Finding Ultra is Rich Roll's incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever. One evening in 2006, before turning 40, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly 50 pounds overweight at the time and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he plunged into a new way of eating that made processed foods off-limits and prioritized plant nutrition and daily training. Rich morphed - in mere months - from out-of-shape midlifer to endurance machine. Revised and updated edition with a new and original foreword and a bonus chapter.
In the beginning of this book, Finding Ultra, Rich Roll tries so hard to make himself out to be an underdog. Calling Rich Roll an underdog is like calling Warren Buffet an average investor.
He's an Ivy League swimmer and says on one of his first college swim meets he was hung over, but still got 2nd place. Or he didn't apply himself in college, but still got mostly Bs. Or passing on Harvard instead going to Stanford. One point in the book he's like because I didn't really know what else to do went to law school at freaking Cornell mind you, then got a job at a NY Law Firm then later became an entertainment lawyer, and finally got into endurance racing. He tries to dramatize everything and even tries to sound like an underdog.
At his heaviest he was around 207 I believe (At 5′ 11″ that's not that very big by modern standards) and once he beats addiction goes into endurance racing and places very well pretty much immediately. The book is like a 400 page humble brag, but even though some of it annoyed me I did really enjoy this book and learned a lot. Especially about what it takes to live your life at a very high standard, even when life throws you curve balls. It's a fascinating page turner from someone that had it all, good family, good genes, intelligence, good education, then self-sabotaged, but came back even stronger. Recommend this book especially if you like fitness/sports/athletics.
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At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.
This book not only tells a good story it's smart too. Ernest Cline clearly did his research when writing this book. Includes lots of amazing movie and video game references from my childhood. It was an entertaining joy to read that kept my attention from beginning to end.
Last Train from Hiroshima offers listeners a stunning "you are there" time capsule, gracefully wrapped in elegant prose. Charles Pellegrino's scientific authority and close relationship with the A-bomb's survivors make his account the most gripping and authoritative ever written. At the narrative's core are eyewitness accounts of those who experienced the atomic explosions firsthand---the Japanese civilians on the ground and the American fliers in the air.
Horrific and difficult book to get through. Important book though, so stayed with it. I still remember the few pages of my high school history book dedicated to this topic. Something this important should get more than a few pages. If you're in school or if you just want to know more about WWII history this is a good book to expand your understanding.
Lewis Howes grew up as an athlete. He was a two-sport All-American and went on to play football professionally. Howes then transferred his competitive nature from sports to business, building his podcast, The School of Greatness, into a global phenomenon. But his whole identity was built on misguided beliefs about what "masculinity" was: dangerous, false ideas learned from teammates and coaches in locker rooms and stereotypes in the media. Like so many men, Howes grew up to be angry, frustrated, and always chasing something that was never enough.
I felt above all else this was a very personal book for Lewis Howes. I took pieces of Lewis Howes' journey and thought about how I would apply them to my own life. I think the positive message I took from this book is men need to me allowed to wear more than one mask, there needs to be more than one mask of "acceptable" masculinity. One small criticism of the book is when Lewis Howes went on the culturally trendy "mansplaining" tangent. Pretty sure shamming men on being assertive is not the best way to gain fans. Just think if this term was reversed and popularized through other public figures for the other gender. Don't think the reviews would be very positive. Overall enjoyed the book, learned more about Lewis Howes, and will continue listening to his podcast.
For men, love is a high-stakes gamble. The right woman can be the best part of a man's life, and the wrong one can lead to personal and financial ruin. In today's climate, no man should venture into romance without a reliable risk-management strategy. The Tactical Guide to Women delivers a solid plan for allowing the right women into your life, and keeping the wrong ones at a safe distance. This is not another book about getting laid. This book is about not getting screwed.
This book should be required reading for any man that's either dating or married. I think that all or many of the most important topics aren't taught in school, navigating relationships is one of those subjects. It is sooo important. Not knowing the risks ahead can set you up for disaster. It's sobering advice from someone that knows a lot about this topic, lots of insight. The book it presented in a very objective, positive, rational way. Get this book, men need to pull the wool from their eyes.
The Whole Foods Diet simplifies the huge body of science, research, and advice that is available today and reveals the undeniable consensus: a whole foods, plant-based diet is the optimum diet for health and longevity. Standing on the shoulders of the Whole Foods Market brand and featuring an accessible 28-day program, delicious recipes, inspirational success stories, and a guilt-free approach to plant-based eating, The Whole Foods Diet is a life-affirming invitation to become a Whole Foodie.
There are good takeaways from this book in the overall philosophy of eating whole unprocessed foods etc. but diet I have to say is pretty extreme for most people. The big one for me is absolutely no oil (Not even olive oil or butter). Also, if you are used to eating meat getting down to 10% or less will be difficult as well. I read another book recently on Audible about the American tendency to extremes. I feel this diet is kind of an example of what previous book was talking about. It's not about moderation it's about going one direction in a drastic way. That's my criticism, BUT there are many good things and useful things in this book that will help people get healthy and live longer. It did help me. It's just a mixed bag. He says don't worry the food is delicious! But then a few times he mentions to make diet easier just eat the same thing again and again, lunch for example. Was thinking who wants to do that, who could maintain that kind of discipline?
The first book of its kind, Peak Performance combines the inspiring stories of top performers across a range of capabilities - from athletic, to intellectual, to artistic - with the latest scientific insights into the cognitive and neurochemical factors that drive performance in all domains. In doing so, Peak Performance uncovers new linkages that hold promise as performance enhancers but have been overlooked in our traditionally-siloed ways of thinking.
Really enjoyed this book. Provided a lot of unique insight, studies, etc. It's not just a collection of generic information, very specific and helpful. Highly recommend. One takeaway I gained from this book is one's thoughts on something like stress changes how the body reacts to it.
The world is changing. Markets have crashed. Jobs have disappeared. Industries have been disrupted and are being remade before our eyes. Everything we aspired to for "security," everything we thought was "safe," no longer is. But more and more opportunities are rising out of the ashes of the broken system to generate real success. Choose Yourself illuminates your personal path to building a bright, new world out of the wreckage of the old.
When audiobook began, author, who's narrating this book said he was going to do some ad libbing. Thought that might be a mistake, but ended up making the book way more enjoyable. I like this book that's it's not all about being great or your best self, it's more down to Earth than a lot of self help books trying to make us all into heroes. It's self deprecating, neurotic, and at times sarcastic, for me it's exactly what I needed right now. One of my favorites.
Waiter to the Rich and Shameless is not just a peek into the secretive inner workings of a legendary five-star restaurant; it is not just a celebrity tell-all or a scathing corporate analysis. It is a top-tier waiter's personal coming-of-age story, an intimate look into the complicated challenges of serving in the country's most elite, Hollywood-centric dining room while fighting to maintain a sense of self and purpose.
Where does Waiter to the Rich and Shameless rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
One of the better audiobooks for sure.
Who was your favorite character and why?
They say you are the you are the sum of the company you keep and I think this is true for Paul Hartford. First Hartford comes across as a average joe, struggling musician. After getting a job at the Cricket Room he later seems to shift from commoner to know it all, culture snob. Seems like the Cricket Room rubs off on Mr. Hartford. It was hard for me to like Hartford, I've traveled to LA many times and I think Hartford kind of embodies, at least in the beginning, the negative LA stereotypes of pretentiousness, surface only, actor/musicians, vanity, party culture, sleazy, etc. I think he changes and matures a bit later in the book, goes through a bit of a metamorphosis. Also, the book is so interesting that even though I didn't necessarily like Paul for most of the book it's well worth the read. All I know even with the negatives, I enjoyed this book.
Which scene was your favorite?
His best friend's party escapades. I'm not sure if friend should be envied or a window into a damaged soul tornado on the path to self destruction and rehab. It's a cautionary tale? The stories are so over the top they are almost cartoonish. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde indeed.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I enjoyed this book, it's a peek into the gold encrusted window of Beverly Hills high society.
Any additional comments?
One thing I did wonder about is the author. He's a stuggling musician and waiter at the Cricket Room so what drove Paul to write a book? It's so out of left field, may be again influence from the Cricket Room, scriptwriters, Hollywood Types? Who knows. I agree with author, good service, people in general doing service jobs should not be looked at as a commodity. As a customer you can feel when the employees are happy and doing their job to the best of their ability. It's a palpable feeling. Good vibes vs. bad.
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As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.
Where does Tattoos on the Heart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Tattoos On The Heart is one of the saddest, but at same time most inspirational books I've listened to on Audible.
What did you like best about this story?
Boyle's ability to love and be compassionate. Inspiring.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
This book was sad, inspiring, funny, made me tear up several times.
Any additional comments?
The tragedy that takes place in this book is even more tragic by it's randomness. These people have their whole lives in front of them and it's over before it starts. In some ways they are victims of their surroundings and circumstances. In another life it could of been totally different.