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  • 25 Days

  • A Proven Program to Rewire Your Brain, Stop Weight Gain, and Finally Crush the Habits You Hate - Forever
  • By: Drew Logan, Myatt Murphy
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

What if we could train our brains to stop weight gain in our quest to be lean, healthy, and fit? Well, we can. Celebrity trainer and cast member of NBC's Strong, Drew Logan knows firsthand how the brain affects our ability to perform and function at our best. In 25 Days, Drew outlines a unique, multifaceted approach that helps listeners rewrite their neurological patterning - what lies underneath those pesky habits that get in our way over and over again - so that the brain's neural pathways, biochemistry, and hormones work together effectively.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Buy this in print or kindle instead

  • By Crystal West on 10-19-17

Buy this in print or kindle instead

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

There was a lot of great information here, but the supplement is inadequate for an audiobook in this genre. I would be willing to raise my rating if Tantor Media would revise the supplement material. It is a shame that such great info is included but it's essentially useless if it is audio only.

The supplement does not include the recipes in the book. So if you wanted to make any of the items from that chapter you'd have to locate the part of the audio and then take dictation. Yeah - not gonna happen. So, that chapter is entirely useless to me, on par with listening to someone read the phone book beginning with Adams when you need the number for Zeller. Don't release this as an audiobook if it's not equally as good a resource as the print version.

The supplement does not include a description or images of the exercises. They are verbally described in the audio, but at the end of the book when you want to do a workout and you have a list of moves, if you're not sure what a Russian Twist is you have to go to another resource to find it on your own.

The food lists were described in the audio to contain items not in alphabetical order but from best food choices (according to the glycemic index and other considerations) to the not so best choice near the bottom of the list. The supplement seems to have the first few charts in this manner but then the charts for vegetables and fruit and other carbs are in fact alphabetical. For example Bagel is at the top of one list, which I can't imagine is a best choice; even though it's my favorite and I'd love to believe that incorporating more bagels into my life would be a good idea (I wish!).

Aside from my poor supplement gripes there is a ton of great information, backed by scientific studies included in this book. I would give this 4 stars for material if the supplement were revised. The only negative thing I would say is the diet suggestions are one size fits all. There is a suggestion for males and a suggestion for females and no variation accounting for height, lifestyle activity levels, or body size. For such a well researched and thoughtful program I would have expected more.

Lastly, to address some of of the other reviewers here looking for the supplement. You have to visit your Audible Library on the Web to access the pdf. Supplements are not included on the audible app. I also tried to follow the direction suggested in the audio, going to the Tantor site. The information was not there. I contacted the author on twitter (he never replied to me) and then I eventually found the pdf on my account library on the audible website.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Wellness Project

  • How I Learned to Do Right by My Body, Without Giving Up My Life
  • By: Phoebe Lapine
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Lapine
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

After she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in her early 20s, Phoebe Lapine felt overwhelmed by her doctor's strict protocols and confused when they directly conflicted with information on the best-seller list. After experiencing mixed results and a life of deprivation that seemed unsustainable at best, she adopted 12 of her own wellness directives - including eliminating sugar, switching to all-natural beauty products, and getting in touch with her spiritual side.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 1st World Problems & Naturopathy

  • By Crystal West on 09-24-17

1st World Problems & Naturopathy

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

Before I begin, let me start by saying I really really wanted to like this, and there were a few sections which I found quite interesting and well researched, but overall I wanted to quit, increasingly more with every passing chapter. It took me such a long time to finish this book and now that I have I feel I owe it to fellow readers to review since all the reviews that I saw before my purchase were 5 stars.

If Ivanka Trump, minus a few billion dollars, and an actual career/job, were to write a wellness book under the astute guidance of Gwyneth Paltrow and Marie Condo - this would be the book. Perhaps they would call it 'Women Who Do Wellness'; To be fair I will list the things I did like before I recount the anger I felt while forcing myself through these chapters.

Pros
1. Green Beauty - this is a journey I have experience with and I still struggle with it. (I totally understand my hypocrisy in calling out this book but saying this is a positive aspect - It's stupidly expensive to buy organic skincare, unless you just don't put on any makeup ever). I probably researched the same topic to death, and while I did not learn anything new myself from the chapter she included others who haven't considered the chemical crap in their makeup or skincare products may benefit from the information she has included. I think the topic is extremely important, and I commend her for researching this and including the information.

2. The chapter on probiotics and gut health - I actually learned a few things from her virtual meeting with some microbiology professors over skype. It only reinforces my obsession with kombucha. I also think our society downplays the overuse of antibiotics and how damaging it may eventually be to the delicate balance of our gut bacteria and the evolution of smart viruses.

3. From her book, I found her blog, and there are amazing recipes, which I plan to try. We may not agree on all wellness topics, but I'd absolutely buy a cookbook if she wrote one.

4. Charlie and Baron - I was so annoyed with her I felt camaraderie with the creatures forced to share their lives with her. Is that a pro? Not sure - but I’ll list it here anyway to balance things out. Charlie, and Baron the beagle - you both have my sympathy for your involuntary presence in this wellness journey.


Cons
1. HER ACCENT - I grew up in NY, while in upstate NY, but I've lived all over and I've traveled all over. I have a graduate degree in linguistics actually, so it's rare that I don't marvel at any accent as I LOVE language in all its forms and irregularities. This author choosing to read her own book .... why would her publisher allow this? She pronounces every 't' as a 'd' which just became extremely distracting after the first hour, and after the first 2 chapters I wasn't sure I could continue to listen to her talk about 'gluden'

2. A large portion of this book is specifically focused on hashimoto's syndrome, so if you don't have that you can discount 25% of the material as it won't be relative to your own wellness.

3. Naturopathy Medicine and Pseudoscience - The author seeks out a number of non-scientific not proven remedies. Some of these eastern medicine remedies like acupuncture have enough research behind them that I could agree with their inclusion, but she delves further into some woo woo aura/chakra-type crap (like if a certain part of your back hurts it's because of relationship stress) that I nearly had to forward through and almost had to stop reading.

4. Most Important : The book is supposed to be about healthy 'hedonism' and there is zero hedonism involved. Further she never solves the premise in the book's title. She ends the epilogue with 'Am I fully healed? Have I found the magic recipe for hedonism that allows me to feel good while indulging in all life's pleasures? How I wish..' I purchased this book because I expected someone to tell me how they found balanced or figured something out and the author ends this book by telling us she hasn't. Clearly, she has 'forgodden' the main thesis of her book.

5. Did not spark Joy

40 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • Thinner Leaner Stronger

  • The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Female Body
  • By: Michael Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeff Justus
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 391

Michael Matthews' number one best-selling women's fitness book with over 250,000 copies sold. If you want to be toned, lean, and strong as quickly as possible without crash dieting, "good genetics", or wasting ridiculous amounts of time in the gym and money on pills and powders... regardless of your age... then you want to listen to this book. Building lean muscle and burning fat isn't as complicated as the fitness industry wants you to believe. This book is the shortcut. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Written and Read for a Man not a Woman

  • By Mark on 01-08-14

Quickly dye that jockstrap pink! They won't notice

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

I suspect this is just rehashed content from the masculine counterpart of this author's other book. While I understand that many aspects of diet and fitness are the same for both male and female, this book is supposed to be specifically for women, but the content proves otherwise. At the very least the author or editor should edit the pronouns in certain chapters from he to she appropriately. I'm insulted that such a minor elements would be overlooked by the author or editor, or narrator. I appreciated some of the content, but was turned off and felt cheated as if the book was just given a new cover with little else changed, so the team can further capitalize on their success with the first book about building a masculine physique. For this reason, I don't recommend it and I wonder how much of it was truly intended for this edition and not just an afterthought or slapped together to make a few extra bucks.

I don't doubt that the author has knowledge on the topic, but I was underwhelmed and also bored after listening to someone read a fitness dictionary for two chapters. Most people who purchase a book of this nature know what a calorie is. It does not appear to be geared towards an audience that is new to nutrition or fitness. Further, that section had the potential to be fun infotainment, but instead sounded like you'd expect, someone reading a dictionary definition aloud.

The author didn't care enough to put even the most basic effort into this edition. Were they hoping readers also wouldn't care?

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Cool Impossible

  • The Coach from "Born to Run" Shows How to Get the Most from Your Miles - and from Yourself
  • By: Eric Orton
  • Narrated by: Nick Cordero
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

Featured in the best-selling book Born to Run, coach and performance guru Eric Orton has spent a lifetime learning and thinking about running and about the limitless possibilities of the human body and mind. In The Cool Impossible, Orton shares his wealth of knowledge in an inspiring step-by-step guide that will open up a new world of achievement for runners of all levels of ability and experience. The truth is: Athleticism is awareness. That simple phrase is at the core of The Cool Impossible.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Inadequate in Audio Format. No supplement offered.

  • By Crystal West on 06-20-14

Inadequate in Audio Format. No supplement offered.

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

Reviewed: 06-20-14

I was super excited about this book, but in the end was disappointed that there was no supplement to the audio book. Really, how is this unabridged? Complete sections are missing.

Eric makes a lot of references to items that appear in the print edition and there's no option for those of us who purchased the audio-book to understand unless we supplement this book with a purchase of a print edition also.

Having said that, I did enjoy the material and I did pick up a thing or two from listening to it. Overall however I was just annoyed. I wish I had purchased the print edition rather than this audio-book. Hopefully, you can learn from my mistake.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Kid Rex

  • The Inspiring True Account of a Life Salvaged from Despair, Anorexia and Dark Days in New York City
  • By: Laura Moisin
  • Narrated by: Arielle DeLisle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 15

After knowing friends with anorexia and being baffled by their behavior, Laura Moisin suddenly found herself prone to the same disease - not eating at all and going weeks at a time consuming nothing but water and the occasional black coffee. Deceiving therapists by misleading them with symptoms of depression, her anorexia is prolonged, and her health deteriorates rapidly.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Kid Brat: Uninspiring vapid delusional tirades....

  • By Crystal West on 04-23-14

Kid Brat: Uninspiring vapid delusional tirades....

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

Reviewed: 04-23-14

Can I give this negative stars?

I've read many books from this genre. This one made me angry, and as I continued to listen I felt less and less empathetic for the author. I hate to be so negative, but the only good thing about this book was when I was finished with it. In hind-sight I should have cut my losses and saved myself the time.

It was only personally interesting in that what evoked as I continued through the chapters was anorexia schadenfreude. This author has so many character flaws and delusional selfish views in her pretentious little bubble of a polished world, I was honestly happy when she got kicked out of NYU, and then got hit by a car. Awful, right? Who thinks that way? I'm honestly a very nice person. I swear.

Blah, blah, NY, Manhattan, Self-contradiction, boo-hoo, blah.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Extraordinary Leadership

  • By: Robin Sharma
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,605
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,575

In a constantly changing, hyper-competitive world, leadership is more important than ever. Yet few people have what it takes to inspire, develop, and guide others. In this presentation, Robin Sharma shares the leadership lessons that he gives to clients such as Nike, Microsoft, and NASA.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Listen!

  • By Sami Bunia on 09-17-12

What a gift!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-12

How is this free? This was truly fantastic. I've listened to it a few times over the past few years. Here's what you can expect:

Extraordinary Leadership: 5 Best Practices to Lead the Field

Preface: Everyone is a Leader

1. Leadership begins with you
2. Leaders put people first
*5 practical insights to develop World Class Relationships
3. Have a biased towards Action
4. Self-Leadership
*Methods for developing good self-leadership
5. Leave a Footprint and work on your Leadership Legacy

  • A Place of Yes

  • 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life
  • By: Bethenny Frankel
  • Narrated by: Bethenny Frankel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 208

Bethenny Frankel's no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is personality won over countless fans, and made her a nationally best-selling author and the star of her own hit Bravo show Bethenny Getting Married? Now Bethenny opens up and shares the obstacles she overcame and the great success she has enjoyed while discovering how to approach life from “A Place of Yes”.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What is your tolerance level?

  • By jen on 10-06-11

Wrong Category Perhaps

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

Reviewed: 12-01-11

This book was far more Memoire/Bio than Personal Development. Most of the content is Bethenny's retelling of her personal life, which is fine, but I was expecting the content to be more general and focused on how to directly apply certain strategies like her previous books. This book is 80-85% about Bethanny's life and 15-20% focused on Personal Development items that the reader/listener might apply.

If you are a huge Bethenny fan and want to know more about the finer personal details of how she became a successful entrepreneur and reality TV star - this book is definitely for you. It does feel, like another reviewer here wrote, like your girlfriend is sharing the intimate details of her life with you. However, if you are more interested in the Personal Development aspect and were hoping this would be inspirational or provide some process or set of guidelines you might apply to your own business or career I would suggest another selection. I felt a little cheated and annoyed when I got half-way through and still didn't feel like I was getting anything but a detailed timeline of Bethenny's life.

Jilian Michaels new book, "Unlimited" was more along the lines of what I was expecting from this. The two are in the same genre here but very very different in their focus and application. I would also suggest anything and everything from Brian Tracy if you are looking for something to get fired up about and take things to the next level for yourself. Note: I am an unashamed and voracious Personal Dev junkie and I have most of the titles that you'll see when you visit that front category page here on audible. I have listened to them all (some multiple times to take notes). Huge Personal Dev nerd here :o)

I would not have purchased this title if I knew that it was loaded with personal anecdotes and detailed information on every man Bethenny has dated for the past two decades or how she rose to the top in spite of her upbringing. Certainly Bethenny is successful. She's gorgeous, well spoken, and competitive. I was expecting more from this book. It lacks focus and falls short. Her Naturally Thin/Skinny Girl books, however, are 5 stars. I am still a fan, but this book, if it were physical would go into my donate pile.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

Holiday Classics by O. Henry audiobook cover art
  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

  • By: O. Henry
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,002
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,478
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,485

When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You

  • By Sherry on 12-12-10

How did you know?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-10

How did you know that this is exactly what I wanted. Thanks Audible!!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful