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Andy

Westport, CT, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman
    • Narrated By Quincy Dunn-Baker
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    A dominant force in the sport of ultrarunning, Scott Jurek is a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and a two-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. Eat & Run offers an inspirational account of Jurek’s life as a runner and vegan. Regaling listeners with jaw-dropping tales of endurance, Jurek also delivers sound science and practical advice—as well as his favorite plant-based recipes.

    Heidi says: "If you liked "Born to Run"...get this book!!!"
    "one of the better ultramarathon books"
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    most people looking at this book have likely read dean karnazes "ultramarathon man" or one of his other books. while dean makes himself sound like a tough guy, he's no match for scott jurek.

    the story of how scott started in the sport, changed his diet, went through a spiritual journey and made it all the way to the top is truly remarkable. if you're a marathoner but looking to up your game or take on a new challenge, this one will really open your mind.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Arianna Huffington
    • Narrated By Agapi Stassinopoulos
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    In Thrive, Arianna Huffington has written a passionate call to arms, looking to redefine what it means to be successful in today's world. Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep, and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging, and giving, Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplaces, and our lives.

    Peter says: "Anecdotal Content, Distracting Accent"
    "helpful step back, to rethink priorities"
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    What I loved about this book is that it was Ms. Huffington's own story. However, there was more than the scent of a sales pitch for the business she is building based on the Third Metric.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert D. Kaplan
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Over the last decade, the center of world power has been quietly shifting from Europe to Asia. With oil reserves of several billion barrels, an estimated 900 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and several centuries' worth of competing territorial claims, the South China Sea in particular is a simmering pot of potential conflict. The underreported military buildup in the area where the Western Pacific meets the Indian Ocean means that it will likely be a hinge point for global war and peace for the foreseeable future.

    Andy says: "helpful, but only an inch deep"
    "helpful, but only an inch deep"
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    Solid survey of how the various countries in Asia are flexing their muscles in an effort to grab the spoils that geography can bring. Would have liked for Mr. Kaplan to go a bit deeper into the history behind the claims. Great narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "a bit of yin and yang"
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    Interesting approach to writing a story. The author takes two "events," and weaves them in and out throughout the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
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    There are two supreme predators on the planet with the most complex brains in nature: humans and orcas. In the 20th century alone, one of these animals killed 200 million members of its own species, the other killed none. Jeffrey Masson’s fascinating new book begins here: There is something different about us. In Beasts he demonstrates that the violence we perceive in the "wild" is mostly a matter of projection. We link the basest human behavior to animals, to "beasts" ("he behaved no better than a beast"), and claim the high ground for our species.

    Andy says: "simple, but powerful"
    "simple, but powerful"
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    Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson lays it all out in an elegant fashion. While I'm not sure I agree with his point of view about the impact of domestication and agriculture on our proclivity for evil, he backs up most of his ideas with strong thinking and solid research.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eric Topol
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
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    Until very recently, if you were to ask most doctors, they would tell you there were only two kinds of medicine: the quack kind, and the evidence-based kind. The former is baseless, and the latter based on the best information human effort could buy. Well, Eric Topol isn't most doctors, and he suggests you entertain the notion of a third kind of medicine, one that will make the evidence-based state-of-the-art stuff look scarcely better than an alchemist trying to animate a homunculus in a jar.

    Lynn says: "A Rx Prediction for Health Care"
    "glimpse into a better future...maybe"
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    Fascinating survey of how technology is fueling positive changes in healthcare. Eric Topol provides a clear view of the path forward, along with the obstacles that need to be overcome. While it won't happen soon enough for many people, positive change is on the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edible: An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Daniella Martin
    • Narrated By Daniella Martin
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    Insects. They’re what’s for dinner. Can you imagine a world in which that simple statement is not only true but in fact an unremarkable part of daily life? Daniella Martin, entomophagist and blogger, can. In this rollicking excursion into the world of edible insects, Martin takes us to the front lines of the next big trend in the global food movement and shows us how insects just might be the key to solving world hunger. Edible will radically change the way you think about the global food crisis and perhaps persuade you that insects are much more than a common pest.

    Andy says: "a cross between eating bugs and stand up comedy"
    "a cross between eating bugs and stand up comedy"
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    This book is hilarious. Daniella Martin delivers a very high energy narration, along with the good, bad and ugly of eating bugs. With all the first hand knowledge she provides, the info is very digestible. Martin did a fine job helping me better understand how the personal journey progresses from gross-out to trying-it-out.
    I'm poised to take tiny (insect?) steps now to locate and begin to eat some of this stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Doug Most
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
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    In the late nineteenth century, as cities like Boston and New York grew larger, the streets became increasingly clogged with horse-drawn carts. When the great blizzard of 1888 brought New York City to a halt, a solution had to be found. Two brothers - Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York City - pursued the dream of his city being the first American metropolis to have a subway and the great race was on.

    Andy says: "interesting journey"
    "interesting journey"
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    Terrific story about how the dots got connected that led to modern subway systems. Full of colorful personalities and technological developments that paved the way to replace the horse (and tons of daily horse poop) that it took to move people about the city.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By McKenzie Funk
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
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    Global warming's physical impacts can be separated into three broad categories: melt, drought, and deluge. Funk travels to two dozen countries to profile entrepreneurial people who see a potential windfall in each of these forces. The melt is a boon for newly arable, mineral rich regions of the Arctic, such as Greenland - and for the man-made snow trade. Drought creates opportunities for private firefighters working for insurance companies as well as for fund managers backing south Sudanese warlords who control local farmland.

    Andy says: "unintended windfalls mixed with obvious perils"
    "unintended windfalls mixed with obvious perils"
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    Interesting survey of how climate change has created a range of economic costs and benefits around the globe.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • History Decoded: The Ten Greatest Conspiracies of All Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Ferrell, Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
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    Adapted from Decoded, Meltzer's hit show on the History network, History Decoded explores many fascinating and unexplained questions. Is Fort Knox empty? Why was Hitler so intent on capturing the Roman "Spear of Destiny"? What's the government hiding in Area 51? Where did the Confederacy's $19 million in gold and silver go at the end of the Civil War? Did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone?

    debbie says: "I would rate as just OK!"
    "entertaining, but not much substance"
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    Great narrator, but when I got to the point in the book where the issue was "is there gold in Fort Knox?," I felt as if I was listening to a ridiculous story. Then, when I learned that Batman's cape was inspired by Leonardo DaVinci, I almost just deleted the book. Nonetheless, I made it to the last "conspiracy," which was a rehash of JFK assassination
    drivel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Couple's Guide to Happy Retirement: For Better or For Worse...But Not For Lunch

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Yogev, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Debbie Feldman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A Couple's Guide to Happy Retirement is the most comprehensive audiobook devoted entirely to relationship issues in retirement. Not a treatise on money management this is a much-needed guide to the psychological aspects of retirement and how to make your retirement relationship happy, fruitful, loving, and successful.

    Andy says: "great retirement planning tool"
    "great retirement planning tool"
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    Most books about retirement focus on the financial side of it. This book focuses on all the other important stuff, like relationships, where you choose to live, how you spend all that non-work time and what retirement actually is.
    I think this book is most useful for folks that are nearing retirement. It offers a range of subjects that people should think through before actually retiring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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