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Publisher's Summary

After undergoing gall bladder surgery at age 23, Jennette Fulda decided it was time to lose some weight. Actually, more like half her weight. At the time, Jennette weighed 372 pounds.

Jennette was not born fat. But, by fifth grade, her response to a school questionnaire asking What would you change about your appearance? was "I would be thinner.” Sound familiar?

Half-Assed is the captivating and incredibly honest story of Jennette’s journey to get in shape, lose weight, and change her life. From the beginning - dusting off her never-used treadmill and steering clear of the donut shop - to the end with her goal weight in sight, Jennette wows listeners with her determined persistence to shed pounds and the ability to maintain her ever-present sense of self.

©2008 Jennette Fulda (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Ok story, obnoxious narrator

This was a decently entertaining/inspiring story, however I almost couldn't get past how bad the narration was. It was distractingly terrible and made it hard to fully immerse yourself into the story. Just spoken in the slowwwwwest, most emotionless monotone. Wouldn't recommend for that reason.

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Inspirational

Complete with ups and downs of the process of losing weight and how she changed her life. Highly recommended to anyone struggling with large amounts of excess weight

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Narrator not my favorite

I loved the story, but the narrator tries so hard to speak clearly that she sounds like a robot. It got very annoying.

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Very easy listening

I loved this book! Very inspirational and made me reflect on my own life. I also loved that you could hear the sarcasm and enthusiasm in the reader's voice making this book even more enjoyable. I would definitely recommend to anyone who is feeling down on themselves about their own weightloss/gain struggles.

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Smart, funny, and honest

I really loved this book and was incredibly surprised to see negative reviews. The author is honest while telling her weight loss journey. It might not always be what people want to hear, and it shouldn't - it's her point of view - her memoir. And I think it is awesome!

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Very good read but long

Really great story and gives me a lot to think about. She is a good writer and very insightful person and I wish her well in all things. I enjoyed the story because weight loss is something I think about pretty much every day though I don't think she would quite equate my weight problems to those of a larger person's.

I do think a dysfunctional relationship to food, the ease with which we can avoid exercise in today's society and incredible value that society places on our appearance (and lack of jiggle and lumpiness) is pretty similar, so I found a lot here to reflect on or agree with. I do like her personal philosophy about the value of strength and health over scale numbers and body shape and am inspired to try and emulate that some.

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  • Kelli
  • CAMDEN, AR, United States
  • 02-20-14

Very inspirational

It was just a great book. I could relate to the author, and I've recommended it to a couple of friends.

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Wow.

Would you try another book from Jennette Fulda and/or Teri Clark Linden?

No for both.

The writer is very into herself and jumps around the book with present and past events.

She's also a hypocrite throughout the story.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jennette Fulda again?

No... She has this really weird question and raise in the pitch on certain things that are odd.

Once I went to the store? (high rise in tone)

Odd

Reminds me of "Once in band camp...?

What else would you have wanted to know about Jennette Fulda’s life?

Maybe a little more about how she lost it...instead of a "I bet you're wondering how I did it. Well, I'm not telling." Humph ok...then why did you write the book.

How her head got so big considering what she went through.

Any additional comments?

I think the worst about the book would not only be he hypocritical aspect of many parts like other peoples weight and looks, not to even mention what they wear. (no wonder she was so paranoid about others looking at her!)

I also think the book actually dragged on and she definitely repeats herself more times that not.

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Review of Half Assed

If you have been reading this blog for some time, you will know that I am on my own Weight Loss Journey. I am at a point where it seems to be a struggle on the daily to stick with it, and I  am always looking for stories that will inspire me. I was browsing Audiobooks on Audible when I came across Half-Assed. This woman had lost over 200 pounds, and that alone impressed me. I thought I had a ton to drop at 175 pounds to lose when I started but I guess there are people with even more to lose. I remember feeling disheartened when I stepped on the scale at the DR office and seeing 320 pounds pop up. That was the day I decided to take action.
In Half-Assed, it goes into graphic detail over what it truly means to be morbidly Obese. I could relate to so many. The one thing that got my ass in gear about losing weight was the fact I was having trouble walking. There was one point where I thought that I was going have to get one of those motor carts at the store. I could not allow that to happen. I took me and my 320-pound ass down to Planet Fitness and signed up.
The author goes into what ultimately makes people reach the breaking point and decide to lose weight. Mine was not being able to make it around the store. Others have their own circumstances on what made them make the necessary changes to get healthy. Some people never reach that point, and they are fine ( I would assume they are ok with it) wheeling around in mobile chairs. For me, that was not an option.
The author never says what kind of diet she followed. I agree with her on what may work for one person won't work for another. Low Carb is a great diet and people have outstanding success with it but for me, there is the is the pesky problems, I can't stand eating meat..at all. Just thinking about eating meat makes my tummy churn. I tried different diets but it wasn't until I found and tried BBG that I felt like I had truly found a program that works for me. I follow the vegan plan with it, and I have seen outstanding results. Just because one person has found results with one diet does not mean you will too. Everyone has to try different programs to see what fits with your food taste and body.
I also loved the way the author tells it like it is. I hear so many, yes I dont have the motivation to change my diet and excesses. My usual response is to stay fat then. This rather explains that it is not about motivation but rather a pessary part of getting healthy. I am like YES!!! FINALLY, SOMEONE THAT TELLS IT LIKE IT IS!! I never feel motivated when I work out in the wee hours of the morning, but I know if I don't I will be in a bitchy mood all day. No-one wants a bitchy Hillary, so I suck it up and do the workout. I also want to lose weight, so the two together make me do my workout. I am almost never motivated, but I DO want to be in an excellent productive mood and be nice to all living things. As the author says, exercise is a non-negotiable thing. And I have found that to ne true for me in both losing weight AND in managing my moods.
If you are looking for a weight loss memoir that tells it like it is then this will do so. This memoir does not sugar coat the realities that it takes to lose massive amounts of weight and I found that refreshing.
There was one part of the story that the author thinks about weight loss surgery and I almost DNF the book right then and there. I have nothing against people who have them done, but it is not for me. It seems to be more of a band-aid option than to tackle the underlying reason you got so fat in the first place. Thank God she did choose that road.   Overall I found this book to help me not feel so alone in my weight loss struggle. I feel like if one person can do it then the chances are good that I can too.

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Authors need to read their own memoirs!!!

I wanted this book to be so much more than what it was. The potential was there for sure. The problem with this book is in the narration. It should have been read by the author. The author puts the emotion behind the words. This narrator did not at all. I honestly think the author’s voice would have changed the whole book for me. I can tell she has a sense of humor, but the narrator did not do her humor any justice. Disappointing.

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  • Holly Lanagan
  • 04-08-16

Robotic Narration

Would you be willing to try another one of Teri Clark Linden’s performances?

No, in fact, I will actively avoid books that she has narrated. I found her voice to be frustratingly robotic and devoid of expression. The book is full of jokes that are delivered in a flat monotone. In my opinion, there was a distinct disconnect between Teri Clark Linden and the story she was telling. It felt like listening to Schizoid story time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-11-15

A great book about weight loss-that is not a diet book

Jennette is so honest about her weight loss-which is exactly what one needs to hear.