Moody, AL, United States | Member Since 2009
This guy is obviously as tough as they come, and this is an equally tough book. I listened to it within a 24hr period, partly because I didn't want to be in a black mood for any longer. I don't mind admitting I had tears in my eyes for portions, partly because of Longs struggle, and partly because of the support he received from his family and community. Powerful, upsetting, heart warming and intense, this is not a light book but it is very thought provoking and interesting.
Okay I learnt a LOT from this book and would definitely recommend it. Gretchen squeezes a lot of the most recent findings related to exercise and nutrition into a concise and informative narrative.
This book has changed the way I think and do my exercise and have already incorporated HIIT style running sessions in my training with great results. There are many other gems of information but I won't spoil it. If you are remotely interested in fitness or just turning back the biological clock this is a must read.
Notes from a low-carb perspective...
Unlike other books the author does not unnecessarily demonise fat, but seems not ready to make the leap to saying fat can be healthy, and Gretchen still conveys a carbohydrate centric view of diet which was a mild but not unexpected disappointment.
In the end her only concession was saying high fat diets are fine if you exercise, I might argue similarly for carb based diet, but thats still not mainstream opinion. Even if you are keto / paleo there is still plenty to learn from this book. enjoy.
Yes, this is a great book, especially if read before Daniel Suarez's other books Daemon and Freedom TM.
I loved the weaver ant information and references, Suarez always combines entertainment with information.
Jeff Gurner did a great job in the previous books, and has in my view the perfect voice for this book.
I listened to this book over the course of three days and was pretty interested.
This book should have been Suarez's warm-up book, like The Hobbit before Lord of the Rings. If you plan reading all of Saurez's books read this first, as Daemon takes this to the next level.
A great book filled with great information. This book is as much about the people who made the discoveries as the discoveries themselves. Personally I would have preferred less of the people story but regardless it was well worth the read and I got a huge amount of information from the book.
Whether you are an entrepreneur, investor or a manager this book provides useful information in a thought provoking and approachable way.
The book discusses how a range of different companies succeeded in turbulent business climates, and relates the lessons learned to other ventures such as scaling Everest and reaching the South Pole. It is immensely useful not only in improving how you manage, but also in helping you identify well managed companies (hence why I suggest this read for investors as well).
While I class buying this book as research, it has also been one of the most entertaining and engaging books I have heard this year. The only down side for me was the narration which is a little choppy, however listening to the book at 2x speed alleviated this.
Needless to say I heartily recommend this book to anyone wanting to quantify what makes some companies super successful. Anyone with even a passing interest in this field will find its stories hugely interesting ind insightful.
This book has caused me to rethink the my entire book rating system. This book serves as a repository for running related science, history and motivating stories with great characters. I have read most of the books on running in Audible now, and this stands ahead of the pack.
This is THE book that every runner, especially new runners should read. In a world of 5 star books this is a 6. This book has taught me more than every other running book combined.
Got annoyed with the narrators slow pace and long pauses so set the speed to 2x and recommend you try it. It makes the book seem much more lighthearted and, whether you run or not I am sure you will really enjoy it.
The book is funny at times and doesn't take itself too seriously, great fun. Read 'The Long Run' recently, which is also really good but completely different, and this helped me get over the stress :)
This is the only book I have in both print and audio format. It paints a great picture of the development of our understanding of electricity through the ages. Not only this but it highlights the most interesting stories and people involved, and puts it in context of what was going on at the time.
In addition to this I think it imparts a good fundamental understanding of what electricity is. I certainly feel it did a better job than my teachers at college. If you are interested in inventing, good stories or just electricity this has it all.
If I have one complaint its that I wish Nikola Tesla was mentioned more.
Currently I am listening to it for a second time (I never normally listen to books twice) and its teaching me even more the second time round. A lovely book, very educational, and I will encourage my children to read it when they are a little older.
The recording isn't perfect because and a couple of times it sounds as though they've re-recorded a couple of words then dubbed them over.
However despite this its still a really good book and I highly recommend it. I recently read "Patton, Montgomery, Rommel" and this book helped flesh out the African aspects of that book.
It seems a very candid account, and not cut down like many SAS books.
Got this after it was recommended in TWiT and I have to admit I thought I had made a mistake. The very american ascent of the narrator was a bit grating to start with, and when he attempted English and South African ascents it was just painful. I am British though so Americans may not find this as annoying.
However he does a good job of varying voices between characters, and the main characters have voices that are easy to get used to. By the end of the book I already new I would buy the sequel and honestly by then I would have been disappointed if they changed the reader.
Despite this I gave 5 stars because it is a really excellent story, and for every thing mentioned in this book I could think of at least one product I have heard of which might make it feasible. As will all fiction you have to suspend your belief slightly (but not too much) and if you do that I think you'll find this a really enjoyable read.
It is a bit lewd and gory at times, I would keep this away from children. Which is a shame because I teach ICT and this might have made for some thought provoking discussions.
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