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  • It Starts with Food

  • Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways
  • By: Melissa Hartwig, Dallas Hartwig
  • Narrated by: Melissa Hartwig, Dallas Hartwig
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,024

It Starts With Food outlines a clear, balanced, sustainable plan to change the way you eat forever-and transform your life in profound and unexpected ways. Your success story begins with the Whole30®, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig's powerful 30-day nutritional reset. Since 2009, their underground Whole30 program has quietly led tens of thousands of people to weight loss, enhanced quality of life, and a healthier relationship with food-accompanied by stunning health improvements.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it! Now I know what all the hype is about

  • By Maria on 11-24-14

Common sense approach to clean eating

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

Reviewed: 12-30-15

I just listened to It Starts with Food for the second time in six months in preparation for my second Whole 30. In my first go round, I lost 15 lbs, people told me my skin looked brighter and I had more energy. It seems crazy that I let myself backslide, but the book prepared me for such an eventuality. I didn't let myself go too far amuck, and I'm revisiting the program. It really is so simple, but with incredible potential to change your life for the better. I highly recommend getting the hard copy book as a reference in addition to the audiobook. There is a lot of information I like to check as I move through the 30 days, and the actual book is more conducive to that.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Port Mortuary

  • A Scarpetta Novel
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Kate Burton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,216
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 663

In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Scarpetta's past merges with the high tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she enlisted in the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt and found herself ensnared in a gruesome case of what seemed to be vicious, racially motivated hate crimes against two Americans in South Africa.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • once again angry

  • By teresa gooch ross on 12-09-10

Bad narrator, bad story

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

Reviewed: 10-25-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This narrator's over dramatizing made the story completely cheesy and almost unbearable. A better narrator might have been able to salvage it, but I'm not entirely sure of that. The story itself was a disappointment. It felt like a young author's first shot at writing - a little hard to follow and not enough character development to make you care. I've stuck with the Scarpetta series because the plot is usually compelling enough to hold my interest, but this book was all over the place. In keeping certain characters in the dark, the reader was kept there too, and I found it hard to follow. Additionally, I have yet to find a single likeable character among the regulars. Benton is an overbearing snob; Lucy is very one dimensional (she's so smart she can't relate to anyone, and... so what?! Give her a vulnerable side we can like!); Marino is just plain damaged; and Kay - sheesh! - grow a backbone and stop accepting blame for everybody else's failings! My compulsive need to finish things may force me to stick out this series, but then again maybe this is the series to break my compulsive nature.

Has Port Mortuary turned you off from other books in this genre?

This hasn't turned me off from the genre, but I'm giving serious thought to calling it quits with Kay Scarpetta.

What didn’t you like about Kate Burton’s performance?

Kate Burton over-dramatizes everything. She could be talking about making toast, and you would think she was talking about the end of the world. It's exhausting.

  • Scarpetta

  • Scarpetta, Book 16
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 590

Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk - and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your money

  • By Becky on 01-20-09

Terrible background noise on recording

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

Reviewed: 10-13-13

Where does Scarpetta rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The story is good. Most of the characters in this series are annoying, but the story is interesting.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Reading?

The narrator is very good, but the recording is terrible. There's a periodic clashing noise that is terribly annoying!

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

No

  • Crocodile on the Sandbank

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,413

Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice break from the usual-

  • By Carrie on 12-18-04

Wonderfully Read!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-06

Barbara Rosenblat made me an audio book convert. I have always hated to be read to, but Ms. Rosenblat has an amazing voice and a versitility that have won me over. No Amelia Peabody mystery should be without her.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Camel Died at Noon

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 6
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Susan O'Malley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

The last camel is dead, and Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, her dashing husband, Emerson, and precocious son, Ramses, are in dire straits on the sun-scorched desert sands. Months before, back in cool, green England, Viscount Blacktower had approached them to find his son and his son's new bride, who have been missing in war-torn Sudan for over a decade. An enigmatic message scrawled on papyrus and a cryptic map had been delivered to Blacktower, awakening his hope that the couple was still alive.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, Painful Narration

  • By Debra on 12-10-05

Terrible Reader

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-06

The narrator of an audio book is just as important as the author and content, and this narrator is terrible. Fans of the Amelia Peabody Mysteries know that only Barbara Rosenblat can do justice to these great books. I can't imagine why they veered off course for this one title and had a munchkin read the book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful