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Stephanie

BERKELEY, CA, United States

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  • Have a New Teenager by Friday: From Mouthy and Moody to Respectful and Responsible in 5 Days

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kevin Leman
    • Narrated By Kirby Heybourne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Congratulations! You have a teenager in your home. Life will never quite be the same again (of course, you already know that). But it can be better than you’ve ever dreamed. In fact, you’re just five days away from your teenager asking, “What can I do to help?” Guaranteed! With his signature wit and commonsense psychology, internationally recognized family expert and New York Times best-selling author Dr. Kevin Leman will help you. your teenager’s life. With Dr. Leman’s instinct and insight, plus an index with gutsy advice on 75 hot-button issues that keep parents up at night.

    Stephanie says: "Listen with a Critical Mind"
    "Listen with a Critical Mind"
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    This book is okay. I've read many parenting books and there's little here that's good that I haven't heard before...but some of what's on here is just...not good.

    Example: The writer portrays a parenting scenario of a child being disrespectful to her mother on a Saturday morning. The parent does nothing, keeping a cool head and ignoring the teen. Saturday evening when the teen asks for mom's car keys, mom has made sure to have them in her pocket, and says "no." "But why," the girl inquires? "Because I didn't like being disrespected this morning," the parent replies.

    This is supposed to be an example of an effective deterrent...waiting 9 hours to stick it to a kid is not likely to improve their relationship, or teach self-control or respect, in my opinion. And there are a number of similar suggestions that I might find laughable in a parenting book, if it wasn't all so disappointing.

    Then there's the fact that the author mentions your child may need to be moved to a different school or even a different city for any changes to work with him/her...so much for having a new teen by Friday.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (1673)
    Performance
    (1023)
    Story
    (1015)

    Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change—in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes’s crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

    Igor says: "Are you looking for an attachement for the book?"
    "Scientific. Interesting."
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    I found this an interesting read despite the heaviness of scientific data presented. Lots of good information to ponder. But be warned, it's big on meat as seemingly a cure to the issue of obesity. Gary appears to be a proponent of the Atkins diet and similar ways of eating.

    He was pretty convincing, though. And this is coming from a 20+ year vegetarian. Afterwards, I read In Defense of Food, which gives another perspective entirely, however, and I found great benefit in having read them both---as I felt I got a well-rounded view of today's science and perspectives on diet. In the end, my leanings are more toward that of Pollan's (In Defense of Food), but this is a very good and worthy read for that sense of well-roundedness.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (1745)
    Performance
    (1488)
    Story
    (1467)

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Stacey says: "The program works, but the listen is technical"
    "A Bit Dry & Long"
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    It was an okay book, but a bit of a one pony show. I felt it somewhat overemphasized wheat's role in disease, and while better geared for Celiacs and others with intolerance or allergies, it simply went on a bit long and far hammering wheat....also, most of the information was dry and hard to digest, as well.

    But I did manage to listen to it all, and found it an interesting enough prospect to consider. I'll at least think of curbing some of my wheat tendencies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Defense of Food

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1319)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (559)

    "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food. Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists-all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion.

    Kimberly says: "Good book, but read The Omnivore's Dilemma first"
    "Plain Talk - Simple, Straightforward"
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    In the beginning of the listen, I was unimpressed and even a little irked by the reader's tonality and emphasis on the reading. This annoyance lasted for several chapters..but eventually, either his reading got better or I was so engrossed in the content it no longer bothered me.

    It's a very good book. It pulls no punches---hails an attack on all of the food industry and the USDA alike. It's in plain English, which makes it not only easy to understand but very easy to listen to.

    Good information and food for thought. I read this immediately after listening to Gary Taubes "Why We Get Fat" --and it was in stark contrast in terms of simplicity (Gary's was much more scientifically based and technical and focused on a meat-based diet, while IDOF focuses on a plant-based diet), and the view points differed in many respects, but both are good books, and it is worth reading them both in order to get a well-rounded view of the impact of today's diet on our health and society.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Extreme Self-Care: Transform Your Life One Month at a Time

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Cheryl Richardson
    • Narrated By Cheryl Richardson
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (37)
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    (37)

    This life-changing work by best-selling author Cheryl Richardson offers you 12 strategies to transform your life one month at a time. Designed as a practical, action-oriented program, each chapter challenges you to alter one behavior that keeps getting you in trouble. The audibook is filled with personal stories of how Cheryl and others have learned to make the practice of Extreme Self-Care their new standard for living.

    Lori Elle says: "Enjoyable & uplifting"
    "Average in Every Way...Nothing New"
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    I found this audiobook a little too much of the expected. It was decent advice, but not much new in the way of insight or inspiration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair: 50 Ways to Feel Thin, Gorgeous, and Happy (When You Feel Anything But)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Geneen Roth
    • Narrated By Susan Clark
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Betty says: "Good Listen"
    "Pretty Good"
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    I've found that I just like most of Geneen Roth's books. I haven't found exceptionally different information in one from another but enjoy the new form of inspiration and affirmation, as it were.

    The reader is good, and gave a pretty good performance, but has an older sounding voice and speaks still as if she's reading but reading very well. But she's just not Geneen, who I mostly love listening to, inspite of her sometimes baby voice, because when she speaks, it's as though you are listening to her give a speech in person, not at all as though she's reading.

    There was no story as this is non-fiction self-help, but I didn't want to give it a low-rating when really it simply doesn't apply. Audible needs to take that into account. Right now they make you rate all categories before moving on to the review portion.

    Overall, I enjoyed the book and found it helpful. I may even listen to it again some time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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