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Newport Beach, Virgin Islands (U.S.) | Member Since 2010

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  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Moss
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (744)

    Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

    Michael says: "This is all too real, and YOU are the victim."
    "Good start to Interesting Series"
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    I enjoyed the twist on the old assassin genre with a Japanese American "hero". Somewhat formulaic tie-up for a book plot ending, but not unsatisfying, given the hints that there's more to come, and allows for a return of the "lost love". Even though, I thought to myself, "Well, it had to end this way, given his profession. (a necessity to be "the loner"), hence the loss of the newly found love object), It was a good enough ending, to consider trying one more in the series. I'm surprised at the multiple voices playing the lead AND the mixed reviews of the reader, both good and bad for someone I thought did an outstanding job of reading the lead? Weird to see such disparate reviews over someone I would have given and DID give 5 stars for Performance.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2913)
    Performance
    (2240)
    Story
    (2232)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    Chris - Audible says: "Believe the hype"
    "A AUTOBIOGRAPHY WELL TOLD OF A LIFE WELL LED"
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    One generation older than Mr. Lowe, I'm old enough to recall the headlines this "young" man generated, before, he grew up. I recall being disgusted by his antics, and in retrospect, it's easy to see, that mostly I was just jealous. Really now, it's just not fair that one young man would be THIS good looking, smart and blessed with so many other good traits. I'm pleased to see that Mr. Lowe did grow up, and surprised to learn that even with all the benefits he had in life, there were some very grave challenges that he had to overcome. Without excuse, rancor our rationalization, Mr. Lowe faces his demons and overcame them with courage and conviction. The result was that he made it through with an integrity borne of someone who really did step up and confront his failings. You'lll have to read his book to learn what factors allowed him to reach the heights he did, but I know that if given the opportunity, I'd be pleased to thank him for sharing, and I finished his book feeling as though he talked to me, the reader with the candor that a person seldom exhibits except a friend. Highly recommended-a very good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4765)
    Performance
    (1889)
    Story
    (1885)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Tedious"
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    I really wanted to like this book. It purportedly had all the things I'm interested in. Scott Brick is one of my favorite readers. HOWEVER, despite starting this book three times, I found it had no inertia. I gave up on the third try. Maybe I'll try it another day, or start at the second section. It's the first dud I've bought on Audible. (out of 45)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (266)

    Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century, 1951, in the middle of the United States, Des Moines, Iowa, in the middle of the largest generation in American history, the baby boomers. As one of the best and funniest writers alive, his is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24-carat memoir gold. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero.

    David says: "Fun, but not for squeamish"
    "Simply Sublime!!!"
    Overall

    If your childhood was during the early 1950's, this is a book that will bring you hours of smiles, laughter and joyful remembrance of a time that really was during a kinder more gentle nation. Not simply a recitation of things long forgotten, but a wonderful story that revives our memories of all those things in a delightful way.

    Few books have reminded me of the joys of youth as this one has, and I envy your re-discovery of those times as read by Bill Bryson and the wonder of those innocent and fun filled days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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