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  • The Mind-Gut Connection

  • How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health
  • By: Emeran Mayer MD
  • Narrated by: Traber Burns
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

We have all experienced the connection between our mind and our gut - the decision we made because it "felt right"; the butterflies in our stomach before a big meeting; the anxious stomach rumbling when we're stressed out. While the dialogue between the gut and the brain has been recognized by ancient healing traditions, including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, Western medicine has failed to appreciate the complexity of how the brain, gut, and, more recently, the microbiome - the microorganisms that live inside us - communicate with one another.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Old Stuff. Strictly Remedial. Not for Me.

  • By M.D. Austin on 03-21-17

Some things too generalized

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

Some things were very detailed, but some too generalized. Anytime high fat diet was discussed it was associated with processed foods and sugar. Very unfair and not helpful to those in a keto-like diet with lots of fat including both animal fat and non-animal. Also l, like me, all the animal fat is grass fed, organic etc. and that is world's away from the generalized mention of meat and animal fat focused on in the book which was processed, fast food, etc. In that regard it offered no help to me... Also, praise for some things that had no evidence were clearly author preference, like Mediterranean diet. Sure, olive oil from 800 year old trees is great for you, like those studied, but we don't live in the Mediterranean and the olive oil of the shelves or other obvious differences, can't be spouted as good for you because it seems to replicate Mediterranean eating.

When the author discussed hunter gatherers that still exist today, he pointed out some that reinforced his low animal based diet, but conveniently left out others like the Maasai and Samburu tribes that live primarily meat, milk and animal blood. Or the Inuit who eat fish, meat and whale fat.

Too many authors pick and choose examples to support their preference, for some books it's appropriate but for this book he should have kept it to evident based science and remember, even it was in support of his preferences, that correlation does not equal causation.

Put all that aside, most the information is fascinating and opens the door to a new and fully perspective on health and wellbeing.

  • Cultured

  • How Ancient Foods Can Feed Our Microbiome
  • By: Katherine Harmon Courage
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

These days, probiotic yogurt and other "gut-friendly" foods line supermarket shelves. But what's the best way to feed our all-important microbiome - and what is a microbiome, anyway? In this engaging book, science journalist Katherine Harmon Courage investigates these questions, presenting a deep dive into the ancient food traditions and the latest research for maintaining a healthy gut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A well written, well performed audiobook!

  • By Anonymous User on 03-11-19

Great exploration of fermented foods

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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: 05-20-19

The narrator is one of the best!

So many good for out there I didn't know about, exited to try them or make.

I was a little irritated with the generalizations made about meet fats based on mice studies, should have stayed off that topic as it was unfair and hardly informative enough to draw conclusions.

  • The Keto Reset Diet

  • Reboot Your Metabolism in 21 Days and Burn Fat Forever
  • By: Mark Sisson
  • Narrated by: Brad Kearns
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878

Mounting scientific research is confirming that eating a ketogenic diet could represent one of the greatest nutritional breakthroughs of our time - and that it might be the healthiest and most effective weight loss strategy ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very inspiring. There is a PDF!

  • By Mercy H on 03-06-18

Too much repeat from other books

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

Reviewed: 05-11-19

I get frustrated when authors but out different books with so much of the material being repeated information. If you have read other Sisson books much of this is the same info, slightly tweaked perhaps but otherwise 90% of repeat material.

if you haven't read other Sisson books, go for it is good and answers many questions if you are new to keto.

I found the most helpful is the references to other sources, that has turned me ok to other great books or info.

  • 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 734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656

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
  • 6 stars

  • By Andrew in Ohio on 10-07-17

Same well known facts, but...

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

Reviewed: 03-30-19

presented from a whole new perspective. Great book but ends with ideas that are finally becoming more mainstream.

I don't like how the author generalizes readers and assumes we all drink coke and tweet all day- don't write for the lowest common denominator... most interested in this book aren't that stereotypical reader you assume we are- gets annoying

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,966
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,097

Yuval Noah Harari's 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today's most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good stuff, but mostly repeats

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-13-18

Good stuff, but mostly repeats

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I loved Sapiens and Dues, recommended to many friends and family. I was really excited for this book but was disappointed as so much of it was repeat from earlier books, it felt like the Cliff Notes for Dues. If I hadn't read the other books this would be 5* all the way, but I did...

54 of 58 people found this review helpful

  • Why We Sleep

  • Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
  • By: Matthew Walker PhD
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,139
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,087

Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life - eating, drinking, and reproducing - the purpose of sleep remained elusive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I recommend this to EVERYONE

  • By Emma Bennett on 12-11-17

Should be mandatory!

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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: 08-02-18

Fabulous book and so informative so many things I've thought were other problems really were just one, and a few things leading up to it, a lack of sleep. I only wish knew these things earlier in life.

  • Moana

  • By: Disney Press
  • Narrated by: Rena Owen
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage. They encounter enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds, and ancient folklore.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Relax for bedtime

  • By Lynette on 08-06-18

Fantastic, the narrator is great!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

My 7 year old loves it, even my 3 year old pays attention. and I'm enjoying as well.

  • Dream Hoarders

  • How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It
  • By: Richard V. Reeves
  • Narrated by: Richard V. Reeves
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

As Reeves shows, the growing separation between the upper middle class and everyone else can be seen in family structure, neighborhoods, attitudes, and lifestyle. Those at the top of the income ladder are becoming more effective at passing on their status to their children, reducing overall social mobility. The result is not just an economic divide but a fracturing of American society along class lines. Upper-middle-class children become upper-middle-class adults.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If You Have a Grad Degree You Need To Read This!

  • By David Larson on 10-06-17

Hard truth

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

I hope the intended audience of the upper middle class has the cuts to read and accept many of the facts presented in this book. Many speculative viewpoints but still hard to deny as someone also living in Montgomery County but barely keeping a middle class status.

  • Primal Fat Burner

  • Live Longer, Slow Aging, Super-Power Your Brain, and Save Your Life with a High-Fat, Low-Carb Paleo Diet
  • By: Nora Gedgaudas, David Perlmutter - foreword
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Popular nutritionist Nora Gedgaudas returns with advice that may sound counterintuitive: eat fat to burn fat. In her new book, Primal Fat Burner, she explains the benefits and science behind a ketogenic diet: It switches your metabolism from running on sugars to running on healthy fats. As Gedgaudas reveals, numerous studies in recent years have refuted the previously promoted anti-saturated fat and anti-cholesterol agenda. Now, Gedgaudas explains, science shows that fat isn't a no-no but rather a yes-yes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, easy to follow

  • By chikngreez on 03-18-17

Good book, but no access to recipes.

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

Reviewed: 03-28-17

Where does Primal Fat Burner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 5 in regards to diet and health. I would rate a 5 star if it were not for the problem below.

Any additional comments?

There is no access or download for the recipes that the author includes in the book. There should be a website to get this, a PDF download, or some other way.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful