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  • The Essential Handbook to Lectin

  • The Protein Causing Inflammation, Digestive Issues, and Weight Gain
  • By: Evelyn Carmichael
  • Narrated by: Sangita Chauhan
  • Length: 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

Many people eat a gluten-free diet, but they may not be aware that the real culprit that's responsible for their ill health is in fact a protein known as "lectin". This little-known intolerance can cause a wide range of nasty symptoms, from leaky gut to autoimmune disorders. The good news is that you can help to eliminate those symptoms if you make a few changes to the way that you eat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • cuts to the chase

  • By janicen on 11-02-17

cuts to the chase

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

i've been trying to listen to books on lectins, but, so far, they have been poorly narrated, have added too much other non-lectin related advice, have been inconsistent in pace, and have talked down to the reader as if none of us was past the age of 10. Although some details are necessarily missing in this short talk, it gets to the point and explains things well enough for the reader to easily understand how to reduce lectins in their diet and why they should.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

  • By: Kelli Estes
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,123

Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core - and force her to make an impossible choice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very intriguing

  • By Claudine on 12-04-15

Sappy Love Story Set in a Historical Mystery

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

Reviewed: 03-20-16

Any additional comments?

The love, hate, and passion in this story are unrealistic and far too idealized. Characters and their emotions are pretty one-dimensional. However, the mystery that the story revolves around makes up for that; I just wanted to keep listening until the whole mystery was unraveled. I'd call it a page turner if only I was reading it. The story is fiction but revolve around some historical events.

  • The Year of Living Danishly

  • Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
  • By: Helen Russell
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,737

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting content. Unfortunate delivery.

  • By Jennifer Soudagar on 11-13-15

educational and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 02-19-16

This book added new observations about human nature, but it was fun to listen to also.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,498

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Em on 11-30-12

Not a Favorite

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

Reviewed: 02-14-16

Would you try another book from Margaret Atwood and/or Claire Danes?

Possibly if the subject seemed interesting and the price was right.

Would you be willing to try another book from Margaret Atwood? Why or why not?

Probably if it was free or really cheap. Not high on my list though. I decided on this book since I had read something by Margaret Atwood long ago (probably this book), and I wondered what I'd think of it upon re-reading.

Did Claire Danes do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Her reading was boring. In order to not insult Claire Danes, I suspect that boring was what she and Margaret Atwood were going for. I think maybe a boring reading fit a boring life. It's been a while since I listened to this book, but, if I remember correctly, Claire's reading got more lively as the main character's life got more lively.

Was The Handmaid's Tale worth the listening time?

Not so much.