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  • Why Diets Make Us Fat

  • The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession with Weight Loss
  • By: Sandra Aamodt
  • Narrated by: Sandra Aamodt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

If dieting makes us fat, what should we do instead to stay healthy and reduce the risks of diabetes, heart disease, and other obesity-related conditions? With clarity and candor, Aamodt makes a spirited case for abandoning diets in favor of behaviors that will truly improve and extend our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I've read on health ever

  • By Alison on 11-17-16

Finally, the truth about dieting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-18

Everyone should read this- whether they are obese or not.

The author unflinching reviews the extensive scientific evidence that diets do more harm than good— whether your metric is health, happiness, or even weight. Yes, that’s right, diets make people more fat in the long run. Your doctor, if he’s advising you to diet, is prescribing an intervention that will probably make you more fat in the long run. Why the hell is he doing that? He would know better if he read the scientific literature.

Aamodt is a scientist, so parts of the book sound like a review article in a scientific journal. It’s well worth slogging through, though, to get to the practical advice at the end. The relationship between weight and health is entirely mediated by exercise and eating vegetables. So if you just exercise and eat vegetables, you can be healthier without tormenting yourself. Aamodt recommends exercising, eating fruits and vegetables, eating mindfully when you eat anything else, and learning to change your habits in a gradual, sustainable way.

Eating mindfully means listening to your body, and being fully there and appreciate of the experience of yummy food, NOT trying to take conscious control of your calorie balance— the latter is a futile effort if you’re trying to maintain a large weight loss.

Full marks for narration because I appreciate an author reading her own work. She isn’t a professional voice actor, but she brings personal interest to the work, and gets all the big scientific words right.

  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,475

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid, imaginative.

  • By Joseph on 10-29-09

Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Fascinating and delightful in a gruesome kind a of way. The characters in this story are compelling. Gaiman’s narration is perfect.

  • Doctor Who: Pest Control (Unabridged)

  • By: Peter Anghelides
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 388

The TARDIS is lost in battle on a distant planet. When the doctor sets off in pursuit, Donna is left behind, and finds herself accepting a commission in the Pioneer Corps. Something is transforming soldiers into monstrous beetles, and she could be the next victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Word: FANTASTIC!

  • By Rebecca A. Young on 05-30-08

Great Doctor Who fun

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-18

For anyone who can’t get enough of the 10th Doctor! David Tennant does a great job with the narration, really giving voice to all the characters.

  • Algorithms to Live By

  • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Brian Christian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,146

All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How do you prioritize when everything is top priority? I have an answer now.

  • By MaeC on 01-31-18

enjoyable and thought-provoking

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-18

The authors take on many of the questions that make up human life: How many apartments should you view before taking one, and how many people should you date before proposing marriage? How much time should you spend trying to optimally sort your to-do list? Should you bother organizing your book shelf? Are you working towards the right goals at the gym, and why, if it’s so bad for you, does cheesecake taste so good? Are you checking your email, and letting your smart phone interrupt you, too often? (Spoiler: YES.) Why do we need government? They shed interesting light on such questions by analyzing them as a computer scientist would.

The narration is very well done. Clear and enjoyable to listen to.