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  • Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Brian Wansink
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman

    In this illuminating and groundbreaking new book, food psychologist Brian Wansink shows why you may not realize how much you're eating, what you're eating, or why you're even eating at all.

    Jim says: "Mindless Reading"
    "Mindless Reading"

    I'd hoped for insights on more deeply psychological reasons for mindless eating, and tips for overcoming mindless eating. Alas, this is mostly just a recitation of the author's numerous field and academic studies proving (or attempting to prove) that packaging, portion size, relative dish or bowl or glass sizes, and the like affect the amounts people eat and drink. Only near the very end does he address how to cope with these variables, but it's pretty obvious by then. My main gripe is the excess of needlessly detailed and repetitive study data going to prove a few not very original or helpful points about what makes people misjudge portion sizes and, as a result, overeat. Would have made an okay 4-page magazine article; maybe that's how it started? Certainly the tone of the book reflects the stale cliches and puffy and quickly dated pop culture references one expects in popular magazine writing--and the result sounds stiff and insincere. Sorry, the topic does not merit and the style does not suit a book of this length.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Laurie Viera Rigler
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy

    After nursing a broken engagement with Jane Austen novels and Absolut, Courtney Stone wakes up and finds herself not in her Los Angeles bedroom, or even in her own body, but inside the bedchamber of a woman in Regency England. Who but an Austen addict like herself could concoct such a fantasy?

    Twin2th says: "Delightful"
    "Aunt Jane It Ain't"

    How did this one ever get published? Sounds like an adolescent Austen-worshipper's best attempt. Fails to accurately emulate Austen's rhetoric and style. No attempt to fully describe historical tidbits--e.g., explaining exactly what pattens are. A weak and embarrassingly juvenile story, poorly written. Sorry, can't recommend it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does - humans are a musical species.

    Shimon says: "A must for music lovers"
    "Not Sacks' Best, and Reader Ruins It"

    Sacks chronicles some bizarre and interesting auditory aberrations, many of which I could not even have imagined. This I expected, but there just wasn't enough meat and insight to hold my attention through the whole thing.
    With his British accent, the reader sounded wrong for Sacks's first-person narrative. Even aside from that, his voice was nearly intolerable to my ears. How to describe it...not an Oxbridge accent exactly. Maybe like an upperclass English twit trying to conceal drunkenness by being extra precise with his diction.
    Just curious: does Sacks ever actually cure anyone, or is he, like most neurology specialists, "diagnose, adios"?

    8 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden: What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Bill Maher
    • Narrated By Bill Maher

    Political provocateur Bill Maher tells it like it is in a useful and hilarious guide for the many Americans who want to do more here at home to help in the war effort, but are at a loss as to how. Says Maher, "Traveling the country, I find that people want to do more here at home, but are at a loss as to what. Even when the government issues a Terrorism Advisory, it's maddeningly vague - 'Terrorist alert today! Code Burnt Orange!' 'And what?' I always want to ask, "Bring a sweater?'"

    chris says: "Witty and accurate, mostly, but outdated"
    "Maher is on point"

    Maher is exactly on point with his prescriptions for what should be done to combat terrorism. Unfortunately the things he tells us about are those things the government should be telling us. Save gas, yes. While the government is telling us it's nothing but business as usual, Maher, as usual, tells us we'd better wake up and do something. Very well written and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bush at War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Bob Woodward
    • Narrated By James Naughton

    Bob Woodward tells the behind-the-scenes story of how President George W. Bush and his top national security advisers led the nation to war. Woodward's virtual wiretap into the White House Situation Room reveals a stunning group portrait of an untested president.

    Chris says: "An excellent book"
    "Puff Piece"

    This is a puff piece for the Bush administration. The only interesting fact is that Bush always intended to invade Iraq, even before he was elected.

    8 of 20 people found this review helpful

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