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  • Keto

  • The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet, Including Simplified Science and No-Cook Meal Plans
  • By: Maria Emmerich, Craig Emmerich
  • Narrated by: Craig Emmerich, Maria Emmerich
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

Are you eating enough fat? Yes, fat. Despite what generations of health science has beaten into us over the last 50 years or so, humans thrive on high-fat, low-carb diets. Millions of people around the world have discovered that a ketogenic lifestyle is the key to weight loss, disease prevention and intervention, and a more vibrant life, along with a slimmer waistline, elimination of cravings, and endless energy. Keto is the definitive guide to the ketogenic lifestyle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • best book on keto lifestyle

  • By Jackie H on 06-10-18

Good info, bad delivery.

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Whatever makes good authors think they're automatically qualified as professional narrators is a mystery to me.

Mr. Emmerich can't even pronounce a vast swath of the key words in his subject matter, unless there's such a thing as ogilosaccharides and watercrest. Wouldn't he know that enzymes end with -ase and that therefore protease is not pronounced pro-teez? Teased me either by calling offal "o'FALL" like it's a trait of a season.

And then he stops dead in the middle of sentences, like his eyesight is bad and he's trying to make out the word. My favourite was the organism that secretes sex. Hormones that are used to... Yes, that period wasn't meant to be there, but hey, he pronounced it like. That.

Authors, if you insist on reading it yourselves to your paying customers, at least have someone in the control room to stop you when you mangle the pronunciation of important words that you really should know, and to say "whoa, dude - That's one. Sentence not. Seven."

  • Sleep Smarter

  • 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success
  • By: Shawn Stevenson, Sara Gottfried MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sara Gottfried, Shawn Stevenson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,461

When it comes to health, there is one criminally overlooked element: sleep. Good sleep helps you shed fat for good, stave off disease, stay productive, and improve virtually every function of your mind and body. That's what Shawn Stevenson learned when a degenerative bone disease crushed his dream of becoming a professional athlete. Like many of us, he gave up on his health and his body...until he decided there must be a better way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some parts good, but be careful

  • By Brian A. Shenk on 12-05-16

Interesting Book, Bad Narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

I found the material interesting and wanted to give it a second listen to solidify some of the concepts. Turns out, no, I can't sit through another rendition by a narrator who can't pronounce some of the key words. Oh, wait, who is the narrator? Another one of those "I thought it'd be better if I just read it myself" authors. Yeah, no, I'm paying for a professional - stick to what you know. Will I have to get a hard copy to achieve my goal? Nah, that's not gonna happen.

  • Furiously Happy

  • A Funny Book About Horrible Things
  • By: Jenny Lawson
  • Narrated by: Jenny Lawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,790

Audie Award, Humor, 2016. In Furiously Happy, number-one New York Times best-selling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Small doses.

  • By Shawna on 10-18-15

Self-Absorbed Valley Girl with Self-Aware Humour

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

Reviewed: 01-28-16

I really enjoyed this type of humour as a teenager, but this book was sold to me as an adult, with adult themes. The writing, unfortunately, is a little juvenile. On top of it, the narrator feels the need to end moth sentences with a question mark? You know, like this? And then the humour is self-aware as if the author and/or narrator imagines thousands of people out there just keeling over with laughter, tears streaming from their eyes. I did not crack a smile.

  • Three Simple Steps

  • A Map to Success in Business and Life
  • By: Trevor Blake
  • Narrated by: Matthew Dudley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495

How many self-help books are written by authors whose biggest success is selling self-help books? Three Simple Steps is different. Despite stock market crashes, dot-com busts, and the specter of recession, the author started a virtual company from home, using a few thousand dollars of his savings. A few years later, without ever hiring an employee or leaving his home office, he sold it for more than $100 million. As the economy slipped into another free fall, he did this again with a company in a different field. He accomplished this through no particular genius.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Consciousness ("Mentality") is the key

  • By Rob Joseph on 02-20-13

Esoteric Claptrap à la ‘The Secret’

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

Reviewed: 01-28-16

I didn't know it when I bought it, but now I know, and if there were something from the book I could tell my previous self so that I would have saved the money, it would go something like this:

The Universe can hear when you say things out loud (it speaks English, by the way). And if you think something, it will happen, and stones are perceived by humans as more dense than trees, but they vibrate at a lower frequency. Positive thinking and E=MC² and waka waka bing bam.

The initial revelation in the book that the author is a multimillionaire serial entrepreneur made me think that he might actually reveal some secrets to his success, but with all this new-age woo woo, he clearly doesn't even know himself.

Yes, he is a successful millionaire. And he believes the universe reads his mind. That doesn't mean the latter was the cause of the former. I'm good at, let's say... languages. I also scratch my rear end sometimes. I won't try and convince you that scratching your butt makes you a cunning linguist, however.

There, former self! Save that money and but a more sensible book. Sorry I had to toss this one. I will never be successful if I keep buying junk like this.

14 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Bulletproof Diet

  • Lose Up to a Pound a Day, Reclaim Your Energy and Focus, and Upgrade Your Life
  • By: Dave Asprey
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,715

TheBulletproof Diet will change what you think you know about weight loss and wellness. You will skip breakfast, stop counting calories, eat a high-fat diet, work out and sleepless, and handle stress with ease. By ditching traditional "diet" thinking, Asprey has maintained a 100-pound weight loss, increased his IQ, and reached a level of health that seemed unattainable. His 40s are truly better than his 20s, and The Bulletproof Diet brings his best hacks to the masses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Having the physical book may be better than audio

  • By Victoria Seebeck on 02-13-15

Disappointing Descent Into Pseudoscientific BS.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-16

It started off so well. I really believed that this was a genius hacker who was rational and used the scientific method and empirical evidence to support his claims. Then, it all fell apart in Chapter 7.

He once went out and exercised barefoot on the grass and OMG it was so amazing, so the reason must be that it's because we're not normally grounded. We go around disconnected from Earth and that builds up a lot of positive charge in our bodies, which is unhealthy and causes inflammation in the body. He now sleeps with a conductive sheet, which his wife tolerates because she can feel the benefit in her sleep, too. Wow, what a conclusion to jump to.

Oh, also, cellphones on your bedside table interfere with your sleep, not because of their screen light or anything, no, just by virtue of them being there, the radiation does something funny to your brain waves and causes you to have bad sleep.

I gave these two the benefit of the doubt and did a little research. The earthing thing turns out to be mystical mumbo-jumbo, and the evidence available for the cellphone idea does not support either claim. In fact, some research proves the opposite, which means the whole subject currently lives in a statistical margin of error, meaning that it is not something you need to matter-of-factly espouse as the God's-honest truth. That is not how science works, and it's not how you started the book.

All of that woo-woo in Chapter 7 undermined the credibility of all the confident assertions in the previous chapters, which I had imagined were thoroughly researched by an empirical hacker with the mind of an engineer.

So, I'm off to find another book that respects the rigours of science. My apologies to fans of esoteria.

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,130

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun premise, great performance, weak story

  • By J. Klinghoffer on 08-06-15

All Women Sound the Same

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

Reviewed: 08-31-15

Every time I think I'll come back to this and finish it, the narrator's annoying, whiny, high-pitched rendition of stereotypical female characters sends me running for the hills, or at least another book in my library.

Can't you just read it straight without going all 'Tootsie' on us?

I doubt I'll ever finish this one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Java Programming: A Beginners Guide to Learning Java, Step by Step

  • By: Troy Dimes
  • Narrated by: Wally Treppler
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 16

Learn one of the most widely used computer programming languages in existence today: Java. Once you learn how to program in Java you can create software applications that run on servers, desktop computers, tablets, phones, blu-ray players, and more. If you want to ensure your software behaves the same regardless of which operation system it runs on, then Java's "write once, run anywhere" philosophy is for you.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A little sloppy on facts, very sloppy in narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-28-15

A little sloppy on facts, very sloppy in narration

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

Reviewed: 08-28-15

Another audiobook that seems to have fallen over when the author didn't get to check if the final product matched what he actually wrote.

Well, at least, I hope so. I hope the author didn't write inSTAYtiated instead of inSTANtiated. I hope the author didn't open a function declaration with a close parenthesis instead of an open one. I hope the author didn't write "C colon Program Files" and leave out the backslash.

The terminology was also sloppy. In assigning immediate constant values to defined variables, we see that we "stored three variables in the variables," for example. I need the confidence to know that the author is making an effort to use all the correct terminology, and is not, for example, using terms such as 'instruction,' 'command,' 'statement' and 'compiler directive,' or 'declaration' and 'definition,' as if they're interchangeable.

I love the concept. I could see the code in my head. But I kept having to rewind and wonder, "did he really just say 'public static void main CLOSE parenthesis?'" Yes, yes he did. And all that inSTAYtiation was very distracting.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Champion's Mind

  • How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive
  • By: Jim Afremow
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432

In The Champion's Mind, sports psychologist Jim Afremow, PhD, LPC, now offers the same advice he uses with Olympians, Heisman Trophy winners, and professional athletes, including tips and techniques based on high-performance psychology research, such as how to get in a "zone," thrive on a team, and stay humble; how to progress within a sport and sustain excellence long-term, and customizable pre-performance routines to hit full power when the gun goes off or the puck is dropped.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent content, mediocre narrator

  • By Chris on 10-08-14

Big On Performance Tricks, Small On Science

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-15

Have a sense of humour, cuz once there was this famous coach who made a joke before a big game, and they went on to win the championship.

That's the level of empirical research you will find in this book. If you're looking for some motivation, and hearsay anecdotal tricks will do it for you, then this will be great. If you can't buy into something just because a motivational speaker said it's a great mantra, there are a lot of other excellent books that present analysis and evidence of how good techniques actually work.

For me, without the science, it's just your best guess. What that superstitious pro did that one time with his underwear while on a winning streak is not a motivator for me.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Leonardo's Brain

  • Understanding da Vinci's Creative Genius
  • By: Leonard Shlain
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 661

Bestselling author Leonard Shlain explores the life, art, and mind of Leonardo da Vinci, seeking to explain his singularity by looking at his achievements in art, science, psychology, and military strategy (yes), and then employing state of the art left-right brain scientific research to explain his universal genius. Shlain shows that no other person in human history has excelled in so many different areas as Da Vinci and he peels back the layers to explore the how and the why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Varied Approach with Surprising Results

  • By Nick Ingrassellino on 06-02-15

New Woo

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

Reviewed: 08-23-15

I bought it because it was on sale, and then I found out why.

This guy reckons Da Vinci was a "remote viewer."

That's enough information for me to have avoided this one. Heart's in the right place, but I didn't come here for magical thinking.

  • How Dante Can Save Your Life

  • The Life-Changing Wisdom of History's Greatest Poem
  • By: Rod Dreher
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Following the death of his little sister and the publication of his New York Times best-selling memoir The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Rod Dreher found himself living in the small community of Starhill, Louisiana, where he grew up. But instead of the fellowship he hoped to find, he discovered that fault lines within his family had deepened. Dreher spiraled into depression and a stress-related autoimmune disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dante as Healer and Friend

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-07-16

Wishy-Washy

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

Reviewed: 08-23-15

I thought he was going to tell me an objective, secular story about Dante. Then he went to a cathedral in Chartres and could just feel the divine presence of the Lord thy God.

Thanks, but no thanks. There's a reason this was sold at a bargain-basement price.

4 of 26 people found this review helpful