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Jason Cox

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Knoxville, TN United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By T. Colin Campbell, Howard Jacobson
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (331)

    In The China Study, T. Colin Campbell revolutionized the way we think about our food with the evidence that a whole food, plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat. Now, in Whole, he explains the science behind that evidence, the ways our current scientific paradigm ignores the fascinating complexity of the human body, and why, if we have such overwhelming evidence that everything we think we know about nutrition is wrong, our eating habits haven’t changed.

    Sara says: "Not what you think it is"
    "Debunking the Science of Nutrition"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you go into this book thinking it's about the whole food diet and its benefits, you're going to be disappointed. On the other hand, if you read this to learn about the dysfunctionality in the field of nutrition as well as the evils of Big Pharma, you'll be more inclined to enjoy it.


    What could T. Colin Campbell and Howard Jacobson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It would have been great to have included more (much more!) on the benefits of a whole food diet. More case studies. Some concrete data would be great. There's a lot they could have done here to create a positive light on a whole food diet that might be motivating and I'm certain highly interesting.


    What does Don Hagen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Don Hagen did a fine job with narration. Nothing about the narration distracted from the content, and I don't think his intonation conveyed any bias that wasn't actually present in the context of the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Whole?

    I would condense the anti-pharma, anti-medicine content of the book (which was the majority of it) into a single chapter, and emphasized the necessity to maintain reasonable skepticism when dealing with medical or pharmaceutical issues.


    Any additional comments?

    The premise of the book is interesting. Perhaps just re-titling the book "Rethinking the Science of Nutrition" would have been sufficient by subtly adjusting the reader's expectations. I would have loved more pro-whole diet information, examples, case studies, and that sort of thing, even if it is anecdotal.

    However, as it stands, the tone of the book is overwhelmingly negative and ends up coming across as mostly conspiratorial, which is sad given the potential of the topic.

    43 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dan Heath, Chip Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1537)
    Performance
    (670)
    Story
    (679)

    In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better Than Made to Stick"
    "Excellent & practical for equipping for change"
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    What did you love best about Switch?

    A lot of books discuss the problems of change, but this book was excellent in that it gives practical advice on how to equip yourself to create successful change.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There aren't really characters in the book so much as examples and situations.


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

    I believe this was narrated by the author and the narration style is non-obtrusive and generally good. I believe they also did Myth of the Garage which was very similar in style.


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

    This book is excellent to take over several sittings. Each chapter is pretty discrete. You may want to actually take notes and re-read it periodically.


    Any additional comments?

    After the audiobook, I almost want to get the physical book so I can refer back to sections of it later as things come up. That is no knock on the audiobook at all. It's just that it is information-dense with tons of good info that I would benefit from re-exposing myself.

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