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  • The Salt Fix

  • Why Experts Got It All Wrong - and How Eating More Might Save Your Life
  • By: Dr. James J. DiNicolantonio
  • Narrated by: Qarie Marshall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255

We all know the dangers of sugar and salt: but the danger attributed to the second white crystal has more to do with getting too little of it, not too much. Too little salt can shift the body into semi-starvation mode, causing insulin resistance, and may even cause twice as much fat to be absorbed for every gram that's consumed. Too little salt in certain populations can also actually increase blood pressure as well as resting heart rate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good history of dietary guidelines for salt.

  • By Maya on 08-16-17

Just makes you think...

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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: 10-03-18

The more books like this makes me question every government recommendation that comes out. The food chart should be turned upside down, salt instead of sugar?!
Remembering as a kid I used to play hard, Daly heavy, and have salt rings on my clothes when I worked in the fields. Then doctors say don’t salt anything...that’s when the problems started.
Time to eat just real food and salt like my grandparents did that lived to almost 100!

  • The Weight of Ink

  • By: Rachel Kadish
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 23 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,509

Set in the London of the 1660s and of the early 21st century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city, and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of 17th-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling characters question life choices, ethics, religious rules, love and desire

  • By CHRISTINE on 11-02-17

Most intimately written book I’ve read this year

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

This book takes intimacy to another level. I’m not talking about sexual intimacy although there are a few scenes, but the intimacy when a child discovers when they really enjoy their first book, when a person first loses themselves on the page and they wrote from the depths of the soul. That is what this book is about.
From the start the book makes you yearn about what was found in the stairwell and flawlessly weaves a story form the 1600’s about what was happening then. The writer did much research to make this so believable that you wouldn’t know it was fiction if you weren’t told.
The writing and research took on another level for this book, and it shows. It is probably the best written book I’ve run into this year...and will be listened to many times.
The narrator breathlessly takes you on a journey that you don’t want to stop and flawlessly runs over many names and places I would have to go back to or just fumble over if reading.
It truly is a book that pings the depths on many levels and will be different for every reader. Some reviews I’ve read didn’t like it...you may want to take your pulse.... then they may want to try this again with an open mind.
Many times I was not happy with way the scenes were cut because I wanted to know more about what was going on... why do that? Well, because that’s how a great book is written... to make you yearn to go forward and not stop at this chapter or this sentence just because your life demands it for a meeting or appointment, or whatever. Well done Ms. Kaddish!!!

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,911

Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, and a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets - but Nothing New here

  • By Marie on 09-09-17

Who's watching you?

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

Have you ever been watched and not known till it's too late?!!
What a thriller, what a gut wrenching devastating end of life feeling...
This book bites you when your not looking and slowly adds kindling till the fire is out of control.
The narrator was additionally very exceptional and worth looking for more books that she works on.
I did have an occasional problem figuring out who was who a few times, otherwise it was a great book!!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Company They Keep

  • C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community
  • By: Diana Pavlac Glyer
  • Narrated by: Bev Kassis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The Company They Keep is the first and most complete examination of the Inklings and their close literary collaboration. C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien met each week with a community of fellow writers at Oxford in the 1930s and 1940s, all sharing their works-in-progress. Diana Pavlac Glyer invites readers into the heart of the group, examining diary entries and personal letters and carefully comparing the rough drafts of their manuscripts with their final, published work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To have such Friends!

  • By Jacques on 09-06-17

To have such Friends!

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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: 09-06-17

I must admit I've never read or seen more than 10 minutes film of any author in this book. Just not much into pointy eared things running around forests.
What did endear me to this book was the respect and reverence of many of the authors and what was behind their success.
Diana Pavlac Glyer must be exhausted to have gone thru the many thousands of hours research to write such a cogent story about friendship.
What further moved my senses was the silken voice of narrator Bev Kassis that just pulls you into the story. It makes you feel like you are in England sitting next to the fire in a red leather chair having a good hand rolled cigar while one after another stands to read parts of their stories as the ice melts in your glass. It makes you not want to leave your chair to go to the bathroom when they painfully tell each other truthfully how bad the writing was.
This is the sign of true friendship that endures forever... the good and the bad and all the ugliness!
A must read for anyone that has an "inkling" of wanting to write. Defiantly in my top 10 and I will probably listen to this book at least a couple more times this year. I think I might have to get a hard copy also...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Island of the Lost

  • Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
  • By: Joan Druett
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,129

Auckland Island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand. With year-round freezing rain and howling winds, it is one of the most forbidding places in the world. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death. In 1864, Captain Thomas Musgrave and his crew of four aboard the schooner Grafton wreck on the southern end of the island. Utterly alone in a dense coastal forest, plagued by stinging blowflies and relentless rain, Captain Musgrave inspires his men to take action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best Stories Ever Told!

  • By Tiffany on 04-10-16

Are you more of a do whatever it takes, or lets draw straws and see who we will eat?

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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: 07-31-17

I love true stories as these and this one especially points to truth.
On one hand you have a shipwreck of men that are willing to give even their lives to be able to make a better life for themselves. On the other you have an arrogant pompadour that is given command of a ship that would rather lay on his backside and whine than to do much of anything to save all survivors.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Broken Like Glass

  • By: EJ McCay
  • Narrated by: Bev Kassis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Lillian Louis James built herself good life, but when a quick weekend visit with her daddy turns violent, she finds herself on the wrong side of the law. Stuck in the small town she would rather forget, Lillian is forced to attend therapy and try to figure out where it all went wrong. Her high school crush showing up on the scene doesn't help either, as unresolved feelings bubble to the surface. Will Lillian let Jesus heal her broken past before her chance at love is gone?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you know him that well?

  • By Jacques on 06-25-17

Do you know him that well?

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

I pulled my rig out of the New Albany, Ms Truckstop onto US 78 heading toward Birmingham. It was 2:30 am with a tangerine half moon overhead when I heard there had been a "stabbing". By chapter 3 I was full mouth open laughing till I could hardly hold onto the wheel.
Thru the night and into the early morning I drove, enchanted by the creative writing and amazing depth of Bev Kassis and her innate ability to drive the story to your depths.
How many nights do I remember "talking to him" in my own life? Only people with this experience could understand the true depths that this book goes to. If you don't understand, maybe you will when you finish!
Looking forward to the next of many by the author and reader!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Early Life

  • By: Winston Churchill
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525

One of the classic volumes of autobiography, My Early Life is a lively and colourful account of a young man's quest for action, adventure and danger. Churchill's schooldays are undistinguished, but he is admitted to Sandhurst and embarks on a career as a soldier and a war correspondent, seeing action in Cuba, in India, in the Sudan - where he took part in the battle of Omdurman, of which he gives us a stirring account - and finally in South Africa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Adventures of a Glow Worm

  • By John on 08-10-15

Early readers

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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: 03-31-16

I have known several people who were early readers in life. Most have had remarkable careers, although not all were famous outside their local community. Being a reader and a bit of person who was going to make his own path has made him into a remarkable story teller that pulls the reader in where they don't want to stop listening. The easy flow, the quirky insights, and just plain honesty!
Can't wait to read more of his works.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • It's a Long Story

  • My Life
  • By: Willie Nelson, David Ritz - contributor
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ryan Grant
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,248

This is the unvarnished, complete story of Willie Nelson's life, told in his distinct voice and leaving no moment or experience unturned, from Texas and Nashville to Hawaii and his legendary bus.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Enjoyable Listen

  • By Patrick on 05-19-15

More chapters to come

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

Reviewed: 03-13-16

It is a long, long story that will make you laugh, cry, cringe, and sometimes just shake your head in dis-belief. A man that has lived life his own way, on his own terms, and not afraid to admit it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lion's Gate

  • On the Front Lines of the Six Day War
  • By: Steven Pressfield
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455

June 5, 1967: The fearsome, Soviet-equipped Egyptian Army and its 1000 tanks are massed on Israel's southern border. Meanwhile, the Syrian Army is shelling the much smaller nation from the north. And to the east, Jordan and Iraq are moving brigades and fighter squadrons into position to attack. Egypt's President Nasser has declared that the Arab world's goal is no less than "the destruction of Israel."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As close to being there as you can get

  • By Andy from FL on 07-13-14

Lions Gate

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

Reviewed: 03-05-16

I'm truly becoming a fan of Steven Pressfield. The way he weaves the scenes of the battle with the emotions of the soldiers and scenario of purpose is amazing.
Another GREAT JOB!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gates of Fire

  • An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
  • By: Steven Pressfield
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,670

Gates of Fire puts you at the side of valiant Spartan warriors in 480 BC for the bloody, climactic battle at Thermopylae. There, a few hundred of Sparta’s finest sacrificed their lives to hold back the invading Persian millions. The time they bought enabled the Greeks to rally - saving, according to ancient historian Herodotus, “Western democracy and freedom from perishing in the cradle.” How did the Spartans accomplish this superhuman feat? This is what the King of Persia hopes to learn from the sole Spartan survivor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Story is good The Narrator is Great

  • By Richard on 02-27-12

The Warriors Bible

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

Every warrior, or anyone wishing to be a warrior should read this. It will amaze, spellbound, and wretch your gut in ways you have never known.
History will always be more intriguing than anything a mortal man can write!