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  • How Not to Die

  • Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease
  • By: Michael Greger MD, Gene Stone
  • Narrated by: Michael Greger MD
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,651
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,864
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,780

From the physician behind the wildly popular website Nutrition Facts, How Not to Die reveals the groundbreaking scientific evidence behind the only diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of disease-related death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunningly important book

  • By Being on 12-29-15

Zealot plea for plant based food

3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-27-16

What did you like best about this story?

Good: this passionate plea, inspires you to integrate more plant foods to your diet. You are given a lot of reasons to experiment with vegetables, legumes, spices and herbs.

Bad: credibility. At one point, you become sceptical because of the way the author keeps citing studies after studies without bringing context or nuances. He comes across as another well-meaning person who knows best about nutritional science in a zealot fashion.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Entertaining, interesting until the end, even if the reader (who is the author) speaks in an arrogant tone that got on my nerve. Reading other books from different food philosophy will help you separate strong versus weak nutritional science.

Any additional comments?

A must for anyone interested by real foods and healthy eating habit. Be sure to read Good Calories, Bad Calories, to get another good perspective.

  • Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior

  • By: Mark Leary, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark Leary
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,934

Every day of your life is spent surrounded by mysteries that involve what appear to be rather ordinary human behaviors. What makes you happy? Where did your personality come from? Why do you have trouble controlling certain behaviors? Why do you behave differently as an adult than you did as an adolescent?Since the start of recorded history, and probably even before, people have been interested in answering questions about why we behave the way we do.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to like this course

  • By Diane Tincher on 08-06-18

Not so enlightening

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-15

I expected more from this book! I was aware of most of these theories and I don't consider myself very educated about psychology in general. Radiolab and a few readings of Scientific American Minds provided me we much more. But probably a good introduction for anyone without a scientific culture. I'd recommend it to people who might be skeptical of science as it makes a good point for evolution.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Glass Bead Game

  • By: Hermann Hesse
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 365

Set in the 23rd century, The Glass Bead Game is the story of Joseph Knecht, who has been raised in Castalia, which has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish. Since childhood, Knecht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which requires a synthesis of aesthetics and scientific arts, such as mathematics, music, logic, and philosophy, which he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi (Master of the Game).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Mankind's Best Books

  • By D. Raynal on 10-30-12

Modern Spirituality devoid of Magic Tricks

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-11

Someone I met, was saying about Hermann Hesse that he did not wish to read his book as he perceived them to be new age litterature. This is such a misunderstanding of the beautiful universe of wisdom and thoughtfulness to which Hesse invites his readers. As a strong atheist - Hitchen like, I am very suspicious of any author who inflicts upon us superstitious fallacies. This is far from being the case of Hesse. The spiritual essence of his books is truly modern and devoid of supernatural claims. He is not concern with magics or miracles but with the true nature of being human experience.

It had been a while since I've read a book by Hesse, and reading the Glass Bead Game felt like rediscovering an old friend. This book being its masterpiece, I shall say it was quite a reunion. In the Glasse Bead Game explore the tension between Joseph Knecht's love for his art and realization that he is hiding in an ivory tower avoiding the real world, its dangers but also its wonder.

I highly recommend Hesse to anybody looking for a spiritual experience devoided of the cheap magic tricks of «New age» culture. Hopefully, Hesse shows us the way of a modern spirituality.

25 of 30 people found this review helpful