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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 6,810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,191

"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

Excellent story of Farming

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

Reviewed: 03-29-19

Narrator does a perfect job of performing the story of how our food gets to us and just what our food is and what's changed in a short period of time. This wasn't anything I wasn't already aware of but it was excellently brought together and told.

  • Lost in the Wild

  • Danger and Survival in the North Woods
  • By: Cary J. Griffith
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

On a beautiful summer afternoon in 1998, Dan Stephens, a 22-year-old canoeist, was leading a trip deep into Ontario's Quetico Provincial Park. He stepped into a gap among cedar trees to look for the next portage - and did not return. More than four hours later, Dan awakened from a fall with a lump on his head and stumbled deeper into the woods, confused. Three years later, Jason Rasmussen, a third-year medical student who loved the forest's solitude, walked alone into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on a crisp fall day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great listen!

  • By Maria on 04-13-18

Too detailed

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

too many details turned this very interesting story into a chore to listen to. The smallest detail like when and exactly how the person went to the bathroom really took the polish off an otherwise good story. Would have been much more enjoyable had it been a wee less descriptive. It's hard to engage with since not even the most minute detail is left to imagination.

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  • Brain on Fire

  • My Month of Madness
  • By: Susannah Cahalan
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,615

In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For those interested in neurology & psychology

  • By Brian Quaranta on 01-07-14

excellent story

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

Great information, well written, well performed. Didn't want to stop listening. Hopefully the cure will be permanent.

  • No Apparent Distress

  • A Doctor’s Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine
  • By: Rachel Pearson MD
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 353

In medical charts, the term "N.A.D." (No Apparent Distress) is used for patients who appear stable. The phrase also aptly describes America's medical system when it comes to treating the underprivileged. Medical students learn on the bodies of the poor - and the poor suffer from their mistakes. Rachel Pearson confronted these harsh realities when she started medical school in Galveston, Texas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved the candor of this book.

  • By Anna on 05-24-18

Well told tale of broken system

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

Having gotten this on sale I wasn't sure what to expect. Very well written and well narrated. Getting good medical care at a fair price is no longer possible in this country even for those who can afford it. Big business has caused harm to people which is the first oath taken by a doctor (do no harm). With few exceptions hospitals are interested only in money not fair care of a patient. I already knew this before reading but this tale will nearly bring tears as the wrongs are so described.

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  • The Well-Dressed Hobo

  • The Many Wondrous Adventures of a Man Who Loves Trains
  • By: Rush Loving Jr.
  • Narrated by: Pete Ferrand
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Growing up in the bustling railroad town of Norfolk, Virginia, and joining his conductor grandfather on overnight runs, future Fortune journalist Rush Loving was enchanted with railroads at an early age. In this extraordinary inside look at eight decades of the railroad industry and some of its greatest leaders, Loving reminisces about his colorful people, and fascinating anecdotes. Chatting with brakemen, engineers, and executives, Loving shares stories he collected in locomotive cabs, business cars, executive suites, and even the White House.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Editor needed

  • By Dog andus on 08-06-18

Editor needed

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Although the intricate details of this was over my head and is best suited for one devoted to the business of trains, parts were repeated and at times the story suffered from continuity. I would have given the story a better rating had it had a better proofreader editor, the performance was flawless so that helped pull the rating up.

  • The Best Cook in the World

  • Tales from My Momma's Table
  • By: Rick Bragg
  • Narrated by: Rick Bragg
  • Length: 19 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 141

From the beloved, best-selling author of All over but the Shoutin', a delectable, rollicking food memoir, cookbook, and loving tribute to a region, a vanishing history, a family, and, especially, his mother. In The Best Cook in the World, Rick Bragg finally preserves his heritage by telling the stories that framed his mother's cooking and education, from childhood into old age. Because good food always has a good story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delicious Tales

  • By Noreen on 05-08-18

wonderful tribute

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Rare is the talent of making the ordinary seem extraordinary and then have the speaking talent to verbally tell it. The story was a tribute to an ordinary life made extraordinary by the writing in words and then telling.

  • Grain Brain

  • The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers
  • By: David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,693

Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Family history of Alzheimers? Read this!

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-19-13

Junk science

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Promotes never ending monitoring of blood, never ending taking pills instead of getting all of what you need from food and stop the thought process we are all sick. It felt like a 12 hour sales pitch yet the author was unable to help his own father even though he seems to claim to have found the answer to every health problem. Pure hogwash and if I hadn't bought it on sale I would return it. If the plan cannot save his own father, humm, not so good. Balanced diet is important, enough said, not 12 hour sales pitch.

  • The Glass Castle

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jeannette Walls
  • Narrated by: Jeannette Walls
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,435

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A CAPTIVATING READ

  • By Jennifer on 09-25-12

Great story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-17

Sensitive story that is never boring nor any part wanting to skip over. Great story that pairs well with audio and the narration is excellent.

  • The Longevity Plan

  • Seven Life-Transforming Lessons from Ancient China
  • By: Dr. John Day, Jane Ann Day, Matthew LaPlante
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

At 44, acclaimed cardiologist Dr. John Day was overweight and suffered from insomnia, degenerative joint disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. On six medications and suffering constant aches, he needed to make a change. While lecturing in China, he'd heard about a remote mountainous region known as Longevity Village, a wellness Shangri-La free of disease where living past 100 was not uncommon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well rounded

  • By Melissa on 08-22-17

not enough material for a book

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

this is enough for a blog but not a book. all points are valid but can be contained in less than 15 pages.

  • Nomadland

  • Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century
  • By: Jessica Bruder
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,005

From the beet fields of North Dakota to the wilderness campgrounds of California to an Amazon warehouse in Texas, people who once might have kicked back to enjoy their sunset years are hard at work. Underwater on mortgages or finding that Social Security comes up short, they're hitting the road in astonishing numbers, forming a new community of nomads: RV and van-dwelling migrant laborers, or "workampers".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful And Disturbing

  • By Sara on 06-14-18

Enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

We listen while traveling in RV and while this is an enjoyable read, I feel the author didn't portray the main character entirely acurately and came across as nomadic life being depressing instead of the lifestyle choice it is. The main character chose to live as a traveller and preferred it to the stuck in one place life. Instead of really understanding the freedom of this choice, the author makes it sound a terrible choice which it is not. Being stuck in a box apartment or house with no chance of travel, that is a trap. Far too much dwelling on Amazon workcamps. Still worth a read if on sale.

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