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Acteon

Acteon

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1167)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (999)

    Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.

    Amazon Customer says: "Family history of Alzheimers? Read this!"
    "A book I wish I could have read earlier"
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    Where does Grain Brain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the most enriching and valuable


    Any additional comments?

    This is an essential book that I wish I could have read decades ago. It would have changed the course of my life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Improving Your Memory, Brain Boost: Hypnosis, Meditation and Subliminal - The Sleep Learning System Featuring Rachael Meddows

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Joel Thielke
    • Narrated By Rachael Meddows
    Overall
    (15)
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    (12)
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    (11)

    Naturally increase your memory and focus and retain details easier with this soothing program from the world-renowned Sleep Learning System, narrated by best selling hypnotherapist, Rachael Meddows. Just turn on the tracks, relax, and let your subconscious mind do the work for you. The Sleep Learning System is specially designed to work with your subconscious mind during your sleep cycle.

    Lisa says: "I can feel the difference"
    "Effective"
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    Any additional comments?

    I bought this because I have sleep and memory problems, but I did not expect too much. It exceeded my expectations in that I found it to be quite effective in helping me to relax and sleep. The one thing I don't like is the music in the last of the three parts (which you don't have to use): I much prefer the music in Part 2. Pt.1 is OK, but because there are individual, piano type notes that stick out, making the music less effective in promoting relaxation than synthesizer type music. In general, the best music for this kind of thing does not have melodies (which even when they are not annoyingly trite get tiresome after a few listenings) or individual notes that stand out (such as piano).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SPQR I: The King's Gambit

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Maddox Roberts
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (388)

    John Maddox Roberts takes listeners back to a Rome filled with violence and evil. Vicious gangs ruled the streets of Crassus and Pompey, routinely preying on plebeian and patrician alike. So the garroting of a lowly ex-slave and the disembowelment of a foreign merchant in the dangerous Subura district seemed of little consequence to the Roman hierarchy.

    Abigail says: "Love these! Need more!"
    "Excellent historical novel"
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    If you could sum up SPQR I in three words, what would they be?

    A wonderful find


    What was one of the most memorable moments of SPQR I?

    When Milo knocks down the two thugs.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Simon Vance is excellent; his reading adds to the listening experience.


    Any additional comments?

    What I look for in historical novels is a feeling for a past epoch that complements what I get from reading books on history. This one is well researched, and I feel it has added to my feeling for Rome during the last days of the republic. The story is also good; I could hardly put it down (listened to it in one day).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Isn't My Brain Working?: A Revolutionary Understanding of Brain Decline and Effective Strategies to Recover Your Brain's Health

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dr. Datis Kharrazian
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (31)
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    (28)

    Losing your memory? Can't focus or concentrate? Do you have brain fog or tire easily? Have you lost your zest for life or motivation? Do people tell you this is all a normal part of aging? If so, your brain may be growing old too fast, or degenerating. Modern diets, a stressful lifestyle, and environmental toxins all take their toll on the brain. This doesn't just happen to seniors - brain disorders and degeneration are on the rise for young and old alike. The good news is the brain is extremely adaptable and wants to get well.

    margaret says: "Dr. Datis Kharrazian should have narrated it!"
    "A book I wish I could have read earlier"
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    What did you love best about Why Isn't My Brain Working??

    It made me understand, concretely, how the brain is in constant interaction with all parts of the body. Tthis interconnection is at the center of most health problems and must be taken into account in the search for well-being, and of course in all our remedial or preventive efforts. A malfunction anywhere often reflects a problem in the brain, and it in turn can cause further damage to the brain. Vaguely knowing that something might be bad for my health was not enough to me to act accordingly, especially in my youth, but knowing concretely how it would damage my brain sure would have been!


    What other book might you compare Why Isn't My Brain Working? to and why?

    Datis Kharraziac's book on Thyroid, another must. David Perlemutter's Grain Brain. They are all books that probe the deeper workings of the human organism.


    Any additional comments?

    If I had read this book twenty, ten, or even five years ago, I would be in hugely better shape today. I have read many books on various aspects of health, and I have invested a lot in all sorts of ways to improve my functional health, but without a deep and detailed understanding of the brain, it never came together for me, and my various attempts as well as those of numerous health practitioners, many excellent in their own domain, never coalesced into the good health I sought.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Scientific Secrets for Self-Control

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor C. Nathan DeWall
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (373)

    Join an expert in self-control research for six engaging and inspirational lessons that shatter the myths about willpower and replace them with verifiable science that can make the seemingly unattainable finally possible. Packed with eye-opening studies, experiments, and exercises to strengthen your self-control when dealing with money, fitness, personal relationships, and more, this course will have you wondering why you ever doubted yourself.

    DaemonZeiro says: "Don't skimp on this one"
    "Not entirely satisfying but still worth while"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, though not as enthusiastically as some other Great Courses. There are some valuable insights and exercises that could make a great difference in one's life. Because these are very much part of our everyday life, it is easy to see them as obvious, but they are not. If I could have listened to these lectures when I was 20, my life might have been completely different! (I say "might have", not "would have").


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I did not feel too happy with the delivery, yet I find it hard to say what the lecturer could have done better! Could it be that we at heart consider the subject unappealing and unconsciously tend to dismiss discussion as "self-evident"? I myself would probably not have bought these lectures had they not been discounted! The more interesting question in this particular instance seems to me: what accounts for my impression? rather than "what could the narrator do better?" Thinking about it made me change my initial appreciation of the 'performance' from 3 to 4 stars.


    What did you learn from Scientific Secrets for Self-Control that you would use in your daily life?

    1. how much self-discipline depends on available energy 2. how one can improve self-discipline 3. how much self-discipline is related to many things, such as personal and marital relationships


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the negative reviews here seem to be based on or skewed by the impression of the first lectures as plodding and uninspiring. I agree that it is easy to feel impatient listening to them; I overcame the problem by listening at 3x speed and going back to just a couple of places.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Miranda Carter
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
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    (115)
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    In the years before the First World War, the great European powers were ruled by three first cousins: King George V of Britain, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Together, they presided over the last years of dynastic Europe and the outbreak of the most destructive war the world had ever seen, a war that set 20th-century Europe on course to be the most violent continent in the history of the world.

    D. Littman says: "interesting and entertaining work of history"
    "Of considerable interest if interested in WW-I"
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    What made the experience of listening to George, Nicholas and Wilhelm the most enjoyable?

    For someone interested in World War I and the period before, it is very interesting to have a more detailed and vivid picture of these three sovereigns, two of whom played a very significant role in the course of events. Seeing them closer up makes that war all the more dismaying. Neither Nicholas nor Wilhelm were evil like the great dictators of the 20th century, but they were weak and incompetent rulers, yet their foibles and decisions (or non-decisions) were instrumental in creating hell for tens of millions of people. Many factors conspired toward war, but these two could have kept it from taking place.


    Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

    Princess Victoria (Vicky) mother of Wilhelm II; her tragedy is losing her intelligent and liberal-minded husband Wilhelm I who died young, leaving the capricious Wilhelm II as emperor of Germany, to the infinite misfortune of Germany and the rest of the world.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Rosalyn Landor is exceptionally good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (180)
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    (179)

    The fateful quarter-century leading up to World War I was a time when the world of privilege still existed in Olympian luxury and the world of protest was heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate. The age was the climax of a century of the most accelerated rate of change in history, a cataclysmic shaping of destiny.

    Doug says: "Fascinating history"
    "A wealth of information"
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    What did you love best about The Proud Tower?

    The wealth of information on various aspects of life in the period preceding World War I


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Proud Tower?

    Dreyfus' rehabilitation. The assassination of Jean Jaurès.


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

    I have listened to many, and she is an excellent reader. She apparently knows French and pronounces most names correctly, but unfortunately leaves out the "s" at the end of one of the main figures in the book, Jaurès. It is tricky to know when the final "s" in French names is silent or pronounced, and before the age of internet it is not so easy to look up, so she should not be taken to task; I mention this only so that other readers should not be led astray in their own pronunciation of this name. Readers today, however, have little excuse to mispronounce foreign names as the correct pronunciation is easily found on the internet.


    Any additional comments?

    Parts of it (for me, some of the details of English political life) can seem a bit long, but the book is well worth one's patience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spain: A Unique History

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stanley G. Payne
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    Overall
    (40)
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    (35)
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    (35)

    From bloodthirsty conquest to exotic romance, stereotypes of Spain abound. This new volume by distinguished historian Stanley G. Payne draws on his half-century of experience to offer a balanced, broadly chronological survey of Spanish history from the Visigoths to the present. Who were the first “Spaniards”? Is Spain a fully Western country? Was Spanish liberalism a failure? Examining Spain's unique role in the larger history of Western Europe, Payne reinterprets key aspects of the country's history.

    Richard says: "An Academic Wonder"
    "An outstanding book on history"
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    What did you love best about Spain?

    This book is of particular interest to those who are interested in history not only for facts and stories but for an understanding of how things came to pass, not only on the primary level of events but also on the levels of how these are interpreted, transformed and transmitted. It is a very rich work that gives insights into historiography as well as history. I came away feeling enriched in many ways.

    The discussion of the Arabic occupation and how it has been seen at different times is alone worth the price of the book to me. I had a rosy vision of a tolerant and cultivated Islamic state that contrasted with the rough and bigoted Christians; this book not only sets the record straight but also explains where this idealized vision comes from.

    Do not pass up this book because of negative reviews, though these are right in saying that it is not written for those who want a easy account of the personages and events of Spanish history. The reader is also good, and though he reads foreign words with a pronounced American accent, he does not MISpronounce Spanish words as some reviews suggest (the incomprehensible words they allude to are probably Latin or French). Spanish words are all comprehensible, though the rare French words are seriously mispronounced.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is quite dense and not a "easy listen". Negative reviewers are not wrong to bring this up, but I am extremely grateful for having listened to it. It gives a wonderful overview of Spanish history with invaluable insights, but it is not a "concise history of Spain" and needs to be complemented by other books if you know little about Spanish and European history.

    The author's account of his academic career is both interesting and meaningful in the context of an important subject central to the book: historiography. I CAN understand how a casual listener might be put off by this book, and I would not recommend it to everyone. But to those with a somewhat deeper interest in history, it is a real find.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bruce D. Perry, Maia Szalavitz
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (461)

    What happens when a young child is traumatized? How does terror affect a child's mind---and how can that mind recover? Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has treated children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, witnesses to their own parents' murders, children raised in closets and cages, the Branch Davidian children, and victims of family violence. In The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, he tells their stories of trauma and transformation.

    Marilyn says: "Changed a Sixth-Grade Teacher's Life"
    "A Six star book"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog the most enjoyable?

    Not only are the case stories moving, but illuminating because Dr.Perry explains the underlying causes in the light of what we have only recently begun to understand about the brain. By doing this, he extends the meaning of his therapeutic work way beyond the individual cases, indeed to every one of us as well as to all of human society and history. In the final chapter, he makes some extremely insightful and pertinent comments on life and society today.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Each story is compelling, but in addition, there is a cumulative progression and a deepening sense of meaning.


    What about Danny Campbell’s performance did you like?

    He speaks clearly and warmly, with just the right tone.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, though there is too much to absorb for one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    The book's content and significance exceed what I had expected from the catchy title that made me think of 'The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat', which though also interesting is not nearly as moving and rich in significance as this one. I recommend this book to everyone without reservation; in fact, I urge you to listen to it, whoever you are. It is one of most stimulating, both intellectually and personally, that I have ever listened to or read. Truly a six-star book.I have read numerous books on psychology, psychiatry, and child development, and among my most rewarding life experiences are ten years of a composite therapy; yet this book has put all into a new perspective.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Eri Hotta
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (83)
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    (84)

    When Japan attacked the United States in 1941, argues Eri Hotta, its leaders, in large part, understood they were entering a conflict they were bound to lose. Availing herself of rarely consulted material, Hotta poses essential questions overlooked by historians in the seventy years since: Why did these men - military men, civilian politicians, diplomats, the emperor - put their country and its citizens in harm's way? Why did they make a decision that was doomed from the start?

    Jean says: "Japanese viewpoint"
    "Informative addition to historical understanding"
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    Would you listen to Japan 1941 again? Why?

    Perhaps, to refresh my memory.


    What other book might you compare Japan 1941 to and why?

    John Tolland 'Rising Sun'; Max Hastings: 'Retribution'


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This book provides valuable insight into the seemingly irrational way the Japanese behaved during World War II. For a non-Japanese, it is truly mind-boggling to learn how inefficient decision-making was in the Japanese government, and how this disastrous inefficiency was ingrained in Japanese culture and even language. It incidentally sheds much light on Japanese behavior today in various situations both political and personal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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