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WILSONVILLE, Or, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 2 reviews
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  • 93 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014

  • Blameless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Gail Carriger’s best-selling Parasol Protectorate series reimagines Victorian England with vampires, werewolves, and a dash of steampunk. Blameless is the third in the series starring the parasol-wielding Lady Alexia Maccon, formerly Alexia Tarabotti. After news spreads of her delicate condition—a surprise to everyone since she’s married to a werewolf—Alexia is desperate to escape the London gossip. So she heads to Italy for a change of scenery.

    Leanna says: "When you're right, you're right!"
    "Loved the books till this one!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I loved this clever writing and all the amazing research that was apparent in the Alexia Tarabotti books. I could not wait till this last one but the first 2 were so amazing that I was a bit let down by the third. It just seemed very contrived - forced even - and did not flow as well as the rest. I was disappointed, Perhaps the author felt rushed to complete this last installment - but it just did not have the clarity or believability of the previous ones. I fell in love with Alexia in the first 2 books but in this one I just wanted to clobber her over the head. She lost her charm. I hope the next featuring the new arrival will go back to the par oF the first two. I AM ROOTING FOR IT!

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the continuation of what would happen next - based on the first 2 books.

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

    This was the worst of the 3 I have listed to.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?


    Any additional comments?

    The reader is amazing. Her voices make the books come alive. Love listening to her!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Raw vegetables, eggs, meat and cheese"
    "This book pulls the old bate & switch on listener"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I was recommending this book to all my friends. Excited about the premise of how just removing wheat seemed to be the cure-all for whatever ails you. I was cheered on by stories of weight loss and impending operations that became unnecessary simply because the people removed wheat from their diet. But when you get into the last paragraphs that is when the switch comes. The author then starts singing a different tune saying – pretty much all carbohydrates should be removed. Avoid Gluten Free foods because they are high sugar - don’t eat most fruits. Stay away from Quinoa, rice, corn meal products and oats – all gluten free foods because they have carbohydrates. He goes on to say most Soy is bad because it has been genetically engineered so that’s not really an option either. He says if you must have rice, or Quinoa then limit them to a half a cup at most. In the beginning when he was explaining all these wheat free miracles he never mentioned throwing out all these other foods. He said over and over that the people got better or lost weight “Simply be removing wheat.” Maybe this explains why I have been gluten free for 2 months and have gained weight and no I did not replace Gluten with a bunch of Gluten free crappy food – I just eliminated basically all bread products and increased my vegetable, fruit, soy and nuts content. It just proves there is no magic bullet - it all goes back to the same notion as Paleo and Atkins and many others – loose the carbs lose they weight – but the book was not promoted in that way it was promoted all throught out with "lose the wheat loose the weight". Great information in here – and probably all correct – but lets be up front from the beginning and not just single out the removal of wheat as the magic bullet.

    Has Wheat Belly turned you off from other books in this genre?


    What does Tom Weiner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is very convicting when he reads.

    Do you think Wheat Belly needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?


    Any additional comments?

    The author would not have sold as many books as he did had his catch phrase been "lose the carbs -lose the weight," Because everyone know that. "Lose the wheat lose the weight" is a stretched truth at best as he reveals in his final chapters when he tells you all the other foods you will need to lose.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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