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Member Since 2015

  • 2 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 264 titles in library
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  • The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David J. Linden
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A leading brain scientist's look at the neurobiology of pleasure-and how pleasures can become addictions. Whether eating, taking drugs, engaging in sex, or doing good deeds, the pursuit of pleasure is a central drive of the human animal. In The Compass of Pleasure Johns Hopkins neuroscientist David J. Linden explains how pleasure affects us at the most fundamental level: in our brain.

    Jenn says: "Great technical, mediocre presentation"
    "Great technical, mediocre presentation"
    If you could sum up The Compass of Pleasure in three words, what would they be?

    This book discusses the dopamine pleasure circuit in the brain and the differences between how different human behaviors (eating, taking drugs, nicotine, gambling, exercise) manipulate this circuit and can lead to addiction. The discussion was highly technical but delivered at a level where a layman with some scientific background can understand.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I found the sections on exercise and food cravings very interesting and highly relevant. I always found it amazing that I felt great during and after exercise, but I could never seem to get motivated to do it. Now I understand a little better the underlying biological mechanisms behind this.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sean Pratt?

    Not if I can help it. The delivery of the narrator was not that inspiring and I often found myself realizing 5 minutes later that I had daydreamed and not taken in the content. Needless to say, the rewind button came in very handy.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Although, no one in my family suffers from addiction, the section which discusses addiction makes me much more empathetic with people who are addicted to drugs.

    Any additional comments?

    I wish they had gone further into the physiology of how food chemistry can affect both flavor and cravings.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Salt: A World History

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    So much of our human body is made up of salt that we'd be dead without it. The fine balance of nature, the trade of salt as a currency of many nations and empires, the theme of a popular Shakespearean play...Salt is best selling author Mark Kurlansky's story of the only rock we eat.

    Karen says: "More than SALT"
    "Interesting historical account of history of salt"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend it especially to someone who has an interest in food, culture, and its impact on the history of humanity. However, it can be tough to get through due to the shear volume of information that it provides and the boring presentation given by the narrator.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Salt?

    The section that discusses how salt was used to preserve meats and fish (especially the fermented fish) changed the way I view fish sauce. Actually, it sparked an interest in fermentation and I have since bought several books that discuss the benefits of and how to ferment a variety of foods.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    Honestly, probably not. I think that buying a copy of the printed book would have been better for this particular book. That being said, it is not entirely due to narrator, but to the immense amount of information contained within this book. It just felt like overload and the narrator did not do a good job of using his voice to distinguish important passages or bring your interest back.

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

    No, this is a book that you definately need to digest over a period of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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