I expected this book to be a guy who total immerses himself in the health and or fitness culture. What it was, was a guy trying to get into shape, at times he sought out expects or tried some crazy form of working out but basically, it was a book about a guy that walked on the treadmill and tried to eat right. Great premiss, terrible execution.
I would listen again because I love the humor of A.J. Jacobs and the way he checks out the literal interpretation of whatever he's writing about. Bless his wife.
I also listened to "The Year of Living Biblically" which is even funnier than this book. Jacobs can get into some real predicaments. And again, God bless his wife.
I laughed a lot while listening to this book -- it's great for traffic time.
It was a reasonably good listen. I like the whole concept of participatory journalism and, being susceptible to health and fitness fads myself, the core idea of the book was attractive. In the end, it was a little bit too light-weight and insubstantial for me. I know he was not attempting a truly "serious" book on the subject but it ended up feeling like not being one thing or another - not truly satirising the whole health and fitness obsession but not really fully committing to it either. I did like the descriptions of his grandfather and aunt.
I would be slow to recommend it because I did have to force myself to finish it.
I did not like the narrator's voice at all. Ironically it was not strong or punchy enough in delivering the material. I suspect I would have given a higher rating to the book if someone else had narrated it. I sometimes listen to audiobooks on a cheap docking station and his voice was barely intelligible.
His book is quite personal so I don't think there was much lacking with regard to insights into his personal life.
Wanted to like it more than I did ....
Jacobs is a relatable, anxious, narrator. He is honest about his life and his health status.
He is not consistent in his monthly reporting. I want to know how many pounds he weighed each month so I can hear how he is improving, etc. He does not try diets that are truly sensible - I'd love to hear how he did on a recommended and healthy diet rather than just a juice fast.
He's funny and willing to try things like accupuncture.
Yes, Jacobs is a very entertaining writer and his reading is just terrific. The information is good, because he is able to access people who are experts in the field that he is talking about.
There were many wonderful chapters, but the chapter on germs was one of my favorites.
I was not familiar with AJ Jacobs, but now I feel as though I know his entire family! He is not only a great writer, but he is a wonderful narrator. This is a truly entertaining book, and I literally laughed out loud at some of his health experiments....I'm pretty sure my ears are healthier by listening to the book instead of reading it. It's an aural thing.
I loved the relaxed conversational style of the author and narrator. There is something special when an author reads his/her own work. AJ Jacobs has a natural delivery and easy going style. I learnt so much - however I will definitely listen again for the gems I missed.
AJ's account of the conversations with his grandfather, and also the triathlon event.
I loved the account of the 'cave man' work out in Central Park, and the odd characters mentioned throughout the book.
Dont knock it till you've tried it? Check!
Looking forward to the authors next work.
Avid reader with eclectic tastes - I know what I like!
I haven't read the print version, so it would be unfair to compare. However, I love a book read by an author when they convey their tone, voice and meaning so well. A. J. Jacobs does all that.
"I want it, I want it, I really, really want it!" I still laugh when recalling this section.
He has a self effacing, wry sense of humor while still conveying his interest in the world and willingness to give new things a try.
I love that the author.'s wife and kids, and friends and family, are willing to "play along" when he thrusts new experiences upon them. Funny as it is, it also shows how much they care about him and the things he tries or embraces. And in doing so, he broadens their horizons, too. Not always for the best, but definitely broader!
More, please, A.J.!
I liked it ok BUT I still thing his other book year of living biblical was more fresh funny
Possibly as content was interesting, informative and humorous
Interest in taking charge of your health