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Never occurred to me so clearly how much the sanitation department does, 365 days a year. From taking away the garbage, to keeping the streets clean, to plowing the snow. We should applaud these folks everyday for performing an essential service that most of us wouldn't go near. Lots of great stories and tidbits about what it is like to collect the garbage, clean the streets and make the snow disappear. Similar in arc to Kitchen Confidential, but without the sex.
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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
It's not the book that I couldn't take - it was the narration
What do you think your next listen will be?
Something similar, just not with this narrator
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Her voice was not my taste and her cadence was very distracting for me. I couldn't even hear the story, all I could hear was her talking.
What character would you cut from Picking Up?
Any additional comments?
Disappointing. I've heard/read similar books about the inside scoop on hotels and restaurants. I really looked forward to enjoying this as much. Unfortunately, I've tried every month or so to listen PAST her voice...I just can't. I give up!
Well-constructed story that goes deep into the details of the history and administration of sanitation in NYC. Some parts may not be for everyone (e.g. long descriptions of the byzantine bureaucracy of the DSNY) and the performer's intonation often sounds weird and robotic.