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I would have to disagree with the criticisms about Geneen Roth's delivery. I think she is trying to give listeners an experience similar to her workshops. She is talking as she does when she is delivering a lecture or leading a workshop. She is not telling a story, she is giving advice and offering solutions. She isn't reading her words, she is delivering her message. I really liked her style.
I have been struggling with my weight since I was 9 yrs old. I have binged and dieted on an off for over 40 years. If you have a problem with binging, or emotional eating, this is a must read for you. I have been working with a weight loss program for a couple of years now and it just wasn't working anymore. This program is what I needed. Geneen's voice is kind and passionate. She is like an old friend who really cares about you and takes your hand to show you the way.
If you can get past her voice which is overly sweet, there is some very good information in here. It is a worthwhile book, with some useful information.
I found the book very much like a new-agey therapy session - and a bit hokey in parts. But there are some good principles in there. Personally I liked her book 'Breaking free from emotional eating' much better. However if you can get over the new-agey stuff, the book is quite good.
While there's some good information here, it's almost completely overwhelmed by Roth's grating delivery. Her voice is shrill, and when she gets excited or emphasizes a point, she screeches. I wish I'd saved my money and just bought the hard copy of the book.
A prior reviewer used the term shrill, but that doesn't quite encapsulate this voice. Roth's delivery needs to get off the valium and get back on the amphetamines.
The unnatural pauses mid-sentance is what got me talking back to her saying, SPIT IT OUT... it seems like she's meandering without aim and not sure of her next word.
While I dont think of this as a wasted credit because the information is good, but it once again proves these authors egos have to get out of the equation when it comes to a PROFESSIONAL reading.
I listen to audio books while working.
Her program has worked so well for me after years as a yoyo-dieter, always hungry, always wanting, always overweight, always on a new diet.
Our bodies DO talk to us (well, not if you are waiting for an actual vocal chorded 'Hi, this is your body!" They are very good at telling us when to eat, when we are full, and what to eat -- what our bodies are craving. We never listen! This program gets you in touch with that and does so in a compassionate non-judgemental way. I dropped to a comfortable 130 and stayed there for years, not straying (maybe up or down a pound or two) and eating whatever I wanted but only when i was hungry -- not to be social, not because I was bored, not because my boyfriend dumped me (okay maybe ice cream then . . . but I KNEW what I was doing and so it didn't go on for more than a night.) I went from always wanting all the forbidden foods to allowing myself to have them but only when i craved them, which frankly, became less and less as I listened to my body. My body actually craves many things I was not aware I liked -- eggs, cantaloup (hated cuz it was a diet food) and salads! It doesn't feel good on diet sodas (actually gives me headaches), or some types of sugars (corn syrup gives me a stomachache.)
Also, this is not about any one kind of eating issue, despite what some have said. It works just as well for the yoyo-dieter as it does for the anorexic. I have done the program for years and it is amazing.
I have to say that those who wrote about her voice? WHAAAAA? I expected some crazy voice. She is well-modulated and just fine. Inducts a bit of a meditative atmosphere.
Buying the ones I have already read to share with our family and buying the new one too. I recommend!
26 year old Mexican economist :)
Being a "self-help" book I expected little of it, compared to the audiobook novels I have listened to and loved. Surprisingly this listen filled me with peace and eagerness to keep listeninh every day.
Geneen Roth is very professional and she definitely knows what she is talking about. An audio read by the author, in this case, makes it so special that I even went online to find out morfe about her and her work
The guided meditations were my favorite part.
The "super ego". She made me laugh.
No, I wanted to save it it it wouldn't run out! I wanted it to be a part of my life, long term!
I bought ALL other Gennen Roth audiobooks and I even started listening to this one for a second round.
Geneen's voice was such a distraction, to the point where I couldn't get past the delivery to hear the point. I probably would have gotten more out of reading the book. Her voice I found very annoying -
"Perfect compliment to "Women Food & God""
I listened to this after listening to one of Geneen's more recent titles, Women, Food & God, and found it a fantastic compliment to it. It's different in that is's more like a study course, and is comprised of a series of guided visualisations, which are best listened to when you have time to give them your full attention and can ideally lie down and close your eyes.
The programme basically takes you through the authors 7 guidelines, and discusses them point by point. Very insightful, very helpful, and the eating meditation has changed the way I eat from the moment I listened to it! Ditch the diets, and give this and Geneen's other titles a try!
I think geneen roth is an inspirational woman. I am currently going through problems she went through so I can really relate to her.
I love that she helps others with the same problem. It really is an eye opener.
"More a self help programme rather than a book!"
There's some lovely stuff here. I think Geneen Roth has got great ideas and a very compassionate manner. I love her thoughts on the super ego, and the way women relate to food. I find her very helpful and thought provoking.
Some of it is designed for you to meditate, or sit and do an exercise, or workbook, which didn't work that well for me in audio format. It's for that reason, and the cheesiness, that I give it four stars.
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