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  • The Case Against Sugar

  • By: Gary Taubes
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever. Obesity is at epidemic proportions; nearly 10% of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. And sugar is at the root of these, and other, critical, society-wide, health-related problems. With his signature command of both science and straight talk, Gary Taubes delves into Americans' history with sugar: its uses as a preservative, as an additive in cigarettes, the contemporary overuse of high-fructose corn syrup.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mike Chamberlain's style is extremely irritating

  • By JoLovely on 24-03-17

Mike Chamberlain's style is extremely irritating

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

Reviewed: 24-03-17

There's no intonation he often splits sentences halfway through and basically sounds like a very poor telesales exec in a boiler room ranting. This is the second book he's narrated which I've bought but I won't buy any more.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Smarter Faster Better

  • The Secrets of Being Productive
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

In the international best seller The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Duhigg explained why we do what we do. In Smarter Faster Better, he applies the same relentless curiosity, rigorous reporting and rich storytelling to explain how we can get better at the things we do. The result is a groundbreaking exploration of the science of productivity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Craig Ogston on 08-04-16

I found the narrator incredibly irritating

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

Reviewed: 16-08-16

The intonation on this book is awful. It's as though the narrator has never seen it before and is shuffling memory cards as he reads it. It really interfered with my ability to really listen to the book because he kept splitting sentences up. For example if he quoted anyone, he almost always intoned "blah blah blah" end sentence. New sentence, "said John Smith" so there was no flow to the book.

  • The Achievement Habit

  • Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life
  • By: Bernard Roth
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

Based on a legendary course Roth has taught at Stanford University for several decades, The Achievement Habit employs the remarkable insights that stem from design thinking to help us realize the power we all have within to change our lives for the better. By ridding ourselves of issues that stand in the way of reaching our full potential, we gain the confidence finally to do things we've always wanted to do.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Makes a lot of assumptions that I couldn't agree with.

  • By jannine on 23-07-17

Good book, full of life lessons

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

Reviewed: 30-05-16

I'd need to listen again to start taking action though and it reads more like a memoir than a how to. I still really liked it and there are a lot of common sense tips in the book.

I loved the voice of the guy who reads it, though I was disappointed that it wasn't the author.

The only downside is that the sound quality is not good. I listen to a lot of books on my cycle into work along a busy road (on a cycle highways, so it's safe!) and I found this book quiet in places.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful