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Tom

Sunland, CA, USA | Member Since 2000

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  • Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Brian Wansink
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (92)

    In this illuminating and groundbreaking new book, food psychologist Brian Wansink shows why you may not realize how much you're eating, what you're eating, or why you're even eating at all.

    Jim says: "Mindless Reading"
    "A Revelation"
    Overall

    A real eye-opener: the author (a food psychology researcher, associated with a university, with grad students and everything) identifies the factors that influence us to eat just a little more, and shows how these can be consciously manipulated to eat just a little bit less.

    (And that's all that's needed: most people gain about a pound a year, on average, which corresponds to about a +10 calories per day surplus. Tiny tricks can get this down to -10 calories per day, or even the -260 calories per day deficit needed to lose a 1/2 a pound a week (26 pounds a year).

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3982)
    Performance
    (1700)
    Story
    (1723)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Not Unabridged -- Appendix is missing"
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    Any additional comments?

    The performance is fantastic, but be warned that this is not at all an unabridged recording, as it is missing a performance of the Appendix, containing the mathematical proof.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2066)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (495)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "A festering turd of a novel"
    Overall

    Mr. Crichton has a real axe to grind here, about what he thinks is the poor quality of the science behind fears of global warming, and will do absolutely any violence to his characters' integrity in order to further this aim. A clear low point comes when the protagonist, a supposedly excellent lawyer, asks another lawyer one dopey unlawerly question after another dopey unlawerly question, all so that the second character can be given a chance to deliver great expository rants. A horrible book.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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