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Dianne O

Dianne in Canada

Canada | Listener Since 2009

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  • 20 reviews
  • 28 ratings
  • 75 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • Once a Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John L. Parker Jr.
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (120)

    Once a Runner captures the essence of what it means to be a competitive runner; to devote your entire existence to a single-minded pursuit of excellence. It has become one of the most beloved sports novels ever written. Originally self-published in 1978 and sold at road races out of the trunk of the author's car, reading the book became a rite of passage for many runners, and tattered copies were handed down like sacred texts from generation to generation.

    Rick J. Mitchell says: "Spellbinding!"
    "For my first read a running book it was good"
    Overall

    Is it a coincidence that when I listened to "The Perfect Mile" (a great book) part of it sounded like this book....did the author of this book use the ideas of The Perfect Mile and change the characters and story around a bit?
    It was a good book but I found the first part really boring and dragged on until the storey finally started to emerge. The narrator was kind of irritating to listen to until I became used to his whiney voice.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Super Immunity: A Breakthrough Program to Boost the Body's Defenses and Stay Healthy All Year Round

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Joel Fuhrman
    • Narrated By Ned Sparrow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    Why do some of us get sick with greater frequency than others? What makes us more susceptible to illness? Are we doomed to get sick when our coworkers and family members do? Is there a secret to staying healthy? Joel Fuhrman, M.D., a leading expert and board-certified medical specialist in prevention and reversing disease, offers a comprehensive guide to superior health.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Program but Where are the PDFs?"
    "Good Info, Knowledgeable Doctor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is worth reading but I think for a larger overview Eat for Life, by the same author is better. It's actually worth reading both.
    I expected more detailed information about the process of increasing ones immunity and how long it would take in different scenarios to overcome a weak immune system.
    The narrator put me off a bit because he does not read smoothly and some sentences don't make sense because he stumbles and does not put the emphasis in the proper place.
    I've read and studied a lot about nutrition and this book is one of the better ones. Its grounded on information from real studies, unlike the bloodtype diet book that is not based on any science and other books like it (ie, the zone, pritkin, metabolic typing, etc.)


    What other book might you compare Super Immunity to and why?

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    Would you be willing to try another one of Ned Sparrow???s performances?

    No. He has a nice voice but stumbles a lot and does not read smoothly.
    What were they thinking when they let this book be published with this idiot reading.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Job Opening: We're looking for a narrator that can read.


    Any additional comments?

    It's still tolerable to listen to even if some of the sentences don't make proper sense and even though some words are very akwardly pronounced.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Run: One Man's Attempt to Regain his Athletic Career-and His Life - by Running the New York City Marathon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Matthew Long, Charles Butler
    • Narrated By Matthew Del Negro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (220)

    On the morning of December 22, 2005, New York City firefighter Matt Long was cycling to work when he was struck by and sucked under a 20-ton bus making an illegal turn. The injuries he sustained pushed him within inches of death. Miraculously, after five months in the hospital and more than 40 operations, Matt was able to start his recovery. This book chronicles Matt's road to recovery as he teaches himself to walk again and, a mere three years later, to run in the 2008 New York City Marathon.

    Sarah says: "Only 1/2 way through and loving it"
    "Excellent Book, Great Story"
    Overall

    This was a great listen. Narrator is good and the story is really good. I didnt' actually find it too inspiring as far as running goes but it was inspiring for getting through any tough and challenging situation in life.
    Really good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Run to Overcome: The Inspiring Story of an American Champion's Long-Distance Quest to Achieve a Big Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Meb Keflezighi, Dick Patrick
    • Narrated By Jon Gauger
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Meb Keflezighi is all about hope and second chances—starting with his very survival. The child of a small African country ravaged by a brutal war, Meb arrived in America with nothing but the clothes on his back, speaking no English and never having raced a mile. So how did he end up an A student, one of the most celebrated and respected athletes of his generation, and winner of the 2009 New York City Marathon?

    Richard says: "Great book for Christian athletes"
    "An Inspiring Story that is not Overly Inspiring"
    Overall

    Meb seems to be a pretty down to Earth guy and it is amazing how he ended up getting out of poverty in Etheopia but was his family really poverty stricken there? I wish he had of filled in more details about how bad or not badly off his family was in Etheopia and a few more details of how his father was able to get the to USA. I don't think his story is that much more extrodinary than any other immigrant coming to North Amercia and getting a job and succeeding at something. He just happened to be a runner who made it because he was talented. Sort of boring at times but also interesting sometimes. Not a stellar book but not a bad listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ask and It Is Given, Volume 1: The Law of Attraction

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks
    • Narrated By Jerry Hicks
    Overall
    (653)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (185)

    Ask and It Is Given, by Esther and Jerry Hicks, which presents the teachings of the nonphysical entity Abraham, will help you learn how to manifest your desires so that you�re living the joyous and fulfilling life you deserve.

    James says: "Important Stuff"
    "Oh My God is this Boring (like the narrator)"
    Overall

    If you are interested in these kind of books I would recommend something else instead. The Hicks info is nothing new. If you want a better book which is more facinating, provocative and helful and one that will really alter your perspective on life and what life is I would recommend two authors - Jane Roberts "The Seth Books" and Kenneth George Mills. Jerry Hicks claims passion about what his wife is channeling but I have never heard such a boring narrator and a voice lacking in passion. They also talk about the special use of their language. Theiir language is nothing special. If you want High info then listen or read Kenneth G. Mills - he is the only "channeler" that uses very high language and in so doing is able to communicate very high truths. The Hicks are regular, nothing special and I had to stop listening it was so bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeremy Schaap
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    In 1936, against a backdrop of swastikas flying and storm troopers looming, an African-American son of sharecroppers set three world records and won an unprecedented four gold medals, single-handedly crushing Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy. The story of Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics Games is that of a high-profile athlete giving a performance that transcends sports. But it is also the intimate and complex tale of the courage of one remarkable man.

    Andy says: "race headwinds"
    "Excellent Book"
    Overall

    Really great storey. Was very interesting learning about who and what Jesse Owens was about. Worth reading. Good narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eating Animals

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (299)

    Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between omnivore and vegetarian. But on the brink of fatherhood - facing the prospect of having to make dietary choices on a child's behalf - his casual questioning took on an urgency His quest for answers ultimately required him to visit factory farms in the middle of the night, dissect the emotional ingredients of meals from his childhood, and probe some of his most primal instincts about right and wrong.

    Natalie says: "Surprisingly Even-Handed"
    "Fantastic Book"
    Overall

    This book is really really good. The author presents the information in a very objective way and based on a lot of reasearch. The book is a hundred times better and more interesting than Michael Pollans books. One of the most interesting and well written books I've read on the subject. Its also been translated into several other languages all ready.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1061)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (589)

    In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, best-selling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own.

    Robert says: "Don't be afraid"
    "Interesting"
    Overall

    A very interesting book and at times over my head. I actually couldn't finish it becasue got a little bored with it. I could never figure out why they think they will ever discover the beginning of the universe. If that is discovered then what is before that?

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk in the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states and over 2,000 miles, snaking through some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. Reluctant adventurer Bryson recounts his gruelling hike along the longest continuous footpath in the world.

    Jil says: "Bring back Bill! Loved his narration of "At Home"."
    "Fairlyl Entertaining"
    Overall

    I liked the way the author interwove some natural history with his story but would have found it more interesting and more entertaining if there was more about his walking through the woods. Sometimes I found it a little slow when he'd "side-track". I didnt' find it as funny as other reviewers did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rule #1: The Simple Strategy for Successful Investing in Only 15 Minutes a Week!

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Phil Town
    • Narrated By Phil Town
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (18)

    Before I became "Phil Town, teacher of investing principles to more than 500,000 people a year", I was a lot like you: someone who viewed individual stock investing as way too hard to do successfully. As a guy who barely made a living as a river guide, I considered the whole process pretty impenetrable, and I was convinced that to do it right you had to make it a full-time job. Me, I was more interested in having full-time fun.

    Sheila says: "Abridged inspiration"
    "Really good book."
    Overall

    I bought the abridged version as recommended by another reader. It was well narrated and very interesting, easy to follow. It was the sort of info that can help someone who wants to invest or start investing but isn't sure where to begin. I've read other investing books and have done a little investing with stocks. This book gave me some valuable info on how to proceed with growth investing. I bought the paper back and am now reading it. It is good as well. Another book which I found exceptional for investing info is "The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing" by Jason Kelly. His newsletter is worth signing up for as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Chabris, Daniel Simons
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (760)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (293)

    Reading this book will make you less sure of yourself - and thats a good thing. In The Invisible Gorilla, Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons, creators of one of psychology's most famous experiments, use remarkable stories and counterintuitive scientific findings to demonstrate an important truth: Our minds dont work the way we think they do. We think we see ourselves and the world as they really are, but were actually missing a whole lot.

    Joseph says: "Great Overview over Hygiene of Perception"
    "Interesting Info but..."
    Overall

    The first have of this book was pretty interesteding but the second half became pretty boring. The author seemed to be fixated on certain ideas which was strange because it was like he was critizing others for doing the same thing he was doing....he thinks his info is all fact. This book was well narrated but was somewhat of a dissapointment. Some of it was helpful as well. If it didnt' become so boring I would have rated it higher.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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