There are foods that, when eaten, activate the same part of the human brain that heroin does. Food scientists have developed our edibles to have “bliss points”. Arguably, the obesity epidemic may not only be about personal willpower, but also about processed foods being highly addictive. Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Moss examines the development and advertisement of processed foods in his bestseller Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. Narrated by the straightforward – and sometimes incredulous – Scott Brick, the audiobook is a phenomenal read. If you liked The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Food, Inc., or Fast Food Nation, definitely give Salt, Sugar, Fat a try.
Check It Out Category: Audiobooks
Badfellas was the original English title, and that alone gives a tease of what Malavita has on tap. When a Mafia kingpin testifies in exchange for witness protection, Giovanni Manzoni becomes Fred Blake, and he and his family find themselves living in Normandy, France. They mostly follow the rules, but old habits are hard to break. It only takes one slip before old friends who’ve become new enemies come calling all the way from Alcatraz. A film adaptation, The Family, stars Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, but you can’t miss the story in audio. Sopranos actor and 2013 Audie Award winner for Best Solo Narration, Edoardo Ballerini deliciously balances the menace, the dark comedy, and the Italian sensibilities of Tonino Benacquista’s international crime caper.
Danger can be alluring, frightening, and exciting all at once, and you won’t find a better illustration than in Dangerous Women, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. Whether your taste runs to female desperadoes, Scottish highlanders, warrior queens, femmes fatales, or modern magicians, you will be wowed by a carnival of choices offered by the best fan favorite writers of today. Diana Gabaldon, Jim Butcher, Lev Grossman, Sherilynn Kenyon, Carrie Vaughn, and Brandon Sanderson are among the standout contributors, and fans of Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series won’t want to miss the creator’s featured novella “The Princess and the Queen”. Intensify your thrills by listening to Dangerous Women in Playaway format, an easy-to-use portable player that holds an entire audiobook. Skip to the stories and narrators that tempt you most, but don’t be surprised if you devour them all.
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If atmosphere is what you crave, you won’t go wrong with the fascinating Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield. It is an unusual twist on a ghost story, one that is almost Dickensian in both tone and detail. As a boy, William Bellman commits one rash act that turns out to have consequences that will haunt for a lifetime. When a seemingly blessed adult existence falls victim to tragedy after tragedy, a desperate bargain with a mysterious man in black is his only option. Actor Jack Davenport reads in a dreamy, mood-enhancing style not unlike that of Neil Gaiman. With textured accents and a strong sense of pacing, his performance is both precise and enchanting. An otherworldly storytelling experience awaits.
The Flight of Gemma Hardy transports the story of Jane Eyre to twentieth-century Iceland and Scotland, successfully honoring the source material while still offering a few surprises. The graceful, lilting narration of reader Davina Porter perfectly renders Gemma’s progression from neglected waif to independent young woman.