It was okay, but the plot was really slow.
Yes, he did a great job differentiating the characters.
I've wasted a lot of gas driving around listening to this book. Narrator is great (Australian voice, but British author?) At first I thought it was slow, but about the third chapter, when he really starts telling some stories about the Safari, it is absolutely fascinating and hysterical. The first hand information in regards to the animals, is really fascinating as well. I had no idea that the honey badger can turn over 180 degrees in its own fur (an adaptive trait to defend itself from predators). His descriptions of the area and of the interactions between different species remind the listener that the area is not composed of just a variety of different species, but it is a constant interaction between all these species (and the human species) that makes the stories fascinating. The stories involving the 'guests' he has on safari are quite funny as well.
This was rather disappointing, as it was marketed to be quite 'revolutionary'. Basically, it could be summed up as, "we're not sure about what we thought we knew." The author states that many of the studies done in the last few decades have been debunked - i.e. Selenium, lycopiene (stuff from tomatos), and vitamins do not really 'starve' cancer. Also, there are mostly mixed reviews about whether or not vitamins even do what they are marketed to do! He gives advice such as "wear comfortable shoes." I mean, basically, it was a wake-up call in the sense that you shouldn't believe all the 'pop' medical information. So if you've been believing everything you see on Dr. Oz, than maybe this would be a good book for you.
Okay, this woman has travelled many places and seen many things. However, her interpretation of what she has seen is quite questionable. She needs a quick review of the actual CIA World Factbook to see which countries actually really have the longest lifespan. She seems to idealize the medical 'practices' in Peru. However, the average lifespan in Peru is 68.33. Talking about Japanise healing practices, would make more sense than idealizing healing practices from countries which have VERY LOW lifespans. She can critique USA HMOs all day long, however, why doesn't she look at countries which have long lifespans and high qualities of life. Basically, I was very unimpressed.
Many interesting questions are addressed in this book; however the author only references studies which support his theories. He has not been very inclusive in his research. Furthermore, many of his actual 'studies' are derived from the small fishbowl of his college students, and, specifically, his psychology students. If that isn't a very selective population, I don't know what is. Also, there is a slight tone of male arrogance throughout this book, despite this, the book addresses many interesting topics and arguments. There are also many interesting individual cases which he discusses. I would recommend listening to this book, but only with a large dose of skepticism. Oh – and also, it would be an excellent idea to look at all the sketches he refers to in the actual, physical book. .
The only thing I liked about this book was the author's name. Although this book is supposed to be a 'self-help’ book, I felt the author's overly “superiorly virtuous” attitude and self- righteously pious condemnation of some public figures was inappropriate. I do not listen/read a self help to hear the author's opinion of who behaves badly and who does not. This guy is a republican to the core. If he wants to help and/or inspire people, he can leave out the political banter and the religious superiority. May I have my credit back?
I love this man's writings. His ideas are well thought out, thoroughly researched and clearly presented. In many other medical publications, there are faulty analogies/comparisons between various industries and the medical field - not so with his books! All his comparisons and parallels between different industries and methodologies are very thought provoking and applicable. He presents some of the best practices from different industries and describes how they can be applicable in the field of medicine. He also tests some of his findings and discusses the results. This book would also be an excellent book for anyone who is trying to learn about the ‘scientific method’ and unbiased research. Best of all, this doctor is NOT focused on trying to ‘sell’ his audience on an idea, but instead focuses on using his book as a vehicle to promote a much needed discussion amongst medical professionals and the general public.
The characters she uses to "illustrate" her point are generic and described as if they were in a romance novel. The actual 'scientific' information - such as the hormones’ influxes at different developmental stages were interesting. However, I balked at listening to her character descriptions. Science was left behind to describe the 'long blond hair' or 'hourglass figure' or 'tight abs' that attracted the men. The one thing which was applicable is that, during and argument, some men actually get a 'high' (surge of adrenaline) when they are arguing which fuels their anger momentum. Not arguing with them, until they have 'calmed', is the best strategy. The narrator also has a ‘warm’, ‘motherly’ sort of voice during the descriptions of the male’s development. She seems so certain in the differences between male aggression and lack of female aggression that I felt like she has clearly never worked in the service industry .
Great audio! Very original and just as great as the first. If you liked the first you will like this one too... However, if you didn't like the first, it is a different plot, but with the same style of writing as the first.
Of all the affirmations I find this one to be the most pleasant and realistic. She has a pleasant voice. Also I don't like the affirmations where they say, "the best, the most important..." This tape has a more spiritual bent without the arrogance of some of the other affirmation tapes.
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