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Michael

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  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2122)
    Performance
    (1330)
    Story
    (1327)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Been there"
    Overall

    Having experience the death of our 9 year old to kidney cancer I have read A LOT on the subject. This book is absolutely 5 stars, the author tackles a complicated subject, weaves the technical science, historical timeline and array orcharacters together is an very gettable and captivating manner. This book felt accurate, sincere and left me with a sense of informational empowerment!

    32 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joan Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Lucid, forward-looking, and guided by a level-headed optimism that clearly distinguishes between genuine progress and exaggerated claims, Emerald Cities points the way toward a sustainable future for the American city.

    Jonathan says: "Informative, encyclopedic and very dry."
    "Non sequitur, full of propaganda, some interesting"
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    What would have made Emerald Cities better?

    I sounded like an rambling pseudo fact filled superficial rationale for a not very well justified political agenda. The author seems to believe that the process that is culpable of the problem will solve the problem. She seems to be in love with Obama. The books big ideas just feel shallow as she seems to try and impress with a litany of stories and unsubstantiated facts.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    deeper, more thought out. less propaganda


    Any additional comments?

    I realize this is a grand topic and difficult to tackle....but what could have been a fantastic book falls flat tripping over itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World without Cancer: The Story of Vitamin B17

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By G. Edward Griffin
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Mr. Griffin marshals the evidence that cancer is a deficiency disease like scurvy or pellagra aggravated by the lack of an essential food compound in modem mans diet. That substance is vitamin B17. In its purified form developed for cancer therapy, it is known as Laetrile. Why has orthodox medicine waged war against this non-drug approach? The author contends that the answer is to be found, not in science, but in politics, and is based upon the hidden economic and power agenda of those who dominate the medical establishment.

    Michael says: "Much MUCH more than I had expected....!!!"
    "Much MUCH more than I had expected....!!!"
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    Where does World without Cancer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the very top.....there come along few books that keep you listening or riveted during work or the odd times listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the confirmation of what I already sensed (having experienced the death of a child at Seattle childrens from cancer) there was so much much more to the story ...the back story, as well as the details of names and dates. very compelling


    Which character – as performed by Mark Bramhall – was your favorite?

    not relavent


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    made me want to get involved....scream .... or give up on this fucked up fake life we live!!


    Any additional comments?

    a must read.......

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4348)
    Performance
    (2139)
    Story
    (2172)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Fun read, Yet my BullSh#t detector Redlined !"
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    Would you try another book from Christopher McDougall and/or Fred Sanders?

    McDougall no. Sanders yes. I really dont go for fiction and I honestly had to check twice if it was non fiction. It reminded me of my drunk uncles fishing stories. Colorful, fun and creative and based on some real facts yet ginned up for dramatic sake I am a life long runner and was excited to to read a book about distance running. The story is melded with some science and history of running. Characters were well developed. The non linear writing style appeals to me. Much of the book seems to be promoting minimal running shoes and the copper canyon running event.

    McDougall references science and running experts to promote his idea, and cites resume and accomplishments of individuals. Then he goes on about Nike being the evil of running and in particular founder / coach bill Bowerman. He denigrates Bowerman as sort of a greed motivated coach who knew little about running. This was very dishonest journalism regardless of whether or not you love or hate Nike or what you think of Bowerman. as for Bowerman coach at University of Oregon his accomplishments stand for themselves, he is a snippet of what McDugall conveniently omitted. "Over his career, he trained 31 Olympic athletes, 51 All-Americans, 12 American record-holders, 24 NCAA champions and 16 sub-4 minute milers"

    I really liked much of the book, it gives a very limited perspective of Ultra running. And the use of Hyperbole is just too much for me to give this more than 3 stars.

    Im sure it will want to go out and run and some valuable tools and knowledge can be gleaned from the book.

    Reminds me of 3 cups of tea, kind of felt sad that the author couldnt write the story with Authenticity.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The story of Human Language


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the south African guy following the tribe about doing research.


    Could you see Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    yep...of course. it would appeal to anyone who bought Shape up shoes. made for TV .


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (2855)
    Performance
    (2541)
    Story
    (2542)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "A Yawner- Gladwell makes the mundane come to life."
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    Would you try another book from Malcolm Gladwell and/or Malcolm Gladwell?

    Ive tried them all....this one was a dud. It had moments but fizzled into uninteresting and uncompelling conjecture.


    Has David and Goliath turned you off from other books in this genre?

    not at all.


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Gladwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ive listened to them all. I suppose if this was your first Gladwell book it would be better. I got the sense he wrote this as a desperate attempt to fulfill a contract obligation.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Shallow in all aspects.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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