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  • Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert H. Lustig
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (202)
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    (203)

    In the late 1970s when the government mandated we get the fat out of our food, the food industry responded by pouring more sugar in. The result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control. To help us lose weight and recover our health, Robert Lustig presents personal strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress; and societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation.

    ashley d kasper says: "Changed the Way I Eat"
    "Fascinating Information, helped me lose 10 pounds."
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    Excelent book!!!

    Provides a better understand of food and sugar's impact on the body. Anyone having difficulty losing weight, or having health issues should read this book.

    Most important issue of our generation!!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (487)

    At the dawn of the 20th century, humanity was facing global disaster. Mass starvation, long predicted for the fast-growing population, was about to become a reality. A call went out to the worlds scientists to find a solution. This is the story of the two enormously gifted, fatally flawed men who found it: the brilliant, self-important Fritz Haber and the reclusive, alcoholic Carl Bosch. Together they discovered a way to make bread out of air, built city-sized factories, controlled world markets, and saved millions of lives.

    sarah says: "Riveting"
    "Amazing. An incredible important book"
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    Where does The Alchemy of Air rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent historical, and informational book. On the top of my list.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ramifications of the inventions. Both destruction in the form of weapons, and live giving in the form of fertilizer.


    Which character – as performed by Adam Verner – was your favorite?

    Several


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

    No. But it is very interesting


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father - and How We Can Fix It

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Goldhill
    • Narrated By Dean Sluyter
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    In 2007, David Goldhill’s father died from infections acquired in a hospital - one of more than two hundred thousand avoidable deaths per year caused by medical error. The bill was enormous - and Medicare paid it. These circumstances left Goldhill angry and determined to understand how world-class technology and personnel could coexist with such carelessness - and how a business that failed so miserably could be paid in full.

    G. Sanders says: "REQUIRED READING FOR EVERYONE"
    "REQUIRED READING FOR EVERYONE"
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    I recently saw the author doing a spot on a news show promoting the book. When I saw the title I was kind of put off, however, he does not dwell on his father's death rather uses it as an example of our failing health care system.

    First you do not have to be a scholar to understand this book. It is written so everyone can benefit. The book is honest and thoughful. It gives excellent clarity to an incredible complicated issue.

    It is an excellent primer for anyone seeking to understand the reason health care is so very expensive and why so many reforms including the Affordable Care Act, are destined to fail because they do not provide the correct incentives.

    The author also provides ideas for correcting the issue as well.

    The narration is clean and crisp. I was able to listen to it at 2x speed on my phone and it was excellent



    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tripwire: Jack Reacher, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1522)
    Performance
    (1360)
    Story
    (1376)

    Reacher's anonymity in Florida is shattered by an investigator who's come looking for him. But hours after his arrival, the stranger is murdered. Retracing the PI's trail back to New York, Reacher's compelled to find out who was looking for him and why. He never expected the reasons to be so personal - and twisted.

    Elaine says: "Story Alive!!"
    "Keeps you guessing with a good storyline."
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    The third book of the Jack Reacher series begins to flesh out the character a bit more and provides some 3rd person narrative, instead of the 1st person (Jack Reacher) perspective alone.

    It is a good suspenseful novel I do wish a few paragraphs at the end of the book could have resolved the fates of some of the secondary characters.

    But overall it is an excellent addition to the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2863)
    Performance
    (2515)
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    (2535)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Plodding, overly descriptive, and very British"
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    I was eagerly anticipating this novel from Ms. Rowling and purchased it as soon as it was released. Though after what I thought was 5 hours I look at my player and see only an hour has passed I was so bored it was disappointing.

    The narrator is Tom Hollander is a great actor and I am fond of his works (a hidden gem is a Ridley Scott film titled, A Good Year with Russell Crowe and Marion Cottilard). .

    It is a very adult novel (language), not for children or readers of her previous series.

    Maybe it will grow on me, but I fear it may not.

    Honestly, this is really only the third original work for the author. Yes she had seven plus wonderful books but they were a series and an set of short stories.

    She is amazingly descriptive of people and locations and I do look forward to future works from her as she continues to grow as an author.

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom's Forge: How American Business Built the Arsenal of Democracy That Won World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Arthur Herman
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    New York Times best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Arthur Herman pens this fascinating look at how two businessmen turned the U.S. into a military powerhouse during World War II. In 1940, FDR asked General Motors CEO William Knudsen to oversee the production of guns, tanks, and planes needed for the war. Meanwhile, industrialist Henry J. Kaiser presided over the building of “Liberty ships” - vessels that came to symbolize America’s great wartime output.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fascinating"
    "Enlightening. Amazing, Great Narration"
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    Would you listen to Freedom's Forge again? Why?

    I have been waiting for this book to come out on audio since I saw the author's on TV promoting it.

    WWII has always fascinated me and I have always wondered how quickly after the attack on Pearl Harbor the U.S. was able to convert its factories to producing the materials needed for war. The surprising fact I learned from this book was planes, ships, tanks, and guns were already being produced and production was on the upswing.

    Yes I will be listening to this book several times. Today we have no clue how primitive our factories were and how long it took to retool machines. It took the foresight of a few political leaders to start early to save Britain by getting the best individuals (regardless of party affiliations) and ask them to serve (for no salary).

    This book is great for WWII enthusiasts and business historians. It illustrates what can be done when there is a will to do it.

    A fascinating miss link in the annals of WWII literature.

    I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


    Which character – as performed by John McDonough – was your favorite?

    It is a straight read for the most part but the narrator is outstanding.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11702)
    Performance
    (7094)
    Story
    (6985)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "Bedtime will never be the same!!!"
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    Where does Go the F--k to Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    The Bedtime Story. When you have had a little too much of the kids this short story is just what you need to release your frustrations.This is a very short audio but Samuel L. Jackson is pitch perfect and delivers the "f" word like few can.


    Any additional comments?

    Never for children!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1446)
    Performance
    (1315)
    Story
    (1309)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "The most important book fo the decade."
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    What made the experience of listening to Drift the most enjoyable?

    The clear and frank approach to an extremely important and controversial subject.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    How we are all affected by the military industrial complex, and how by challenging it make us enemies of the state.


    What does Rachel Maddow bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    A clear and compelling argument.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (2007)
    Performance
    (911)
    Story
    (904)

    This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

    Frank says: "Choice of Narrators"
    "An Historical Novel For Men!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Master and Commander the most enjoyable?

    You would not think that a character driven historical novel would appeal to men, this one truly does. The narrator I listen to is Patrick Tull, he performs all 20 unabridged books in this series and is unbelievable.

    It is hard for us living in the 21st century to conceive of life 20 years ago let alone 200 years ago. Where information did not travel at the speed of light rather the speed of the wind and sea.

    The language and references to sex is definitely PG-13 with the F word used at least once per book. It is not used carelessly, just in the coarse of the story.

    This book introduces us to the main characters of a 20 book series that takes us on journeys and missions around the world. These characters are real with their various personal flaws, i.e. The captain cannot manage his fortune, and the doctor whom moves from one addiction to another.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    After listening to the entire series I love the first pages of the first book. The near catastrophic meeting of the two characters and the friendship that ensues.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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