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James

Self made, independent deep thinker, who never follows blindly just because you told me to! Man for others...

Bel Air, MD, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Chrissie Wellington, Lance Armstrong (foreward)
    • Narrated By Polly Lee, Chrissie Wellington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In 2007, Chrissie Wellington shocked the triathlon world by winning the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. As a newcomer and a complete unknown to the press, Chrissie's win shook up the sport. A Life without Limits is the story of her rise to the top, a journey that has taken her around the world, from a childhood in England, to the mountains of Nepal, to the oceans of New Zealand, to the trails of Argentina, and finally, across the finish line. A Life without Limits reveals the heart behind her success.

    Mona says: "Chrissie winning, on repeat"
    "A Champion's Journey is a great title"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Life Without Limits the most enjoyable?

    Chrissie Wellington when you meet her is bigger than life. Her bubbly smile and charm captures everyone's attention. This book gave me a new and more complete understanding of who Chrissie is as a person and a human being, she is more than just the champion of triathlon. She is doing more of things more of us should be doing - living life without limits.


    Any additional comments?

    Life is like a triathlon, long, enduring, one seemingly endless event one after another, and as an athlete (weekend warrior), I found the book refreshingly different as Chrissie described details about her personal challenges I would have never expected her to reveal. She has yet again demonstrated her inner strength and willingness to live and completely expose herself to everyone, a clear picture of a champion in life. I highly recommend this book if you follow Ironman events. It truly painted a picture of who I believe Chrissie really is every single day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • War Is a Racket

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr)
    • By Smedley D. Butler
    • Narrated By Jack Eddelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A report on how the greed of a privileged few, subsidized by public funding, creates substantial profits for themselves from mass human suffering.This was a speech given by General Butler during a nationwide tour in the early 1930's, but it applies even more today! Listen as he frankly discusses, from his experience as a career military officer, how business interests commercially benefit from warfare. He then suggests several practical solutions for reducing the pillage.

    D. K. Parshall says: "He Got It Right"
    "Understanding Financial Gains of War"
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    Where does War Is a Racket rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a great short listen to the understanding of just HOW much profit is made during a war time. Understanding just some of the great waste our government has in spending our TAX dollars.

    Loved listening to the words of a TWO time Congressional Medal of Honor winner describe the short and sweet elimination of the industrial war machine and its deep rooted ties to greed and profit on the blood of soldiers who are burdened with the greatest expense of all. While corporate owners collect huge fortunes.

    Every American should take the time to listen for an hour.

    Jim


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Ending the profits in war and controlling who votes during a war will change the way America fights to protect its soil and not the Corporate interests abroad.


    What about Jack Eddelman’s performance did you like?


    If you could give War Is a Racket a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Understanding the Profits behind the war.


    Any additional comments?

    The shortest hour I have ever taken to learn what is really going on with my government and what it considers as business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trident K9 Warriors: My Tale From the Training Ground to the Battlefield with Elite Navy SEAL Canines

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Ritland, Gary Brozek
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    As a SEAL on combat deployment in Iraq, Mike Ritland saw a military working dog in action and instantly knew he found his true calling. While the SEAL teams had used dogs in the past, they never had dogs trained specifically by SEALs, for SEALs. To fill this void, Ritland started his own company after he retired, training and supplying dogs for the West Coast SEAL teams. He knew that less than 1% of all working dogs had what it takes to contribute to the success of our nation’s elite combat units. He searched the globe for animals who fit this specific profile.

    asa says: "A unique story written and read very well"
    "Silent Partners"
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    If you could sum up Trident K9 Warriors in three words, what would they be?

    Paws, Teeth, Duty


    Any additional comments?

    I am sure this is a book many will not purchase unless they have a passion for working dogs and what they can do for us as humans. The stories in this book however, demonstrate how little we rely on what I would call a low tech solution to the problems we are facing today in modern warfare. K9's have a sense, we as humans have only begun to scratch the surface of what these animals can do. They protect us and lead us to safer environments through a growing need find peace in a difficult and challenging set of problems. These animals and trainers/handlers demonstrate how useful of a tool these animals are to the soldiers they support. This book is a great account of this low tech solution has been overlooked by our leaders to solve problems. These animals, when used in combination with technologies will help our soldiers and police officers to serve and protect us more in the future. This book is a great account of how these animals are used in conflicts today around the world.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Gerson Therapy: The Proven Nutritional Program for Cancer and Other Illnesses

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Charlotte Gerson, Morton Walker
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
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    Cancer. Hepatitis. Migraines. Arthritis. Heart disease. Emphysema. For years, the medical establishment has called these chronic or life-threatening diseases incurable. But now, the Gerson Therapy offers hope for those seeking relief from hundreds of different diseases. One of the first alternative cancer therapies, the Gerson Therapy has successfully treated thousands of patients for over 60 years.

    James says: "Heal ThySelf"
    "Heal ThySelf"
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    What did you love best about The Gerson Therapy?

    I love fresh ideas that present the establishment with questions they are unwilling to address and try to understand. Max Gerson and today, Charlotte Gerson, have helped people heal themselves. I love how simple this method is and what patients have been healed. Great book that made do more research on Dr. Gerson and what he has done. No chemotherapy, no complex gene splicing, no fancy words, just real organic juices, some interesting approaches to detoxing the liver, why and how that works and what diseases this natural therapy has been successful at changing. I love the accounts from real people who have follow the therapy to the letter and had success and that it doesn't make the patients sicker! What chemotherapy can say that? It should be the standard first treatment for every patient - especially when the oath doctor all take is - FIRST DO NO HARM. Max and Charlotte are true pioneers and people who have made a difference in this world.


    What other book might you compare The Gerson Therapy to and why?

    This book and the pH Miracle have great common connections but still have different approaches both based with the foods we put into our bodies.


    Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book really made me think about the Trillions of dollars being made on standard Cancer therapies. How many hospital have cancer treatment centers? If the Gerson Therapy is real and it works for patients, why are doctors not using it? This book made me research what is happening in Japan and other parts of the world. The book made me question the ethics of our Medical establishment. It has made me consider new ideas and to investigate and question what is real, honest, and truthful about my personal health. What I am discovering from reading this book has made me trust our government less, not believe everything our medical community has to offer, and today I see a strong and growing link between big business, lobbyist, and our government and the vast conflicts of interest and lies being propagated to the public about the safety of food and what is defined as food.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone healthy or sick should read this book. It might change your mind about your choices, change your mind about your doctor, and change your mind about who you vote for in the next election.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robert O. Young, Shelley Redford Young
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Tess Masters
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    Never count calories, fat grams, or portion size again!Your body's pH balance is the key to optimal health, weight, mental clarity, and overall vigor. Strike the right balance by nourishing your body with certain foods to create an alkaline environment, and say good-bye to low energy, poor digestion, extra pounds, aches and pains, and disease. This innovative program, proven effective over decades, works with your body chemistry to revitalize and maintain your health. Now completely revised, updated, and expanded, this classic guide includes the latest research.

    Kristen says: "No More Meds...No More Fatigue...I Am ALIVE!!!"
    "Interesting Approach to Understanding the Our Diet"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The Father of Medicine said "Let thy food be thy Medicine" and that is true more than ever with GMO's, Pesticides, Chemicals, Herbicides, and a host of things invading our bodies. With all the medical issues today, looking at what we eat and how our bodies respond is critical to our health. Dr. Young's approach is interesting. Understand our blood chemistry and what changes our blood's chemistry is very controversial but there are other bodies of evidence that this approach could lead us away from the SAD diet we consume today. Dr. Victor A. Marcial-Vega Renowned Oncologist and Medical Researcher--John Hopkins trained did a Clinical Study of Goji reducing the Acidity in the blood. The video of his presentation is amazing; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzV5IxzEZUg I recommend everyone read this book and learn more about how your body works and how it responds to the different foods you put into it. _____________________


    Would you recommend The pH Miracle to your friends? Why or why not?

    I highly recommend this book as it brings a different perspective on food and diet.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - If I had enough time to sit and listen to this book I would have listened straight through.


    Any additional comments?

    The two readers made the book more real, alive, and for me gave it a new dimension that kept my interest and added more feeling to the stories of real changes for people who embarked down this process. I find it very interesting that connection between the pH Miracle and the work doctor Max Gerson, M.D. and the Gerson institute has been using for years. The foods are similar but there are major differences in the specific foods one ingests to heal. I also find it very interesting that T. Colin Campbell, an American biochemist who specializes in the effects of nutrition on long-term health, recommends many of the same basic principles of eating healthy organic vegetables, no meat, and no dairy. Is there a connection with eating a vegan diet that is free from chemicals and changing the pH of our body? Can juicing and coffee colonics rid our bodies of poisons? I am on the quest to find out and this book is one I have added to my collection for how to heal thyself and one I found very interesting.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    The China Study offers conclusive evidence that a change of diet can dramatically reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The book is based on the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted, a 20-year joint project between Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. The study surveyed the eating habits of 6,500 adults from all over China and Taiwan and found a direct correlation between diet and disease.

    James says: "Deserves a second listen"
    "Deserves a second listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Heart disease, cancer, DM, MS, and so many other disease are exploding in the United States. Find me a hospital that is not building or planning to build a cancer center and I will show you a dying hospital. This book really looks at what we are eating and the conclusions are clear, we are eating ourselves to an early, premature death. It also shows the link between our NON protective Government and the Food Industries to promote cheap low quality "food". This book will make you look closer at what you are eating and understand the investment you are making in yourself with today's meal will affect your health some time in the future. I found the information to be presented in a manner that allows the reader to understand and make his or her own conclusions from the findings presented. The referenced materials clearly show this is not your average book. This is book is jam packed with detailed information and will be referenced by many future authors. It will change what and how we eat and hopefully make this a healthier stronger country. I hope!


    What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I find having a book read to me in this audio format, give me the opportunity to think about the topics in a different way. The timing of the words, pauses, and just the readers understanding of punctuation, increases my depth of thought somehow. I found myself building topics and connecting things I might not have if I was reading it myself.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I am moved when I see our leaders of this Nation, supporting laws that will make us sicker and sicker as a nation. Its clear our National Health Problem is rapidly going to exceed the ability to treat all the sick. Hospitals and Healthcare is growing to become its own industry. Is that good for our country? This book clearly illustrates we, as a nation, do not have long before complete economic collapse. The few healthy working people will be left to support the growing sick population and a National Healthcare Insurance will not be able to fix this crisis! It makes me wonder what ethics these businessmen and congressmen are using because the economic impact is going to be the downfall of our country! Gun violence is truly dramatic and headlines worthy to sell TV ads but when you think about the 3600 heart attacks every 24 hours across this nation, who is crying about that number? We have big problems in this country and they are clearly bigger than LAW trained career politicians can even understand. When you think about what this book is saying, maybe you will shift your thinking and vote differently with your next meal. But I am sure if you are still in your foggy brain from all these bad foods you will remain ignorant, tired, and unable to think clearly anyway so this issue will be far beyond your ability to understand!


    Any additional comments?

    This is book should be a wake up call but most will never find it, read it, or understand the impact it will have on this nation... sad.

    28 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. J. Virgin
    • Narrated By J. J. Virgin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    The key to weight loss isn't calories. It isn't fat. It isn't protein. It isn't even carbs. You can count them, cut them, and swap them all you want, but you won't lose weight if you're eating foods that your body can't tolerate. And the most common diet foods - like egg whites, wheat bread, and fat-free yogurt - are some of the worst offenders. These "healthy" foods are actually making you fat! In this book, celebrity nutritionist and fitness expert J. J. Virgin pinpoints the 10 foods that sabotage weight loss. Just by eliminating these 10 diet saboteurs, listeners will see incredible results.

    Melanie says: "Content made this worth it for me"
    "Once you have the 7 - its over!"
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    What would have made The Virgin Diet better?

    The book has individual endorsements but little science or facts to support the claims. I believe what the Author is saying but I found the book to be more advertizement and self promotion then providing science bases evidence from studies or research. I do believe these foods are causing serious health issues for many people but I wanted to see the detail behind why a food causes these so called intolerance's. The editor could have eliminated most of chapter one and chapter two. These chapters contained little value other than some cheer-leading to help get many motivated. I am sure this could have been laid out in better and it might be a better book if I could put my hands on it but in audio form it left me with a sense there were things missing.


    What could J. J. Virgin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I did not need countless testimonies accounting for how great this diet is. I believe the listener needs more information on what good foods are to replace the bad 7. I wanted to hear more about the names for ingredients the food industry is using to hide what they are using in their products!


    Any additional comments?

    I am being critical as the book has some good information but not enough to warrant a full book. I was a little disappointed.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tyler Hamilton, Daniel Coyle
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
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    Here is an explosive book that takes us, for the first time, deep inside a shadowy, fascinating, and surreal world of unscrupulous doctors, anything-goes team directors, and athletes so relentlessly driven to succeed that they would do anything—and take any risk, physical, mental, or moral—to gain the edge they needed to win. The Secret Race is a riveting, courageous act of witness from a man who is as determined to reveal the hard truth about his sport as he once was to win the Tour de France.

    Alan says: "Gripping and fascinating"
    "A sad truth"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Race the most enjoyable?

    We all knew these elite athletes were pushing hard to the edge of what human beings could do naturally but this story goes beyond just Tyler's experiences and he explain the Cycling industry's need to look the other way in order for everyone to continue to make the money! Yet again the root of all evil - money! What will we do to get it, what lies will we allow ourselves to believe, and who really has the strength to say when enough is enough. We all know NFL and college football players are taking things to increase their size and strength! We have seen baseball players doing it and now cyclists. Its been going on in the Olympics for years so why don't we just allow it all and call it okay instead of looking the other way and pretending its not going on. Are we really harming people by doing this? I am sure there are people who are getting sick from doing this and some that even will die but death should be the reason to stop pushing the limits of what humans can do. We are a chemical world - better living through chemistry, right? If this was truly about the sporting event itself would we see aerodynamic bikes for time trials and carbon fiber this and that on every bike. This book dives deep into the world from Tyler's perspective and how winning becomes the only thing no matter the cost because being second is merely the first loser and there is no money for being second is there? The connection to a perceived hero in Lance Armstrong just highlights the willingness to do whatever it takes to be number one and just how much money can be achieved if you can be number one several times. But we need to step back and ask, at what cost? As a cyclist, triathlete, weekend warrior who battles my waistline, I am sure if this was my profession I would most likely be right there with all of these guys trying to earn my salary and looking for that advantage. The book made me stop and think about what is my definition of performance enhancing is and what it means to be healthy and what I might do to improve, achieve, and be with the competition at the top. Giving myself cancer is not my idea of success but if your only way to earn a living has become riding a bike then maybe I would follow Lance and Tyler down this long road. Is Tyler lucky and Lance the one we should feel for?

    I believe this is just a small part of the growing trend to do whatever it takes to make huge money no matter who it hurts. Chemical companies back these events and we wonder why. Are you that naive? Did the LiveStong foundation take birth out of doping? But we just keep on living without thinking about the cost of what is happening. Making money is the game and the more you make the more success you have the more people want a piece of the action.

    Great book as it made me think about foundations, cancer, racing, winning, and values.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book just shows the power and corruption in big sports. I feel sorry for athletes who lose sight of racing for the pure sport of it. But humans will do whatever it takes to achieve despite our values.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Messages in Water

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Masaru Emoto
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
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    The Hidden Messages in Water is an eye-opening theory about how water is deeply connected to people's individual and collective consciousness. Drawing from his own discoveries, scientific researcher, healer, and popular lecturer Dr. Masaru Emoto describes the ability of water to absorb, hold, and even retransmit human feelings and emotions. Using high-speed photography, he found that crystals formed in ice reveal changes when specific, concentrated thoughts are directed toward it.

    jeanvers says: "awesome"
    "It made me think"
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    Would you listen to The Hidden Messages in Water again? Why?

    This book in audio form made me purchase the hard cover book with the illustrations. The stories are almost unbelievable. The ideas forged in my brain, have me concerned for what we are doing to our planet, our streams, rivers, lakes, and to our bodies. I found it scary, spiritual, and beyond what we think, believe, or understand about water, prayer, energy, and the connections we share as creatures with water...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hidden Messages in Water?

    Cloud bursting, prayer to clear water, and the images of what amazing changes happened to water before and after....and thinking that we are 70% water as is the planet - what can that powerful force do inside us to heal and change our bodies and what is the connection between the two elements?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book has changed me and what I think about water; what is in my water, what are the chemicals we are dumping into our drains that are contaminating our rivers, streams, bays, and oceans. Why we are not worried about it? Its sad what we are doing and we need to change - Test your water - do you know what is really in it and what its doing to you on the outside as well as the inside? Its a crime! In many ways this book made me cry - we are destroying our planet by killing the water....


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zig Ziglar’s Leadership & Success Series

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Made for Success, Zig Ziglar
    • Narrated By Zig Ziglar
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    World renowned author and speaker Zig Ziglar teaches timeless principles of leadership that can help you become a strong leader in any vocation. Not only that, he helps listeners develop a deeper understanding of success by understanding principles of achieving success in life and business. His advice includes a nine step program that details how to develop a winning attitude to help you achieve optimal success.

    Warren says: "Some good stuff, but repetitive"
    "Clear and simple"
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    What did you love best about Zig Ziglar’s Leadership & Success Series?

    I love Zig's voice as I listened to his inflections, pauses, accents, as well as the simple stories to paint clear pictures of the points being made. His simple humor, southern charm, and human connections create a blend of things that make you feel like he is your friend talking to you. He is not preaching just bringing you in touch with things we may have not learned clearly in our journey. His many points clearly remind us all of the work we have to do internally to be better people.


    What three words best describe Zig Ziglar’s performance?

    Inspirational, moving, enlightening


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is a book to listen to over and over, once straight through, and then a chapter at a time to find things that were important to you. It was like bodybuilding for your brain, soul, and personality.


    Any additional comments?

    Something I will listen to over and over to help remind myself of things I can work on to be a better human being, a better friend, a better father, teacher.....and the list goes on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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