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  • The Naked Buddha

  • A Practical Guide to the Buddha's Life and Teachings
  • By: Venerable Adrienne Howley
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

For the many people who are interested in learning more about Buddhism, here is a primer on Buddhism and Buddhist practice written in a deceptively simple manner, with an engaging, gentle humor and flavor. Adrienne Howley's purpose is to demystify Buddhism, stripping away the layers of ritual and iconography that have grown up around it over the centuries, and to present the original, basic tenets and practices.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very good place to start

  • By Greg on 02-19-08

Delivers What The Title Promises

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

Reviewed: 04-29-14

If you could sum up The Naked Buddha in three words, what would they be?

Pure and unadulterated

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

The ability to meditate on the material while it is being presented.

Any additional comments?

When I began my exploration of Buddhism, I suspected that many of its teachers and followers didn't really seem to get it. Adrienne Howley does get it, that The Buddha was a man, not some surrogate deity, that Buddhism is a philosophy, practice, and lifestyle, and that Buddhism is to be applied in the context of the culture in which it is presented. Religions tell us how and what to be, and that the reward comes later. Buddhism as presented here is an instruction on how to achieve relief from suffering here and now.

  • Fat Chance

  • Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease
  • By: Robert H. Lustig
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723

In the late 1970s when the government mandated we get the fat out of our food, the food industry responded by pouring more sugar in. The result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control. To help us lose weight and recover our health, Robert Lustig presents personal strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress; and societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well-written, well-read, solid content

  • By C. Brown on 01-08-13

The Case Against Modern Diet.... Closed

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

Reviewed: 02-11-13

If you could sum up Fat Chance in three words, what would they be?

Exhaustive, Comprehensive, Conclusive

What other book might you compare Fat Chance to and why?

Mindsight by Daniel Siegel. Siegel, and especially, Lustig, have trolled vast amounts of modern research data and assembled the myriad pieces into articulate and persuasive arguments for their respective causes: mindfulness in Siegel's case and a diet based on evolutionary principles in Lustig's. Each of these authors provide modern empirical support for wisdom that has been known for millenia.

Which scene was your favorite?

One sugary beverage a day, whether fruit juice or a pop, equals 10-12 pounds of weight gain per year. Six month old infants are being seen at obesity clinics due to the sugar added added to baby formula.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and I nearly did.

Any additional comments?

Lustig presents a comprehensive analysis of the problem of modern diet, including the contributions of government and industry.

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