stoned with Savages but if it's anything like Sex Lives, it's on my readying list now.

  • Hypothermia

  • A Reykjavik Thriller
  • By: Arnaldur Indridason
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 916
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 914

Iceland’s best-selling novelist and a winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award, Arnaldur Indridason is an international phenomenon highly regarded for his engrossing crime fiction. In Hypothermia, Inspector Erlendur contends with personal demons while investigating a woman’s suicide. Although there are no signs of foul play, Erlendur gradually exposes a sinister plot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Fine Quiet Mystery!

  • By Silverhamr on 05-20-16

Twisty in a Few Sordid Ways

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

Reviewed: 05-21-14

It's always interesting to see how different people's minds come up with different ideas in life. To write about wanting to die and how to 'try to do it medically' is a fascinating subject to most of us in the civilized world.

Indridason does a fantastic job of creating the visual story in ones mind to follow along as the plot twists and turns. Leading you off on a different direction, you think you know what comes next and then it's a little twist again with another small surprise. Well done. I'd read another one of his books again soon.

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  • Life, on the Line

  • A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat
  • By: Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

In 2007 chef Grant Achatz seemingly had it made. He had been named one of the best new chefs in America by Food & Wine in 2002, received the James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef of the Year Award in 2003, and in 2005 he and Nick Kokonas opened the conceptually radical restaurant Alinea, which was named Best Restaurant in America by Gourmet magazine. Then, Achatz was diagnosed with stage IV squamous cell carcinoma - tongue cancer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Tasteless World?

  • By Exec. Chef 'Special K' on 03-18-14

A Tasteless World?

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

Reviewed: 03-18-14

This narrator did a fantastic job of describing Grant and his trials and tribulations from working his way up at the French laundry to Alina and what he encountered along the way.
As a chef I found the book inspiring enough to want to pick up his cookbook as well as Thomas Keller's. It's also a gentle reminder to us all, not to take anything for granted including our sense of taste.

Some of his creative ideas and food presentations descriptions have given me pause for thought. If you haven't looked up his YouTube video that videos you might do so just to wet your taste buds.

A great story about beating the odds, not accepting no for an answer and delving forth with courage when you think you're all tapped out.


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  • The Silent Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: A. S. A. Harrison
  • Narrated by: Karen White, Donald Corren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,050
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,812
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,823

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater; she lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds; she likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps; she has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just Ok...Not Great

  • By Lulu on 08-09-13

Do you really know who your spouse is?

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

Reviewed: 03-18-14

A little bit of a twist of a plot, couple of stories within a story. The narrator does a great job in describing these characters quite well. An unpredictable ending though. Just when you think it will end in a classic sense the twist brings you back around.

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  • How to Get Ideas

  • By: Jack Foster
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

Written by Jack Foster, a creative director for various advertising agencies with more than 40 years experience, How to Get Ideas (over 90,000 copies sold and translated into 15 languages) is a fun, accessible, and practical guide that takes the mystery and confusion out of developing new ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Audio Book

  • By Ahmed on 02-01-10

Let's create National Pajama Day at work!

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

Reviewed: 03-18-14

This is a great reminder to have some fun in your life! If everybody comes to work in their pajamas it's going to be a memorable day. So why not do more fun days because when your staff is having fun the creative juices are flowing better. This was a great little book about bringing out some of the better sides of people and encouraging them to bring their own ideas to the table.

Again it's very easy for us to get caught up in the day to day life and not pay attention to some of the small things. This has some really great ideas on how to get inspired and from places you would least think likely. By the way have you read your short story or poem of the day yet?

  • Making Your Thoughts Work For You

  • By: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Byron Katie
  • Narrated by: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Byron Katie
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Presenting together for the first time, Byron Katie and Wayne Dyer address the powerful effects of your thoughts and how they create your experience. You'll learn a transformative process that will allow you to identify the stressful thoughts that cause all the pain and suffering in your life. When you release these thoughts, instead of letting them dictate your experience, you become empowered to live a life of joy - in touch with your true nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Practical Advice to Change Your Life

  • By Michael on 12-19-08

Interesting view and analogy

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

Reviewed: 03-18-14

Dr. Dwyer has always been inspirational and brings his own element and character to whatever he creates. This is the first I had listened to Byron Katie and by the end of this book I could see where she was going with her four questions. As human nature does - tends to fall into a basic thought process and pattern - it's difficult to not move forward without retaining that thought pattern after all these years.

Is it true? The theory behind the question really makes one take a hard look at each issue from a different perspective. How do you know it's true? It's easy to see how the human western culture tends to fall back into the same type of thought analysis. Looking at it from a very different angle does give one pause for thought and the deeper meaning behind these questions.

I like the concept and I believe that I like where she's going with this analogy it's just going to take me more than a book of a few hours to try to grasp this concept. I would certainly read more of her books in the future. It was a nice team effort on both of their parts.

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