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tom

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NASHVILLE, TN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease - and the Statin-Free Plan That Will

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen T. Sinatra, Jonny Bowden
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (226)
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    (225)

    Emerging science is showing that cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart disease and that standard prescriptions for lowering it, such as ineffective low-fat/high-carb diets and serious, side-effect-causing statin drugs, obscure the real causes of heart disease. Even doctors at leading institutions have been misled for years based on creative reporting of research results from pharmaceutical companies intent on supporting the $31-billion-a-year cholesterol-lowering drug industry.

    Z. Karpinski says: "Easy to understand, helpful in practice"
    "An academic dismemberment of a long held fallacy."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I have been questioning the foundations of this medication for at least ten years. Finally, some facts that answer the questions and when I approached my Doctor, he was unable to refute them.
    Promptly took me off 40 mgs of Atorvastatin.


    What other book might you compare The Great Cholesterol Myth to and why?

    Any book that targets sugar as our greatest dietary threat.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The discussion on the studies that allowed statins to be accepted as a remedy for misunderstood dietary maladies.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed at the Medical establishment and cried to think of how much money they have sucked out of me.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read if your doctor has just put you on statins for high cholesterol.

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  • Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Goleman
    • Narrated By Daniel Goleman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    Combining cutting-edge research with practical findings, Focus delves into the science of attention in all its varieties, presenting a long overdue discussion of this little-noticed and under-rated mental asset. In an era of unstoppable distractions, Goleman persuasively argues that now more than ever we must learn to sharpen focus if we are to survive in a complex world.

    Daniel says: "Don't let the authors narrate their own books!"
    "Focus and development of learning skills in middle"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Focus to be better than the print version?

    Agnostic really but audio books are more suitable to my schedule


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Focus?

    Parts relating to smart practices - mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and recovery, positive emotions and connections


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

    Couldn't possibly


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Paine's Rights of Man: A Biography: Books That Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (196)
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    (56)
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    (58)

    Thomas Paine was one of the greatest political propagandists in history. The Rights of Man, first published in 1791, is the key to his reputation. Inspired by his outrage at Edmund Burke's attack on the uprising of the French people, Paine's text is a passionate defense of the rights of man. Paine argued against monarchy and outlined the elements of a successful republic, including public education, pensions, and relief of the poor and unemployed, all financed by income tax.

    Mimi says: "Exciting July Fourth Listening! Wow!"
    "Mandatory Reading for all first year College stude"
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    If you could sum up Thomas Paine's Rights of Man in three words, what would they be?

    Should be read


    What did you like best about this story?

    The premise is the story of liberty and the development of democracy in these United States.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    SImon Vance was good enough.


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

    No entirely possible. Nor should it be.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Half-life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Samuel Arbesman
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    New insights from the science of science Facts change all the time. Smoking has gone from doctor recommended to deadly. We used to think the Earth was the center of the universe and that Pluto was a planet. For decades, we were convinced that the brontosaurus was a real dinosaur. In short, what we know about the world is constantly changing. But it turns out there’s an order to the state of knowledge, an explanation for how we know what we know.

    Davin V. Jones says: "Author misrepresents what an actual 'fact' is."
    "Ground breaking knowledge"
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    If you could sum up The Half-life of Facts in three words, what would they be?

    The acquired perspective gained by understanding the fluid change of knowledge, that is the idea that facts have a life, is intimidating at first. By understanding how information changes the knowledge of facts, we can overcome our feelings of inadequacy when we do not think we know enough about a situation.
    Knowledge changes and more importantly, not everyone is comfortable with that constantly changing landscape. This means that the marketplace is constantly changing because we can never have all the answers.
    How liberating to know that decisions are made on known facts which are assumed to be true temporally!

    I admired the painstakingly presented examples and the perspective of science, medicine and business.
    I recommend this book highly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The connection of the author to his father the scientist is powerfull.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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