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Florida | Listener Since 2005

  • 5 reviews
  • 40 ratings
  • 120 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014

  • Younger Next Year: A Guide to Living Like 50 Until You're 80 and Beyond

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Chris Crowley, Henry S. Lodge
    • Narrated By Don Leslie, Rick Adamson

    Younger Next Year is about how to turn back your biological clock. How to become functionally younger every year for the next five to 10 years, and continue to live with vitality and grace into your 80s and beyond.

    A. Stephens says: "Excellent information"
    "Entertaining and Motivational"

    I'm a 40-something woman--not the intended audience for this book--but I loved it. Complex physiological aging processes are explained in a clear and motivational way. So are exercise benefits. I loved the focus on health rather than appearance, and the straightforward, you-can-take-it-you're-a-grownup style. There was plenty of substance for me AND it was HILARIOUS. I find it easier now to do the things I know I should do (eat right, exercise regularly). If I can get my husband to listen to it, I'm sure he will like it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Letting Go of God

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Julia Sweeney
    • Narrated By Julia Sweeney

    Julia Sweeney says she was a "happy Catholic girl" when, one day, she walked into church and signed up for a Bible-study course. "What an eye opener that was!" she says. Equally comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney's brilliant one-woman show about her struggle with her faith.

    Mark says: "A Brilliant Personal Journey of Discovery"

    Audience reactions added to my enjoyment of this recording, but mostly I appreciated Sweeney's wit. The parts about her mother were my favorite. I also enjoyed her reaction to the Bible.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ultimate Fitness: The Quest for Truth about Exercise and Health

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gina Kolata
    • Narrated By Gina Kolata

    Gina Kolata, science reporter to The New York Times, takes a fascinating journey into the fads, fictions and genuine innovations that have defined the world of physical fitness.

    Laura says: "What a waste"

    Fitness buffs will appreciate this book. Kolata uncovers the scientific research (or lack thereof) behind such fitness standards as interval training, max heart rate = your age - 220, and certified physical trainers. I enjoyed it so much that I ordered a hard copy so I can find out what I missed from this abridged audio version. The reader for this book is excellent too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss - And the Myths and Realities of Dieting

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gina Kolata
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this eye-opening audiobook, New York Times science writer Gina Kolata shows that our society's obsession with dieting and weight loss is less about keeping trim and staying healthy than about money, power, trends, and impossible ideals. Rethinking Thin is at once an account of the place of diets in American society and a provocative critique of the weight-loss industry.

    iBeth says: "worth listening to"
    "worth listening to"

    This book surveys the latest scientific obesity research--it is not a motivational diet book. In fact, other diet books seem rather naively hopeful once you hear this one. I have much more sympathy for severely obese people now, and I am more skeptical of panicked news reports about the obesity epidemic. Kolata never mentions the National Weight Control Registry, and I wondered why. She does very clearly outline complex information about genetic and hormonal influences on body weight, and the research stories are fascinating. This book is read well, though I preferred the reader for Kolata's earlier book, Ultimate Fitness.

    26 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The Thin Commandments Diet: The 10 No-Fail Strategies for Permanent Weight Loss

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen Gullo
    • Narrated By Stephen Gullo

    In The Thin Commandments Diet, Dr. Stephen Gullo lets you in on his unique weight-loss program that has a success rate that is many times higher than the national average. His two-part approach replaces willpower with strategy and deprivation dining with great-tasting gourmet fare.

    Judith says: "OK, but not as good as I had expected."
    "Very helpful advice"

    I highly recommend this book. Gullo offers very helpful advice for maintaining healthy eating habits--specific strategies that really work. AND he does this without talking too much about FOOD. Diet books that talk constantly about what food to eat just make me hungry!

    Gullo presents strategies that anyone can use to feel satisfied, keep favorite foods in our lives, and still control weight. Some of his strategies I've seen elsewhere, but many were new, at least to me. For example, his suggestions for "thinspeak" and "boxing in/boxing out" foods were worth the price of the book all by themselves.

    I even liked the NY accent that a previous reviewer mentioned--Gullo's way of speaking gave a "no nonsense" tone to the book. This is the first audiobook I've purchased that I've listened to several times.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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