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jakarta, Indonesia | Member Since 2009

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 225 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dan Buettner
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie

    Award-winning author and researcher Dan Buettner has traveled the world to meet the planet’s longest-lived people, and learned nine powerful yet simple lessons that could put you on the path to longer life. Where did he find them? In the Blue Zones....

    Martyn says: "Excellent audio book with great supporting website"
    "Green Light for Blue Zone"
    What made the experience of listening to The Blue Zones the most enjoyable?

    This book's merit rests on its interesting content, in my opinion, rather than its prose or overall delivery. The speaker was OK but the performance was not as important as having something worthwhile to contribute on this important subject.
    I was surprised to discover some of the societies and cultures referred to in the book are under attack by modern lifestyles and are in danger of disappearing. For example younger Okinawans are no longer blessed with the probability of living to 100+ years anymore because the majority have adopted western ways and so have succumbed to modern health issues like heart disease etc.. Therefore the book is a useful reference source for a vanishing world.
    I am sure there are 'drier' academic papers on specific Blue Zones but this effort was engaging as it gave an all round view of the subject from a humanistic viewpoint.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Although efforts at storytelling were appreciated I really wanted facts and on this point the book was able to deliver. However the author did also make mention of some fascinating centenarians and that helped keep the momentum going.

    Any additional comments?

    Anybody who has reached an age when longevity seems important will benefit from this book as the authentic research it includes, whilst not strictly speaking "scientific" is full of anecodotal advice which I think many will find useful. I say this because I did. For example now I always bring a bag of nuts with me to work as a snack rather than eat biscuits or pastries. Its a small change but add them all up and its greater than the sum of its parts.
    Granted some things like a glass of red wine indulged by Sardinians daily is now common knowledge but overall there were enough suggestions to keep me busy with further research for some time to come.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Warren Berger
    • Narrated By Michael Quinlan

    In this groundbreaking book, journalist and innovation expert Warren Berger shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and in our daily lives is a simple, underappreciated tool - one that has been available to us since childhood. Questioning - deeply, imaginatively, "beautifully" - can help us identify and solve problems, come up with game-changing ideas, and pursue fresh opportunities. So why are we often reluctant to ask "Why?"

    cbrave says: "The perfect way to not sound smarter but be smart"
    "A More Ordinary Reply"

    It was a pleasant listen, although I found myself drifting off sometimes during jogging. But when my mindfulness asserted itself the sound bytes got me re-engaged. Although the core idea is valid I am not sure it justified a full book. A lot of stuff I had already digested elsewhere as the heavily quoted text testifies. Basically to sum up : questions are more interesting than answers so ask lots of them. Use Why, What if, and How and fail forwards ie enjoy the process of failing as you learn more that way. Good advice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rich Roll
    • Narrated By Rich Roll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

    In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

    J. Camara says: "Insightful conquering life's challenges"
    "Rock and Roll"
    Any additional comments?

    I have to agree with others that the narration left much to be desired but usually when confronted with this type of problem I find if the message is worthy then I can usually ignore any shortcomings in narration and that was the case with this book. But for some it may be too much.

    Nevertheless the story is a sincere account of a man who lost his way during midlife but found it again through endurance sports. I am sure there are many similar stories but with different means to the same end. Autobiographies like this are often uplifting and this one is no exception. For sporty types it will certainly inspire many. In my case I was already well into much of what Rich Roll is advocating so the impact personally was minimal but it will be life changing for some.

    Part autobiography, part endurance training manual and part nutrition guide I was a little surprised to see so many genres in one tome. I probably would have written three separate books and who knows Rich Roll may eventually do that?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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