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mesachie lake bc, BC, Canada

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  • Fitness Confidential

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vinnie Tortorich
    • Narrated By Vinnie Tortorich
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (346)

    America's Angriest Trainer, Vinnie Tortorich, exposes the nasty underbelly of the fitness industry while getting you into the best shape of your life. For over 20 years, Vinnie has been Hollywood's go-to guy for celebrities and athletes looking to get fit fast. Now, in this hilarious and often R-rated memoir, he holds nothing back. What's the best piece of fitness equipment money can buy? What's the fastest way to lose weight: diet or exercise? Why are health clubs worse than used car lots? In Fitness Confidential, Vinnie tells all.

    Robert says: "The best fitness book I've ever read"
    "entertaining book about the author's experience"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed listening to the book, although it was not so much a teaching manual as a glimpse into a dedicated athlete/trainer's life. Although I kept waiting for more suggestions in how to keep fit, I found myself mesmerized by his life experience and the interesting way he related it. Perhaps I have absorbed motivating tips without realizing it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Vinnie Tortorich? Why or why not?

    If I am in the mood to be entertained rather than taught, yes.


    Which character – as performed by Vinnie Tortorich – was your favorite?

    Himself.


    Do you think Fitness Confidential needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. If he could give me more specific ideas for exercises, how to avoid injuries and workouts to do in my own home, I'd have a look at it. The gym is too far away to be practical and a trainer is too expensive, so I need something that will work for me at home.


    Any additional comments?

    I greatly admire Vinnie's stamina and determination. Hearing how he tries so hard is motivating and hearing his reading is authentic. I liked hearing the writer at the end as well. Maybe I should give it four stars, yeah, I'm going to change that. You know what? Historical author Barbara Tuchman has a sign over her desk that states: "Does the reader want to turn the page?" I wanted to "turn the page" on this book.

    If he wrote another book and put more fitness tips in it I'd probably buy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Russell L. Blaylock
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    Learn how the chemicals and compounds you encounter every day can lead to unexpected health complications and life-threatening disorders. This newly revised edition of Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life covers some of the hottest topics in health and nutrition: heavy metal toxicity; food additives; the vaccine controversy; fluoride poisoning; antioxidants; protecting your brain from the ravages of disease and aging; the role of fats in health; pesticides and other chemicals.

    Doug says: "Tough listen but really educational"
    "interesting and informative"
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    What made the experience of listening to Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life the most enjoyable?

    I liked the in-depth coverage of what's harmful to the body and how it harms the body. Workable solutions were offered and although my antennae go up when I hear recommendations of supplements because someone's going to profit from them, this book offered other ways to prevent and treat these harmful poisons.

    The book also suggested many ways to avoid these toxins and ways to keep the body healthy to dilute or prevent the effects of toxins.

    I liked how the book spoke in detail about specific things that toxins do to the body. Now I understand why mercury, lead, MSG and DDT, for example, are so harmful, and why I should have my amalgam fillings removed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    He spoke clearly and slowly and pronounced very difficult words in an unhurried way. Nice tone too. I think this was a difficult book to read, given its scientific sections which could have sounded dull. His inflections kept the subject interesting.


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

    Learn about toxins, how to avoid them and survive despite them.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm keeping this book so's I can hear it again later. There was a lot to digest. I wouldn't recommend this to someone who didn't have an interest in biology as there was a lot of in-depth information at the cellular level.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By David Zinczenko, Ted Spiker
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (130)

    Great-looking abs are more than just a way to support the mirror industry. In fact, strong abs and flat stomachs are the ultimate indicator of overall health for both men and women. Great abs will help you live longer, sleep better, prevent back pain, and significantly improve your sex life! (And, hey, they don't look half-bad in the mirror, either.) Unfortunately, you could spend years on starvation diets and extreme exercise programs that never unearth those elusive stomach muscles.

    Kevin M. Davis says: "Now it all makes sense"
    "Excellent book."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Well-narrated and interesting. Good suggestions which I am following, for example: metabolism remains higher after working out in bursts followed by periods of rest, when compared with a session of steady-state exercise, like jogging at the same pace for the same length of time.

    Also, a person should eat as soon after exercising as possible so that the body doesn't break down its own tissues to build up the muscle. Both the nutrition section and workout section were very good and motivating.


    What other book might you compare The Abs Diet to and why?

    The Zone books by Barry Sears, because of the great discussions on diet and exercise and how they relate to each other.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one I wrote about above.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. Not that kind of book - I felt informed.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read many books on nutrition and this book compares quite favourably with them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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