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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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    Anthony 04-04-13
    Anthony 04-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable, but with a lot of holes in his theories"
    What did you like best about Spark? What did you like least?

    The scientific data that he backed up some of his claims with, some of which was biological science, but most was behavioral.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not very impressed, there are gaps to his whole speil. I guess it's hard to get behind this as being the "only way to be" kinda mantra that he seems to convey throughout the book without wondering when is he going to address the silly question like "what about all the brilliant people who do little to no physically excercise on a regular basis yet enjoy emotional fullfilment as well as maintain high IQ's." My go to thoughts kept bringing me back to Stephen Hawkings.


    What aspect of Walter Dixon’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing, was good.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


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    L. D. Bartholomew Walnut Creek, CA 03-18-13
    L. D. Bartholomew Walnut Creek, CA 03-18-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Awesome!!"
    What did you love best about Spark?

    As a dedicated runner and coach, I especially loved the insight and in-depth information regarding the effects of physical exertion on the brain. Through my own experience I have found that running improves reasoning ability and helps in problem solving, now I understand why. This is a must read for anyone interested in athletics of fitness and it's impact on mental function.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spark?

    It's impossible to pick just one...the whole book is memorable!!


    Have you listened to any of Walter Dixon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    Run for a better brain,


    Any additional comments?

    I loved it and hope to find more books like this on Audible!!

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    Traci 03-12-13
    Traci 03-12-13
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    "Best audible book yet!"
    Would you listen to Spark again? Why?

    yes, I will listen over and over because so much information is presented, you can't absorb it in one sitting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've always known that exercise improves your physical wellbeing and appearance, but I had no idea how much it impacts your mental wellbeing. Every parent or educator should get this information. I don't think it is a coincidence that we are experiencing increased depression at the the same time that Americans are more out of shape than ever. The book presents overwhelming evidence that many conditions - anxiety, depression, addiction, even ADD - can be improved with exercise. What I liked best is that the author provides information on the chemical changes that occur in the brain with exercise.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this - it will improve your life.

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    Jaydeep D Kanetkar Bangalore 03-12-13
    Jaydeep D Kanetkar Bangalore 03-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Got me up and running... quite literally"

    Just loved this audio book. After listening, I just couldn't wait to start my exercise regimen. Very motivating and informative. Narration was superb too. Truly a life changing book and highly recommended.

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    Kindle Customer Olathe, KS, United States 03-11-13
    Kindle Customer Olathe, KS, United States 03-11-13

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    "Too much detail"

    This entire book could have been summed up in a short narrative. If you suffer from ADD - then this book might have had more meaning.

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    Ryan Hunt Takoma Park, MD 03-05-13
    Ryan Hunt Takoma Park, MD 03-05-13

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    "Worth a read."
    Would you listen to Spark again? Why?

    Was looking for exercise motivation. It definitely provided me with that. I really wish the chapters were divided up by the real chapters (so i could skip the pregnancy chapter). Instead, Audible broke it up randomly. Other than that, worth the listen.


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    debbie United States 02-20-13
    debbie United States 02-20-13
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    "I was "moved""
    What did you love best about Spark?

    I listened as I did my1 hour walk - a perfect combo to keep me commited to my exercise regime


    What other book might you compare Spark to and why?

    Emotional Intelligence. I learned so much about the brain from each, and how to use my brain to my advantage, not let the brain and emotions use me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No "scenes" per se. A nice blend of science, true life examples, the history of discoveries, and the roundabout way in which those discoveries are often "stumbled upon".


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

    Persuaded me on yet another level, on the value of keeping active.


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    Michelle 02-19-13
    Michelle 02-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "More reason that ever to get active"
    Where does Spark rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a really inspiring and very up to date read. Great science, superb case studies, and the author clearly explains the science he is discussing. The effects of exercise on your brain will give you great reason to get out and move even if fitness was never your thing. It also talks about the benefits of fitness for everyone, not just young sporty people. Teenagers, office workers, older people and people with mental health issues can all benefit greatly from the work in this book.


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

    It made me run out and enrol in a Cert 3 and 4 in fitness. I want to be part of this very inspiring work.


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    Shaun Caboolture, Australia 02-04-13
    Shaun Caboolture, Australia 02-04-13 Member Since 2016

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    "The Title is Trustworthy"

    The title will not disappoint those whos interest is aroused. Very interesting factual with many references to check if you are inclined. This gives the work credibility for me.

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    Pete Dallas 02-02-13
    Pete Dallas 02-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This is your brain on exercise"
    Any additional comments?

    I recently experienced an injury that prevented me from working out for a several months. I now can say with certainty that my poor mood from my lack of exercise had a scientific explanation. I have recommended this book to a number of friends and associates. I enjoyed learning how aerobic / heart rate driven exercise can be prescribed for an number of conditions and used as preventative treatment as well. At times I had a hard time following all the acronyms but overall was able to comprehend and discuss the concepts. I read the book at the same time so that helped. I will refer back to this book and send specific sections to friends and family members.

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