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david

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  • Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Rorke Denver
    • Narrated By Rorke Denver
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    Overall
    (458)
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    (414)
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    (422)

    Rorke Denver trains the men who become Navy SEALs - the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now. With his years of action-packed mission experience and a top training role, Lieutenant Commander Denver understands exactly how tomorrow’s soldiers are recruited, sculpted, motivated, and deployed. Now, Denver takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he now oversees.

    AXiD says: "Wonderful autobio,but sort of deadpan delivery"
    "Same Ol, Same Ol"
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    If you've read any of these types of books, you have read them all. I thought this might actually show some insight into the training of these special op soldiers, but, NO it's just more of the same. "I'm a badass. I love my country. I love my family." No insight whatsoever. It wasn't a bad book, just absolutely NOTHING new.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chickens: Their Natural and Unnatural Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Janet Lembke
    • Narrated By Katherine Dyer
    Overall
    (8)
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    (7)
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    (7)

    Framed by the author’s personal experience with backyard hens, Chickens: Their Natural and Unnatural Histories explores the history of the chicken from its descent from the dinosaurs to the space-age present. En route, Lembke surveys chickens in ancient Greece, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the 19th century, and modern times, including the role of chickens in Jewish and Muslim practices. She also investigates the birds’ contributions to science and their jaunty appearances in literature.

    david says: "Chicks ROCK!!"
    "Chicks ROCK!!"
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    As a "backyard" chicken keeper, I loved this book. I am not sure a reader that is not familiar with the joys of chickens would enjoy the book as much, but I loved it and hope it is the first of many books on these wonderful, feathered friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fragment

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Warren Fahy
    • Narrated By Robin Atkin Downes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
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    (39)
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    (40)

    The time is now. The place is the Trident, a long-range research vessel hired by the reality TV show Sealife. Aboard is a cast of ambitious young scientists. With a director dying for drama, tiny Henders Island might be just what the show needs. Until the first scientist sets foot on Henders, and the ultimate test of survival begins.

    Jennifer says: "Pretty Good but not Stunning"
    "A must for "Science" Science-Fiction lovers"
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    Great story, from beginning to end. I was dissapointed that it seemed to end with little possibility of a sequel. Then I just found out there is a sequel that was just released in March, although not in Audible yet. : (

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By T. Colin Campbell, Howard Jacobson
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    Overall
    (413)
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    (353)
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    (346)

    In The China Study, T. Colin Campbell revolutionized the way we think about our food with the evidence that a whole food, plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat. Now, in Whole, he explains the science behind that evidence, the ways our current scientific paradigm ignores the fascinating complexity of the human body, and why, if we have such overwhelming evidence that everything we think we know about nutrition is wrong, our eating habits haven’t changed.

    Sara says: "Not what you think it is"
    "Great Follow up!"
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    This is a great stand alone book. Or an excellent follow up to "The China Study."

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (874)
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    (581)
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    (588)

    The China Study offers conclusive evidence that a change of diet can dramatically reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The book is based on the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted, a 20-year joint project between Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. The study surveyed the eating habits of 6,500 adults from all over China and Taiwan and found a direct correlation between diet and disease.

    James says: "Deserves a second listen"
    "Shocking and eye opening"
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    This is incredibly interesting and eye opening. It should be required reading for every doctor, nutritionist.....in fact every american!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy D. Wilson
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
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    (95)
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    (95)

    Why might some sex education programs result in more teen pregnancies? Why did reading that self-help book make you feel less happy? What's the best way to recover from trauma? Can we actually improve our lives by redirecting our thinking?

    Brian says: "Why programs fail."
    "Not what I expected!"
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    I guess this book wouldn't have been so bad if I knew what I was getting. I was under the impression that it was about taking this "new science" and using it to make changes in my own life. It has nothing to do with that. It is strictly about how a lot of the programs that the government, schools, etc..use to direct children and adults into doing the "right" think don't actually work.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales from a Happy Life Without Kids

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jen Kirkman
    • Narrated By Jen Kirkman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
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    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    "You'll change your mind." That's what everyone says to Jen Kirkman - and countless women like her - when she confesses she doesn't plan to have children. But you know what? It's hard enough to be an adult. You have to dress yourself and pay bills and remember to buy birthday gifts. You have to drive and get annual physicals and tip for good service. Some adults take on the added burden of caring for a tiny human being with no language skills or bladder control.

    Amanda says: "Hilarious!"
    "Funny. Not fall down laughing funny, but funny"
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    I don't think parents will enjoy this book very much. As a adult that has chosen NOT to have children I enjoyed Jen's take on being purposefully childless. Everything she said was spot on. I love her on Chelsey Lately so I was not surprised I like the book. As my title says, I never fell down laughing or busted my gut laughing, but there were quite a few chuckles in this on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The FastDiet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Michael Mosley, Mimi Spencer
    • Narrated By Michael Mosley, Mimi Spencer
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (62)

    Is it possible to eat normally, five days a week, and become slimmer and healthier as a result? Simple answer: yes. You just limit your calorie intake for two nonconsecutive days each week - 500 calories for women, 600 for men. You’ll lose weight quickly and effortlessly with the FastDiet.

    Megarian says: "Worked for me"
    "nothing new, but still interesting"
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    Nothing new in this one. Fasting for health has been around for a very long time. This one promises the ability to "eat whatever you want" on the days you don't fast, but ultimately it comes back to: Eat healthier on the days you don't fast and you'll do better. The bottom line with any healthy nutrition regimen was put best by Michael Pollan:“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” If you want to add fasting or intermittent fasting to this, go for it!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Angelology

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Danielle Trussoni
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (138)

    Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Now, at 23, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans.

    Angela says: "Very Pleasant Divine Suprise"
    "2/3 good, 1/3 Meh!"
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    I struggled with the first third of this one. Then it got a bit interesting and continued to get better as time went on. I agree with another person that said,"Could have used a bit of editing." The ending left a little to be desired until I realized that it was the first of a reported trilogy. I am kind of looking forward to hearing the next book in the series. Characters where "OK" but the new mythology was very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
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    Overall
    (12903)
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    (10511)
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    (10632)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Wow! That was awesome!"
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    When the second book in this series came out it received incredible reviews and they kept mentioning this book. Believe it or not, I had not heard of it. The 2nd book sounded good so I bought this one to see what was up. WOW! I am so glad I did! This book is incredible. Right up there with the "Song of Ice and Fire" Series. Unfortunately, like the "Game of Thrones" series, these books are so detailed it takes the author about 4 or 5 years to write one. This is, absolutely, an essential series if one enjoys Sci-Fi/fantasy books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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