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Spark Audiobook

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

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Publisher's Summary

A groundbreaking and fascinating investigation into the transformative effects of exercise on the brain, from the bestselling author and renowned psychiatrist John J. Ratey, MD.

Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

In Spark, John J. Ratey, M.D., embarks upon a fascinating and entertaining journey through the mind-body connection, presenting startling research to prove that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to aggression to menopause to Alzheimer's. Filled with amazing case studies (such as the revolutionary fitness program in Naperville, Illinois, which has put this school district of 19,000 kids first in the world of science test scores), Spark is the first book to explore comprehensively the connection between exercise and the brain. It will change forever the way you think about your morning run---or, for that matter, simply the way you think.

©2008 John J. Ratey; (P)2008 Gildan Media Corp

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    Connie United States 09-25-12
    Connie United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2016
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    "It motivated us, and that's not easy to do!"
    What did you love best about Spark?

    I loved the research that was presented. Scientific facts are what we needed to force us to exercise...even before the book was done we bought 2 heart monitors and commited to exercise 3 days/ week..


    What does Walter Dixon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    We never have time to read, especally together. But we listen to books all the time. I would never have gotten my husband to read this, and if i read it to him he would have thought i was nagging. Coming from the author, though, and listening to it while working in the garage, my husband was inspired!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a game changer for us. We are now commited to exercise, for all the reasons his well documented research describes.

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    Carol Hamilton, New Zealand 08-17-12
    Carol Hamilton, New Zealand 08-17-12 Listener Since 2007

    Hi I'm too busy listening to my books just now to add anything about myself. Sorry!

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    "Interesting & informative"
    Would you listen to Spark again? Why?

    Yes and have listen to it again & again.
    Because I am learning more about how exercise helps to keep my brain alert & able to learn & remember things.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No characters as this is a non-fiction book.


    Which character – as performed by Walter Dixon – was your favorite?

    N/A


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many such moments mainly 'aha' moments when I learned new things.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have children who are struggling with their school work then I suggest you take them for a long walk before school and is possible get them to have a run or skipping. This will increase the bloodflow to their brain and help them be ready to learn.

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    Jamie Britton Blanck Indianapolis, IN United States 08-15-12
    Jamie Britton Blanck Indianapolis, IN United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2011

    A little left-leaning and very curious

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    "This is your brain on exercise"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Spark to be better than the print version?

    I LOVED this book. I loved the broad scope of it and found the subject matter very interesting. Turns out, what's good for the body is also good for the brain. I hope these ideas spread far and wide throughout our education systems and invade our workplaces. Dr. Ratey, thanks for sharing!


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    anamarija 08-13-12
    anamarija 08-13-12

    what a fun to listen and run :)

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    "interesting reading"

    Spark is interested reading, which i would advice to all - parents, teachers, managers... It explains the meaning of recreation on human brain through different phases of life. Due to life, which doesn't forces active life, it has to be choice on purpose for running 10 miles 3 times a week... but...I admit, a lot of dna, bna and serotonin through the book - which is sont so interested for non-neurologist...it could be much shorter version :)
    But still - you must know the message of the book... Be active to live the life and to have positive impact on brain..

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    Amazon Customer Bogota, Colombia 08-06-12
    Amazon Customer Bogota, Colombia 08-06-12
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    "Good but way too long..."
    What disappointed you about Spark?

    The message and the story are indeed very interesting, but half the book would have been more than enough to make a good point. It really gets too repetitive sometimes...


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    TAC 08-06-12
    TAC 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding and Interesting"
    Would you listen to Spark again? Why?

    Yes, I would absolutely listen to Spark again. I wish to absorb each nugget of information it provides and a call to action.


    What other book might you compare Spark to and why?

    Take The Stairs, by Rory Vaden, because it offers the problem/situation and provides possibilities/opportunities of attracting it.


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    Amanda Petrinelli St. Louis, MO 08-03-12
    Amanda Petrinelli St. Louis, MO 08-03-12

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    "Brilliant & Necessary Information"
    What did you love best about Spark?

    The information backed up with research and data.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning the positive effects to the brain from exercise. It's so necessary!


    What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

    Very easy to listen to.


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

    Yes & no - there's just so much data that I wanted to make sure I gave it time to sink in.


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely be re-listening to this one!

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    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 08-02-12
    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 08-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great if you need support exercising"

    Reiterates advantages of Aerobic exercise. From psychological to physical health, this book will motivate you to be more active and get off the couch. Great research data.

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    Stacy STILLWATER, OK, United States 08-01-12
    Stacy STILLWATER, OK, United States 08-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Exactly what I hoped it would be."

    This book spells out the variety of positive effects that exercise has on a person's brain. Ratey explains how the human brain has evolved to benefit in many ways from physical activity, including mood regulation, anxiety moderation, higher ability to learn, even staving off mental deterioration. He then details how exercise has benefitted particular subgroups, such as those with ADHD or depression, pregnant women, and the elderly. Despite discussing some unfamiliar neurochemical names, the narrative remains very accessible to the layperson. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants or needs a motivational boost to start an exercise/fitness program.

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    Cherilyn H. SAN CLEMENTE, CA, United States 07-25-12
    Cherilyn H. SAN CLEMENTE, CA, United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Powerful"

    I listened to this while I ran, and boy, did it motivate me to keep going! I'm so converted, I left a copy for my parents and plan to pass it on to the school principal, too. Read this book to find out how real and how important the mind/body connection really is.

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