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Pat

Evening and Weekend Manager Lone Star College-Greenspoint Center Houston, TX 77060

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (1894)
    Performance
    (1616)
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    (1596)

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Raw vegetables, eggs, meat and cheese"
    "lnteresting testimonies; weak science"
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    Dr. William Davis is a passionate scientist and healer, who is convinced that wheat is the root of almost all that can go wrong with the body. He proceeds through maladies including but not limited to GERD, coronary artery disease, obesity, diabetes, Celiac disease, ED, and acne. Oh, I forgot arthritis. Davis supports each of these with whatever is available from anecdotal, correlational, or experimental research. His writing style is engaging and his anecdotes are inspiring. However, his leaps of faith based on correlational data make one realize that he must have missed the classes on correlational versus causal variance in the research course which he took. Still, the book caused me to do my own experiment and try his recommendations for ninety days. Here is to the new me.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Whack-a-Mole

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (346)
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    John Ceepak and Danny Boyle return with the hunt for a long-dormant serial killer who might be ready to strike again. An innocent discovery on the beach in Sea Haven pits Ceepak against a killer with a code just as rigid as his own. When the killer targets his next victim, the consequences becomes dire for Ceepak and Boyle. This is a game they must win.

    Bernadette says: "Series gets better and better"
    "A Delightful Listen"
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    Whack A Mole by Chris Grabenstein is another in the John CeePak series. This is my fourth novel in that series in which the author tells a suspenseful tale that keeps you guessing until the end whodunnit? However, as in the other novels the reader's real pleasure comes from the quirky relationship between Danny Boyle, a newly minted cop and his hero, mentor, and idol John Ceepak. CeePak and Boyle are partners on the Sea Haven Police force, who are constantly finding murder mysteries to solve in their peaceful New Jersey seaside town with it's town natives and thousands of tourists as suspects. The author has a talent for making the reader/listener an intimate observer to all that happens. The author accomplishes this by using the second person as his primary voice and making his narrator so human.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Choices

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Narrated By Kathleen Chalfant, Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Hillary Rodham Clinton's inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America's 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future. In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run, she expected to return to representing New York in the United States Senate. To her surprise, her former rival for the Democratic Party nomination, newly elected President Barack Obama, asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State. This memoir is the story of the four extraordinary and historic years that followed.

    Prairie says: "An Excellent book on Modern History"
    "A Great Listen From a Great Lady"
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    Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton is the second and better book of the the two by that author that I have read/listened to. Although some of the narrative sounds as though it had been extracted verbatim from her journal, other parts bring reader face to face with the intense dynamic of international diplomacy. Still other sections are intimate reflections of the author's thinking,values, and disappointments as she pursued her objectives. The reader realizes quickly how big a job that the Secretary of State has and how many stressors await that person every day.

    Clinton does an excellent job of taking the reader through each of the international events of her term and explaining backstory of each one. She also gives insight into many of the major players on the international players during her tenure as Secretary of State.

    Finally, either intentionally or tangently Secretary Clinton revealed many of her core values and beliefs and how she integrated their realization into what she did. For anyone wanting to learn what a Secretary of State does on a day to day basis, this is a must read. For those wanting to know Hillary Rodham Clinton better is an excellent choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William Glasser
    • Narrated By John Meagher
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
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    Dr. William Glasser offers a new psychology that, if practiced, could reverse our widespread inability to get along with one another, an inability that is the source of almost all unhappiness. For progress in human relationships, he explains that we must give up the punishing, relationship-destroying external control psychology. For example, if you are in an unhappy relationship right now, he proposes that one or both of you could be using external control psychology on the other. He goes further. And suggests that misery is always related to a current unsatisfying relationship.

    Pat says: "Make a great choice; read this one!"
    "Make a great choice; read this one!"
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    Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom by William Glasser, M.D. is an excellent guide for building strong relationships in your marriage, with your children, in education, and in business. Using basic principles fleshed out by detailed case studies, Glasser leads the reader to effective strategies in these and other situations where building relationships will resolve problems. Glasser contrasts external coercion based with choice based approaches to building and maintaining relationships. He suggests that humans have five inherited needs which vary genetically in their importance to us. These varying needs in those with whom we have or need to have relationships are at the heart of conflict. Dr. Glasser's principles are easily understood, but are counter intutive to the external coercive models of relating to which we are accustomed. I intend to add this book to my reread regularly list. I highly recommend this book to anyone who struggles to relate to those in his or her life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Reality: Exploring Our Everyday Adventures in Wonderland

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jim Baggott
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
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    Performance
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    A unique fusion of philosophy and metaphysics set against the backdrop of contemporary culture. Have you ever wondered if the world is really there when you're not looking? We tend to take the reality of our world very much for granted. This book will lead you down the rabbit hole in search of something we can point to, hang our hats on, and say this is real.

    Brett says: "More Quantum Physics than I wanted to Hear"
    "A real great listen on the nature of reality"
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    In last five or so years that I have been listening to audio books, I have chosen to listen to several nonfiction books on philosopy and even more on science, learning from all and enjoying most. Today I finished A Beginner's Guide to Reality by Jim Baggott and have decided that it is the best of those listens in which the author tried to reconcile science and philosophy as methods of determing what is real and what is not. Baggott develops his discussion chronologically by beginning with Sccrates, Plato, and Aristotle's explanations of reality. He furthers follows the philosophical discussions of this topic through the recent contributors. He makes these discussions interesting by illustrating using pop icons like the movie, "The Matrix." As building a continuum between philosophy and science, he discusses scientists earliest efforts to define what is reaal and follows their changing positions on the subject through the most recent arguments for modified string theory and that elusive "Theory of Everything." I highly recommend this listen to anyone for whom reality is still a mystery worth solving.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "My Sacred Cows Lay Slain Everywhere"
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    My sacred cows lay slain every where. I learned many things about many organized religions and contradictions and little known facts about the Bible. I was put off by what I found as the minimizing of pedophilia when comparing its damage to that of the religious brainwashing of children. Other than that Dawkins makes a logical well supported case against believing in any god. However, to accept his hypothesis, you must restrict your systems of perception to rationalism and empiricism. If you live by faith and not by sight, his arguments will be vacuous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Denial of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ernest Becker
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, The Denial of Death is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the "why" of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant Freudian school of thought, Becker tackles the problem of the vital lie: man's refusal to acknowledge his own mortality. In doing so, he sheds new light on the nature of humanity and issues a call to life and its living that still resonates more than 30 years after its writing.

    Michael says: "Symbology is central to all human behavior"
    "The most significant book I have ever read."
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    The battle in my mind between my heritage of faith and my deep allegiance to the scientific method found some peace in the main hypothesis of The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker. He hypothesizes that man is driven by a deep fear of dying to build constructs of what happens after death. He suggests that the primal fear of death cause people to convert to religion, leave moments to their lives, and to spend their life in an Epicurean scramble to balance the nothingness of death.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Bee: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chris Cleave
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    British couple Andrew and Sarah O'Rourke, vacationing on a Nigerian beach in a last-ditch effort to save their faltering marriage, come across Little Bee and her sister, Nigerian refugees fleeing from machete-wielding soldiers intent on clearing the beach. The horrific confrontation that follows changes the lives of everyone involved in unimaginable ways.

    Katerina says: "Good book, well told"
    "A Little Bee with a Big Sting"
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    Little Bee by Chris Cleave is one of the most intense novels that I have read. What happened when Little Bee, Andrew, and Sarah met on a beach drives the story. The tale is told from two narrates. One is that of a 16 year old Nigerian refugee who has just been released from a British immigration center. The other is that of a female British magazine editor whose life has become very complicated. Though a novel, the story seemed very real and I remained hypnotized until the very end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intercept: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Charles Leggett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (114)
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    A left-leaning judge liberates four of the most dangerous al-Qaeda terrorists from Guantanamo Bay and the CIA field officers track them back to Pakistan's northwest frontier mountain range. But the men vanish and rejoin the dark and mysterious forces trained by Osama bin Laden high in the Hindu Kush. These are men with hatred for the United States and Great Britain, and they are sworn to hit back at the USA, which imprisoned so many of their high command.

    Mark Laskow says: "Bottom Decile Writing"
    "Written for the radical conservative"
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    Intercept by Patrick Robinson is well written, keeping its audience anxious to know what will happen next. That is probably why it appeared on the New York Times best sellers list. However, Robinson's political point of view was obviously formed from substituting playing violent video games for attending any high school or college government or history classes. His racist attitude toward all middle eastern folk is only exceeded by his blind reverence for and faith in the U.S. military. His story of the tracking and assassination of four terrorists released by due process from Guantanamo caries the same fascist tone one might find in a Arian militia group living in Utah. His contempt for those who cherish our protection of civil rights would win him a literary award from the Fox network. Though his antagonists were religious zealots set on bringing down America and willing to ignore any humanity in the name of Allah, his hero was only different by wrapping his behavior in a equal zeal for America, right or wrong. If you believe that we do not owe due process those who hold America wanting you will love this novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

    Teddy says: "Excellent Book All Over"
    "A Graduate Course in a Book"
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    Reading this book was like taking a graduate course in the historical psychological and sociological causes of violence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
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    Overall
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    Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the "muckraking" press, Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that gave power away to the Democrats.

    C. Telfair says: "Wow! Patience Rewarded!"
    "Listener Becomes a Fly on the Wall of History"
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    The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin makes the reader/listener a fly on the wall at a volatile and pivotal period in American history. She uses newspaper articles, diaries, journals, letters, and memoirs to put her reader/listeners in venues where the progressive movement had its beginning and brightest moments. The book contrasts and compares two deeply interesting men: Theodore Roosevelt and Howard Taft. It also details the lives of the most prominent muckraker journalists including S. S. McClur, Ida Tarbell, Ray Baker in a way that makes you think that you are watching them actually work. She creates an extremely personal look at all the major political players in the period between the Gilded Age and the beginning of World War I.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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