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  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (2085)
    Performance
    (1385)
    Story
    (1367)

    Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change—in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes’s crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

    Marsha says: "Eye opening, life changing book!"
    "Not a Diet Book"
    Overall

    Gary Taubes' book explains the biology and science of food and the human body. He cites observational and scientific studies to support his conclusion that most of the guidelines and advice we have receive about diet, excercise, and good health are most likely incorrect. The book will challenge what you've heard before, and what you probably believe. This book convinced me that many of the heart-healthy diet messages I've received and believed over my entire lifetime (I'm in my early 40s) is absolutely wrong. And Taubes did this by using facts, not suppositions and notions. However, this is not a diet book, nor does it prescribe Atkins, South Beach, etc. It simply explains the biological effects of carbohydrates, protein, and fat on the human body. I've researched new lifetime approaches to eating and consulted with my physician. As a result, I am effortlessly becoming leaner. I've lost 10 pounds in about 5 weeks without being hungry or exercising. My bloodwork just came in the other day, and everything is reading just fine. Read (or listen) and you'll come away enlightened.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5806)
    Performance
    (3708)
    Story
    (3726)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "A Great Sequel to Daemon"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Freedom (TM)?

    It was the perfect conclusion to Daemon. The characters developed well (and believably) over the story which made for a great listening experience.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Freedom (TM)?

    I appreciated how Suarez was able to weave the actions of adversaries into a very nuanced conclusion. (I hope that sounds confusing and intriguing. When the story finishes, you'll know what I meant.)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was surprised that the digital German soldier made for the most entertaining sequences in this book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A New Society Struggles to Emerge


    Any additional comments?

    Daemon and Freedom (TM) beg to be made into a movie or two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7988)
    Performance
    (4948)
    Story
    (4983)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Engaging Story, Great Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Daemon in three words, what would they be?

    Not expected outcome.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were diverse and the technological foundations on which the story is based are sound.


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

    Jeff Gurner's narration is easy to follow. His different voices are subtle but discernible which made the listening experience just about perfect.


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

    At first, I thought the story would be interesting and fun if predictable. It was interesting and fun, but it was NOT predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    The end will have you wanting to listen/read to the follow-up novel, Freedom (TM), which is also outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By William Peter Blatty
    • Narrated By William Peter Blatty, Eliana Shaskan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (577)

    Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.

    Purdy Oaten says: "Add 3 Hours&40 Years&Let Simmer Till Very Dark"
    "Holds Up Well Over Time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Given this novel was written in the early 1970s, the story holds up very well. The key characters are developed well and the suspenseful story unfolds at a satisfying pace. The ending seemed a bit rushed and uninterpreted, which might be what Blatty intended. That said, it was still a fine ending. I would recommend it to anyone.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Merrin. His calm and confident demeanor arrived at a key time in the story. The insights he shared with Karras put a lot of the demonic chaos in perspective and explained how evil can hide in quieter, more insidious ways in everyone's lives.


    What does William Peter Blatty and Eliana Shaskan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Blatty brings to the characters' conversations intonations that carry additional meaning. The reader might not catch the additional weight of some words.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Earth (The Audiobook) Free Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (25 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart
    Overall
    (1270)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (437)

    The eagerly awaited new audiobook from the Emmy-winning, Oscar-hosting, Daily Show-anchoring Jon Stewart - the man behind the megaseller America (The Book). Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race.

    John says: "Stick to TV"
    "Good for a Chuckle"
    Overall

    I only listened to the free chapter (audiobook form). I like Jon Stewart and the Daily Show. I'm sure this book is good, but the long-form humor (versus short-form on the show) that attacks mankind's insensitivity comes off as overly glib. Not something I really want to sit through. But that's just me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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