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  • Gulp

  • Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,179
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,843
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,850

Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome, quirky read!

  • By Heather on 06-24-14

Up Yours!!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

I spent 40 yrs. as an RN 21 of which working in a gastroenterology clinic. Before that I was a surveyor/draftsman laying sewer for a municipality. I'd had formal education in both practices. Mary Roach is the first person I've met who has matched my enthusiasm for all things alimentary. I've performed over 10 K sigmoidoscopy exams over a seven year period as well as assisting in thousands of colonoscopies and esophageal endoscopies. Mary writes in a knowledgeable way with references and sitings about the myriad of minutia that populate all we know about how we survive by eating. I found she referenced more interesting facts than I had run into over years in the business. AND her words make you giggle. If you are not squeamish in the least or if you are an MD specializing in Gastroenterology you need to read this book... It will increase your chances of getting invited back for a second dinner party. After all my years as a nurse the best time I've had is telling people it's OK to fart, usually 15-20 times a day... Long Live the Food Pipe.

  • The Untethered Soul

  • The Journey Beyond Yourself
  • By: Michael A. Singer
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,992

Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Changed my Life!

  • By Peggy on 10-21-12

Great for some

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

If your idea of life and soul and being and self are up to a rethink, including your concept of God big or little "g". If you wonder who exactly is listening to the chatter in your head. Well maybe this may be the crowbar needed to crack open your pre-conceptions of all of these. I am no sage or guru or yogi but I do wonder about how I think. If you read and loved "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramhansa Yogananda as I did (the only book on Steve Jobs computer at the time of his passing} then for sure get this book. This may just be the key to a change of mindset that gives you true joy..;

  • Darkest Hour

  • How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink
  • By: Anthony McCarten
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522

May 1940. Britain is at war, Winston Churchill has unexpectedly been promoted to prime minister, and the horrors of Blitzkrieg witness one Western European democracy fall after another in rapid succession. Facing this horror, with pen in hand and typist-secretary at the ready, Churchill wonders what words could capture the public mood when the invasion of Britain seems mere hours away. It is this fascinating period that Anthony McCarten captures in this deeply researched and wonderfully written new book, The Darkest Hour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jean on 12-06-17

More detail than the movie.

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

First I would willing listen to John Lee narrate the menu at Denny's. This is the story of the first 25 days of British involvement in the war against Hitler. After reading Paris 1919 about the treaty of Versailles wherein Germany never lost WW1, just stopped fighting, was never invaded and kept much of it's assets to come back 20 years later in the new improved version of nationalistic carnage. The story is hour and minute day by day of those days till the darkest hour speech. I found the detail was critical to the authors veracity in the telling.
A tale of a major chunk of history pivoting on the decisions of one man in a dire time that served all of us in the free world. Simply fascinating.

  • The Power of Habit

  • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,203

In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice! A guide on how to change

  • By Mehra on 04-22-12

As seen in Weight Watchers Weekly

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

Really! I just finished this title and there was a reference to the book in the Weekly Weight Watchers handout. Since breaking habits and forming new habits is a lot of what the plan hopes us to achieve I was drawn to the title thinking to learn more about how habits work. Clear explanation of the habit loop and triggers that lead to behavior without thinking. I posted a link to the book on my local Weight Watcher's Facebook page and mentioned that in my weekly meeting. The second half of the book was about the business use of habit formation to create or increase a marketshare. Re-Affirming my belief that the need to sell poor food selections is the cause of the American Obesity crisis. Bet 'cha can't eat ONE.

  • The Zen Commandments

  • By: Dean Sluyter
  • Narrated by: Dean Sluyter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

The Ten Commandments give us impeccable rules for how to behave. But they don't say much about the inner awareness from which our outer behavior springs. This leaves the field open for The Zen Commandments: Ten Suggestions for a Life of Total Freedom. These aren't more carved-in-stone commandments, but practical suggestions for unfolding your experience of inner freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cliff Notes of Mindfulness

  • By HIYBRID on 07-11-18

Cliff Notes of Mindfulness

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

OK so it took me months to listen to this wonderful suggestive meditative relaxing novel because I listen usually in one ear on a bicycle going 10 mph.... Which is not what the author suggests. I only listened while in the sauna and that was for 45 minutes at a stretch. But none the less I really became enamored with the authors non authoritarian treatment of meditation and mindfulness. Although the title suggests "commandments" the narrative is at best suggestion and cozy suggestion at that. Today's commercial push for mindfulness forgets that you can't sell a peaceful empty block of time in a cellophane wrapper.
You can't bark "RELAX" at folks... So this narrative is like a suggestion to pull on a pair of comfy pajamas slowly allowing yourself to feel the change to sleep time. No … really feel the delicious comforting change to sleep time or peace time or mindful time... Worth the minimal effort.

  • Greeks Bearing Gifts

  • A Bernie Gunther Novel, Book 13
  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 305

It is 1956, and Bernie Gunther has a new name (Christoph Ganz), a clean passport, a chip on his shoulder, and a menial low-paying job in Munich. And then an old friend arrives to repay a debt. He encourages Bernie to take a job as a claims adjuster in a major German insurance company. Which is why Bernie, as Christoph, finds himself in Athens investigating a claim by Siegfried Witzel, a brutish former Wehrmacht soldier who served in Greece during the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Series gets better and better

  • By Rena on 04-10-18

Post WW 2 Germany and Greece in a nutshell.

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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: 07-11-18

OK I could listen to John Lee read the ingredients to a shampoo and enjoy it. So that's done. I have never read what Germany was like on a personal level after the war. We get an eyeful here. The story is believable and it allows the listener to see what a mess was made of social political order of Europe afterward. Of course we are informed of this mess on the coat tails of a riveting search for the truth story that will have you on the edge of your seat. Kerr always tells a tale that is a wee bit dark or sinister but fascinating. If this was a movie revue the little figure would be out of his seat clapping... Good writing. True Art.

  • Head Strong

  • The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster - in Just Two Weeks
  • By: Dave Asprey
  • Narrated by: Dave Asprey, Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,795

For the last decade, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Asprey has worked with world-renowned doctors and scientists to uncover the latest, most innovative methods for making humans perform better - a process known as "biohacking". In his first book, The Bulletproof Diet, he shared his biohacking tips for taking control of your own biology. Now, in Head Strong, Asprey shows listeners how to biohack their way to sharper, smarter, faster, more resilient brains.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • very extensive but impractical

  • By Ethan Blucher on 04-18-17

THIS IS HIS BRAIN ON DRUGS

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

So OK I listened to the first six hours of this book fascinated by the biochemistry, understanding every ion. Krebs cycle to anaerobic lactic acid buildup I was right there. I'm a licensed traditional health practitioner retired.
Then I surfed the bulletproof website and realized this fellow has made an empire of selling supplements to folks who feel left behind, out of sorts, melancholy, tired. Now I'm sure the author has actually felt all the things he purports to have felt by using the supplements and for that I feel sorry for him. Life in it's complexity is not a puzzle to be hacked. It is valuable time on this earth to feel the bad and the good, not hype yourself up on supplements so you can make more money. (His equivalent of achievement). He is the bottom of my list to be stuck on a desert island with. I'd rather the checkout clerk at Winn Dixie...
HOWEVER. In his defense I do think his bizarre structure of what things to eat or not will energize me to pay greater attention to my lifetime Weight Watcher regime. His conceptual mistake is :"It works for me, I know it will work for you".
Snake Oil Reinvented

  • Down the River unto the Sea

  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,095
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,092

Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island. A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. Broken by the brutality he suffered and committed in equal measure while behind bars, his work and his daughter are the only light in his solitary life. When he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid to frame him those years ago, King realizes that he has no choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Claudia Peebler on 03-03-18

Not Memorable

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-18

That about sums it up. I enjoyed reading it but a few weeks after it's like digested food. I don't remember eating it. Now that is odd because I've read a boat load of Mosley and expected this to be a gem... But what can I say it was fun but it's over and I don't come away with a solid memory of the book. It was I feel that it was time well spent. But not a first kiss. Sorry.

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  • When It Grows Dark

  • By: Jørn Lier Horst
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Stavern, 1983. After a brutal robbery, a young policeman named William Wisting is edged off the investigation by more experienced officers, but soon he is on another case that has not even been recognised as murder. Forgotten in a dilapidated barn stands a bullet-riddled old car, and it looks as if the driver did not get out alive. This case will shape William Wisting as a policeman and give him insight that he will carry with him for the rest of his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Ronald on 10-25-17

Damn Good

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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: 06-27-18

Damn good mystery. In a foreign place to me but I felt connected to the action and the characters. I enjoyed the listen. Go for it.

  • Snowblind

  • By: Ragnar Jónasson, Quentin Bates - translator
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 155

When a young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed, elderly writer falls to his death in the local theater, Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one and secrets and lies are a way of life. Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic tension mounts as Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own darkness - blinded by snow and with a killer on the loose.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected and different

  • By green ice cream garden on 10-12-17

I needed a heat blanket to read without shivering.

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

Good darkish cold mystery set in a place I'd never know but for this book. Not a watershed cop mystery but a good "Who done it?"... Which sometimes is rare these days. I enjoyed the book but It was not Spade or classic Noir but it had a complete story and characters and action. Pensive, well worth the while from a place a world away for me.