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  • Buddha’s Diet

  • The Ancient Art of Losing Weight Without Losing Your Mind
  • By: Tara Cottrell, Dan Zigmond
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

There's a lot you probably don't know about the Buddha. For one, the real Buddha was thin. And before he became the "Enlightened One", he was a pampered prince named Siddhartha. He tried starving himself in his quest for inner peace, but found that extremes brought him no closer to enlightenment. Instead, he sought a "middle way" between unhealthy overindulgence and unrealistic abstinence. The instructions he gave his monks about eating, more than 2,500 years ago, were surprisingly simple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • glad I found this book in my Lion's Roar mag

  • By M. Houston on 12-08-16

Very down to Earth, backed by science

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

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

The book is written with a very realistic tone. The authors make several references to their own personal lives such as being parents, over or under eating in the past, and leading very busy lives. The diet is very simply designed and really consists of being more mindful about food than strict restrictions.

I'm not a Buddhist, but was this book isn't about the religion. There are lots of stories about Buddha, but its presented in the form of ideas that make sense than any attempt at religious conversion. There is also lots of scientific studies referenced to back up the various recommendations. This makes the message accessible to all backgrounds, but I think it's worth highlighting here due to the religious connotations in the title.

What about Pam Ward’s performance did you like?

The narrator did a fantastic job. Very smoothly delivered and it sounded like my Aunt was just having a matter of fact conversation with me. She made the message very accessible.

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

There's a whole chapter on cheating on the diet. But it wasn't pushing fear or shame, but rather understanding that people slip, schedules get busy, and there are circumstances out of our control. It was very warm when talking about how to get back on track and how to find the middle ground (which was the common theme).

  • Snow Crash

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,600
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,686

Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Stephenson

  • By A. Tuck on 10-16-08

Narrator phoned it in

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Davis?

I actually love other books Jonathan Davis has narrated and think he's fantastic. But for some reason, the production quality on this copy is terrible. It sounds like he read it over the phone and it made it too difficult for me to be able to finish.

  • WWW: Watch

  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Marc Vietor, Oliver Wyman, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990

Webmind is an emerging consciousness that has befriended Caitlin Decter and grown eager to learn about her world. But Webmind has also come to the attention of WATCH - the secret government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the United States - and they're fully aware of Caitlin's involvement in its awakening.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice idea driven sf

  • By Jerker on 08-14-10

Sawyer's Best Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-10

Watch is Sawyer's best book to date. It was engaging and exhilarating throughout. The author's opening comments talk about how middle books are usually the worst, but I agree with him that this will end up the highlight in the trilogy. The entire narrator cast reunites for the sequel with perfect voices. One of the actors was a little low in volume for some reason, so I had to keep adjusting the volume for his sequences. The only detractor of an otherwise awesome audio book.

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