Here's the thing. I'm a huge Craig Beck fan. Listening to his book, "Alcohol Lied to Me" is the single most important step I took to stop drinking. I've also listened to "Swallow The Happy Pill." and for the most part, I liked it, but I felt it was fundamentally flawed in it's approach to theology. (You can read my review of it on Audible.)
Fat Guy Friday is another effort from Beck that draws HEAVILY upon the writing he has done in earlier books, which means there is only a little new additional material here. With that said, much of that additional information is pure gold for anyone who wants to lose weight.
Unfortunately, there's not nearly enough of it. For example, he talks about getting a scale and a body fat meter, but he does not talk about how to graph your results or how to interpret them. He does not talk about plateaus or the problems one might encounter. And he only glosses over the truth of weight loss: that it takes months or years and a total commitment to a change in your habits and lifestyle.
Plus he only spends a few minutes talking about what he eats on his "diet." He talks about how important it is important to reprogram your subconscious to stay away from wheat and other simple carbohydrates, yet there are no hypnosis tracks on this recording to help you do that (He instead tells you to buy his book, "Subattraction Weight Loss," which contains 39 minutes of content, only nine of which is hypnosis tracks — one would think Craig could have just added those tracks to this book, but instead we have to spend more money.)
He also suggests we buy his other books throughout this book. Especially "Alcohol Lied To Me." The result is Beck jumping back and forth between trying to convince you to stop eating wheat, to trying to convince you to stop drinking, to the dangers of smoking and so on. If I were Beck, I would write a whole new book for people who are fat drunks who smoke and leave all of that stuff out of a book for people who just want to lose some weight.
Speaking of spending money, Craig also says that in order to make this program work he recommends that you sign up for his Fat Guy Friday club online which costs $29.97 for the first month and $19,97 a month after that. I don't have a problem with Craig Beck getting rich while I get thin, but the whole thing does sort of smack of hucksterism. I expected more, especially after the success I had with "Alcohol Lied To Me."
For someone who really wants to lose weight, here is my suggestion. First, buy this book. Listen to it. Then buy the book "Why we get fat" by Gary Taubes. Listen to that. And then listen to "Wheatbelly" by William Davis. By now you should have a really good understanding of what you need to do to lose weight. If you are rich, by all means spend money on Craig's online club. If you are not, find a friend who also needs to lose weight and do it together. Support one another. Better yet, do it with a spouse or significant other and the benefits will be even greater. Good luck.
The Dark Tower Series has grabbed me and is holding my attention quite well at this point. I really care about the characters. I really want to walk along with them on their journey along the path of the beam. This story is right out of Peckinpaw and Kurasawa. With a King-like bent. I'm all in.
Time travel. Parallel dimensions. Space ships. Battles with explosions on decks six through 12. Love. Humor. Characters I care about when they die. Characters I care about when they come back to life. And a Wil Wheaton Narration. More. I must have more!
Everyone in this country needs to read or listen to this essay. Whether they agree or not, it's so full of information and reason that it forms a necessary jumping off point for debate and communal understanding.
The best thing about this book by Ester Perel is that you get real insight into how different people in relationships see their partners and their roles. You get to hear how they approach sex and intimacy and love and how the three things are almost never the same to any two people. This book is a little short on solutions. (I guess that, as a therapist, Perel believes the solution, ultimately, is therapy. Although she does not say as much.) But, overall, this piece is an engrossing and worthwhile glimpse into the minds and lives of people who find that love and lust aren't always in synch. As a narrator, Perel's strong but infinitely listenable Belgian accent and tone are, simply, pitch perfect.
Run away. As fast as you can. There's nothing here worth consuming. In a word: unlistenble.
Unique and wonderful and wry and fun and scary and odd and perfectly crafted (And very well read by Stanley Tucci.)
A lot of good information about inequality and how we got to our current unsustainable economic state. The insights here are also covered just as well in other books by Robert Reich, Joseph Stiglitz and Michael Sandel. Still, this kind of information cannot be conveyed too often or in too many formats.
I travel on business a lot. I stay in hotels over 150 nights a year. This book was not only entertaining and a pleasure to listen to (Thomsky is a natural reader/actor/performer), it gave me some real insight and tips for how I should approach my stays in hotels. Funny as hell. Full of interesting stories. And the author experienced something of a dramatic arc from beginning to end. Very well done.
I know this is episode one of a series, but the problem I had with it was that I was not left with any reason or desire to move to episode two.Scalzi is good (although he always seems to be better when read by Wil Wheaton for some reason). But here, I wasn't grabbed. Maybe I should have started with "Old Man's War" which has been in my wish list for a few months. Maybe I'll give episode two a try. Maybe it will grow on me. But I'm not sure that a 13-piece serial really works in audiobook format.
The world is changing. And the revolution of how people create, manufacture and design is a big part of it. This movement alone could bring manufacturing back to the US in a big way. I think everyone who is getting out of college in the next four years should read this (and other books written by Anderson) to fully understand how the business and creative world is changing.
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