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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you're interested in just a fun story with an interesting premise and a few honest to goodness laugh-out-loud moments, then this is the audiobook for you.
For some reason, Off to be the Wizard gave me that sense of wonder that was reminiscent of Ready Player One. That's pretty high praise. Sure, if you're looking for deep character development, this is unlikely to satisfy. Same for those searching for something that will deeply move and change them.
But if you're looking for a FUN ROMP then stop reading this review and download the book. The narrator does a fantastic job as well.
This is an excellent exposition on what our country needs.
Carson is certainly not going to appeal to most progressives who hold tightly to their agenda, but neither is he going to appeal to the establishment GOP out there (these two groups are getting harder to distinguish these days, if you look at how they actually vote).
Who he will appeal to is people who value common sense. And those who still believe in both this country and the ideal that the citizenry is in charge, not professional politicians. Anyone who is in the middle politically speaking will appreciate the things he points out.
It would be great to see an honest national discussion of this book and Carson's well thought and articulated points.
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.
There aren't really characters in the book so much as examples and situations.
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.
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.
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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