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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-16

Interesting story ruined by narration

The story was interesting, well paced, and informative. But the narration was boring and hard to listen to. I would recommend reading this book, but not the audio version.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-15

Love Rosalyn Landor

The story was interesting, but I could listen to anything narrated by Rosalyn Landor. I didn't know much about the Brontes' lives, so I enjoyed learning this sad story.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-15

Odd narration, good book

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I thought the writing was good and the content was very interesting. Many of the cognitive issues addressed apply to areas of life other than medicine, so I think I will be able to apply some of the lessons from this book, even though I am not a doctor. It will probably make me a better patient, too.

What didn’t you like about Michael Prichard’s performance?

His voice sounded like a 1950's TV doctor. It was a bit jarring at first, especially in contrast to the content of the book. If I revisit this book, I will probably switch to reading it, rather than listening.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-15

Interesting History

Would you listen to The Demon Under The Microscope again? Why?

Yes. There is a lot of interesting history, and I think a second listen would help me to remember more.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The story was fascinating in the way that it connected the history of sulfa drugs with the surrounding geo-political environment.

What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

He was easy to understand. The pacing and inflection were appropriate to the story.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-15

Please bring back What's News

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'm slowly getting used to the new narration, although it still isn't great. However, the start of the read is much too abrupt. Please bring back the "What's News" column at the beginning and the summary of which articles will be included in the read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Morning Read from The Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2015?

The abrupt intro and exit are the things that I notice most.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of The Wall Street Journal?

The old narrator.

Was The Morning Read from The Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2015 worth the listening time?

Yes, but I get so much more out of it with the "What's News" column and the introduction listing the articles to be included.

Any additional comments?

The "What's News" column is one of the great features of the Wall Street Journal. Please don't skip this important part of the broadcast.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-12

Informative and Educational

Would you listen to Why We Get Fat again? Why?

Yes, I would listen again. The science explained is quite detailed, and a second listen might help to cement the facts.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The science behind the author's argument that carbohydrates are the primary cause of fat gain was by far the most detailed that I have encountered. The book was obviously well researched. The dense detail did not overwhelm the main points of the book but provided compelling background information.

I found that the piece of information that struck home most with me is the author's assertion that exercise is not very effective for fat loss, but that it is very effective for the prevention of fat gain. My own frequent exercise seems to support this idea, which means that dietary choices (the harder aspects for me) are the main drivers of fat loss. However, I felt inspired rather than discouraged by this book.

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

Clear dictation and a steady pace help to make all of the detailed scientific facts remain clear.

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