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R. Temple

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  • Foundations of Western Civilization II: A History of the Modern Western World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Bucholz
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    Beginning with the Renaissance, the culture of the West exploded. Over the next 600 years, rapid innovations in philosophy, technology, economics, military affairs, and politics allowed what had once been a cultural backwater left by the collapse of the Roman Empire to dominate the world. This comprehensive series of 48 lectures by an award-winning teacher and captivating lecturer will show you how - and why - this extraordinary transformation took place.

    Ilinca says: "good intro"
    "Great"
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    What about Professor Robert Bucholzā€™s performance did you like?

    He spoke clearly.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish it were slightly less war-focused. He covered other areas of society besides war, but I wish the balance would have included more art, music, architecture, and writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (297)

    For decades we have been taught that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates better, and that the key to a healthy weight is eating less and exercising more. Yet despite this advice, we have seen unprecedented epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Taubes argues that the problem lies in refined carbohydrates, like white flour, easily digested starches, and sugars, and that the key to good health is the kind of calories we take in, not the number.

    Mary says: "Science, science, and more (fascinating) science."
    "Great Book. Might be more useful in print vs audio"
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    Would you listen to Good Calories, Bad Calories again? Why?

    I might read the text version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It has great information about history of diet science, and even more importantly, insight to how dietary recommendations have been wrong.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book didn't translate as well for audio format than other books due to how numerous quotes from various scientists would sometimes come across as the voice of the author (until the sometimes long quote was finished and then you hear the who said/wrote the cited text). I felt the narrator could have done a lot to improve this issue by affecting his voice more when reading cited/quoted passages. The narrator otherwise was clear and pleasant. There were also audio 'glitches' (random audio artifacts) throughout, but they were only slightly distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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