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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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    TheDougThompson Texas 12-19-12
    TheDougThompson Texas 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Subject but gets way into the weeds"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The premise is great and the author really understands the subject but for me it gets way to technical and somewhat repetitive.


    Would you recommend Spark to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only to people that like to get down to the most minute details.


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    Carlos Benjamin 12-07-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Excellent Material, Presented Well"

    This book lays out the connection between physical activity and brain development very well. Having acquired a brain injury (the entire reason for opening an Audible account as reading has become a daunting task) I found the material very encouraging. But the book isn't about brain injuries or deficiencies beyond those we impose upon ourselves.

    Anyone can benefit from the information in this book if you want to improve brain health and learning ability.

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    Mike 11-15-12
    Mike 11-15-12

    Stumbled upon audio books a little while ago and I enjoy them now. I mostly listen to books related to science, Buddhism, and some fantasy.

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    "Great Book overall!"

    I enjoyed listening to this book. First, the narrator was a good choice. Second, the material presented was well researched and presented. The author & narrator manage to keep your interest even while laying out the groundwork on which they build from. The first few hours from many books of this type are a struggle to listen to, not this one.

    The book is part instructive, and part inspirational which creates a good combination to actually MAKE you want go out and workout to see the benefits for yourself!

    One of my best audiobook purchases.

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    ARR Miskatonic U 10-17-12
    ARR Miskatonic U 10-17-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Listen to this book on your daily run!"

    This book is fascinating, and so inspiring!

    Some of the later chapters begin to feel a little niche-market, but a great read. It will definitely make you want to take up running!

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    Elan Sun Star Hawaii 10-13-12
    Elan Sun Star Hawaii 10-13-12 Member Since 2015

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    "BEST of THE BEST"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES and Already have to hundreds of people


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship between health and fitness and the dynamics of mental development and brain health . Also psychological benefits of exercise
    But this is MUCH more than mere health or exercise book . Much more


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

    He has a very subtle but effective manner to timbre a manner of bringing out salient points without any seeming effort


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

    During a day of activity while working and driving - no focus needed initially
    yes in one day for me.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is much more than what it seems

    I have been searching for others like it for a LONG time and there is sill -at this point -nothing like it
    I wish this was a trend .. We cannot get enough of books like this . It has no boring points no bad issues . And yes all schools and corporate offices and hospitals amd retirement homes and colleges need to use this as standard fare for staff and patients..
    Please catagaorize anynother books whose content is similar . And Mr Ratey please write a sequel!!!!!

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    Dan Madison, OH, United States 10-08-12
    Dan Madison, OH, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great information"

    Good information on the role of exercise in improving many aspects of one's life. I found myself really motivated to exercise consistently.

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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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