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Sophia Bezirganian

Bibliosophy

NY United States

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5

  • The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Dr. Anthony A. Goodman
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (168)

    We all want to live long, healthy, and happy lives. But the path to achieve this-fitness and nutrition-is fraught with popular yet dangerously misleading myths about personal wellness. How do you separate the fact from the fiction? How can you recognize when you're doing your body more harm than good? Scientific knowledge has greatly expanded our understanding of how the human body works, laying many previously held ideas about fitness and nutrition to rest.

    Markus P. Mayer says: "so and so"
    "Fitness is Simple but not easy"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness the most enjoyable?

    It covered all the major controversies about the basics, e.g., debunking the "set point" theory (that we're all doomed by our genes to whatever our current weight is), the benefits (or lack thereof) of supplements (like creatine), the evidence for and against carb loading, the amount of hydration needed for a spectrum of exercise intensity, the benefits of interval training and how to get it right.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Based on solid science, and very clearly presentedUnlike many other experts who expound on nutrition andFitness, the author didn't have an ax to grind,or anything to sell.


    Which character – as performed by Dr. Anthony A. Goodman – was your favorite?

    N/A. But the speaker held my attention by using both stories and scientific data in a good mix. Not too dry but not too fluffy either


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

    Not necessarily--but it's interesting and brief enough so you can.


    Any additional comments?

    People who want quick fixes (like supplements or diets that trick your metabolism by eating a narrow range of food) will find this course disappointing. The only shortcut that's scientifically valid is interval training (not a primrose path shortcut unfortunately!) . But those who like to complain that they're doomed to be obese because of their inheritance won't like it either. ...But those like me who are tired of the above will like it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Space Between: An Outlander Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (1013)
    Performance
    (932)
    Story
    (931)

    Joan MacKimmie is on her way to Paris to take up her vocation as a nun. Yet her decision is less a matter of faith than fear, for Joan is plagued by mysterious voices that speak of the future, and by visions that mark those about to die. The sanctuary of the nunnery promises respite from these unwanted visitations...or so she prays. Her chaperone is Michael Murray, a young widower who, though he still mourns the death of his wife, finds himself powerfully drawn to his charge.

    Kathy says: "A Delight!"
    "Good but too short given the threads it starts"
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    Very very good, but it ended too soon. Seems as if it could be a nice corollary series to the Outlander series. Left some enticing plot threads hanging .

    Would like to know what happens to all four protagonists after last scene.
    Otherwise , the period atmosphere and detail, the development of characters' personalities, and the performance by DP, were of the quality I've come to expect from Diana G and Davina P.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Like a Mighty Army Part 4: Safehold, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    For centuries, the world of Safehold, last redoubt of the human race, lay under the unchallenged rule of the Church of God Awaiting. The Church permitted nothing new - no new inventions, no new understandings of the world.What no one knew was that the Church was an elaborate fraud - a high-tech system established by a rebel faction of Safehold’s founders, meant to keep humanity hidden from the powerful alien race that had destroyed old Earth.

    Sophia Bezirganian says: "Better than all its predecessors"
    "Better than all its predecessors"
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    This last installment in the Safehold series is a cut above the rest in richness of every component: character development, scope , plot twists , descriptions of scenery, etc. I like the expansion of the female character roles too. And the best of all the narrators to date is back too! The plot is not only richer, but woven more tightly. I can't wait for book 7!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silk Is for Seduction: The Dressmakers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (343)

    Brilliant and ambitious dressmaker Marcelline Noirotis London's rising star. And who better to benefit from her talent than the worst-dressed lady in the ton, the Duke of Clevedon's intended bride? Winning the future duchess' patronage means prestige and fortune for Marcelline and her sisters. To get to the lady, though, Marcelline must win over Clevedon, whose standards are as high as his morals are...not. The prize seems well worth the risk-but this time Marcelline's met her match.

    Chantelle says: "Worth the Credit....Fantastic"
    "Great performance. Classic plot"
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    If you could sum up Silk Is for Seduction in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderfully embroidered romance


    What other book might you compare Silk Is for Seduction to and why?

    Lord of Scoundrels of course. Same author, same period atmosphere, with meticulous attention to the details of the culture of the time, same tensions--between classes, and between the sexes. And showing how passion can transcend these differences. With help from plucky, talented, and beautiful heroine, bringing errant aristocrat to heel, using his weak spot for love. The plot also reminds me of Austen's Pride and Prejudice


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    Everything!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    They will reap what they sew !


    Any additional comments?

    Plot very artfully builds to its climax

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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