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  • Podcast Launch: A Step by Step Podcasting Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By John Lee Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee Dumas
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Have you ever considered creating your very own podcast? Podcast Launch will take you through the entire process, from step one to step done. These tutorials will make your podcast experience enjoyable and stress-free. Podcast Launch begins with identifying your podcast, followed by the equipment needed, recording and editing, intros and outros, tagging your MP3, uploading to a media host, embedding your MP3 onto your website, submitting your podcast to iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and Blackberry, launching your podcast the right way, and monetizing.

    Dave Anthold says: "Anyone Can Start a Podcast!"
    "This is an Advertisement for his Website"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book contains about 5 minutes of useful information and the rest is nothing more than an advertisement for his website/podcast. Yes, he may have a podcast himself and that is advertised ad nauseum but, there is very little more content here than a constant redirect to his website URLs.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Unfortunately, there are very few audiobooks about podcasting. But, this one is nothing more than an advertisment for his podcast.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee Dumas’s performances?

    I will not purchase another audiobook from this author.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I learned very, very little about how to podcast but, plenty about how to get to his website URLs. And dozens of plugs about his Podcast.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy this book if you want to learn how to podcast. This is just a promotion for his podcast.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Eat the Yolks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Liz Wolfe
    • Narrated By Liz Wolfe
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Worry about cholesterol. Avoid red meat. Eat whole grains. Could it all be a lie? We live in an era of health hype and nutrition propaganda, and we are suffering for it. Decades of avoiding egg yolks, choosing margarine over butter, and replacing the real foods of our ancestors with low-fat, processed, packaged substitutes have left us with an obesity epidemic, ever-rising rates of chronic disease, and, above all, total confusion about what to eat and why.

    Dawn L Wolfe says: "Grade A Book!"
    "Good But Nothing New"
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    Would you try another book from Liz Wolfe and/or Liz Wolfe?

    Perhaps. I did not feel the author brought much new to the conversation. There are a lot of books that do a better job of covering fast food/agra business and also better books that cover Paleo. This is worthwhile but, not a great book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It was a bit snarky and I felt that she borrowed a lot of material that is already out there in spades within the ancestral diet community


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It was a bit snarky


    Did Eat the Yolks inspire you to do anything?

    There wasn't a lot of new information in this book. It was a re-hash of information that is commonly known in the ancestral diet community


    Any additional comments?

    This is more of a call to action than it is a scientific journey and that is ok. But, if you are already into low carb/high fat or ancestral you will find this redundant. Again, it is more of call to action than anything else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Less Doing, More Living: Make Everything in Life Easier

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ari Meisel
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (230)

    "Less is more" - or, more specifically, the less you have to do, the more life you have to live. Efficiency expert Ari Meisel details his "Less Doing" philosophy, which will streamline your life, and make everything easier. In business and our personal lives, it often seems as if the only way to get more done is by putting in more time - more hours at the office, more days running errands. But what if there were a way that we could do less, and free up more time for the things and people we love? If this sounds like what you need, Ari Meisel has the program for you.

    Amazon Customer says: "Too Much for Less Extreme Lifestyles"
    "Links to cool website/services"
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    What made the experience of listening to Less Doing, More Living the most enjoyable?

    This book is basically just a list of links to cool websites and services. That said, it is a worthwhile listen just to get to know those sites. Otherwise, there is not much to this book. I will certainly take advantage of some of the sites and services listed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Less Doing, More Living?

    Website you can use to get your name off of catalogs you don't want is awesome.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was completely wrong for this particular book. His inflection was off almost like he was trying to build "suspense" when none is needed for this subject matter


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL Is Wrong with My Numbers?

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jimmy Moore, Eric C. Westman
    • Narrated By Jimmy Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    Are you confused by what your cholesterol levels really say about your health? Don't you wish someone could just spell it out in simple English and tell you what, if anything, you need to do to improve your heart and overall health? That's precisely what Cholesterol Clarity is designed to do. Jimmy Moore, a prolific and highly respected health blogger and podcaster, interviewed 28 of the world's top health experts from various fields to give you the complete lowdown on cholesterol.

    Leonard Meyer says: "Great!"
    "Excellent but, with poor recording issues"
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    What did you love best about Cholesterol Clarity?

    The subject matter in this book is excellent. It is on point and provides plenty of analogy to make an otherwise difficult topic easy to digest. Nearly everything you would want to know about the state of cholesterol and current screening processes for heart disease which, are likely shortsighted at best.


    What other book might you compare Cholesterol Clarity to and why?

    This is better than Keto Clarity overall. Jimmy Moore seemed to be more on point with this book and less redundant. However, there are major recording issues in here where you can hear clearly that he overdubbed parts of the book later. It is distracting but, does not totally ruin the book. However, I am surprise he did not re-record the whole thing to make it more professional.


    Any additional comments?

    Recording quality is not great at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Eric C. Westman, MD, Jimmy Moore
    • Narrated By Jimmy Moore
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (175)

    Leading health blogger Jimmy Moore and researcher and internist Dr. Eric C. Westman join forces again to explain the powerful therapeutic effects of a ketogenic diet—one that combines a customized carbohydrate restriction, moderation of protein intake, and real food-based fats—which is emerging in the scientific literature as a means for improving a wide range of diseases, from Type 2 diabetes to Alzheimer's and more. Simply eating a low-carb diet alone isn't enough, and Moore and Westman tell you why. Have you looked at a low-carb diet simply as a means to lose weight? What if you learned that combining a low-carb nutritional approach with a high fat intake produces a powerful therapeutic effect on a wide variety of health conditions that most people think requires medication to control? That’s what Keto Clarity is all about. Jimmy Moore, a leading low-carb diet blogger and podcaster, has reunited with his Cholesterol Clarity co-author Dr. Eric C. Westman, a practicing internist and low-carb diet researcher, to bring you the crystal-clear information you need to understand what a ketogenic diet is and why it may be the missing element in your pursuit of optimal health. This book includes exclusive interviews from twenty of the world's foremost authorities from various fields bringing their depth of expertise and experience using this nutritional approach. Moore and Westman explain why ketosis is normal and how this nutritional approach is being used therapeutically by many medical professionals. You will find a step-by-step guide to help you produce more ketones and track your progress, real life success stories, and more. The solid evidence for nutritional ketosis in dealing with many of the chronic health problems of our day is presented, including but not limited to: epilepsy, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome.

    Susan says: "A good source of info on Low Carb, High Fat living"
    "Redundant and redundant otherwise excellent"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book should be half as long. The author literally repeats the same phrases and concepts over and over and over. Very, very redundant throughout


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Keto Clarity?

    Jimmy Moore does a great job explaining Ketogenic Diets


    Which character – as performed by Jimmy Moore – was your favorite?

    He really knows his Ketogenic Diets


    Did Keto Clarity inspire you to do anything?

    An excellent resource. I am a fan of LCHF


    Any additional comments?

    Way too long. The subject matter is great but, he repeats the same information way too many times. Redundant abounds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hawke's Green Beret Survival Manual: Essential Strategies For: Shelter and Water, Food and Fire, Tools and Medicine, Navigation and Signa

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mykel Hawke
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Green Beret and outdoor survival expert Mykel Hawke provides the most practical and accessible survival skills and information necessary for anyone to survive an unexpected situation in the outdoors. These are the most tried-and-true methods based on Hawke’s 25-year career as a captain in the US Army Green Berets, founder of the survival training company Spec Ops Inc, and popular survival expert on a wide range of television shows. Geared to the untrained civilian, Hawke provides essential and easy-to-apply information.

    Mark says: "Narration is awful"
    "Narration is awful"
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    What disappointed you about Hawke's Green Beret Survival Manual?

    The narration makes the experience of listening to this book virtually unbearable. Why did the author not read it himself? The content is good but, the narration is painful.


    If you’ve listened to books by Mykel Hawke before, how does this one compare?

    n/a


    What didn’t you like about Vikas Adam’s performance?

    His attempt at "laughing" when adding emphasis was truly terrible. He also seemed to be forcing himself to talk in a somewhat gravely tone the entire time. Very awful.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointing considering the author is so well spoken live. He should have read his own book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thinner Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Female Body

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Michael Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeff Justus
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    If you want to be toned, lean, and strong as quickly as possible without crash dieting, "good genetics", or wasting ridiculous amounts of time in the gym and money on supplements...regardless of your age...then you want to listen to this audiobook. Getting into great shape isn't nearly as complicated as the fitness industry wants you to believe. You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars per month on worthless supplements.

    Alexandra says: "Great and thorough view on fitness"
    "Written and Read for a Man not a Woman"
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    Would you try another book from Michael Matthews and/or Jeff Justus?

    Perhaps


    If you’ve listened to books by Michael Matthews before, how does this one compare?

    I have not but, this one was good


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Justus – was your favorite?

    Jeff Justus read this like he was talking to a twenty something man, not a woman. It felt like what "Maxim" magazine would sound like on audio. Don't you want, strong, sexy, hot, and awesome hotness, lean, sexy, hotness? Well, I am going to tell you how to sexy up your work out... Something like that.


    Do you think Thinner Leaner Stronger needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. This book provides a fundamental concept of resistance training and proper diet and supplements. This is definitely very sound advice. The production just doesn't work for me.


    Any additional comments?

    There is nothing particularly new in this book but, it is sound advice. The book definitely sounds like it was written for a man though. Perhaps the narrator is simply trying to "sexy" it too much but, this definitely sounds like it was written for a man, not a woman

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Economics in One Lesson

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Henry Hazlitt
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (315)

    Called by H.L. Mencken, "one of the few economists in history who could really write," Henry Hazlitt achieved lasting fame for his brilliant but concise work. In it, he explains basic truths about economics and the economic fallacies responsible for unemployment, inflation, high taxes, and recession.

    Kenrick says: "Truly an amazing work."
    "The Best Book on Economics"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Economics in One Lesson to be better than the print version?

    Unknown


    What other book might you compare Economics in One Lesson to and why?

    Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell is equally brilliant.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't understand the question


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Economics in One Lesson?

    This book is all you need to know about economics and nothing you don't.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best primer on economics ever. If you know nothing about economics you must listen to this book. This book explains how the economy actually works. It is as timely today as it was 30, 40 or 50 years ago.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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