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FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 3 reviews
  • 20 ratings
  • 103 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015

  • Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert H. Lustig
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the late 1970s when the government mandated we get the fat out of our food, the food industry responded by pouring more sugar in. The result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control. To help us lose weight and recover our health, Robert Lustig presents personal strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress; and societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation.

    ashley d kasper says: "Changed the Way I Eat"
    "A must read for anyone interested in obesity"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fat Chance to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, but the audio edition was great. It was paced well, and captured the humorous portions of the book well.

    Any additional comments?

    Fat Chance was great. I can't highly recommend it enough. I will say I noticed at least two mistakes. Wellbutrin isn't an SSRI and dextrin is not a sugar. It is a soluble fiber. I actually really found the political discussions intriguing. I've read another review about it stuffing liberal biases in, but I didn't really see that.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Brockman
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson, Khristine Hvam

    What scientific concept would improve everybody's cognitive toolkit? This is the question John Brockman, publisher of, posed to the world's most influential thinkers. Their visionary answers flow from the frontiers of psychology, philosophy, economics, physics, sociology, and more. Surprising and enlightening, these insights will revolutionize the way you think about yourself and the world.

    Benjamin says: "Amazing book!"
    "Amazing book!"
    Where does This Will Make You Smarter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has to be pretty close to, if not at the top.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I found the section on collective intelligence to be the most interesting.

    Any additional comments?

    The title really does deliver, but beware, there is a lot of hugely differing ideas in this book that moves very quickly. Take your time reading and processing this, and maybe give it 2 reads. Well worth it.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey

    We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

    Francis J DiBona says: "Violence is decreasing everywhere. Who knew?"
    "Comprehensive and well thought out"
    What made the experience of listening to The Better Angels of Our Nature the most enjoyable?

    Pinker does an amazing job weaving together ideas from extremely far ranging fields of psychology, sociology, and biology to present a case that whatever our future in terms of peace and war, statistics would have it that we are progressing towards a more peaceful existence. I found the ideas of humanism and religion to be most compelling and interesting. Will probably give this one another listen as there is lots of information to take in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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