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Chris C.

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  • The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How A Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Kathleen Flinn
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, writer Kathleen Flinn returned with no idea what to do next, until one day at a supermarket she watched a woman loading her cart with ultraprocessed foods. Flinn's "chefternal" instinct kicked in: she persuaded the stranger to reload with fresh foods, offering her simple recipes for healthy, easy meals.

    J. Locke says: "Just as much a self-help book as a cookbook."
    "Great Motivater for Challenged Home Cooks"
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    What did you love best about The Kitchen Counter Cooking School?

    I like that she takes examples from the from grocery store boxed items and trys to show how they could be made more simply, cheaply at home without all the chemicals. I also liked the fact that she gives you some basic starting points for getting started at home cooking. This book would be best for those just starting out in the kitchen or those of us who have been stuck in a rut and have resorted to eating more processed foods. Overall, I enjoyed this book and as a health coach will recommend it to many of my clients to help them get started in the kitchen.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Marguerite Gavin?

    Although I like this narrators voice, there were several places where either the editing was chopped or she didn't pronouce the word properly. These are very minor, but I did notice them and usually replayed it just to make sure I was hearing her properly.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately, she doesn't give all the recipies, which would be out of scope for this book. However, for the recipes she does give, a PDF companion would have been very helpful. Without it your stuck writing down all the recipes as she gives them or buying the book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Eric C. Westman, MD, Jimmy Moore
    • Narrated By Jimmy Moore
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    Leading health blogger Jimmy Moore and researcher and internist Dr. Eric C. Westman join forces again to explain the powerful therapeutic effects of a ketogenic diet—one that combines a customized carbohydrate restriction, moderation of protein intake, and real food-based fats—which is emerging in the scientific literature as a means for improving a wide range of diseases, from Type 2 diabetes to Alzheimer's and more. Simply eating a low-carb diet alone isn't enough, and Moore and Westman tell you why. Have you looked at a low-carb diet simply as a means to lose weight? What if you learned that combining a low-carb nutritional approach with a high fat intake produces a powerful therapeutic effect on a wide variety of health conditions that most people think requires medication to control? That’s what Keto Clarity is all about. Jimmy Moore, a leading low-carb diet blogger and podcaster, has reunited with his Cholesterol Clarity co-author Dr. Eric C. Westman, a practicing internist and low-carb diet researcher, to bring you the crystal-clear information you need to understand what a ketogenic diet is and why it may be the missing element in your pursuit of optimal health. This book includes exclusive interviews from twenty of the world's foremost authorities from various fields bringing their depth of expertise and experience using this nutritional approach. Moore and Westman explain why ketosis is normal and how this nutritional approach is being used therapeutically by many medical professionals. You will find a step-by-step guide to help you produce more ketones and track your progress, real life success stories, and more. The solid evidence for nutritional ketosis in dealing with many of the chronic health problems of our day is presented, including but not limited to: epilepsy, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome.

    Paularado says: "A life changing book for me...maybe for you too!"
    "Lose Weight/Get Healthy"
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    If you could sum up Keto Clarity in three words, what would they be?

    A must read!


    What other book might you compare Keto Clarity to and why?

    Cholesterol Clarity - Written by the same author. Great information about the lie we've been fed for the past 60 years.


    Which character – as performed by Jimmy Moore – was your favorite?

    N/A


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, too much information to take in. You need time to take it all in.


    Any additional comments?

    My only issue with this book is the audio is too slow. I actually listened to it at 1.5 and it was much more enjoyable. Also, I also love the fact that the author review the chapters key concepts at the end of each chapter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3054)
    Performance
    (2706)
    Story
    (2708)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Could have wrapped it up after one novel"
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    What disappointed you about The Twelve: A Novel?

    I was so looking forward to a continuation of The Passage, instead I got a confusing story that only added more characters. For example, whatever happened to the reading of the book of Sarah. In the Passage it's made to seem as if Sarah is a major reason that people survived. From reading the Twelve, I just didn't get that and there was no further mention of the book of Sarah.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    It certainly won't be the next book in this trilogy. The Passage was good and held a lot of promise. The Twelve was just a waste of time.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I always enjoy Scott Brick, and for this book, I think it's the only reason I was able to finish it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Twelve: A Novel?

    All of the scenes with Lish. Where was that story line going anyway?


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like this book! It had so much potential, instead is was just a rambling, confusing tale, that would have been better off not written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11959)
    Performance
    (10358)
    Story
    (10335)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Wow, what I didn't know about Steve Jobs!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    I was fascinated by his story. Honestly, I thought I knew at least the basics about Steve Jobs. Wow, I was wrong and way, way off! His public persona and the way he was in business were totally different. Steve was actually quite a jerk, and that's putting it nicely.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Steve Jobs, the man and the myth!


    Any additional comments?

    This book so kept my attention that I would actually go back and re-listen to chapters in order to make sure I heard everything correctly. I was never bored at any point while listening to this book. Good narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Letts
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (433)

    November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

    eddie says: "When will this story become a movie"
    "This would make a great movie!!"
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    Where does The Eighty-Dollar Champion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a good listen. Shorter than I'm used to, but it really was a nice break and very inspirational.


    What other book might you compare The Eighty-Dollar Champion to and why?

    Maybe, The Black Stallion. If you like a good horse story then you will most likely like this one.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3216)
    Performance
    (2804)
    Story
    (2848)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "If you like The Stand, you'll like this book too."
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    If you could sum up Swan Song in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, Enthralling and Apocalyptic!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the in depth characters.


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    I really liked how he did all the characters in their own voice, you always know what character was talking, just by the voice he gave them. Lots of characters and none of them sounded alike.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't want to give anything away.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book in paperback a long time ago and loved it then. I loved it even more when someone else was doing the reading for me. It was hard for me to put down then, now, at least I could take it with me and multitask if I needed to. I would highly recommend this book, well worth the credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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