I just finished listening to it -- the Hartwigs did a great job! I'm a VERY AVID audiobook listener, and I honestly had no knowledge beforehand of the Whole 30 plan or this book. I had seen it mentioned on Facebook a few times with a lot of enthusiasm, and I'm already a fan of pseudo-Paleo eating, so I decided to download this and see what the hype was about. I wasn't able to tell that they didn't use professional narrators. In fact, Melissa sounded better than some paid professional narrators I've listened over the years. (Dallas isn't so bad, either! Every now and then I'd think about which person I liked hearing best, and I never could decide.) The only thing that did get super annoying right from the get go was the little Disney-ish magic wand sound that interrupted each section. It reminded me of Nickelodeon as a kid and took away from the authoritative tone of the book. But it's not so annoying that it would dissuade someone from listening. I downloaded my accompanying PDF just fine, and it was a terrific experience. I pretty much listened straight through.
As for the book and plan itself, it made perfect sense. If any of you have listened to or read Dr. Mark Hyman's "10 Day Detox," it's nearly identical in theory and practice, only the Hartwigs have you going for 30 days vs. 10. I read and did the 10 day detox, but I honestly don't believe it was long enough to really determine or establish any particular allergens or irritants in my diet. It got me to lose a few pounds back in the spring, but then I kinda forgot all about it. I'm hoping/expecting this plan to teach me more about what I want to add into my diet. They kind of gloss over the reintroduction part -- too much IMHO. I think I'm going to take my time and reintroduce at my own pace with smaller portions and longer phases.
All in all, the authors delivered their book in an enjoyable, easy-to-understand way that's even a bit entertaining. I loved the bits where they gave it to the readers straight -- it made me laugh, but I was also nodding my head thinking, "Yeah. They're right!" I'm one of those fortunate people who have no real ailments, aches, pains, diseases or chronic issues. (Very blessed!) But I do have metabolic damage from yo-yo dieting, starvation diets and super-low carb eating. I want to find a sustainable, healthy food lifestyle that totally eliminates anything that might affect my sluggish metabolism while still eating plenty of calories, starches/fats/protein. This is the perfect way jump start the process and figure out what I do (and what I don't) want in my long-term way of eating. I highly recommend!
I totally agree that plant-based foods are awesome disease fighters and essential to optimum health. But I have a wheat/gluten sensitivity and don't digest legumes well, but I do happen to do very well with meat. I follow the Paleo diet and have had tremendous success with it. So right off the bat, the book was a bit at odds with what I consider to be optimum for my body and lifestyle. Still, because I do love a plethora of fruits and vegetables, the book had a lot of great information. I can't say that it was anything I didn't already know, but she delivers it in a way that's more of a support group/counseling session for loving your body as a whole versus following any kind of diet or obsessing over the scale. It's similar to Cameron Diaz's Body Book.
I would've given this four stars overall but ugh... the narrator! She had the voice of a child, and was super peppy and chirpy. I kept seeing her as a young Marcia Brady, and it was so distracting. Plus, she read faster than I usually like in a narrator, so I kept having to rewind because my brain wasn't absorbing her words well.
Not a bad book by any means -- I would definitely recommend it to perhaps a female going off to college or a teenager who is battling body issues or someone who is looking for some positive, uplifting info about overall health and nutrition. But if your'e a hard-core nutrition-fanatic like me who loves the science and all of ground-breaking research and studies, you might find it a little lacking.