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Mom in FL

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  • Pandora's Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Melanie Warner
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    If a piece of individually wrapped cheese retains its shape, color, and texture for years, what does it say about the food we eat and feed our children? Former New York Times reporter and mother Melanie Warner decided to explore that question when she observed the phenomenon of the indestructible cheese. She began an investigative journey that takes her to research labs, food science departments, and factories around the country. What she discovered provides a rare, eye-opening - and sometimes disturbing - account of what we're really eating.

    Jeff says: "Interesting."
    "Fascinating and scary all at the same time"
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    What our food processors have done to our food supply is sinful, and it seems like every new change or additive is made with profit as the driving factor. I understand that companies are in business to make money, but so much of what they're doing seems so questionable and seems to completely discount long-term consequences. Of course, they're not going to outright kill us, but who knows what the long-term impact is of adding so much soy to our diets in the form it's being provided to us? And how our food is manipulated is kinda gross, too. I listened to this twice, back to back, to make sure I absorbed as much of it as I could, because there is a LOT of information. The first time intensified my desire to eat more homemade foods and rely less on processed. Second time is just reinforcing that decision. I'm not going to pretend I can stay away from processed entirely, but if I can make even small changes, it has to be better than maintaining the status quo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mike Lofgren
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    There was a time, not so very long ago, when perfectly rational people ran the Republican Party. So how did the party of Lincoln become the party of lunatics? That is what this book aims to answer. Fear not, the Dems come in for their share of tough talk - they are zombies, a party of the living dead. Mike Lofgren came to Washington in the early eighties - those halcyon, post-Nixonian glory days - for what he imagined would be a short stint on Capitol Hill.

    Dan says: "A Great Analysis"
    "A scary view at the dysfunctional political system"
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    So this is just scary. And sad that our political system has gotten to the point where we are now. We don't have elected officials. We have people bought and paid for by American corporations. Or big wigs. Who are usually associated with those corporations. OR super religious people whose beliefs don't seem to have evolved with the rest of the nation, who have huge audiences of their own, who want to keep the status quo. And the people lifted up by these influential organizations are willing to say or do whatever they need to in order to keep their power.

    That's definitely a blanket statement and I think it applies mostly to a minority in the parties, but they are the most influential and outspoken members of the parties. In order to try to keep some optimism, I have to believe there are people -- maybe not the elected members themselves, but on the payroll -- who are there to really make a GOOD difference. They're not looking for accolades or power, they just see a problem and want to try to help fix it.

    But even the whole process seems so freaking screwed up. When a defense bill can have a line item about abortion included, there's an issue. Two polar opposite issues, but in order to pass it, someone made a concession that somehow tied defense to abortion. That kind of thing should be outlawed. As should filibustering. And redistricting.

    Another thing I'd *really* love to see is a viable third party. I find it highly hypocritical that there are international Democratic and Republican organizations that cry foul when other countries' democratic elections appear to squeeze out a party's representation, but look what happened to Paul Rand at one of the debates. They would not let him in. The man was running for president, but because he wasn't Republican or Democrat, he was not welcome to debate them. It just seems like anymore I'm choosing the one I dislike least or will at least not degrade my comfort level rather than one I feel passionate will make my life better. Nobody represents ME anymore.

    So anyway, the author had a lot of interesting topics and anecdotes. While the Republican party got slammed (that's what he knew best), it's not like he left the Democrats spotless. They have their hands dirty as well. And, believe it or not, he believes real change will happen with the Millennials, when the baby boomers pass. The baby boomers still have such socially conservative values, and, because of their size, they are draining the "entitlement programs" they hold so dear.

    It was definitely food for thought. Lots of great information. And lots to make me scared of the immediate future, especially if the parties can't figure out how to get along and compromise.

    I think I'm going to have to buy this book in DTB form. There was a lot of interesting information, and I'd like to just flip through a book and read as opposed to trying to find the right passage in audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Tame a Highland Warrior: Highlander, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1330)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (784)

    He was born to a clan of warriors of supernatural strength, but Gavrael McIllioch abandoned his name and his Highland castle, determined to escape the dark fate of his ancestors. Hiding his identity from the relentless rival clan that hunted him, he called himself Grimm to protect the people he cared for, vowing never to acknowledge his love for ravishing Jillian St. Clair.

    Jennifer says: "Not understanding the problem here...."
    "Story much better than the first"
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    Before I started this series, I was a fan of the Fever series. I followed up the Outlander series with the first of this series and was a bit disappointed. Not only was it nothing like Outlander (not that much could come close to the story and Davina Porter's incredible portrayals of the characters), but it wasn't even on the same level in terms of story as Fever. But I had already bought the first few, so I continued with this one. While it's still no Outlander, this story was much more compelling than the first. It's still a little odd to hear Phil Gigante do women's voices because his is so very deep, but he did pretty well, and I enjoyed this story much more than the first one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2599)
    Performance
    (1635)
    Story
    (1616)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "Fascinating"
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    This was my first non-fiction listen. Everyone knows exercise is good for the body, and we always hear about the mind/body connection, but this book goes into detail about how and why exercise can help the brain. It's amazing the range of brain-related issues that can be helped with exercise. It's also amazing how the brain can "self repair" given the proper conditions. While it took me a while to get through this (there was no "I have to see what happens next" as I'd have with fiction), it was still so very interesting. I'm hoping, since I read this around the first of the year and I make that cliche New Years Resolution every year, that maybe I'll stick with it this time. There's so much more to exercise than just getting a nice body, and it becomes so much more important with age.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27128)
    Performance
    (13748)
    Story
    (13794)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Great narrators!"
    Overall

    I didn't read the book. I wasn't even sure what it was about before I bought it. I just knew people had raved about it. But wow. I mean really, wow. I'm sure I would have enjoyed reading the book, but this audio book was really well done. The narrators were perfect and drew me into the story quickly. I wish all audio books could be done this well. This was my second audio book, and I'm afraid the bar is set pretty high now! My first audio book was just meh. The one I'm listening to is better than the first, but I think I will be hard pressed to find another like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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