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  • Brain Maker

  • The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain - for Life
  • By: David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,336

Debilitating brain disorders are on the rise - from children diagnosed with autism and ADHD to adults developing dementia at younger ages than ever before. But a medical revolution is underway that can solve this problem: Astonishing new research is revealing that the health of your brain is, to an extraordinary degree, dictated by the state of your microbiome - the vast population of organisms that live in your body and outnumber your own cells 10 to one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating science & suggestions for diet changes

  • By AudioAddict on 07-03-15

Misleading pseudo-science

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I listened to as much of this book as I could stomach (no pun intended) until all the disturbing statements I heard the author claim prompted me to do a Google search on the author. Sure enough, this popular doctor is pushing pseudo-science and cashing in on people's gullibility to sell his so-called miraculous cures. Junk! I am sorry I bought this book and unwittingly contributed to this scammer's pocketbook.

  • The Suicide Motor Club

  • By: Christopher Buehlman
  • Narrated by: Christopher Buehlman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Remember that car that passed you near midnight on Route 66, doing 105 with its lights off? You wondered where it was going so quickly on that dark, dusty stretch of road, motor roaring, the driver glancing out the window as he blew by. You just saw the founder of the Suicide Motor Club. Be grateful his brake lights never flashed. Be grateful his car was already full.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderfully sinister

  • By Stephen on 06-12-16

Another fantastic story by Buehlman

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

This story was a gripping page turner from start to finish. Christopher Buehlman did an excellent job narrating this grisly tale. Beautifully written, it sucks in the reader setting a colorful scene to captivate and horrify. I have all of Buehlman's books and have enjoyed them all.

  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,232
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,544
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,519

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fund-raising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extreme retaliation against former employees

  • By Eugene on 05-29-18

Fantastic book and cautionary tale

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I devoured this book. It was well written and well told. It's a cautionary tale of what can go wrong when a driven and charismatic leader is willing to throw ethics to the wind in the name of ambition. I hope that this book becomes popular, especially in business schools teaching the next generation of managers and business leaders. I truly felt sorry for the employees who were bullied, threatened, harassed, and sued all for the courage to blow the whistle and speak the truth about the millions of dollars scammed from investors. Elizabeth Holmes, shame on you!

  • Salt Sugar Fat

  • How the Food Giants Hooked Us
  • By: Michael Moss
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,212

Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is all too real, and YOU are the victim.

  • By Michael on 03-03-13

Should be required reading in school

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

I grew up craving and eating the same junk food as most kids: Coke, pizza, cookies, potato chips. Fortunately as I discovered healthy eating as an adult I ditched that garbage. I can't believe how easily I was hooked on these horrible dietary choices as a kid.

  • The Willpower Instinct

  • How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
  • By: Kelly McGonigal Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,854

Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Research based guide to improve willpower

  • By Neuron on 05-27-13

useful guide for self improvement

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

Reviewed: 07-12-16

I'm going to read this book a second time so that I can let the lessons really sink in. I look forward to the potential for self improvement.

  • Chaser

  • Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words
  • By: John W. Pilley, Hilary Hinzmann
  • Narrated by: Peter Powlus
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436

Chaser has a way with words. She knows over a thousand of them—more than any other animal of any species except humans. In addition to common nouns like house, ball, and tree, she has memorized the names of more than one thousand toys and can retrieve any of them on command. Based on that learning, she and her owner and trainer, retired psychologist John Pilley, have moved on to further impressive feats, demonstrating her ability to understand sentences with multiple elements of grammar and to learn new behaviors by imitation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Inspiring Way to Retire!

  • By N. Rogers on 01-18-15

Not a dog training manual

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

Reviewed: 06-22-16

I listened this book in order to get ideas on how to improve my own dog training but did not get the how-to manual I was hoping for. the book does describe some of the process but a lot of the book is just a story of a guy raising a dog. it's a nice feel-good story but I certainly cannot replicate the results of Chaser's amazing learning with my own dog, such as Chaser's ability to learn the name of a novel object in just one session.

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  • What If?

  • Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
  • By: Randall Munroe
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,399

Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent of the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there were a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humorous but serious answers to crazy hypothetical

  • By Neuron on 05-08-16

loved it!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

This was so enthralling. I highly recommend it. not just for science geeks either. promise!

  • Empty Shell

  • By: Ashley Fontainne
  • Narrated by: Sara Morsey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

The quiet world of Melody and Jack Dickinson is about to be turned upside down. Twenty years of marriage hangs in the balance when Melody finds out about Jack's infidelity. The betrayal is made worse when Melody discovers his lover is Serena Rowland, a young woman who works at Melody's law firm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Magnificent and Thrilling Read.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 03-09-15

Please make it stop :(

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

Reviewed: 02-24-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book started well enough with a murder mystery intrigue but it degenerated into a "glory hallelujah found my faith again to carry me through" epic, because apparently it's OK to find Jesus and claim He makes it all better while falling to binge drinking and restart chain smoking as coping mechanisms. Really. That's not what I call deliverance.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ashley Fontainne again?

Probably not.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sara Morsey?

The narrator did just fine, mimicking an Arkansas country drawl.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Empty Shell?

Anything that does not contribute to the plot or substance of the story.

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  • Abundance

  • The Future Is Better Than You Think
  • By: Steven Kotler, Peter H. Diamandis
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,157

We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions of people. This book is an antidote to pessimism by tech-entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope with Confidence

  • By Dan on 07-25-12

game changer

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

Reviewed: 01-05-15

This book may be one of those that changes the world. Not mere entertainment. Not mere speculation. This could be a game changer.

  • Tour de France: The Inside Story

  • Making the World's Greatest Bicycle Race
  • By: Les Woodland
  • Narrated by: Oscar Sparrow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

The Tour de France is the greatest bike race in the world, but it began as a humble promotional gimmick for a floundering newspaper. More than 100 years later, the Tour still captivates the world and is broadcast to over 180 countries. How did a few men looking for some way to save their struggling business become masters of a giant, successful enterprise? Les Woodland tells the inside story of the Tour de France through the prism of the men who started it, and those who now run it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent story, terrible narration

  • By Yvette D Skinner on 08-27-14

Decent story, terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 08-27-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really. The only reason I kept on with it was because I love cycling.

What did you like best about this story?

I wanted to hear the subject matter, the history of the TdF.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Oscar Sparrow?

OMG my Aunt Helen probably could have done a better job. The narration was the worst part. His affected French and American accents were painful to hear and his British English was so choppy in tempo that it just didn't flow like natural speech.

Did Tour de France: The Inside Story inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to leave this review as a warning to others.

Any additional comments?

This could have been a much better audio book with better narration. Really. The next time you want someone to speak English with a genuine French accent, get a Frenchman who speaks English. Please.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful