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  • Never Goin' Back: Winning the Weight-Loss Battle for Good

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Al Roker
    • Narrated By Al Roker
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    Al Roker’s aha! moment came a decade ago. He was closing in on 350 pounds when he promised his dying father that he wasn’t going to keep living as he was. That led to his decision for a stomach bypass - and his life-changing drop to 190. But 50 of those pounds gradually crept back until he finally devised a plan, stuck to it, and got his life back. Never Going Back is Roker’s inspiring, candid, and often hilarious story of self-discovery, revealing a (now slimmer) side of his life that no one knows.

    Brenda says: "Very inspiring"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    For a guy with so much personality on air, he's a very boring narrator. I heard his interview on NPR. He was natural, compelling, fun and easy to listen to. But he brings very little of his personality into the narration.

    I also got tired of hearing about his cleanse, complete with references to his related bodily functions. His humor is fine in quick little segments on tv, but gets old quick in this book. He's trying too hard to be funny and it becomes painful.

    The book is at it's best when he's talking about his struggles and people's reactions, but it's boring and off-putting when he starts lecturing.


    What could Al Roker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The book needs editing. His story has moments we can all relate to and that's the part that is the most interesting. But when he starts doing nutrition 101 he doesn't know when to stop. He states the obvious so often and for so long that I kept finding myself fast forwarding.


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