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.
Listy, redundant and padded with common-sense that is more common than sensible, this book falls flat. Sure, there are some good ideas here, and some solid advice. But the good is overshadowed by the bad editing and lack of any kind of narrative. Mr. Babuta would have done better to cite some other experts on the subject while delivering some real-world examples and success stories. Instead, what we get is a lot of his own opinions base on his own experiences, many of which contradict one another. Perhaps most aggravating of all is the fact that the author spends only a little time supporting the title's premise and then goes off on tangents of dieting advice and decluttering one's desk.
Instead I got a chronicle of smaller, faster, lighter, cheaper things, the vast majority of which I had already known about. A complete waste of my time and money.
There are a number of great anecdotes and interesting stories in this book. On top of that, as an ad person, I found plenty of good advice here. I would have paid hundreds of dollars for these pearls.
I find Mr. Acuff's stories and examples rather compelling. This is all good advice, laid out in an easy-to-digest format. (I also liked the fact that he did not shove his Christianity down the reader's throat like his boss Dave Ramsey does.) I liked it so much I listened to it twice in a row.
King's storytelling is so approachable and infectious that one easily can overlook the minor play kinks. I wish there had a little more spine chilling ghost action, but overall, I really enjoyed this piece.
The first-person perspective of this book is priceless, and the tips for powering through weight loss without losing your mind (like all battles, weight loss is partly mental) are also quite valuable. Thanks for being the human Guinea pig, Drew.
The subject matter, style and no-holds-barred whimsey of this book reminds me so much of Adams, I have a hard time thinking that the two were not drinking buddies or something. Hodgman's performance is stellar.
I had never read Tolkien as a kid. I thought it was time, after being bombarded with Hobbit references, to rectify that fact. The Hobbit is a quick scan and a fun, imaginative story, well told.
Okay, now I'm more paranoid than ever that humanity will be ravaged by a super virus. This book is gripping. Not just because the story is true, but because it is extremely well told.
I loved everything about this book. The characters were interesting and likable/hatable. The story was well told, with plenty of unexpected twists and fresh ideas. I really like the alternative history meets science fiction/fantasy convention. I was sad that it ended, but glad to know there was another book in the series. I will gobble that one up very soon.
I personally pledge allegiance to the Grimnoir.
Also, I want to say something about Bronson Pinchot. The guy is an amazing, amazing narrator. Sure, he was fun to watch on TV and in the movies. But reading books like this one, as well as others (Matterhorn springs to mind) seems, to me at least, to be the ideal expression of his particular performer's genius. He is working his butt off here and as a listener, I can't thank him enough. He can create a dozen characters, male and female, and each one stands on their own sonic merits. I work in the audio medium from time to time and I know how difficult such a thing is to accomplish, and I just have to say, bravo, Mr. Pinchot. You make it look/sound easy.
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