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    • How to Change Your Mind

    • By: Michael Pollan
    • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
    • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A delightful trip

    • By Paul E. Williams on 05-19-18

    Regular price: $31.50

    • The Omnivore's Dilemma

    • A Natural History of Four Meals
    • By: Michael Pollan
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,348
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,775
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,769

    "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

    Regular price: $35.00

    • In Defense of Food

    • By: Michael Pollan
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,867
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    "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food. Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists-all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Life and Death

    • By James on 06-03-10

    Regular price: $24.50

    • The Botany of Desire

    • By: Michael Pollan
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,432
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    Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing Listen - Thoroughly Satisfying

    • By Dominique Hackett on 01-17-09

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Cooked

    • A Natural History of Transformation
    • By: Michael Pollan
    • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,747
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,555
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551

    In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements - fire, water, air, and earth - to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A bit bland

    • By Mark on 12-12-14
    • A Natural History of Transformation
    • By: Michael Pollan
    • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Release date: 04-23-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,747 ratings

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Second Nature

    • A Gardener's Education
    • By: Michael Pollan
    • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    In his articles and in best-selling books such as The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan has established himself as one of our most important and beloved writers on modern man's place in the natural world. A new literary classic, Second Nature has become a manifesto not just for gardeners but for environmentalists everywhere.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Love Pollan, don't love this (but you might)

    • By Mary on 02-05-12

    Regular price: $29.99

    • A Place of My Own

    • The Architecture of Daydreams
    • By: Michael Pollan
    • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 554
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    With this updated edition of his earlier book, A Place of My Own, listeners can revisit the inspired, intelligent, and often hilarious story of Pollan’s realization of a room of his own—a small, wooden hut, his “shelter for daydreams” — built with his admittedly unhandy hands. Inspired by both Thoreau and Mr. Blandings, A Place of My Own not only works to convey the history and meaning of all human building, it also marks the connections between our bodies, our minds, and the natural world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Pollan is a great narrator

    • By justin chidester on 05-07-12

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Omnivore's Dilemma

    • Young Readers Edition
    • By: Michael Pollan
    • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123
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    "What's for dinner?" seemed like a simple question - until journalist and supermarket detective Michael Pollan delved behind the scenes. From fast food and big organic to small farms and old-fashioned hunting and gathering, this young readers' adaptation of Pollan's famous food-chain exploration encourages kids to consider the personal and global health implications of their food choices.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So glad I finally read this book!

    • By CourtneyWNY on 02-21-17

    Regular price: $35.00

    • How to Change Your Mind

    • By: Michael Pollan
    • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
    • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 80
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    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of How to Change Your Mind, written and read by Michael Pollan. When LSD was first discovered in the 1940s, it seemed to researchers, scientists and doctors as if the world might be on the cusp of psychological revolution. It promised to shed light on the deep mysteries of consciousness as well as offer relief to addicts and the mentally ill. But in the 1960s, with the vicious backlash against the counterculture, all further research was banned. In recent years, however, work has quietly begun again on the amazing potential of LSD, psilocybin and DMT. Could these drugs in fact improve the lives of many people?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A stunning summary of all things psychedelic

    • By Anonymous User on 07-04-18

    Regular price: $26.17

    • The Writer in the Garden

    • By: Jane Garmey (editor), M. F. K. Fisher, Jamaica Kincaid, and others
    • Narrated by: Boyd Gaines, Deborah Hazlett, Simon Jones, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
    • Abridged
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    The Writer in the Garden adds up to a glorious compendium of writing that is amusing, original, and idiosyncratic. Excerpts span not only the beauties of the garden but such far-reaching topics as weeds, the tribulations of gardening in a cold climate, the dangers of rare plant collecting, the delights of weeding, the pitfalls of growing roses, and the place of "tacky" in a garden. The book is impeccably read by a group of professional actors.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Awful!

    • By petra divani on 08-19-15

    Regular price: $8.80

    • The New Yorker, February 9th 2015 (Alice Gregory, Michael Pollan, Kelefa Sanneh)

    • By: Alice Gregory, Michael Pollan, Kelefa Sanneh
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
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    "God and the G.O.P.", by Amy Davidson; "Door to Door", by Andrew Marantz; "R U There?", by Alice Gregory; "The Trip Treatment", by Michael Pollan; and "Don’t Be Like That", by Kelefa Sanneh.

    Regular price: $5.95

    • The New Yorker, December 23rd & 30th 2013: Part 1 (Michael Pollan, Emily Eakin, Jeffrey Toobin)

    • By: Michael Pollan, Emily Eakin, Jeffrey Toobin
    • Narrated by: Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall
    • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
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    "Cruel and Unusual", by Jeffrey Toobin; "All-Stars", by Reeves Wiedeman; "The Civilization Kit", by Emily Eakin; and "The Intelligent Plant", by Michael Pollan.

    Regular price: $5.95