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Spark Audiobook

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

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Publisher's Summary

A groundbreaking and fascinating investigation into the transformative effects of exercise on the brain, from the bestselling author and renowned psychiatrist John J. Ratey, MD.

Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

In Spark, John J. Ratey, M.D., embarks upon a fascinating and entertaining journey through the mind-body connection, presenting startling research to prove that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to aggression to menopause to Alzheimer's. Filled with amazing case studies (such as the revolutionary fitness program in Naperville, Illinois, which has put this school district of 19,000 kids first in the world of science test scores), Spark is the first book to explore comprehensively the connection between exercise and the brain. It will change forever the way you think about your morning run---or, for that matter, simply the way you think.

©2008 John J. Ratey; (P)2008 Gildan Media Corp

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    Sean COLUMBIA, MD, United States 07-24-13
    Sean COLUMBIA, MD, United States 07-24-13
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    "Valuable Information in this Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Factual information can be life transformative to someone depressed, anxious, mal nourished, or who struggles with addictive behavior. To someone already in a regular exercise routine it is supportive, informative, and motivational. I think most people could benefit from this information. I wish I knew it when I was younger. It may have saved me from much misery in my life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spark?

    His story of kids at a school that included vigorous aerobic exercise in their curriculum. About how they learned better,performed better academically, and had less behavioral issues.


    What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

    Yes. Clean and well spoke. Good tempo and tone.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The discussion about exercise and depression. I've had a number of personal experiences of dealing with depression when my physical activity decreased. Trying to describe that to friends, relatives, and even doctors was always frustrating. Now I know some of the neuroscience behind what was happening. It justified much of what I've been telling people for years and had to discover the hard way on my own. From this book I have an even clearer perspective on my own condition and how to maintain and improve the quality of my life.


    Any additional comments?

    To those who don't like exercise. The author discusses how it is true that some people may be genetically predisposed to not "like" exercise. However, he told story after story of when "those" people tried aerobic exercise it was life transforming for them. Angry people becoming calm, anxious people becoming confident, unfocused people becoming focused. Almost biblical healing kind of stuff. If only so many more of those people knew how they could help themselves how much happier people would be. This idea was one of the more profound this book has to offer.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Javier 07-02-13
    Javier 07-02-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great to Understand benefits of excersice"

    The book is research based, meaning that the author throughout the book reference researches that backs what he explains. This explains how to improve how aging and also talk about the menopause and how exercise helps in with this. This book motivated me and my girlfriend to get back on doing exercise, because it provided an understanding of what is happening in our body and brain when we exercise, thus letting us know that we have control in how we feel and age. Also it explains how to promote your body to produce more Human Growth Hormones. By applying the concepts discuss in this book you can greatly improve your brain capabilities.

    Excellent book recommend to everyone to listen.

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    Rolando 06-29-13
    Rolando 06-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "MOVE!!"

    This is the most important book you will never read! The research and its conclusions are mind blowing. If you just read the first couple of chapters you will start to move. Throughout the book the author repeatedly demonstrates that exercise is the best way to improve your life experience. This book could change the planet, if only everyone would read it.

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    Henry Chatswood, Australia 06-20-13
    Henry Chatswood, Australia 06-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Exercise is medicine."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Spark to be better than the print version?

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    If you’ve listened to books by John J. Ratey before, how does this one compare?

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    What three words best describe Walter Dixon’s voice?

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    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Exercise is medicine.


    Any additional comments?

    Just like how food is your body's 'medicine', exercise should be conventionally considered an essential 'medicine' for a healthy body and mind. Good food and regular exercise should be higher up in people's priorities in life to prevent poor health outcomes throughout life.

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    David C Colorado 06-14-13
    David C Colorado 06-14-13
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    "A healthy mind lives in a healthy body"
    What did you love best about Spark?

    Ratey has compiled mountains of evidence that have come to light in just the past decade. He is able to form a rock solid argument which I've found to be extremely convincing. From anecdotes to scientific experiments and papers, this book is one of the best laid out and plainly spoken books with a very scientific foundation.


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

    I definitely want to listen to this in one sitting, but I didn't have the time. I never wanted to hit pause though!


    Any additional comments?

    I am definitely going to be suggesting this book to many people in the hopes that some or most of them will make positive changes in their life. I've been exercising regularly for over a year now but it's amazing to know exactly what changes occur in your brain during exercise. One of my favorite books, without a doubt.

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    Mark A Johnson Colorado 06-06-13
    Mark A Johnson Colorado 06-06-13 Member Since 2017

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    "Interesting and Informative... However"
    Would you try another book from John J. Ratey and/or Walter Dixon?

    Yeah, He definiatly new his topcs and was passionate about them


    What other book might you compare Spark to and why?

    My tax textbook. Seriously that exitcing of a lesson. Totally more a class then a joy read.


    How could the performance have been better?

    SOmething besides the dry facts and how it is important. Not an easy lisener at all


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yeah. Would be a great documentary and would be better a presentation than audio file.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Taylor Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada 05-26-13
    Ryan Taylor Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada 05-26-13
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    "Loved it. A must read!"
    What did you love best about Spark?

    It gave me additional motivation to be fit physically and mentally.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The extent of the connection between exercise and the mind. Wonderful.


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

    Nothing stands out.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The first chapter was great. The hooks you right away.


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    Jonathan Rupperswil, Switzerland 05-17-13
    Jonathan Rupperswil, Switzerland 05-17-13
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    "Very thought provoking"

    Overall I think this is a really good book and definitely a beneficial read. The message is simple and clear: 'Exercise is good for the brain', but this is dissected in great detail from numerous angles. I put the book down after a few chapters as it was getting repetitive and a bit too technical for the average person, but I'm glad I picked it up again as some of the case studies detailed in the second half of the book were extremely interesting and really convinced me to introduce additional forms of exercise into my daily routine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rissa HOUSTON, TX, United States 04-27-13
    Rissa HOUSTON, TX, United States 04-27-13
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    "Get ya going!"

    Inspiring and thought provoking! I remember wanting to jog around the entire time I listened to this book. Maybe I should listen to it again to motivate myself in get in shape!

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    Kevin SCHAUMBURG, IL, United States 04-26-13
    Kevin SCHAUMBURG, IL, United States 04-26-13 Listener Since 1998

    kaybeem

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    "You could read half the book and receive the whole"
    Would you try another book from John J. Ratey and/or Walter Dixon?

    Yes I would. It did tend to go on and on though even though the ideas were interesting You could read half the book and receive the whole message


    What could John J. Ratey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Shorten the book


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Walter Dixon?

    Good Narration


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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