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Good Calories, Bad Calories Audiobook
Good Calories, Bad Calories
Written by: 
Gary Taubes
Narrated by: 
Mike Chamberlain
Good Calories, Bad Calories Audiobook

Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health

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Publisher's Summary

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. In this groundbreaking book, award-winning science writer Gary Taubes shows us that almost everything we believe about the nature of a healthy diet is wrong.

©2007, 2008 Gary Taubes (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Easily the most important book on diet and health to be published in the past one hundred years. It is clear, fast-paced, and exciting to read, rigorous, authoritative, and a beacon of hope for all those who struggle with problems of weight regulation and general health." (Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize–winning author)

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    Onalee BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States 10-09-13
    Onalee BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2015

    Avid fan of sci-fi and James Marsters, I use audio books to inspire me to exercise, taking them on morning walks. It's a perfect combo!

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    "A 'MUST READ' for everyone!!! Informative expose!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Good Calories, Bad Calories to be better than the print version?

    For me, yes. I have both, actually, but the print version can get quite bogged down in the details which are important to show the research done, but not necessary to get the point across.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Good Calories, Bad Calories?

    Realizing that our government has been, and continues to, lead us in the wrong direction regarding our health.


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

    Much too long and too much to digest for 'one sitting'.


    Any additional comments?

    THIS IS A MUST READ / MUST LISTEN for everyone, regardless of your health, weight, diet, etc. We have been given BAD ADVICE from doctors and our government for TOO LONG. Commonsense has been tossed aside. Low calorie diets are KILLING US!! This is a national epidemic ... perhaps worldwide, and no one has the stones to stand up and say, 'Hey! This isn't working!' Gary Taubes has the stones to say it and prove it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rikhard Espoo, Finland 11-19-12
    Rikhard Espoo, Finland 11-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Intrerresting but exhausting"

    20 hours of listening is a quite heavy experience. Still the book was interesting. Now I would like to hear if anyone has written an equally thorough book and come to a different conclusion about the nature of healthy diet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 09-28-12
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 09-28-12 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Good book bad book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes I would in terms of health and dieting it was one of the best books I've read/listened to. Then again, much of it was dry and hard to keep up with.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mike Chamberlain’s performances?

    Probably not. He really didn't excite me any and he made the book a little boring tho, that could have been due to the material itself.


    Could you see Good Calories, Bad Calories being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes as a documentary


    Any additional comments?

    This is was very educational listen, which I'd love to listed to again but at the same time, it was boring and hard to get through.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    B. Bowman Texas 08-08-12
    B. Bowman Texas 08-08-12 Member Since 2006

    Substance over Fluff

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    "Very insightful, life-changing"
    Would you listen to Good Calories, Bad Calories again? Why?

    Yes. The simplicity with which the author sorts through the vast information and misinformation about food, diet and health and how those things interact makes me feel like I have had a veil pulled off my eyes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have always had a big sweet-tooth and the information in this book has made me look at my beloved sweets in a whole new light. That has been the most life-changing thing. I ACTUALLY ENJOY FOOD AND EATING MORE NOW THAT I HAVE READ THIS BOOK.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep listening. I know it is long, but some of the best information comes in the middle and latter part of the book. But the beginning is great too, so don't skip over it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    sarah smiley 05-30-14
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    "Interesting, but reader is poor"
    What didn’t you like about Mike Chamberlain’s performance?

    The reader's voice was nice, however, his errors in pronunciation of words, both scientific and not, was very poor. It is hard to imagine that these were typos by the author given the scientific research provided in this book, however, it is possible that these are the authors mistakes. When listening I attributed these errors to the reader. For example, in a book claiming to be scientific, reading A-1-c (A one c) as A-I-c (A eye c) is unacceptable and calls into question the integrity of the author and the book. Also, using adopt instead of adapt is inappropriate.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Christina M. Chain 07-21-16 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "LIFE CHANGING"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Wholeheartedly YES! This book needs to be taught in schools. It is historical, insightful, mind bending, exceptionally researched and written, and it's going to change my life.
    It would be beneficial to anyone - lean to obese. Knowledge is power. After reading/listening to this book I feel empowered.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Good Calories, Bad Calories?

    Chapter 24. I was listening to this one in bed before going to sleep and the truths it revealed made me so angry that I had to get up. These things should have been taught to us and our parents at every opportunity. If they had, we would always have treated grains, breads and sugars as true treats and giving them up now wouldn't seem so incredibly insurmountable for overweight people.


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

    The truth behind the political intrigues and egos of the nutritional research community - and why they're killing you.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a 36 year old, 5'7", 275 pound obese woman, and I've never been able to stick to a diet. 40 of the pounds was put on in the last year. I was an active thin child and teen and I ate whatever I wanted. My mother made balanced, traditional meals. I sold my horse, went to college and started to balloon - freshman 15 every year (and I went through 7 years of college/law school). No matter what I tried, I always went back to bread and sweets, which were invariably mixed with the fat I was trying to avoid. NOW I know why. I truly KNOW - because it's been meticulously explained from historic, scientific, and political vantage points. NOW I stand a chance of beating it.
    I have also passed the pre-diabetic threshold, so I have been working with an endocrinologist and she has me on Metformin and Victoza to help with the insulin resistance. The Victoza has really helped my appetite and my cravings are nearly gone. The Victoza in combination with my new knowledge and anger at having this information kept from me my whole life is a trifecta that I am going to use to propel myself into the way of eating we should have had our entire lives. Suddenly it seems like the obvious thing to do, and leaving behind breads and sugars seems like a sweet release, not a nightmarish endeavor doomed to failure. (I'm pretty sure the last is the Victoza speaking - but I'm going with it. Oh, and pun intended.)
    For anyone that's going to go carb/sugar free, the book doesn't talk about it, but others do. The source of the meat and fat you're eating matters too. Read up on conventional feed lots, farmed fish, caged chicken conditions, and what those animals are given to eat. You'll soon discover that grain fed beef/lamb, free range, soy free poultry, wild fish, and foraged, soy free pork are the way to really get the most nutrition and best balance of nutrition. It's tricky and overwhelming to try to find these things, but the internet is a wonderful thing and I was able to find a local farm that delivers these things. Poke around your area and you'll probably find something too. OH! and if you ever get a chance to try raw, whole milk from grass fed cows (preferably Jersey cows) - take it. The stuff is delicious and probiotic. It'll take up some of your allotted carbs for the day, but it's so worth it both in taste and nutrition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin 07-19-16
    Dustin 07-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "THANK YOU Taubes!"

    loved it! powerfully transformitive!
    it was tough reading all the science, but listening to the truth was incredible

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    Lisa 07-11-16
    Lisa 07-11-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Life changing book for all the right reasons"
    What made the experience of listening to Good Calories, Bad Calories the most enjoyable?

    Informative with the right amount of facts and research


    What other book might you compare Good Calories, Bad Calories to and why?

    In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan


    Which character – as performed by Mike Chamberlain – was your favorite?

    n/a


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

    No, but definitely listen to multiple times


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mark NY, US 07-06-16
    mark NY, US 07-06-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding book"

    Thiis book is the most transformational book ie read and probably will ever read. It literally transformed my perception of food and changed me for the better. If Nobel prizes were given out for questioning common wisdom Gary Taubes has my vote.

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    Greg Sowers Charlotte, NC, US 06-23-16
    Greg Sowers Charlotte, NC, US 06-23-16
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    "very compelling"

    great narrator with a very clear voice. Outstanding story and it is amazing that with today's technology something seemingly so positively simple is not rigorously tested.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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