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great information

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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-19

The book was well researched and very interesting but it was like having Siri read to me. I will never listen to that narrator again. Stayed with the book because the information was so good.

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Wanted to give 5 stars

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

I respect Tim Ferriss a lot and the lack of a 5 star rating is not a reflection on the talk that he gave or the information he dispensed but on the overall audiobook. There is about 4 minutes of music - where they are showing a film - that could have been edited out - there is absolutely no reason for is wasting a listener's time. One of the hosts of the Q&A after Tim's talk speaks in rambling metaphors. Tim's speech is excellent and delivered in a fun and casual manner - recommend the book for the content of the speech.

A different type of mindset

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

Reviewed: 02-02-15

If you could sum up Spartan Up! in three words, what would they be?

Decide, commit, change

What did you like best about this story?

There are many stories about various types of people, including the author. Joe de Sena seems to be cut from a different cloth than most people, but that's probably what makes him as successful as he is. All the stories are varied and have a point,

What does Christian Rummel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I wasn't thrilled with the narration in the beginning, but it grew on me. I can't say that he brought anything at all.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The story of the Marines and the amputee early in the book. Short, but, message received!

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed all the messages in this book. Work hard, eat to fuel yourself, sometimes just getting to the starting line is a win, life changes the rules, try not to be so comfortable all the time.

Well worth your time in listening even if you don't plan to do a Spartan race.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

Made a lot of sense

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

Reviewed: 06-22-14

If you could sum up Stuffed: An Insider's Look at Who's (Really) Making America Fat and How the Food Industry Can Fix It in three words, what would they be?

Fair, complete, insightful

What did you like best about this story?

That there wasn't one particular organization or person blamed in the fattening of America. It was a balanced perspective that brought in other aspects of the food system that I have never considered or had put forth for consideration by other books. I have read many, many books on this subject.

What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

I have other audio books that have been narrated by Mr. Dixon and I always enjoy his pace and inflections used during his readings.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I can't see this book being made into a movie very well, but, I guess it would be, "is this the best that can be done?"

Any additional comments?

I didn't like the second part of the book because the author just goes in to how the food industry can make more Franken-foods that are healthier than current ingredients. I understood why, as his career was working within the food industry, but it made me queasy listening to his ideas.

Interesting, excruciating, interesting

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

Reviewed: 05-26-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to many people who are interested in sports and sports performance. Gatorade was and is (there are many forms available only to sport teams or on their website) designed for fluid replacement. It's not for sipping while eating your sandwich at lunch. The science behind the drink is very interesting along with the personalities of the doctors that developed the drink.

What was one of the most memorable moments of First in Thirst?

There isn't one in particular but a pattern that shows up throughout the book and the timeline/history about how much athletes truly believe in and use this product. Even if they are sponsored by another drink company.

Which scene was your favorite?

The story about the lawsuit between the University of Florida and the Gatorade Trust. Dr. Cade is a huge personality!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did, but it wasn't laughing or crying. I found the marketing of Gatorade part of the book was far too detailed and was tedious to listen to. I almost gave up on the book, but was happy I didn't after that section was finished.

In depth look at the band and the individuals

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

Reviewed: 07-29-12

What made the experience of listening to Bright Lights, Dark Shadows the most enjoyable?

The content. Very well researched and the stories of each of the band members made them "real people" to me after decades of being a fan.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bright Lights, Dark Shadows?

Frieda's story. From before her birth, through growing up and her first marriage, the children. She has an incredible story, and has overcome many hardships.

Which character – as performed by Adrian Mulraney – was your favorite?

There weren't particularly characters portrayed in the book, meaning that he never used different accents or changed his voice when reading quotes. He did a good job of getting around many of the Swedish pronunciations, but had to slow his speech considerably to do so.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I can't think of one in particular. There were many things in the story of ABBA and of the individual members that were memorable, but not moving, per se.

Any additional comments?

If you are or were a fan of ABBA or music of that time, this is a great book for you. Very well researched, interesting from start to finish. It's a long book, but nothing is held back. It's also interesting to learn about how ABBA fits into the history of music (Fan hysteria, video promotion, pop vs. rock genre, other musicians perspectives on the band).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Chanel was such a complex woman!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-12

I have read a couple biographies on CoCo Chanel, and this one does not disappoint. She had a way of telling different versions about her past to many friends and biographers, so it is hard to establish the truth of Chanel's life, but this book is very well researched. The narrator is very good, using French, German, British and American accents when quoting people. The tempo is very good and an easy listen. There are a lot of names and dates to keep track of, and when listening in small spurts, found it difficult to keep track of all the players.

I would recommend this book if you have an interest in Chanel, the woman. The book touches on her relationships with friends, family, her many romances but also on her relationship with the perfume makers of Chanel No. 5 which I found very interesting.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Came recommended, but I wouldn't pass that on

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-12

I have had many people tell me they had fantastic results using the guidelines in this book. I read it and found the blood type evolution interesting, but had problems with the lack of citations for the "studies" the author quotes in the book. Maybe a PDF along with it would have been better? Along with food the author also talks about the different blood types reactions to vaccines, drugs and supplements, which, again, was interesting, but incomplete in the audio format. The narrator was good most of the time, but at times it sounded like she had a smile in her voice when the tone should have been more serious, as when talking about different blood types predisposition to disease. Wanted to like it, but I couldn't.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Couldn't stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 03-26-12

I really enjoyed the character of cranky Agnes. Her misfit family are all interesting and the story continues to move along well. The narration was good, although the "echo chamber thoughts" were something new to me and I had to get used to them. The book has a great, light-hearted appeal to it. I recommend it for listening to while doing things around the house or while on vacation.

Great characters, great narration!!

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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: 03-24-12

All the characters in this book are thoroughly enjoyable, made better by the narrator's exceptional ability to change voices and dialects. Georgie is a warm, sensitive and adventurous person who is all too practical and puts duty above all, but I like her and continue to be on her side. Her affection for the ellusive Darcy is sweet and endearing. Worth the credit!!