I am not sure it was worth my time, to be honest. While there were some interesting tidbits and I generally agree with the book's premise, I think there are better books on a similar topic. I enjoyed Brain Rules for Baby more. This book is written by a journalist rather than a scientist or doctor and it shows. He clearly put a lot of time and effort in the book and it is loaded with interesting anecdotes, but I would have rather heard a book based in more science and data.
More studies and research and less personal stories.
I thought the narration was certainly adequate.
I think it reminded me that I should emphasize perseverance more to my children as they grow up.
Dr. Lustig writes a compelling case against sugar. Fructose, a component of table sugar, is added to almost all processed food - and it's killing us. I agree with the author that sugar (and carbs) are the real dangers in our diet rather than fat. And his book is full of evidence.
Where I think the book falls a little short is in his disavowal of personal responsibility. I believe that we can all choose to eat less sugar, exercise more, and consume more fiber. The author, on the other hand, seems to think our poor health is out of our control.
Moreover, the author's politics are difficult to understand. He correctly points out the dangers of government: politicians being owned by big food, governmental misguidance, and ineffective government programs. Yet, he concludes that the only solution to the problem is more government - the very government he criticized.
The narration is FANTASTIC!
As a parent, I was drawn to this book to learn about the experiences of other parents. Unfortunately, the author nearly lost me at the beginning when she allowed her politics to intrude in the book. The author believes that the key to happiness when raising a toddler is to have the government do it. If only the government would do a parent's job, she reasons, parents would be free to enjoy themselves and follow their own pursuits.
I did enjoy the ending of the book, as she concludes with a touching and poignant story which I don't want to spoil with this review.
The author is an acclaimed researcher and he exposes the danger of eating animals and animal products. He also takes a somewhat more controversial position by arguing that we should significantly limit our dietary protein intake. I would consider this book a must read for anyone interested in nutrition and healthy eating. It also provides an interesting counterpoint to Grain Brain.
I know I can't add much to what has been already said, but this book is a must read. Entertaining, thoughtful, philosophical, and accessible. People from all walks of life and political backgrounds should enjoy this book. Great narration as well.
I've listened to a lot of parenting books for young children. And while I completely agree with the premise of this book, I found that it was way too long and filled with self-promotion. And while they certainly made an effort to mention studies, I still felt that more of the book was pontification rather than a presentation of research.
The narration was great
I highly recommend this book. The author shares his journey from carnivore to vegetarian. The book is well researched, engaging, thought provoking and philosophical. He considers the issues associated with eating animals from both a cultural, ethical, and nutritious standpoint. His in depth exploration of the horrors of factory farming, both for the animals as well as for people, make the book a must read. I've always cared about animals, but this book was an eye opener for me. I didn't realize how badly we're treating food animals, nor did I fully understand the consequences to me and my family. My only complaint is that he didn't explore milk and egg production in more detail...
The narration is great and the book is a must listen! It will give you a lot to chew on
The book and narration are fantastic! This is a well-researched and interesting book which gives numerous insights into how the mind works, the differences between men and women, how to study and how to make presentations. While a wide variety of topics are covered, I feel that he did each topic justice.
Dr. Melina's narration was fantastic. He is enthusiastic, playful, and clear. He's able to take a subject that might otherwise appear dry and make it fun and engaging.
Yes, the book was filled with insights into how the mind works, and why it works the way it does. It also provides some useful tips about how to influence people including the idea that by giving someone a choice, they'll become committed to whatever they end up choosing.
And the narrator was great! She had the perfect British teacher tone that was perfect for the book.
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