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Mixes Fact with Pseudoscience

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-18

Dr. Perlmutter has some solid information here, but it's so thoroughly mixed with sensationalist pseudoscience that it's hard to decipher which claims are credible. Some nutritional health claims presented in this book are absolutely true, and yet there are many others that are far more controversial and generally unsupported.

Modern nutritional science cautions against the elimination or over-reliance on ANY dietary aspect and very few scientists would advocate the vilifying of whole grains in moderate amounts -- the way food is processed is incredibly complex, and whole grains contain many other benefits. The Mediterranean Diet has proven efficiency, and yet contains plenty of carbohydrates and gluten. The truth is that there are several different types of carbs and they can be incredibly useful for maintaining healthy function (in the appropriate amounts).

Be skeptical with this book. Do extended research. And if you really want to learn about the complex process of nutrition, burn your credit on 'Nutrition Made Clear' by the Great Courses instead, which empowers you to make your own decisions about your dietary needs based on lifestyle and personal goals.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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As Others Have Said...

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

This book is really slow, and not a whole lot happens. I didn't think it would bother me much because I enjoy Matheson's horror and some people complain that his work is slow, but Marasco takes the cake. The worst thing is that it's hard to care much for the characters, save perhaps Aunt Elizabeth...

The narrator is great, but that wasn't enough to redeem this dull book for me.

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Difficult to Decide...

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-17

McLemore's prose is brilliant, and it's just the kind of abstract writing that I absolutely love to read. That being said, in my opinion she manages to take her talent for poetic wordplay and pile it on so thick and so often, it becomes redundant and weighs down the story. It's like a 3-tiered chocolate cake with chocolate filling and chocolate icing and sprinkles on top -- heavenly for the first bite but quickly overwhelming. I love her writing, but I just got so bored listening to paragraph after paragraph describing the redness of the Bonner girls' hair that I found myself desperate for something tangible to happen.

In the end, I couldn't wait to be finished with it. It has a lovely cadence, though, and I like to put it on when I'm having trouble falling asleep.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Hard to Rate

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

Rudyard Kipling's prose in the Jungle Book is superb and easily worth 5 stars in my opinion. The rating here is for this audiobook rendition only and does not reflect my feelings towards the original short stories.

Firstly, the voices and narration are excellent, perfectly appropriate and emphatic while being easy to understand.

The reason why I disliked this dramatization so much isn't because of the acting, but because of the editing and abridging of the original stories. I expected this to be abridged because that makes sense, but it's abridged so much that many places feel rushed, disjointed, or flavorless. Sometimes you're left wondering "When did this character come in?" or you just have a feeling of incompleteness. There's even one instance where they go into the drought and Hahti the Elephant (which in the story leads to some interesting lore) but they leave out the lore, so the whole excerpt feels odd and pointless and you're wondering "But what about that drought..?" The narration comes in here and there with Kipling's prose, but without the full narration the key scenes seemed to be missing much of their original evocativeness.

If you've never read the Jungle Book, do yourself a service and get an unabridged compilation of Mowgli's Stories. If you have, you may enjoy this rendition, but if you're a big fan you might find yourself dissatisfied in spite of the fantastic acting.

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Very Informative

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-17

The lecturer spoke a little slow for my tastes and with a slightly annoying habit of emphasizing every other word, but he certainly knew his content. Definitely recommended for anyone wishing to gain a basic overview of Japanese history and cultural development, but anyone already deeply familiar with Japan will probably find the information a little too basic. Personally, though, I enjoyed it quite a bit!

Real Food, Fake Food audiobook cover art
  • Real Food, Fake Food
  • Why You Don't Know What You're Eating and What You Can Do About It
  • By: Larry Olmsted
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen

Redundant, but very informative

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-17

I like listening to light non-fiction when I'm doing something that requires some mental faculties (making it hard to focus on fiction or more difficult non-fiction), and this fit the bill perfectly. The author does get redundant, but even with that I didn't have any qualms turning it on or finishing it, and I learned a lot that will certainly stay with me. He spends a lot of time on only a handful of foodstuffs, but he definitely inspired me to do some more research on the foods I buy and make some better choices, even if with just one food at a time. There are some recipes that would be easier to keep around in book format, but only a couple and it wouldn't be difficult to write them down.

The narrator does such an excellent job, with just the right amount of disdain, that I actually thought he was the author. He certainly comes off as invested while remaining conversational, and (to me, at least) reads at a perfect speed neither too slow nor brisk. I didn't get bored or tired listening to him.

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Good Story, Subpar Narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

I'd read Dorian Gray some 10 years ago, but I liked the story and wanted to experience it again. Sadly, the narrator left a lot to be desired; he did okay, but in many characters -- especially Dorian himself -- he just sounded bored even in moments of high emotion. He captured Lord Henry pretty well, but his female characters were a struggle.

Luckily, since I read the book before I was able to just mentally add in my own inflections and tone, but there were several moments where I almost stopped to look for another version with a different reader.

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An Amusing Diversion

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-17

The narrator did an excellent job, but I must admit with such a ridiculous premise I was banking on it having more British wit than what was presented in this novel. It tried to be amusing, but the punchlines were almost always predictable and bland. I did laugh a few times, but mostly I didn't find this entertaining enough to just sit and -listen- to, but rather put it on in the background while occupied with something else.

Technically speaking I found nothing wrong with the writing itself, which was sophisticated enough for an adult listener, but the characters had a very YA feel to them. Nothing too deep or complex, just a light, surface-level adventure. If you're looking for an easy, YA style comedic adventure, this is the book for you. If you're looking for Douglas Adams-style or Tolkienesque wit, might wanna give this one a pass.

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Classic Tales

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-17

You can't go wrong with one of BJ Harrison's Classic Tales, especially when it's bite-sized.

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Classic Tales

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

Reviewed: 02-16-17

You can't go wrong with one of BJ Harrison's Classic Tales, especially when it's bite-sized.