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  • Body Respect

  • What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand About Weight
  • By: Linda Bacon PhD, Lucy Aphramor PhD RD
  • Narrated by: Celeste Oliva
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Mainstream health science has let you down. Weight loss is not the key to health, diet and exercise are not effective weight-loss strategies, and fatness is not a death sentence. Body Respect debunks common myths about weight, including the misconceptions that BMI can accurately measure health, that fatness necessarily leads to disease, and that dieting will improve health. The authors also help make sense of how poverty and oppression - such as racism, homophobia, and classism - affect life opportunity, self-worth, and even influence metabolism. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love the message, not executed well as an audiobook

  • By SarahD on 18-12-18

Love the message, not executed well as an audiobook

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

Reviewed: 18-12-18

I consider myself a HAES activist and this instalment has some interesting new material. However, I wish I had got it in book form as it doesn’t work well as an audiobook.
This is an emotive subject which was spoiled a bit by being read by a professional voice over artist. It lacked emotion, good intonation and made the subject more dry than it actually is. I would’ve loved to have heard it read by the authors, I think it would’ve been a totally different experience.
The other frustrating part is that it often makes important claims without sources. I’m guessing that in the book, these sources and research are at the back in an index. The audiobook would have been so much more useful to me had this information been included as each bit of research was presented. This makes it difficult for me to use this information in my work.
In conclusion, buy the book and skip the audio.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Body Positive Power

  • By: Megan Jayne Crabbe
  • Narrated by: Megan Jayne Crabbe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

If you're tired of being at war with your body, then this book is for you. We've been convinced that happiness is something that only comes once we hit that goal weight, get those washboard abs, shrink ourselves down and change every part of ourselves. We believe that our bodies are the problem, but this is not true. It’s how we’ve been taught to see our bodies that’s the problem.... It's time for us all to stop believing the lies we've been fed about what it means to be beautiful and take our power back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never, EVER, has a book made me feel so empowered!

  • By Jo on 16-06-18

This is such an important message

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

As a therapist working with people suffering from eating disorders and having struggled with my own difficult relationship with food and body image, this book was like a breath of fresh air. From about two hours in, I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I felt freer in my body than I have felt for a long time. I had already recovered from the worst part of my disorder but this book made me aware of some of my diet mentality thinking lurking in the recesses of my mind.
I found this book thought provoking and upon finishing it, I have promptly started to listen to it again, hoping to really absorb the message. I will definitely be recommending this book to people who may find it useful.
Megan writes and reads very well and it's a comfortable listen.

  • Alanatomy

  • The Inside Story
  • By: Alan Carr
  • Narrated by: Alan Carr
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468

In his first novel, Look Who It Is!, Alan told his story ('oh and what a life') with his unique twist of natural, observational and tongue-in-cheek humour that made him famous. Alan Carr described his life story in his own words, from growing up in a football-mad family in Northampton to his rise as one of Britain's best-loved comedians. And now he is ready to divulge the next chapter in bursts of hilarious Technicolor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant second book, full of the stuff we want to hear about.

  • By D Coleman on 10-11-16

Thoroughly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 14-11-16

I had listened to Alan's first book and found it to be one of the funniest autobiographies I had read/listened to. I guess I didn't dare hope that this would be as good but it absolutely is. The narration is funny and engaging - it really sounds like Alan is enjoying himself. I found myself laughing out loud in public on several occasions.
There are some wonderfully touching moments too. Alan is not afraid to be vulnerable and self deprecating. This is a joyfully unpretentious book about the world of celebrity and this man navigating his way through it, often with hilarious results.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Animal

  • The Autobiography of a Female Body
  • By: Sara Pascoe
  • Narrated by: Sara Pascoe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,574

Take a funny and illuminating tour of the female body with award-winning comedian Sara Pascoe. Women have so much going on, what with boobs and jealousy and menstruating and broodiness and sex and infidelity and pubes and wombs and jobs and memories and emotions and the past and the future and themselves and each other. Here's a book that deals with all of it. Sara Pascoe has joked about femininity and sexuality on stage and screen, but now she has a book to talk about it all for a bit longer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and conversation starting

  • By Kathryn on 05-05-16

Even better than anticipated

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

Reviewed: 12-10-16

I wasn't sure about the subject matter of this book. It didn't sound like the kind of thing I would find particularly interesting. I purchased it because the reviews were good and I like Sara Pascoe.
I really enjoyed it. She was so funny but also interesting and informative. Sara has a real knack for presenting opinions on highly controversial subjects in an open and non-defensive manner. Where she holds a strong opinion, she shows self awareness and a touch of self-deprecation, which I found charming.
The reading style was fun and well paced. I'm hoping the success of this book will prompt her to do another one.

  • Trans

  • A Memoir
  • By: Juliet Jacques
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Root
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

In July 2012, aged 30, Juliet Jacques underwent sex reassignment surgery and felt for the first time that her body matched the person she felt she had been since childhood. Through university and then in a series of dead end clerical jobs, Jacques felt out of place with her surroundings, and with who she really was. Living in Brighton, trying to launch a career as a writer, she navigates the hostilities and misunderstandings of growing up in a time when the mainstream media - and even feminism - fail to acknowledge transgender identity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Natalie Booth on 02-06-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 31-08-16

I think it's important to say straight off that I didn't finish this book. I was really interested in this as a subject matter and looked forward to hearing a first hand story of someone who has been through this. I made it about 90 minutes in before I gave up. There was no sense of her personality coming through. It started off well but quickly became impersonal and dull. The author's personality just didn't come through in the way it usually does in an autobiography. I guessing it was ghost written and, as such, I would attribute this to a lazy process of getting this story on paper. It was such a shame as I felt this was an important story to tell.