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Michelle

Just love books.

Butler, Australia

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  • The 100 Unabridged: Count ONLY Sugar Calories and Lose Up to 18 Lbs. in 2 Weeks

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jorge Cruise
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The 100 will free you from counting calories and points and constantly trying to eat less with the conclusive truth: all calories are not created equal. Jorge has been working to uncover the latest advances in dietary science for more than a decade, and now the newest science confirms that Sugar Calories are the only calories you'll need to keep track of on this simple, fast, and guilt-free weight-loss plan.

    farra says: "this is it"
    "Current and informative information"
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    Would you listen to The 100 Unabridged again? Why?

    I enjoyed this book. I have read Jorge Cruise books in the past and have always found his approach to exercise and dieting to my liking. No extremes here. The information provided in this book is refreshingly current, informative and very interesting. With the current rates of obesity rising so quickly we must be doing something wrong. Perhaps here lies the answer.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My original thought was that this is just another low carb diet book but when moving into the second half of the book I found that it was refreshingly different approach to dieting. Extremes were put aside and diet and exercise choices were provided.


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

    His voice has a lot of character and an excellent narrator.


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

    How did we get it sooo wrong.


    Any additional comments?

    PDF provided was again informative and a great guide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Believing: Believe in Yourself and The Universe Is Forced to Believe in You

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Vic Johnson
    • Narrated By John Meagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. In fact, the size of your success is determined by the size of your belief. Vic Johnson, an international expert in goal setting will teach you how to overcome and change your limiting beliefs, combine faith with action, and leave the old you behind. Evicted from his home in 1996 and his last car lost to repossession a year later, Vic Johnson's story has become an oft-quoted source of inspiration to the more than 300,000 subscribers he serves worldwide.

    Michelle says: "Recycled information"
    "Recycled information"
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    What disappointed you about The Magic of Believing?

    I do love a self help book. This book had a lot of recycled material. Cut and paste book.


    What aspect of John Meagher’s performance would you have changed?

    He was fine, it was the content that lacked spunk.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 600 Hours of Edward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (495)

    A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

    Lulu says: "A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero"
    "Pleasant book"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I think so, although I am not convinced. It was a pleasant story but a little boring at the same time. Some chapters were quite drawn out.


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

    I listened to "The Rosie Project" just prior this which made this book seem very bland indeed. It needed more funny moments and a decent ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    SPOILER ALERT......When his dad died. Horrible man.


    Do you think 600 Hours of Edward needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Unfortunately it did, as it was wrapped up so quickly. It seemed like the Author had just had enough of writing or it was a ploy to get you to buy the sequel to see what ended up happening to Edward.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Essene Science of Fasting and the Art of Sobriety: Guide to Regeneration in Health and Disease

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Edmond Bordeaux Szekely
    • Narrated By Tom Zingarelli
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Fasting is the most ancient therapy of humanity. Even our forefathers observed that, after some days of fasting, a recrudescence of vitality and vigor shows itself in the organism. Nature turns it to account for the purpose of accelerating the functions of elimination, while the marvelous economy of the organism profits by the rest afforded to the digestive functions and by the vital machine's slackened activity resulting from the fast to cast off the impurities of the organism by every channel.

    Michelle says: "Not for the atheist"
    "Not for the atheist"
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    What did you like best about The Essene Science of Fasting and the Art of Sobriety? What did you like least?

    Good information


    Would you recommend The Essene Science of Fasting and the Art of Sobriety to your friends? Why or why not?

    The religion. If we eat bad food we are succumbing to Satan. Little harsh don't you think? Gave me a chuckle though.


    What three words best describe Tom Zingarelli’s voice?

    Good narration


    Did The Essene Science of Fasting and the Art of Sobriety inspire you to do anything?

    Not really, but the further information was great. I have already been inspired by Michael Mosely's 5:2 diet which is much more realistic view that fits in with 21st century life and he doesn't preach chocolate is attached to Satan.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Genie Within: Your Subconscious Mind - How It Works and How to Use It

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Harry W. Carpenter
    • Narrated By Matt Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    Your subconscious mind is powerful and will work for you without effort. It also works against you based on programs and concepts learned in childhood. Learn how to reprogram your mind to override these immature programs.

    Diana says: "Fast, Clean, Effective explanation and techniques"
    "Subconscious Mind for Dummies"
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    Where does The Genie Within: Your Subconscious Mind - How It Works and How to Use It rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This one is in my top 10. Content is fascinating and narrator is great.


    What other book might you compare The Genie Within: Your Subconscious Mind - How It Works and How to Use It to and why?

    I can't compare but this book with any other but it is not just a hypnosis exercise book it actually goes into the how and why working with your subconscious mind works and includes hypnosis exercises.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Genie Within: Your Subconscious Mind - How It Works and How to Use It?

    Knowing that your subconscious is working all the time without you knowing it.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rich Roll
    • Narrated By Rich Roll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (790)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (711)

    An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

    In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

    J. Camara says: "Insightful conquering life's challenges"
    "Excellent Biography"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a great listen. Rich Roll's journey from alcoholism to endurance athlete at the age of 42. He accounts some great stories and offers listeners a glimpse into his ultra healthy lifestyle, determined discipline and the rewards that has brought him. Worth the listen for sure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Every Secret Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Emma Cole
    • Narrated By Tara Ward
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Shocked by his unexpected death, Kate becomes drawn into an investigation uncovering secrets about the grandmother she thought she knew and the man she never did. And she soon realises her questions are putting lives in danger.

    Hugh says: "Very good"
    "Good murder mystery story and narration"
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book and agree with other reviewers, it did start slow. This is a murder mystery story and if you like that Genre I would highly recommend it. Tara Ward did a fabulous job of narrating all the different characters and even using different accents quiet successfully. This made the book a pleasure to listen to. It is a long book about 13 hours but not too long for the story. I would have liked a few more "gasp" or "OMG" moments but I tend to find murder mysteries a little slow for my liking, hence the 3 star overall. A definite must for the murder mystery buffs out there though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Steps to Positive Living

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Windy Dryden
    • Narrated By Drew Campbell
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    You can feel confident about life and gain an optimistic outlook with Windy Dryden's practical, straightforward advice. These 10 steps will encourage you to take control, be flexible, accept reality, come to like and be fair to yourself, accept change and improve your relationships with others. You can follow the steps in order, or use them individually to attain your goals. Either way, these few basic guidelines for happy living will equip you to tackle anything life can throw at you.

    Michelle says: "Some useful stuff here...."
    "Some useful stuff here...."
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    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book and I have read quite a few SH Books. In this book I found some real, down to earth, completely useful advice and patterns that I didn't know existed but proved to be my problem.
    The Narrator could have been better, his voice is fine but I wasn't a fan of his delivery. I kinda expected Windy to be a girl so would have liked a girl narrator too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • End the Struggle and Dance with Life

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Susan Jeffers, Ph.D
    • Narrated By Susan Jeffers, Ph.D
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Dr. Susan Jeffers, whose previous books have touched millions throughout the world, provides the tools and concepts that show us how to feel calmer, more in control, and excited about life. With wisdom, humour and clarity, she opens our eyes as to what pulls us down and what lifts us up. End the Struggle and Dance with Life is an invaluable source of insight and practical guidance that inspires us to create a life filled with peace and joy.

    Michelle says: "Airy Fairy"
    "Airy Fairy"
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    Would you try another book from Susan Jeffers and Ph.D and/or Susan Jeffers and Ph.D ?

    No, I did not like this book at all.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything NOT from this author


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked that it was only 3 hours long. This book had great reviews from others. I get the higher self thing but I need something a bit tougher than smile and the world will smile with you approach. Maybe I am too stuck in my lower self for this book.


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

    Annoyance....I was waiting for her to breakout into a chorus of Sound of Music.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (612)

    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!!!"
    "Enjoyable listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to Eat and Run the most enjoyable?

    The no nonsense nature of his approach to running.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rusty? His mate who ear bashed him all the time. He was raw and real.


    Have you listened to any of Quincy Dunn-Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but would certainly do so.


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

    Not really, it was a enjoyable read but not earth shaking.


    0 of 0 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
    (303)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (205)

    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"
    "Incredible"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Long Run the most enjoyable?

    The narration was good, the story incredible!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Long Run?

    I like the fact that Mathew Long didn't cover the fact that at times he had a bad attitude about the situation he found himself in but he eventually found his way. We are not all positive thinkers all of the time as the experts like to tell us to be.


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

    I cried at the marathon. What an achievement.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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