First, I would like to comment on the reader/author's reading style. She is VERY soft spoken, almost annoyingly so (at least, in my taste). It makes this book difficult to listen to while driving (granted, my car is noisy). But also, it sounds like the author is reading a story to a child before bed. Her voice is so calm and soothing, it sort of puts you to sleep.
As for the content, I found some of the content to be helpful, but a good majority of it to be annoying and painful to listen to. The author analyzes the female brain from conception, almost, moving on through the stages--infancy, the terrible twos (a term she doesn't use), childhood, the teen years. That's about as far as I've gotten, because, at every stage, this author presents women as if they are purely selfish beings, incapable of doing or thinking anything that isn't all about ME ME ME. I understand that we all have the capability of selfishness, perhaps even that we tend toward it, but I have a hard time believing that we are hard wired toward being selfish, and that every woman is or behaves as this doctor claims she does.
Maybe I've missed something. But, as I'm in the middle of the author's discussion of the teen years, and this teenager she's describing is an absolute hellion, I am having a hard time caring about her or what she is like when, and if, she ever grows up.
Jillian's books a fun ways to motivate. her delivery is just as awesome and lively as she is, and the writing is well done. This book has lots of lists, though. I'd recommend getting the physical book to go along with it.
I bought this book because I recently started training in Taekwondo. I love the art. It's a great workout, it helps me feel more confident, and I think it's a great mental practice. This book shows the ugly truth about the history of TKD, created by a dishonorable man who lacks the tenets of taekwondo: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, indomitable spirit. Well, perhaps he persevered, but he did it in some really discourteous and horrible ways. Suffice it to say, I have little respect for the man. I guess this is a good book to read if you are starting out in the art, but know it for what it is--a history of a sinful man creating something far greater than himself.
The reader is really stiff, too.
This is a Christian view of weight loss, and as a Christian, I appreciated it. It's well read and very thorough. Sure, a lot of the stuff in here is stuff you've heard before. But, really, if you have heard it and are still buying weight loss books, maybe you need to hear it again and again until it sticks. I know that is the case for me.
I am a BIG 'fraidy cat when it comes to these things, but I am also curious. As a Catholic, I found this book to be really engaging, and Ed Warren's discussion does come from a Catholic's perspective. This book was FASCINATING and useful in that it helps the reader understand why these things happen and how to avoid them! HUGE.
The reader does a SPECTACULAR job in reading this, especially the parts where he takes on the persona of the demons. SCARY!!!
I highly recommend this book.
I love Simon Pegg, and nearly every movie he's been in. This audiobook is fantastic--his reading is awesome, the stories are fun. BUT WHY is it abridged?! I didn't realize that (I know, I wasn't paying attention in my excitement in getting this book) until AFTER I'd listened to it, then started reading some interviews about it, and thought, "Hey, that wasn't in the book!" Now, what? I have to buy the book itself and REREAD it to get the missing bits?!
BOO Randomhouse. Boo.
Who wants to buy half a book? Seriously? BOO.
I think I finished this book in two days, and when it was over, I didn't want it to end. It was that good.
First, a note about the reader, author Gary Chapman. I don't know where Chapman is from, but it's clearly somewhere in the South. He's got a very Southern accent that some might find annoying. I did, at first, but eventually it grew on me. By the end, it didn't bother me at all. But it is worth noting for those who have issues with heavy accents.
As for the content of the book, I have to say I think this might be the best, most useful book on marriages and relationships that I've ever read. The information is so clear, so easy to understand, I regret not having read this book sooner, perhaps even before I had married my husband. How different our lives might have been.
But this book has made me so excited to move forward, and to have my husband "read" it, as well! I can see myself listening to this book many times, to make sure I make the most out of Chapman's wonderful advice.
If you have a difficult marriage, this is the book for you. Read it. Open your heart. It will change your life.
I should also note that while the entire book is not written from a Christian perspective, there are parts that reference Christian themes. As a Christian, I found these to be extremely helpful. I don't know how non-Christians would feel about it, but I thought it worth mentioning.
Open Your Eyes. I think that's best, bc this book really opened my eyes to the science, the facts behind the foods we eat. And it was eyeopening. :)
How the science was presented in an interesting and understandable manner.
there aren't scenes in this book. :) it's nonfiction.
learning about how the wheat we eat today isn't what our grandparents ate, and how that affects our health was amazing.
After reading this book, I've completely changed my diet--just started doing the Whole30 challenge. I've really shied away from wheat products and feel so much better as a result!
Absolutely. This is the kind of book you give to girlfriends you love, almost like saying, "Hey! You have to read this! It will help." And it does. It's hard to say, why... it's just such useful information presented in such a wonderful manner.
I liked how it presented each lie in list form, then gave plenty of anecdotes to help illustrate them.
I don't think so. She does a great job of presenting the material in a manner that is easy to listen to and not distracting.
YES! I couldn't stop listening to it!
This is a Christian book, using Adam and Eve as a wonderful foundation for the lies we women believe.
ABSOLUTELY! As in, once or twice a year!
It's SO easy to get caught up in our negative society. Talking with friends really is just griping or gossiping anymore. News is gossip or depressing. Everything around us just shows us the horrible, depressing world we live in.
But this book is a great reminder that, no, it ISN'T all that bad, and we have much for which we should be grateful.
It's like a friendly, loving, spiritual slap in the face. HEY! Snap out of your crank mood, you! Look at everything you should be grateful for!
and then you're like... "oh yeah!"
I like that.
The reader has a little Southern twang (not that that's bad), and she does a great job of reading the book in a natural way, almost as if the author was in your kitchen, telling you what she's written over a cup of tea.
I look forward to using the accompanying PDF to practice the 30-day gratitude challenge.
This book is a Christian look at Gratitude.
Michael Pollan is great. He does his research and he writes well.
I'd recommend reading/listening to this book AFTER The Omnivore's Dilemma, if you're considering reading/listening to both.
The reader is overly dramatic, but you sort of get used to it. I do wish Pollan would pick a new reader for his next book, though.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.