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Michael pollan of Canada and health sciences

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Reviewed: 2021-01-02

the author is quite good, blending personal anecdotes, scientific research, cultural and philosophical reflections. it reminds me of Michael pollan's work on food and plants. but here, the author explores the science of everyday life. following a 24 hr day, it follows the decisions we make such as whether we should floss, whether to drink coffee, whether to vent to colleagues (or anyone). it focuses on canadian studies as much as possible. the narrator is quite engaging and adds to the experience of enjoying this book.

excellent performance. narrative advances from the

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Reviewed: 2020-12-27

first, will wheaton is one of the best narrator of books out there. he brings to life any narrative. this audiobook is no exception.
the story of Ready Player Two picks up right where the first book left off. this time, the book explores themes of love, immortality, AI, identity and ethics. as is typical of cline's books, it's also a joyous nostalgic trip through 80s pop culture, this time focusing on the john Hughes movies, lord of the ring, and Prince.
I am impressed that the author was able to replicate the novelty and innovation of the first book and move t plot along.
it's a wonderful book, read by a talented actor.

personal, scientific, and philosophical

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Reviewed: 2020-12-24

this was an excellent "read." the author's style reminds me of Michael Pollan, who mixes the personal experience, with scientific studies, with the philosophical about the implications for our society and ourselves.
this exploration of our obsession with celebrities begins and at an American Idol competition. in between, the author explores science myths, the power of celebrities in influencing our choices, and the goal to be famous that has taken over the american dream. what in love also is that the author has gone out of his way to include ans highlight canadian studies and scientists.

Canadian content

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Reviewed: 2020-11-24

I liked this book. The author is personable and relates big messages through personal anecdotes and storytelling. I also very much appreciated the Canadian content. The research selected for discussion and the experts interviewed are mostly Canadian, which is a rarity in a popular science book.

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historical and behind the scenes of coffee

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Reviewed: 2020-02-18

as per his typical work, pollan delivers a strong performance and a thought provoking story about the history of coffee and its influence in civilizations. this is interspersed with personal experiences and reflections which give a behind the scenes peek and a feeling that pollan is an old friend ruminating over this topic at the table after dinner

excellent advice for aspiring writers

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Reviewed: 2020-02-12

excellent authentic funny personal advice for aspiring writers. excellent lively performance . covers everything from how to get started, how to face writers block, how to deal with jealousy and publication.

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coming of age story

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Reviewed: 2020-01-29

beautifully told. this is a coming of age story for a woman who struggled to emancipate her mind from the shackles of her upbringing. her strength, struggle, intelligence, and empathy shine through. there is a universality of it, which is acute and more pronounced in her experience, but which could be the story of any person 's attempt to become themselves.

Great performance. Thought provoking read. Honest.

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Reviewed: 2019-12-21

I loved this book and recommended it to friends. It speaks to me and Shonda Rhimes feels like a close friends now. I was not familiar with Grey's Anatomy or any of the other TV shows that she has written and produced. This book was recommended to me by a librarian so I took the plunge. Rhimes is a spectacular writer. Witty. Conversational. She knows her craft. My point is that you can enjoy this book even if you aren't a familiar with her past work. The book stands in it's own right. It's a coming of age story. Yes, shes in her 40s when she discovers herself. What women discovers herself before then? It's life affirming. It's honest - despite her warning readers repeatedly that is a liar. It's just a terrific read...

beautiful and thoughtful story

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Reviewed: 2019-11-07

excellent story telling. theme is topical for our time - a reflection on where we are potentially heading and its consequences. compelling characters as in any Atwood narrative. performance is excellent

perfect!

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Reviewed: 2019-08-03

this audiobook is amazing! I first discovered it as part of a book club. Even those among us who did not enjoy science-fiction adored the book. The 80s pop culture references gave something to everyone. The performance by Wil Wheaton makes an already great book even better. The choice to have him read the book is perfect, since he's himself an 80s pop culture icon, a cultural geek king, and even he's a character in the book. And his performance is rock-solid. If you've seen the movie, and didn't like it, don't assume you will not enjoy this book. This book is way, way, way better than the movie. It's got nastalgia elements, strong characters, a mystery and riddle to solve, science fiction, and a strong narrative. And as I mentioned, Wil Wheaton's performance just kicks it up a notch. This is my third time listening to this book, and it gets better with each reading.