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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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