Everything about this book had me convinced that I was going to love it. The description pulled me right in.
In reality, I was left with a story that sEverything about this book had me convinced that I was going to love it. The description pulled me right in.
In reality, I was left with a story that seemed to flatter very few of the people involved and had the tone of a 'self-published and released on Kindle for free' story. If this was a story that Brandi wanted to record for Zoe, it would be a great addition to the family records. As a book for the public, however, it fell flat. ...more
Before I start my review, let me explain that I have two children. Both are type 1 diabetics. I am grateful every moment for the discovery and productBefore I start my review, let me explain that I have two children. Both are type 1 diabetics. I am grateful every moment for the discovery and production of insulin. Without it, I would have started my daughter on a starvation diet when she was two years old. And, after watching his sister struggle and eventually lose the battle against diabetes, my son would have been diagnosed and followed the same path, knowing his future the entire time. Insulin is the single greatest scientific advance, in my heart.
I've known about Dr. Banting and Mr. Best. I've known about Toronto. I knew there was a Dr. MacLeod involved. I've even read the little starvation book referenced in this book. Until I found this book, I had no idea of how much of the story I was missing.
This book was fascinating. I had a hard time putting it down long enough to actually do things like eat and sleep. It was a five star story. The reason it only has a four star review is because I was left wondering which parts of the history were documentable and which were figments of the authors' imaginations. In the end, I felt that much of the emotion and drama was created. These parts of the book impacted my emotional response to the people involved and I'm left wondering if I've developed overly critical or overly forgiving opinions of anyone.
And, as a modern parent of T1s, I'm surprised by the frequent declarations that Elizabeth Gossett never referred to or admitted to her diabetes. I realize that times have changed and it's a more open and accepting era than the one that occurred almost a century ago. But, it still puzzles me that the authors felt compelled to make diabetes so secretive, yet write a book documenting the story....more
I was listening to the audiobook Endurance, which is about Shackleton's expedition, when I stumbled across this at the library. The photographer in thI was listening to the audiobook Endurance, which is about Shackleton's expedition, when I stumbled across this at the library. The photographer in the crew was mentioned regularly and I wanted to see his photos so I checked out the book. While Endurance tells a better tale and gives a more thorough description of daily life, this book is excellent for a younger crowd or as a companion ...more
I read this book after realizing how much the summary matches a situation in my own life. I didn't read it because I wanted a health plan or because II read this book after realizing how much the summary matches a situation in my own life. I didn't read it because I wanted a health plan or because I needed advice. I read this book because it felt like someone who would understand what's it like to try and help a child with weight issues in a world filled with food rewards, treat bags and parties. No one has a meeting, a game or a get-together without a junk food of some sort, and it's usually paired with a nice pouch of fruit-flavored HFCS. For many kids, this doesn't cause noticeable problems...but for those that are already facing overweight/obese labels, it can be a nightmare. This book was hard to read because it hit so close to home but it was also a relief because it gave me hope.
There was a section on a magazine article and quite a few reviews mention it, as well. I had never heard of the book until I found it on my library website so I managed to miss all the drama. I will say that this is probably a book that you won't appreciate unless you have enough empathy to extend it an overweight child or are questioning how to talk diets with a young girl. If you are...read this book....more
Weird book. It just sorts of rambles on convoluted paths that never intersect or make sense. And the birth experience of a giraffe was just...odd. TheWeird book. It just sorts of rambles on convoluted paths that never intersect or make sense. And the birth experience of a giraffe was just...odd. There was a story buried in the wanderings and that earned it a second star....more
Yes, it has a religious tone. Yes, it includes a franchised diet company. But, so what? It's clearly marked as Christian audio and it uses the term "mYes, it has a religious tone. Yes, it includes a franchised diet company. But, so what? It's clearly marked as Christian audio and it uses the term "mega church" in its title. I completely expected it to be religious and was actually relieved that it contained minimal religious talk. I've accidentally downloaded religious fiction and it has been tedious reading and involved lots of skimming. Not so, here. And the franchise idea didn't concern me, either. Everyone who loses weight does something to lose it and a biographical account so that info was part of the story. I didn't listen to this because I expected to find some new fad plan involving corn husks and ginger root or whatever is being talked about right now.
I listened to this book as motivation. Someone who WAS fat was able to overcome the emotional ties to food and was willing to talk about how he did it. He talked a lot about the secret life of fat people - the stories we (other fat people) can relate to. He admitted to behaviors and thoughts and choices that we hide from everyone...and try to hide from ourselves. If you are looking for a book that understands why you are fat, try this book.
I think this a 3 1/2 star book. I rounded down because the author read it himself. I realize he is a public speaker...but a two hour seminar and 6+ hours of a book are two different things. ...more
The description includes the ubiquitous "based on true events" phrase and I often wonder what parts are real and what parts are created for the sake oThe description includes the ubiquitous "based on true events" phrase and I often wonder what parts are real and what parts are created for the sake of a good story. In this story, I am have several guesses as to the truth behind the fiction. One: Hannah is a relative of the author. She left diaries or letters behind and this book was written to serve as a re-creation of her story. Two: The factual parts are the always awkwardly placed references to specific dates/events in history and the story was created around these events as a 'what would have happened in a lifetime that witnessed these events' way. Three: An actual collection of interviews or articles from various people were combined to make a single person that would represent them and the past. This persona is Hannah.
It wasn't a bad story...just a very plain one. The reader could have done more with the voices, particularly as Hannah aged. The noticeable Kentucky twang could have been dialed down a bit, as well....more
I heart Douglas Adams' books. It's so hard to describe his books to non-fans because I can never explain what kind of humor it is. Reading his commentI heart Douglas Adams' books. It's so hard to describe his books to non-fans because I can never explain what kind of humor it is. Reading his comments about not assuming that readers are idiots (my words, not his) helped me realize that I can't explain it because it's so different than other comedic approaches out there. Also, as a recent convert to Dr. Who, I enjoyed learning that he was a part of that enterprise.
Other reviewers noted that there is nothing new in this interview. That may well be true - I have never read or watched an interview with Douglas Adams. Because of this, it was all new to me....more
The idea of the book interested me and I was impressed by the amount of research Shaara must have completed. The book did help bring a battle to lifeThe idea of the book interested me and I was impressed by the amount of research Shaara must have completed. The book did help bring a battle to life but it was a struggle to finish. The emotions, the health concerns, the lack of ammunition, the troop movements - it all had the potential to be fascinating and insightful. Instead, it was choppy and terse. It read as a bulleted list that someone had tried to convert to paragraphs without adding additional words. That lack of fluidity in the writing made it hard to read....more