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Sabre Jet

Colorado Springs, Co USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Moss
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1051)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (917)

    Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

    Michael says: "This is all too real, and YOU are the victim."
    "I'll never drink another Coke"
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    What made the experience of listening to Salt Sugar Fat the most enjoyable?

    I did not get bored. I backed it up if I thought I missed something. It moved quickly. Very interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Salt Sugar Fat?

    It's just an expose. It doesn't sound like the author is really slamming all of these companies it is exposing, it just feels like you are privy to being there at every private meeting among the money grabbers. They don't care about humanity, in my opinion. They care about money. It's a free country. They can do that. But this book has equipped me with some insight to see what they are doing, and not fall victim to it. It's eye opening. It will help me feed myself and my family more thoughtfully, not that I have ever been one to gorge myself with any of this fast food stuff, Fritos, Hot Pockets, etc., but it seems that even the stuff you think might not be so bad, is so bad. I've heard it, but it didn't register. Now I don't feel so stupid for falling into their grip. They have many scientists who have figured out the best way to "hook" the best of us. We all have free choice. This book is going to help me make better choices.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ted Kerasote
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (197)

    Ted Kerasote met and adopted Merle, a Labrador mix, while he was on a camping trip. Merle had been living in the wild, and after taking the dog home with him to Wyoming, Kerasote soon realized that Merle could not adjust to inhabiting exclusively the human world. So he put a door in his house to let Merle live both outside and in. A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable animal, Merle's Door explores the issues that all animals and their human companions face.

    John says: "The Best Audio Book I've ever listened to"
    "Couldn't get in to it."
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    What did you like best about Merle's Door? What did you like least?

    I might like this book better if I were reading it instead of listening to it. Seems very informative and I am interested in the subject but I just really couldn't get into the sound of the man's voice who was reading it.


    Would you recommend Merle's Door to your friends? Why or why not?

    I told my neighbor about this book and she was extremely interested in reading it so I have ordered the paperback for her to read.


    Was Merle's Door worth the listening time?

    Not for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I love dogs and I reluctantly listened to A Dog's Purpose. At first I didn't think I would like it but I really got in to it and have now started listening to a few dog books. That is why I purchased this one. I have given it a couple of hours and still am not really liking it. I'm gong to give a little more time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3259)
    Performance
    (1595)
    Story
    (1595)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Do yourself a favor and listen to this one."
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    If you could sum up Shantaram in three words, what would they be?

    Maybe the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a story about life. It changes just as life does. It's kind of like a "if I'd known then what I know now" sort of story. You grow up with this man.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This book is over 900 pages so it's not one you're likely to listen to all in one sitting However, this is one I had a hard time putting down. It made me late for work a few times as I'd sit in the car continuing to listen. Sometimes even kept it going as I'd be running down steps on my way in, allowing on-lookers to wonder if I was nuts.


    Any additional comments?

    I chose this book after reading the reviews. I'm so glad I did. This author is deep. I appreciate his kindness and love of humanity. I can still feel this book and wish it wasn't over. I may even listen again. I can see, smell, feel India. I have a more open mind towards so many things, people, cultures. "But for the grace of God, there go I", I feel. When I was finished with this book, I felt like we, the author and I, had been through a lot together. I felt like I could remember years ago when we were doing this or that and I had a feeling of "if I'd only known then what I know now". This is a story of life, with love, joy, grief, bad choices, boredom, hatred, forgiveness. It's a learning experience. The performance was spectacular. I can't say enough good about the reader. It does get a little syrupy now and then, but I think that is just because the author has so much soul. I love him! Somewhere in the last third of the book I lost some interest for a while, somewhere in Afghanistan. I felt like I'd want to fast forward and skip some of that stuff but then I'd hear something, get the answer to something I would have missed if I'd skipped. So I listened to every word. And now it's over and I miss it. What a book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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