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M. M. McKown

Fairfield, CA | Member Since 2009

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  • In Defense of Food

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1318)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (558)

    "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food. Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists-all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion.

    Kimberly says: "Good book, but read The Omnivore's Dilemma first"
    "Lovely follow-up to An Omnivore's Dilemna"
    Overall

    This is a very informative, easy-to-listen-to book. An Omnivore's Dilemna is an excellent account of the writer's exploration of how food gets from the farm to the plate, and this book answers the question he most often received after publishing the first, "What should we eat?" Very pratical, realistic and soundly written, he discusses the nature of the food industry and food itself. Enjoyable and worthwhile.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Immaculee Ilibagiza, Steve Erwin
    • Narrated By Lisa Renee Pitts
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (120)

    In 1994, Immaculee Ilibagiza's world was ripped apart when her native country of Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Her family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans. Miraculously, Immaculee survived the slaughter.

    Kim says: "What a triumphant spirit"
    "Amazing - Beatiful Faith in a World of Horror"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Left to Tell the most enjoyable?

    I already knew the details of the genocide, but hearing it from a personal level takes the story even deeper. Imaculee's developing faith is wonderful and her ability to find God's perspective on the killers is deeply healing. I wish everyone, especially those struggling with the true evil of mankind, would hear or read this book. It is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2523)
    Performance
    (1567)
    Story
    (1548)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "Way too many words...."
    Overall

    The point is simple. Exercise is good for you in many ways, with examples. But somehow this book seems to go on and on saying the exact same thing, over and over and over. Another study, the same result. I listed to this on my commute and repeatedly fell asleep, only to wake up and not feel like I had missed anything. (Thankfully, I wasn't driving!)

    This would be a great book as a resource to cite examples of the importance of exercise. But as an audiobook to listen to? Really, it's about as dull and repetitive as possible.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life's Adversities

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Edwards
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (17)

    While on the campaign trail, Elizabeth Edwards met many others who have had to contend with serious adversity in their lives, and in Resilience, she draws on their experiences as well as her own, crafting an unsentimental and ultimately inspirational meditation on the gifts we can find among life's biggest challenges.

    Jill says: "Intense and emotional"
    "Heavy"
    Overall

    I thought this would be a little more positive sort of listen, but it moved me to tears more than once (a bad thing while driving!). I have all sorts of sympathy for Mrs. Edwards, but I couldn't finish it. It was just too sad and too heavy for me. But it is memorable!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mommywood

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tori Spelling
    • Narrated By Tori Spelling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    With the same down-to-earth wit that made her entertaining memoir sTORI telling a #1 New York Times best-seller, Tori tells the hilarious and humbling stories of life as a mom in the limelight. From learning to be the kind of parent her own mother never was to revealing what it's like to raise a family while everyone is watching, Mommywood is an irresistible snapshot of celebrity parenthood that you won't get from the paparazzi.

    Amber says: "Perfect Tori!"
    "Cute and interesting"
    Overall

    I didn't expect to enjoy this book, but I really did! Tori is very upbeat and suprisingly real in this take on her life as a mother. I've never watched her show, but if I catch it on now, I actually might. I had a couple of good laughs and enjoyed the ride.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David A. Kessler
    • Narrated By Blair Hardman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (503)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (153)

    The End of Overeatinguncovers the shocking facts about how we lost control over our eating habits - and how we can get it back. Dr. Kessler presents groundbreaking research, along with what is sure to be a controversial view inside the industry that continues to feed a nation of overeaters - from popular brand manufacturers to advertisers, chain restaurants, and fast-food franchises.

    Deidre says: "The best 'NON-DIET" diet book out there..."
    "A little too descriptive"
    Overall

    In the first half of this book, the writer extensively describes how the food industry markets and designs food to tempt us. The unfortunate side effect for me (which goes to prove his point) was that I became obsessed with food while listening to the first part of this book, and I overate compulsively as a result! Eventually I stopped the book for a week or two, let myself break away and stop overeating, and finally came back and finished listening to it. Overall the book does not provide any great new breakthrough of how to eat well or manage overeating, but it suggests reliable and perhaps under-utilized methods.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful

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