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Jennifer Sader

Toledo, OH USA | Member Since 2010

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  • 15 reviews
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  • 176 titles in library
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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
    (73)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    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."
    "This book doesn't translate well to audio"
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    There is some important and interesting information here, but the narrator is not a great audiobook reader. So many of the better readers use their voice to help guide the listener to what is most important. This one seems excited about everything, which, ironically, made the book feel monotonous. She might do better with a different kind of book. Until I checked, I thought the book had been read by the author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Disease-Proof: The Remarkable Truth About What Keeps Us Well

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By David Katz, M.D., Stacy Colino
    • Narrated By Tim Andres Pabon
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    Though we may not realize it, our behavior has tremendous effects on our health, well-being, and even gene expression. In Disease-Proof, renowned preventive medicine specialist Dr. David Katz reveals that we can reduce our risk of any chronic disease by an astonishing 80 percent - more than any drug or intervention could ever hope to do. Abundant scientific evidence shows that four simple things - not smoking, eating well, being active, and maintaining a healthy weight - play an enormous role in our health.

    Jennifer Sader says: "Charts and tables don't work in audio"
    "Charts and tables don't work in audio"
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    I found myself skipping large chunks of this book where the author wanted readers to draw a chart or write down a recipe. Such material doesn't work in audio. A PDF supplement should have been provided with the charts, graphs, and recipes.

    I would recommend skipping this one -- the basic material is good but not particularly new or fresh. I liked the case studies, but those were few and far between.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Wendy McClure
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    Wendy McClure is on a quest to find the world of beloved Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder - a fantastic realm of fiction, history, and places McClure has never been to yet somehow knows by heart. She traces the pioneer journey of the Ingalls family - looking for the Big Woods among the medium trees in Wisconsin, wading in Plum Creek, and enduring a prairie hailstorm in South Dakota. She immerses herself in all things Little House - exploring the story from fact to fiction, and from the TV shows to the annual summer pageants in Laura’s hometowns.

    Esther says: "Sweet, light; maybe too light?"
    "Enjoyed the ride, but reader seemed mismatched"
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    Like Wendy McClure, I have been a longtime fan of the Little House books and had a lot of unanswered questions about the real girl behind the stories. I enjoyed having someone with a similar sensibility as mine (skeptical, a bit snarky, but also sincere) do the hard work of answering those questions for me. I had gotten as far as reading _The Ghost in the Little House_, but no further. This book helps me to better understand my own feelings about the Little House series.

    Like the author, I do not feel completely comfortable with the books' other types of fans: homeschoolers, end-timers, etc. I think the narrator's at-times-too-perky voice, however, seems to feel like a bit of a mismatch for the author's wry, witty writing. I like audiobooks enough to let this slide, but I wondered if those casting had assumed this was an uncritical homage to all things Laura.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Slim for Life: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast, and Lasting Weight Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jillian Michaels
    • Narrated By Jillian Michaels
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (121)

    Stop battling your weight and slim down for life with this no-nonsense, insider’s plan from America’s health, wellness, and weight-loss guru: Jillian Michaels. She has helped millions lose weight and feel great, and now she can help you, too. Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels swore she’d never write another diet book. But she realized that with all of the conflicting, overly complicated information being thrown at you each day, what you need is a clear, simple plan that cuts through all the confusion to deliver amazing results, fast.

    Hassan says: "Full of Facts and great Advices"
    "This book does not work well as an audiobook"
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    This book would work much better in paper form -- it has lots of lists and web links and quizzes, which don't translate well to audio. I am a huge fan of Jillian Michaels but it is painfully dull to listen to her spell out web links that I couldn't really use anyway.

    A better way to have executed this would be to put the tips in audio and have a companion PDF file with all the links, quizzes, and other similar material. That would have been much more useful and made the audiobook more engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Will Teach You to Be Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ramit Sethi
    • Narrated By Ramit Sethi
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (220)

    At last, for a generation that's materially ambitious yet financially clueless comes I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi's 6-week personal finance program for 20-to-35-year-olds. A completely practical approach delivered with a nonjudgmental style that makes readers want to do what Sethi says, it is based around the four pillars of personal finance - banking, saving, budgeting, and investing - and the wealth-building ideas of personal entrepreneurship.

    Dusty says: "The content is much better than the title"
    "Good information, some lame jokes"
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    The author is, for the most part, engaging, and he definitely has solid information to share. Some of his humor falls flat to me -- I loved his joke about immigrants vs. Americans eating chicken wings, but many of the others are just annoying. He is obviously a smart guy who is not a leering frat boy, so his attempts to sound like one just feel inauthentic.

    Overall, worth listening to if you want some basics on how to manage personal finances. The information is most targeted to those in their 20s and early 30s, but I still got a lot out of it at 42.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (1295)
    Performance
    (1138)
    Story
    (1146)

    Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

    Kirstin says: "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
    "Well-performed, but I wasn't wowed by the content"
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    I'd hoped to learn some new things about how a healthy body works, but this was mostly a collection of oddities. There were some interesting moments, like learning that organ meats have more vitamins than vegetables. I think it was just a bad fit for me.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By David Lebovitz
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Like so many others, David Lebovitz dreamed about living in Paris ever since he first visited the city in the 1980s. Finally, after a nearly two-decade career as a pastry chef and cookbook author, he moved to Paris to start a new life. Having crammed all his worldly belongings into three suitcases, he arrived, hopes high, at his new apartment in the lively Bastille neighborhood.

    Jennifer Sader says: "Great content, but it needs a different narrator"
    "Great content, but it needs a different narrator"
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    I have only listened to part of the book, which I purchased on impulse without listening to the sample. The narrator's voice would be more suited to scientific or other scholarly content. His voice is reminiscent of a narrator from an educational program.

    This book really could have used someone who had a more mellow and relaxed style, and who could pronounce French correctly. I'm feeling conflicted -- I am really interested in the content, but I'm not sure I can get through the rest of it.

    From now on I will always, always listen to the sample before purchasing.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gretchen Rubin
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (118)

    One Sunday afternoon, as she unloaded the dishwasher, Gretchen Rubin felt hit by a wave of homesickness. Homesick - why? She was standing right in her own kitchen. She felt homesick, she realized, with love for home itself. “Of all the elements of a happy life,” she thought, “my home is the most important.” In a flash, she decided to undertake a new happiness project, and this time, to focus on home. And what did she want from her home? A place that calmed her and energized her. A place that, by making her feel safe, would free her to take risks.

    Jamie says: "Worthwhile Follow-Up to The Happiness Project"
    "I wish that Gretchen Rubin had read it herself"
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    Gretchen Rubin read "The Happiness Project" herself, and I loved her goofy, cheerful voice. She genuinely sounded happy! Her projects are nerdy and offbeat, but they feel authentic.

    The projects feel less fun without the author's infectious, silly enthusiasm to win me over. The narrator isn't bad, she just isn't as genuinely excited about the projects and resolutions. This makes the experience sound less exhilarating and more exhausting. I also don't like her use of actual character voices for Gretchen's daughters, who sound like Rugrats. These are small things, but they definitely shaped my experience of the audiobook.

    This book is definitely informed by the author's experiences with "The Happiness Project." She feels the need to remind readers that she knows how lucky she is to be able to be living a writerly life in New York City. She responds to some of the criticisms of the last book in this one in a way that feels defensive. I hope she realizes that many people enjoyed the book exactly as it was, and though we might envy her freedom and her great Manhattan apartment, we enjoy the chance to live vicariously through her experience. I appreciate her willingness to write so openly about her life and her experience. The people who did not like the last book are not going to be interested in reading this one.

    I am not ready to tackle such a huge number of resolutions and projects all at once, but I like many of the ideas here. It's nice to think about giving more attention to greetings and goodbyes, for example. It's a good idea to remember that 15 minutes of unpleasant work each day can make me happier in the long run.

    If you liked "The Happiness Project," you will probably enjoy "Happier at Home." If you haven't read "The Happiness Project" yet, read it first, because this book doesn't stand completely on its own, it relies heavily on material covered in the first book. Besides, as I said, the first book was more fun.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3033)
    Performance
    (2700)
    Story
    (2706)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "A beautiful adventure"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry the most enjoyable?

    The story was well-told and the characters were complex and believable, even though the adventure itself was a bit unlikely.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    Harold's first breakfast away from home, alternately encouraged and heckled by the B&B guests.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Broadbent – was your favorite?

    I love Harold but I think Maureen is even more sympathetic, to me.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was in tears at the end but will not say any more for fear of spoiling it.


    Any additional comments?

    There are a lot of important reflections on marriage here -- it seems that Harold and his wife had to spend time apart to really see each other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (240)

    From New York Times best-selling author Sam Kean come more incredible stories of science, history, language, and music, as told by our own DNA. There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking.

    Traci says: "So much to think about!"
    "Fascinating science read"
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    This book uses stories to illustrate the history and current understanding of genetics. I first heard about this book on Radio Lab, and this book uses the same kind of narrative style to engage listeners in serious science through compelling mysteries and human dramas. I would recommend it to other amateur science geeks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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