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  • Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (412)

    For decades we have been taught that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates better, and that the key to a healthy weight is eating less and exercising more. Yet despite this advice, we have seen unprecedented epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Taubes argues that the problem lies in refined carbohydrates, like white flour, easily digested starches, and sugars, and that the key to good health is the kind of calories we take in, not the number.

    Mary says: "Science, science, and more (fascinating) science."
    "Fantastic"
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    Nicely read by Chamberlain, but the real brilliance of this book is the quality and depth of the research described in the book. This is probably the best and most important book that I have ever read or listened to.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3177)
    Performance
    (1866)
    Story
    (1868)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "Great"
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    A captivating story, told brilliantly, performed flawlessly. I finished it in less than two days. Had I started earlier on the first day, I wouldn't have needed day two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (416)

    In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".

    Mubarak says: "Excellent Excellent Excellent!"
    "A True Classic"
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    Brilliant writing. Fantastic story. Nice performance. I'd read this book over 20 years ago but still thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. Because the writing was so good I plan to buy other works by Dostoevsky.

    The story and performance were so good that I powered this this 20-hour book in three days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1309)
    Performance
    (1091)
    Story
    (1102)

    Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

    Darwin8u says: "A Clinician's eYe, but a Poet's HEART"
    "Enjoyable"
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    I enjoyed listening to this book. I work in health care so I'm predisposed to be interested in these types of stories. But it's not overly complex and should also be easily understood by people not involved in the health care field.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2056)
    Performance
    (1462)
    Story
    (1459)

    Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

    Carolyn says: "Strawmen and Ad Hominems"
    "Too Long"
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    There is some interesting stuff in this book, but I would have enjoyed the topic much more if had been condensed down to a 20-page paper.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Michael C. Hall
    Overall
    (1958)
    Performance
    (1779)
    Story
    (1792)

    Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

    Michael says: "Subtle yet Extravagant"
    "Didn't Live up to Expectations"
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    There's no doubt that Capote is a good writing. The writing, and I'm talking about the language itself, was excellent, and the reading performance pretty good. But the story didn't do anything for me and left me less than impressed. At least it was short.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Richard Wrangham
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (254)

    Ever since Darwin and The Descent of Man, the existence of humans has been attributed to our intelligence and adaptability. But in Catching Fire, renowned primatologist Richard Wrangham presents a startling alternative: our evolutionary success is the result of cooking. In a groundbreaking theory of our origins, Wrangham shows that the shift from raw to cooked foods was the key factor in human evolution.

    KHarrang says: "Fascinating book about early human development..."
    "Worth a Listen"
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    Lots of interesting facts about about the use of fire in cooking & nutrition (I'm interested in nutrition anyway, so I might be biased).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Circle of Treason: CIA Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sandra V. Grimes, Jeanne Vertefeuille
    • Narrated By Janet Metzger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    Circle of Treason is the first account written by CIA agents who were key members of the CIA team that conducted the intense "Ames Mole Hunt." Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille were two of the five principals of the CIA team tasked with hunting one of their own and were directly responsible for identifying Ames as the mole, leading to his arrest and conviction.

    Jean says: "The hunt for a mole"
    "Betrayed by the Authors"
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    The Ames story certainly has the potential to make for a great book. Instead, this book is the rambling story of the careers of two former CIA employees who happened to work at the Agency when Ames did his dirty work.

    I found it nearly impossible to keep up with all the names dropped in this book. And way too much time was spent discussing the author's careers. The parts of the book actually about Ames could have been condensed into a book half as long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey into How the World's Poorest People Are Educating Themsleves

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By James Tooley
    • Narrated By James Foster
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Named after Mahatma Gandhi's phrase for the schools of pre-colonial India, The Beautiful Tree recounts Tooley's journey from the largest shanty town in Africa to the hinterlands of Gansu, China. It introduces listeners to the families and teachers who taught him that the poor are not waiting for educational handouts. They are building their own schools and educating themselves.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent Book"
    "Excellent Book"
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    This book was just awesome. Although not an economics book, it's full of economic lessons. And it shows vividly that intentions don't always equal results and that government can often muddle things up when it tries to do good. Incentives matter. Always.

    Before listening to this book I have little doubt that if I had ever considered the question (which I hadn't) I would have assumed that poor kids in the countries that Tooley studied cannot possibly attend private schools. I stand corrected.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stop Drifting, Start Rowing: One Woman's Search for Happiness and Meaning Alone on the Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Roz Savage
    • Narrated By Roz Savage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (106)

    In 2007, Roz Savage set out to row 8,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean—alone. Despite having successfully rowed across the Atlantic the previous year, the Pacific presented the former office worker with unprecedented challenges and overpowering currents—both in the water and within herself. Crossing Earth’s largest ocean alone might seem a long way removed from everyday life, yet the lessons Roz learned about the inner journey, the ocean, and the world are relevant to all of us.

    Brandin says: "I only listened to 1/3, so maybe it gets better?"
    "Way too heavy on hypocrticitical enviro-preaching"
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    I bought and read the book based on the book's summary. And the journey itself was interesting and she's also a decent writer so parts of the book were quite interesting. But there was way too much environmental preaching and (environmental) hypocrisy for my liking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Waiter
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (286)

    According to The Waiter, 80 percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining 20 percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.

    Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.

    Manmit says: "Read the blog first"
    "He thinks way too highly of himself"
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    By the 3rd or 4th chapter I was already sick of hearing how great the author is. I didn't bother finishing it so I can't give an honest review of the entire book, but I wasn't at all impressed with what I did get through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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