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Sean O'Sullivan

Cannes, France
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  • The Telomere Effect

  • A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer
  • By: Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, Dr. Elissa Epel
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 286

Have you wondered why some 60-year-olds look and feel like 40-year-olds and why some 40-year-olds look and feel like 60-year-olds? While many factors contribute to aging and illness, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn discovered a biological indicator called telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes telomeres, which protect our genetic heritage. Dr. Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel's research shows that the length and health of one's telomeres are a biological underpinning of the long-hypothesized mind-body connection.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I expected so much more

  • By Innate on 01-28-17

Good overall advice for life, not deeply specific to telomeres

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

There is a lot of good and broad advice about how telomeres affect health, and how everything from childhood adversity to social cohesion to wealth disparities between a society’s rich and poor lead to bad outcomes, and telomeres both confirm that these stressors leave a lasting impact, and contribute towards bad health outcomes (cancer, senescence (cellular aging)).

If you are looking for deep and specific technical insights you will find them here, although not at any length. The book mostly covers ways to live your life in a healthier way, Ie, how to interact with your children to reduce stress, the importance of means such as better diets and meditations, good interpersonal communication and genuine societal interactions, important things to consider for pregnant mothers, etc. This is primarily a book on general health and psychosocial practices as seen through the lens of telomeres.

  • Gut

  • The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ
  • By: Giulia Enders
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,545

Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain, yet we know very little about how it works. Gut: The Inside Story is an entertaining, informative tour of the digestive system from the moment we raise a tasty morsel to our lips until the moment our body surrenders the remnants to the toilet bowl. No topic is too lowly for the author's wonder and admiration, from the careful choreography of breaking wind to the precise internal communication required for a cleansing vomit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Gut Microbe Book Around

  • By serine on 03-31-16

Fantastic book about an area scientists are just beginning to explore

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

Reviewed: 02-28-17

Microbes are amazing, and the groundbreaking work that is being done in this area is enthusiastically and hilariously relayed, in an extraordinarily approachable way that makes it enjoyable to listen to.

Practical but very well grounded in science fact, this is a helpful and great overview of the many surprising ways our gut and our brains and body interact.

Worth listening to more than once. Really well done.

  • Chasing the Scream

  • The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,620

It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, 30,000-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world have begun to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is worth your time....

  • By Drake on 04-24-16

Fantastic and revelatory account of the war on drugs

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

Reviewed: 02-22-17

Very rarely does a book accomplish what this one does. Providing a well-reported set of stories that I'd never heard of, it helped me open my mind and heart to a wildly different set of possibilities for a more compassionate and effective approach to drug abuse. A must read.

  • Maximize Your Potential

  • Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career
  • By: Jocelyn K. Glei
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 240

We’ve entered an exhilarating new era of self-invention. With access to new resources, technologies, and connectivity, you no longer have to rely on traditional channels to craft an incredible career. But surviving and thriving in this new landscape requires a highly proactive approach. Maximize Your Potential will show you how to generate new opportunities, cultivate your creative expertise, build valuable relationships, and take bold, new risks so that you can utilize your talents to the fullest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great commuting read

  • By Sean O'Sullivan on 02-04-17

Great commuting read

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

This audiobook feels like a combination of really good blog posts and articles on self-improvement tips and tactics.

Super for listening to on the way to work... provides decent tips and tricks to employ in your day to day.

In some ways these short form articles, by a wide variety of contributing authors, is better than traditional business books, which often take a basic idea and expand it from its core into unnecessarily lengthy repetition.

While there are smaller theses presented in each mini chapter, there are a wide variety of gems one can put to use.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Smarter Faster Better

  • The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,644

Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics - as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters - this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don't merely act differently. They view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Long and drawn out

  • By Joel on 08-05-16

Great Storytelling. Fun.

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

Reviewed: 01-22-17

A problem with many self-improvement books is the dry nature in which the stories are told, and the subsequent difficulty that creates in picking up a book, staying through it and learning and life-altering lessons that will stick with you.

That's not an issue here, Charles Duhigg tells stories masterfully, you'll be hoping for the commute to take a little longer in order to soak up one story after another! And the stories are well chosen to highlight one and sometimes two aspects of the points the author makes about mental models, team dynamics, statistical thinking, and the "lean method" etc.

I only give this four stars because the methodologies described are not particularly revelatory, but this is a five star book as it relates to the basics of management and self, and memorable and relatable ways to apply a variety of tools to your daily life.

And the storytelling... Tear-jerking, suspense inducing, approachable and fresh... this book (audible format) reads more like a fiction thriller than a self-help business book.

Solid and fun. Recommend highly.

  • The Gene

  • An Intimate History
  • By: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,250

The extraordinary Siddhartha Mukherjee has written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scientific history blended with humanity

  • By S. Yates on 05-23-16

Fabulous and accessible overview of genetics for the nonscientist

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

The author has done a great job of providing a deep and intelligent look at the history of the gene and genetics, flavored with compassionate human stories of his own family and others.

Highly approachable, even for the non-scientist. And… providing a strong base of knowledge for one of the hottest areas of technological opportunities and progress in the next 20 years.