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  • Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (284)

    For decades we have been taught that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates better, and that the key to a healthy weight is eating less and exercising more. Yet despite this advice, we have seen unprecedented epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Taubes argues that the problem lies in refined carbohydrates, like white flour, easily digested starches, and sugars, and that the key to good health is the kind of calories we take in, not the number.

    Mary says: "Science, science, and more (fascinating) science."
    "Fantastic"
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    Nicely read by Chamberlain, but the real brilliance of this book is the quality and depth of the research described in the book. This is probably the best and most important book that I have ever read or listened to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1910)
    Performance
    (1258)
    Story
    (1264)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    russell says: "Endurance"
    "Fantastic"
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    This was a fantastic book. Great story. Great reading of it. One of the best I've ever read or listened to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Winner Take All: China's Race for Resources and What It Means for the World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Dambisa Moyo
    • Narrated By Ken Perlstein
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Winner Take All is about the commodity dynamics that the world will face over the next several decades. In particular, it is about the implications of China’s rush for resources across all regions of the world. The scale of China’s resource campaign for hard commodities (metals and minerals) and soft commodities (timber and food) is among the largest in history.

    Barton Berg says: "Reader is Terrible"
    "Decent Content, Awful Performance"
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    The book had pretty content, though it probably could have been 1/2 its length and conveyed the same ideas.

    The performance of the narrator was terrible. It seemed clear that he had little knowledge of the subject and simply read the words in a boring monotone fashion. In addition, though I don't have a copy of the written book, I'm pretty sure he frequently said the wrong words and also mispronounced words often.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zadig

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In the tradition of his very popular Candide, Zadig is what might be called a "philosophical tale." Zadig, a handsome young man with a fine education, is puzzled by the uncertainties of his destiny. He attains great success in government but is unsuccessful in love. Despite his wisdom and shrewdness, he meets with a number of misfortunes. The central question of the story is, "Why do bad things happen to good people?"

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
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    This was a very good book, but if you're looking for just one Voltaire book, I'd go with Candide over Zadig.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince: The Strategy of Machiavelli

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (102)

    Perhaps one of the most influential and controversial books in history, Machiavelli’s The Prince raises issues that are still debated centuries after its publication. The theories he developed in The Prince were derived from his observation of the successes and failures of the ruling class. The Prince was designed as a practical guide for newly appointed rulers and is required reading for all persons in a position of authority who strive for grandeur in business and politics.

    auther says: "Good book but at times difficult to understand"
    "Audio was Bad"
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    The content is good; I read the Kindle version while listening. Well, I tried to anyway. I had to give up on the audio because of an annoying sound running through at least 1/2 of the audio version. In addition, the volume of the narrator's voice was difficult to modulate without it being either too loud to comfortably listen or too low to understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Discover Your Inner Economist

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Tyler Cowen
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    In Discover Your Inner Economist, one of America's most respected economists presents a quirky, incisive romp through everyday life that reveals how you can turn economic reasoning to your advantage - often when you least expect it to be relevant. Like no other economist, Tyler Cowen shows how economic notions, such as incentives, signals, and markets, apply far more widely than merely to the decisions of social planners, governments, and big business.

    Troy says: "Economics?"
    "Not worth your time or money"
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    As others have said this book is basically the random opinions of a middle aged man that fancies himself an expert on just about everything.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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