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  • The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Gretchen Reynolds
    • Narrated By Karen Saltus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Every Wednesday, Gretchen Reynolds singlehandedly influences how millions of Americans work out. In her Phys Ed column for The New York Times, she debunks myths, spurs conversation, and creates arguments among her readers by questioning widely held beliefs about exercise. Expanding upon her popular columns, Reynolds tackles the questions we all have and (sometimes) ask about exercise.

    Grant says: "Good info."
    "Narrator made this book impossible to listen to"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Gretchen Reynolds and/or Karen Saltus?

    Maybe Ms. Reynolds, but definitely not Ms. Saltus


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I can't really judge the content, because the narration was unbearable


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She sounds detatched, overly cheerful, and condescending all at once. From the way she reads, including a slow pace and strange emphasis, I get the impression she doesn't fully understand what she is reading, and/or assumes the listener will not. Ugh!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment that such a poor narrator was chosen.


    Any additional comments?

    If this title interests you, get it in print.

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