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Jennifer Sader

Toledo, OH USA
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  • Unbroken Brain

  • A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction
  • By: Maia Szalavitz
  • Narrated by: Marisa Vitali
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456

Challenging both the idea of the addict's "broken brain" and the notion of a simple "addictive personality", Unbroken Brain offers a radical and groundbreaking new perspective, arguing that addiction is a learning disorder, and shows how seeing the condition this way can untangle our current debates over treatment, prevention, and policy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected

  • By Jennifer Sader on 08-28-16

Not what I expected

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-16

I bought this book because I wanted to learn more about addiction as a learning disorder. There wasn't much development of this idea to explain more about why it is a learning disorder or how thinking of it that way would change our understanding of it. Instead, the author just asserted it as a basis for a lengthy discussion of the problems with current drug policies and the need for reform. I'm sympathetic to her viewpoint but was disappointed because I have heard these arguments before.

53 of 56 people found this review helpful

  • Shrill

  • Notes from a Loud Woman
  • By: Lindy West
  • Narrated by: Lindy West
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,971

Hailed by Lena Dunham as an "essential (and hilarious) voice for women", Lindy West is ferociously witty and outspoken, tackling topics as varied as pop culture, social justice, and body image. Her empowering work has garnered a coast-to-coast audience that eagerly awaits Shrill, her highly anticipated literary debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressed

  • By Chey Davis on 05-27-16

I really wanted to like this book

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-16

I had enjoyed Lindy West's contributions to "This American Life," so I bought this audiobook. I think this could have benefited from the tight editing used on TAL -- there was a lot of great content here, but even the pieces I had loved on the radio had too much clutter in the audiobook version and lost some of their impact.

I think the author is at her best when she writes honestly about her own experiences. When she climbs up on her soapbox, I get bored. I agree with her on a lot of the issues but I don't enjoy being lectured. I guess I should have paid more attention to the title.

"Bones" is my favorite piece. I'd like to see more stuff like that and less descriptions of menstrual periods.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Beyond Willpower

  • The Secret Principle to Achieving Success in Life, Love, and Happiness
  • By: Alexander Loyd
  • Narrated by: Erik Singer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

Did you know that most self-help programs that follow the standard success blueprint have a 97% failure rate? The truth is that the typical personal improvement mantra of tapping into your willpower and activating the power of positive thinking is actually a recipe for failure. In Beyond Willpower, bestselling author and psychological counselor Alexander Loyd, PhD, ND, reveals a unique, highly effective program to help you finally achieve the life you want and the success you deserve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Trick Question: What Do You Want Most?

  • By Chris Berno on 05-01-15
  • Beyond Willpower
  • The Secret Principle to Achieving Success in Life, Love, and Happiness
  • By: Alexander Loyd
  • Narrated by: Erik Singer

Annoyed with myself for buying this

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-16

I was taken with the original idea of the book, that every self-help book has the same structure and that they generally don't work. However, the solution that he proposes doesn't seem much more likely to work.

He spends a lot of time defining nonsensical terms like "Transformational Aha" and I felt very impatient with it all. I probably should have returned it, but I did manage to listen all the way through.

  • Being Mortal

  • Medicine and What Matters in the End
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,926
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,942

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required Reading!

  • By Jeffrey on 10-13-14

An important book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-16

I think it's important to ask what kind of life we want to have as we age, and what kind of death we want to have when we get ill. Pretending that these things will never happen has put us in a very bad place.

I hope the kind of "Greenhouses" elder care that Gawande describes becomes more common, and that more and more people have the tough conversation of when enough is enough.

  • The Hormone Reset Diet

  • Heal Your Metabolism to Lose Up to 15 Pounds in 21 Days
  • By: Sara Gottfried
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 187

The Harvard-educated physician and New York Times best-selling author of The Hormone Cure shows you how to grow new receptors for your seven metabolic hormones, making you lose weight and feel great fast! When it comes to weight loss, most people don't think about hormones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too much information for audio

  • By LJ williams on 04-18-16

Gimmicky

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-15

The narrator was better for this book, but The Hormone Cure has more realistic strategies -- this book feels very all-or-nothing and even 21 days of this kind of perfection seems impossible.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Hormone Cure

  • Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive, and Vitality Naturally with the Gottfried Protocol
  • By: Sara Gottfried MD
  • Narrated by: Tara Hugo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

A Harvard physician’s scientifically proven method to improve your physical and mental health by optimizing your hormones in your 30s, 40s, and beyond.... Dr. Sara Gottfried refuses to accept the traditional medical thinking that feeling cranky, asexual, tapped out, and sleep-deprived is just part of being female and aging, and that prescription medication will fix all problems. Offering solutions in nonjudgmental and thoughtful language, Dr. Gottfried provides a novel plan based on solid scientific research.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great info, super dull to listen to.

  • By Shaina on 02-01-15

Listening to this book is stressful

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-15

The narrator chosen for this book puts strong emphasis on every three or four words. I feel like I'm being shouted at. She might be a better fit for more dramatic material but the constant emphasis makes it hard to grasp what is real important.

The information is great but a bit dry -- I am wishing I had a print copy to refer to for the protocols.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Disease-Proof

  • The Remarkable Truth About What Keeps Us Well
  • By: David Katz M.D., Stacy Colino
  • Narrated by: Tim Andres Pabon
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Though we may not realize it, our behavior has tremendous effects on our health, well-being, and even gene expression. In Disease-Proof, renowned preventive medicine specialist Dr. David Katz reveals that we can reduce our risk of any chronic disease by an astonishing 80 percent - more than any drug or intervention could ever hope to do. Abundant scientific evidence shows that four simple things - not smoking, eating well, being active, and maintaining a healthy weight - play an enormous role in our health.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Charts and tables don't work in audio

  • By Jennifer Sader on 10-10-13

Charts and tables don't work in audio

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-13

I found myself skipping large chunks of this book where the author wanted readers to draw a chart or write down a recipe. Such material doesn't work in audio. A PDF supplement should have been provided with the charts, graphs, and recipes.

I would recommend skipping this one -- the basic material is good but not particularly new or fresh. I liked the case studies, but those were few and far between.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Wilder Life

  • My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie
  • By: Wendy McClure
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65

Wendy McClure is on a quest to find the world of beloved Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder - a fantastic realm of fiction, history, and places McClure has never been to yet somehow knows by heart. She traces the pioneer journey of the Ingalls family - looking for the Big Woods among the medium trees in Wisconsin, wading in Plum Creek, and enduring a prairie hailstorm in South Dakota. She immerses herself in all things Little House - exploring the story from fact to fiction, and from the TV shows to the annual summer pageants in Laura’s hometowns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gets My Vote For Worst Narrator!

  • By N. Verity on 11-13-12

Enjoyed the ride, but reader seemed mismatched

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-13

Like Wendy McClure, I have been a longtime fan of the Little House books and had a lot of unanswered questions about the real girl behind the stories. I enjoyed having someone with a similar sensibility as mine (skeptical, a bit snarky, but also sincere) do the hard work of answering those questions for me. I had gotten as far as reading _The Ghost in the Little House_, but no further. This book helps me to better understand my own feelings about the Little House series.

Like the author, I do not feel completely comfortable with the books' other types of fans: homeschoolers, end-timers, etc. I think the narrator's at-times-too-perky voice, however, seems to feel like a bit of a mismatch for the author's wry, witty writing. I like audiobooks enough to let this slide, but I wondered if those casting had assumed this was an uncritical homage to all things Laura.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Slim for Life

  • My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast, and Lasting Weight Loss
  • By: Jillian Michaels
  • Narrated by: Jillian Michaels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 220

Stop battling your weight and slim down for life with this no-nonsense, insider’s plan from America’s health, wellness, and weight-loss guru: Jillian Michaels. She has helped millions lose weight and feel great, and now she can help you, too. Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels swore she’d never write another diet book. But she realized that with all of the conflicting, overly complicated information being thrown at you each day, what you need is a clear, simple plan that cuts through all the confusion to deliver amazing results, fast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of Facts and great Advices

  • By Hassan on 02-16-13

This book does not work well as an audiobook

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-13

This book would work much better in paper form -- it has lots of lists and web links and quizzes, which don't translate well to audio. I am a huge fan of Jillian Michaels but it is painfully dull to listen to her spell out web links that I couldn't really use anyway.

A better way to have executed this would be to put the tips in audio and have a companion PDF file with all the links, quizzes, and other similar material. That would have been much more useful and made the audiobook more engaging.

  • I Will Teach You to Be Rich

  • By: Ramit Sethi
  • Narrated by: Ramit Sethi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,493

At last, for a generation that's materially ambitious yet financially clueless comes I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi's 6-week personal finance program for 20-to-35-year-olds. A completely practical approach delivered with a nonjudgmental style that makes readers want to do what Sethi says, it is based around the four pillars of personal finance - banking, saving, budgeting, and investing - and the wealth-building ideas of personal entrepreneurship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Behavioral approach to money sets this book apart

  • By Erica on 03-08-11

Good information, some lame jokes

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-13

The author is, for the most part, engaging, and he definitely has solid information to share. Some of his humor falls flat to me -- I loved his joke about immigrants vs. Americans eating chicken wings, but many of the others are just annoying. He is obviously a smart guy who is not a leering frat boy, so his attempts to sound like one just feel inauthentic.

Overall, worth listening to if you want some basics on how to manage personal finances. The information is most targeted to those in their 20s and early 30s, but I still got a lot out of it at 42.