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  • The Gratitude Diaries

  • How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life
  • By: Janice Kaplan
  • Narrated by: Janice Kaplan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

On New Year's Eve, journalist and former Parade editor-in-chief Janice Kaplan makes a promise to be grateful and look on the bright side of whatever happens. She realizes that how she feels over the next months will have less to do with the events that occur than her own attitude and perspective. Getting advice at every turn from psychologists, academics, doctors, and philosophers, she brings listeners on a smart and witty journey to discover the value of appreciating what you have.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Anonymous on 04-26-16

Lovely book and I will be recommending it plenty!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

This is a very uplifting and well written book about gratitude and the affect a positive outlook can have on life. The only things that I disliked was that she seems to have created a religion out of the practice. Also, it feels like things have been overly romanticized in some cases and the word gratitude (and it's variants) feels forced into odd places at times.

  • 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 3,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,311

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

Good info, but a bit dry

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

Reviewed: 09-18-15

This was mainly info that I already knew with a few gems sprinkled in. If you're pretty familiar with this aspect of health & nutrition I wouldn't bother reading it, but the recipes are a nice bonus. If you are unfamiliar with this topic or are just starting to look into it, this would be a great intro to the concepts & application.

  • It Starts with Food

  • Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways
  • By: Melissa Hartwig, Dallas Hartwig
  • Narrated by: Melissa Hartwig, Dallas Hartwig
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,029

It Starts With Food outlines a clear, balanced, sustainable plan to change the way you eat forever-and transform your life in profound and unexpected ways. Your success story begins with the Whole30®, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig's powerful 30-day nutritional reset. Since 2009, their underground Whole30 program has quietly led tens of thousands of people to weight loss, enhanced quality of life, and a healthier relationship with food-accompanied by stunning health improvements.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it! Now I know what all the hype is about

  • By Maria on 11-24-14

Super informative and easy to digest!

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

Reviewed: 03-26-15

I wasn't sure how well an audio version of this book would work because sometimes I start tuning out during the more science-y bits of health books and have to re-read them. The Hartwigs did such a great job of giving you enough info so you know the why while still keeping you interested with analogies and entertaining bits.

I also love that the book isn't super long and is broken up into smallish chapters. This way I can go back and listen to key parts without having to listen to a bunch of stuff that doesn't pertain to a specific question that I might have.

I am definitely going to be recommending this one to friends and family!!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Not That Kind of Girl

  • A Young Woman Tells You What She's 'Learned'
  • By: Lena Dunham
  • Narrated by: Lena Dunham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,772
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,112
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,120

For readers or listeners of Nora Ephron, Tina Fey, and David Sedaris, this hilarious, poignant, and extremely frank collection of personal essays confirms Lena Dunham - the acclaimed creator, producer, and star of HBO's Girls - as one of the brightest and most original writers working today.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some interesting parts, but on the whole... meh

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-06-14

Not as entertaining as the sample suggests.

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

The sample for this audiobook suggests that it is a humorous accounting of a somewhat awkward, self-conscious young woman's life so far. While it has it's moments, what comes across more than anything is the feeling that Lena Dunham wrote her experiences down to try and get them out of her head and in front of someone who will love her. However, I feel that she has yet to actually deal with most of them emotionally. Because of this, the text comes across as a random collection of (mostly negative and at times regretted) life choices from someone who was given plenty of freedom but little direction and actual attention when it was really needed.

I hope that her mother reads this as I feel that it was written mainly to get her attention and possibly more of her affection.

  • The Luminaries

  • By: Eleanor Catton
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,978
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,715
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,746

It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not So Luminous

  • By Mel on 11-10-13

Amazing!!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

Both the writing and the narration perfectly evoke the feeling of a mining town flush with gold, mystery and drama. The circuitous route by which the characters and their back stories are introduced and tied together keeps the interest level high. As more and more details are revealed and your first impressions are challenged and turned on end you will find yourself wanting to reach the end just so that you can re-read this tale again and catch any clues that you missed on your first go-round.

This book has found a permanent home on my bookshelf as I know that I will be re-reading it over and over. I highly recommend it to fans of Historical Fiction, Mystery, and Drama as it has plenty of all three.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hormone Cure

  • Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive, and Vitality Naturally with the Gottfried Protocol
  • By: Sara Gottfried MD
  • Narrated by: Tara Hugo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

A Harvard physician’s scientifically proven method to improve your physical and mental health by optimizing your hormones in your 30s, 40s, and beyond.... Dr. Sara Gottfried refuses to accept the traditional medical thinking that feeling cranky, asexual, tapped out, and sleep-deprived is just part of being female and aging, and that prescription medication will fix all problems. Offering solutions in nonjudgmental and thoughtful language, Dr. Gottfried provides a novel plan based on solid scientific research.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great info, super dull to listen to.

  • By Shaina on 02-01-15

Great info, super dull to listen to.

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

I love listening to health and nutrition podcasts and have enjoyed other audiobooks in this genre, but I was actually relieved when this one finally ended. Even the parts that I was extremely interested in were very hard to pay attention to. I'm certain that this is because of the narration style, not the author's writing. I will probably just buy the physical book to re-read and use as a reference because the narrator is so very dull to listen to. Don't waste your time or money on this audiobook, just get a hard copy.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful