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  • The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Gretchen Reynolds
    • Narrated By Karen Saltus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Every Wednesday, Gretchen Reynolds singlehandedly influences how millions of Americans work out. In her Phys Ed column for The New York Times, she debunks myths, spurs conversation, and creates arguments among her readers by questioning widely held beliefs about exercise. Expanding upon her popular columns, Reynolds tackles the questions we all have and (sometimes) ask about exercise.

    Grant says: "Good info."
    "Great book, horrible narrator"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend that friends read this book rather than try to live through this narration of it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Filled with great, up-to-date information


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator detracted from the book in every possible way. At times she sounds like a computer-generated voice. She gets overly-perky at other times. The sentences are jerky, with pauses coming at odd times. It is difficult to follow the meaning of the sentences sometimes. I could only listen for brief intervals.


    Any additional comments?

    I was greatly looking forward to listening to this book, having heard the author on Fresh Air. I had read the first chapter of the book and I truly wish that I had ordered the book, rather than the audiobook. Let this be a lesson to me. From now on, I will listen to the sample before ordering. The narrator totally ruined this book for me. I've never written a review here before, but I feel so strongly about this poor choice of a narrator and I don't want anyone else to waste their money on it. Why couldn't they have let the author read her own book? She sounded great on Fresh Air.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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