This is a book on various subjects and is entertaining in the extreme! I love John Hodgman and his humor so I was completely captivated. If you're not a Hodgman fan because you aren't familiar with his work - this should bring you into the fold. It's a book about everything and told with the straight-man's comedic timing and point-of-view.
Hat's off to Augusten Burroughs for treating these subjects with a good dose of reality. I hate the tippy toe way so many of these very LIFE ALTERING events are usually treated in self-help books. I have experience a few myself and I agree with Mr. Burroughs about how you get through and go on. Too many of us wallow away our lives in whatever misery trips us up and can't get a grip on coping and continuing. I plan to listen to this book again and again - just to feel that good ol' kick in the pants to keep me motivated. It is on my iPod and not coming off! Thank you Augusten!
Dr Campbell lays it out in a clear and understandable format that proves - yes PROVES - that animal protein is causing most if not all of our cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other terminal diseases. This book is changing my life. I am now on a plant based diet and plan to continue for the rest of my (hopefully healthy) life.
Another book to companion with this one is Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B Esselstyn, Jr., M.D. Dr. Esselstyn proves it in a different way but once again - PROVES it.
Both these men and their families practice what they preach and practice a plant based diet. It's a matter of life or death - a really awful death or a wonderful healthy life. You get to decide.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story about a father, his son and a friend from his school. The predicaments the TV 'survivalist' got into are just too funny! Great book for all ages. The lessons in morality and good common sense are perfect for Young Adult readers.
I loved this book because it kept me interested from the first sentence. Mr. Medina is a good reader and and I loved thinking about why MY brain works the way it does.
If you are a truly religious person you will find much to be critical of in this wonderful book. It breaks evolution down into truly basic information that can be understood by anyone, even a child. I am neither religious or scientific by nature and I have pondered many of the subjects Richard Dawkins covers, but without the education in any of the disciplines that cover this information I could not be satisfied with any kind of reasonable answer. Dawkins really makes his subject understandable and he is a very good reader. Both he and Lalla Ward are easy to listen to and they kept my interest to the very end. He starts each chapter with a simple question such as "Who was the first man?" and then tells you clearly and in interesting detail exactly the answer to that question. It is one of the best science books that I've listened to.
When I listen to a book I want:
1. A reader(s) with a good voice and ability to read without monotony.
2. A good story to hold my interest.
This book fullfills both my requirements. The three readers; Eileen Stevens, Oliver Wyman and Therese Plummer make this more like listening to live theater than listening to a book being read. They are great at bringing the characters to life and keeping the listeners interest.
The story is interesting to anyone with a love of language and it's subtleties. The work of a lexicographer was fascinating to someone not familiar with that profession.
The plot moved at a gentle pace and I never considered the story to be a 'murder mystery'. Arsenault's style reminded me of Annie Tyler and the story unraveled in a way you felt you could possibly know these characters.
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