If the reader read the words with an emphasis that enforced their meaning instead of contradicting it.
I'm sure this book is great - I'm a fan of Robinson - but I found it impossible to concentrate on this because it was so badly read.
My first purchase on Audible and extremely disappointing.
Isaacson does a thorough job of telling this real life and almost unbelievable tale.
It's great that he offers an opinion on the Mac vs everything else debate, and generally he does an excellent job, although sometimes his conclusions lack nuance.
I knew the order that everything happened in, but the brilliance of this book is the insight and detail into the people that it offers. So even as a technophile I learned a lot about key people, including Jobs and Gates. And Isaacson must be applauded for definitely not writing a one-sided account.
The narration was very professional but I never really got the feeling that I was being told a story - they were words being read.
I will definitely be listening to The China Study again.
I was a bit sceptical about the ideas expressed in The China Study at first because some of it reads like a conspiracy story. So I did some Google-ing and found some well written criticisms on the internet. After listening some more, and being reminded that Campbell himself is a scientist and bases his observations only on properly peer reviewed information and his own published material, I went back to the criticism and looked a level deeper. Surely enough, the criticism itself did not have the kind of academic rigour you find in this book (ie it wasn't always based on science or drew questionable conclusions from data) or even worse had some link with the food industry and nutrition that Campbell criticises.The problem with reading this stuff is that *everything* seems way out. If, like me, you base (based) every meal you cook around the meat part (the protein central to a healthy diet, right?), it's almost impossible to imagine doing it any other way. And on top of that, so many of the vegetarian/vegan diets and support groups have a fairly strong hippy, earth loving flavour which doesn't seem practical for a young first-worlder. It feels a long way away from the science making such a strong argument that eating a typical western diet makes you sick in the long run.Some of Campbell's claims, such as that second-phase cancer and heart disease can be *reversed* by changing your diet seem too good to be true. And then you listen to the facts and wonder what you have to lose. Even if you don't believe those assertions, the statistics on the *risk* of cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other diseases from the typical western diet are alone enough to make you seriously think about making some life changing decisions.Since following Campbell's advice I feel a more healthy human being and wish I'd read it before I was 38. I am 11 kilograms lighter (I wasn't overweight but I was at the top end of the recommended range for my age and height, and now I'm in the bottom-middle range) and much, much fitter. According to the science referenced, this would happen for you too. I'd at least suggest listening to the book, then making up your own mind. One other piece of advice - there is a "China Study" cook book coming out in 2013, which might make the change easier too. Good luck!
I felt Stefan read the book very well - in fact I just felt like I was listening to Campbell himself.
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