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Robert Patterson

Calgary, AB Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • The UltraMind Solution: Fix Your Broken Brain by Healing Your Body First

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mark Hyman
    • Narrated By Mark Hyman
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    As America enters the aging age, The Ultra Mind Solution speaks directly to the massive generation of boomers who, for the first time, are encountering diminishing memory and focus, among other affects of life on earth and the human brain. Like all of Dr. Hyman's work, this latest installment in the Ultra series teaches listeners how to use the body as well as how to heal the body, this time making lifestyle changes that will foster brain function, including memory, mood, and attention.

    Flavia says: "Very Helpful!"
    "Corny Title - Great Book!"
    Overall

    I'm not usually into Naturopathic ideas, but I really enjoyed this book. The author does a great job explaining how what we put in our bodies affects us. I bought the book after listening to the free sample. I was impressed and the book did not disappoint.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease - and the Statin-Free Plan That Will

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen T. Sinatra, Jonny Bowden
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (180)

    Emerging science is showing that cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart disease and that standard prescriptions for lowering it, such as ineffective low-fat/high-carb diets and serious, side-effect-causing statin drugs, obscure the real causes of heart disease. Even doctors at leading institutions have been misled for years based on creative reporting of research results from pharmaceutical companies intent on supporting the $31-billion-a-year cholesterol-lowering drug industry.

    Z. Karpinski says: "Easy to understand, helpful in practice"
    "A pleasant surprise!"
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    This book was surprising, to say the least. It doing all the right stuff. Jam packed with useful information, and entertaining throughout. The authors have a great sense for when it's getting necessarily technical, and they apologetically back up and re-focus the discussion.

    I really can't say enough good stuff about this book. The narrator seams a natural for the part, and the reading is seamless.

    If this subject matter is at all interesting to you... then get this book.

    The authors seam to be in the sweet spot between embracing conventional medicine and questioning conventional medicine!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (4731)
    Performance
    (4291)
    Story
    (4300)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Simply Outstanding! If you liked Aces Wild..."
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    ... if you liked the Aces Wild books there is a great chance that this is right up your Alley.

    I was initially put off a little by the cheesy cover art of this title, but the Story inside was terrific and now the art makes sense!

    This is set in a 1920's world that parallel's ours, except in this world something weird happened that causes some people to obtain magic powers.

    Expertly crafted and expertly Narrated this book delivers entertainment from end to end. Don't hesitate... try this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything... Fast!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Josh Kaufman
    • Narrated By Josh Kaufman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (279)

    In The First 20 Hours, Josh Kaufman offers a systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition: how to learn any new skill as quickly as possible. His method shows you how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers. By completing just 20 hours of focused, deliberate practice you'll go from knowing absolutely nothing to performing noticeably well. What do you want to learn?

    Grady says: "Finished the thesis early in the book"
    "Very enjoyable book. His ideas sound so right."
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    I can see why some other people didn't like this book. But that does not matter, because I thought this was a great format.

    The first three chapters covers methods for skill acquisition, and the remainder of the book are the authors experiences while using his system to acquire 6 new skills. I thought his 6 stories of skill acquisition were quite good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (494)

    It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills - and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These "bots" started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected.

    PHIL says: "Wide-ranging, non-technical"
    "Good, but too many opinions for my tastes."
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    This book had some good stories, and some keen insights when it comes to algorithms.

    However, it also expounds a lot of opinions as facts. Sorry... but there is lots of stuff that Doctors still don't know.

    Additionally annoying is how the Author abuses the word Hacker. He repeatedly used word "Hacker" to represent anyone who writes code to solve a problem.

    With intelligent editing this could have been a better book. (better=less annoying).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If This Isn't Nice, What Is: Advice for the Young

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (808)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (699)

    Master storyteller and satirist Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most in-demand commencement speakers of his time. For each occasion, Vonnegut’s words were unfailingly unique, insightful, and witty, and they stayed with audience members long after graduation. As edited by Dan Wakefield, this book reads like a narrative in the unique voice that made Vonnegut a hero to readers and listeners of all ages. At times hilarious, razor-sharp, freewheeling, and deeply serious, these reflections are ideal for anyone undergoing what Vonnegut would call their "long-delayed puberty ceremony".

    Joseph Warren says: "Witty Humor and Priceless Insight"
    "I was a Vonnegut fan, and I didn't even know it."
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    I loved almost every word of this book. It was entertaining, funny, and full of the advice I hope my kids will listen to. Heck, I got a life lesson or three from it.

    Once again... a very enjoyable listen. If this isn't nice, what is?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Relentless: The Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Yngwie J. Malmsteen
    • Narrated By Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Fred Berman
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Yngwie Malmsteen's revolutionary guitar style - combining elements of classical music with the speed and volume of heavy metal - made him a staple of the 80s rock scene. Decades later, he's still a legend among guitarists, having sold 11 million albums and influenced generations of rockers since. In Relentless, Malmsteen shares his personal story, from the moment he burst onto the scene seemingly out of nowhere in the early 80s to become a household name in the annals of heavy metal.

    Anneli says: "Autobiography of Yngwie J. Malmsteen."
    "Great stuff. Yngwie fans will love this book."
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    Yngwie did a fantastic job on this book. Entertainment throughout. And now, if I had a cat, I'd have to rename it Yngwie J. Meowsteen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away with Murder

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi
    • Narrated By Joseph Campanella
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Lori says: "Outstanding!"
    "Perfect. A concise, informative, knock out!"
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    This book was exactly what I was hoping it would be. It explains the evidence in this case, and does a great job explaining why the outcome came out the way it did.

    Vincent Bugliosi really lets loose is his thoughtful insightful way. The book moves along at a brisk pace, which totally suits the material.

    Joseph Campenella seamed the perfect narrator for this book... although his voice kept bringing me back to memories of his `Science International` TV spots from the 70s.

    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
    Overall
    (1566)
    Performance
    (1343)
    Story
    (1323)

    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.

    Stacey says: "The program works, but the listen is technical"
    "Insightful, one-sided, thought provoking, annoying"
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    This book is packed full of interesting information, but I did find myself rolling my eyes at much of the preachy content. I would recommended this book to everyone, but caution that you take it with a grain of salt.

    I believe the premise that Wheat may be very bad for us is sound. But the author then goes on to blame genetic modification of the Wheat for the badness. Isn't is far more likely that the problem is the amount of wheat that we consume because it's so inexpensive and plentiful?

    There are a lot of little annoyance like this in the book. The author never really defends why he only advocates a wheat elimination diet, rather than a wheat reduction diet for the masses.

    And as long as I`m pointing out annoying bits... I remember near the end, something like ``Is nuclear fission just another chemical reaction"? I don't know about your school, but in my school we leaded that nuclear fission was a nuclear reaction, not a chemical reaction :-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3821)
    Performance
    (2170)
    Story
    (2204)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Great story across a huge intricate galaxy."
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    Wow! This was a huge story that had everything... very weird aliens, heroic moment, sensuality, murder, intrigue, etc. I really enjoy the full circle experience, as things at the start of the book made sense at the end of the book. John Lee did a great job on Narration... but I held back one star on performance because I found little of no gap in the recording when switching between plot lines within a chapter.

    Regardless, I loved the book, and I immediately ordered the next one in the series. There are just so many plot lines that I just need to know how they will turn out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2684)
    Performance
    (1894)
    Story
    (1901)

    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Lynn says: "A Rip Snorting Story"
    "Interesting, interesting, interesting!"
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    This book is simply great. It really paints a vivid a picture of Google and its founders. It held my interest throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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