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  • The Hacking of the American Mind

  • The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains
  • By: Robert H. Lustig
  • Narrated by: Robert H. Lustig
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606

While researching the toxic and addictive properties of sugar for Fat Chance, Robert Lustig made an alarming discovery - our pursuit of happiness is being subverted by a culture of addiction and depression from which we may never recover. Dopamine is the "reward" neurotransmitter that tells our brains we want more; yet every substance or behavior that releases dopamine in the extreme leads to addiction. Serotonin is the "contentment" neurotransmitter that tells our brains we don't need any more; yet its deficiency leads to depression.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Martin Haviar on 10-06-17

Eye opening

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-19

1st Audible I've listened to that narrated by the author. The emotion and intensity added a lot to its value.

I got hung up on the technology aspects in the first half of the book, because there were so many terms and Audible doesn't work as well as a textbook for technical stuff. however the content and the discussion of the evils of sugar (the other white powder) and processed food really hit home, even though it should have been common sense. like the book says, Washington will never drive to solve the sugar issue as long as "Big Sugar" has lobbyists. the scary part is one third of Americans don't even cook.

great book, really enjoyed it. Now to try to get family to take it in.... :(

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,677
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,868

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

Bravo

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-19

The end was worth the wait. The journey was magnificent! As a techie, Not my usual type of "read", I throughly enjoyed it. Great performance, a credit to the human spirit, uplifting. What a great writer and performance. Great theater, even without an orchestra, a stage, or a picture show.

  • Lone Wolf

  • A Noah Wolf Thriller, Book 2
  • By: David Archer
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 263

When Team Camelot is handed an unusual mission to rescue the abducted daughter of a foreign president, Noah and the rest go into it with confidence, and are quickly successful. Back home, they are ready to celebrate, but something doesn't feel right. The mission was too easy, and there are indicators that someone may have discovered who they are and tracked them back to Neverland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Noah may have some feelings after all...

  • By shelley on 09-07-16

Boring, uninteresting!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

No Mitch Rapp, no Jack Reacher. Bad plot, poor character development, lame dialog, and slow to develop. I can't understand how anyone would rate this above 3 star. I won't be buying any more books from this author

  • The Way of the Wolf

  • A Noah Wolf Thriller
  • By: David Archer
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

What happens to a seven-year-old boy who sees his parents die in a murder suicide? There is trauma, of course, and an impact to his emotional health from which you may never recover. Noah Foster was that boy, and his struggle with post-traumatic stress has left him without emotions, without a conscience and without whatever it is that once made him human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting prequel to the Noah Wolf series

  • By Wayne on 02-13-17

Kind of boring

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

I haven't read any of the other novels about Noah, so I wasn't indeared (sp?) to the character and the story was kind of boring.