What Doesn't Kill Us [Audiobook]

What Doesn't Kill Us [Audiobook]
What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength [Audiobook] by Scott Carney, read by the Author
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 37 mins | 263.75MB

What Doesn't Kill Us traces our evolutionary journey back to a time when survival depended on how well we adapted to the environment around us. Our ancestors crossed the Alps in animal skins and colonized the New World in loin cloths. They evaded predators and built civilizations with just their raw brainpower and inner grit. But things have changed, and now comfort is king. Today we live in the thrall of constant climate control and exercise only when our office schedules permit. The technologies that we use to make us comfortable are so all-encompassing that they sever the biological link to a changing environment. Now we hate the cold and the heat. We suffer from autoimmune diseases. And many of us are chronically overweight. Most of us don't even realize that natural variation - sweating and shivering - is actually good for us.

What Doesn't Kill Us uncovers how just about anyone can reclaim a measure of our species' evolutionary strength by tapping in to the things that feel uncomfortable. When we slightly reimagine how our bodies fit into the world, we can condition ourselves to find resilience in unfamiliar environments.

The feeling that something is missing from our daily routines is growing and has spawned a movement. Every year millions of people forgo traditional gyms and push the limits of human endurance by doing boot camp-style workouts in raw conditions. These extreme athletes train in CrossFit boxes, compete in Tough Mudders, and challenge themselves in Spartan races. They are connecting with their environment and, whether they realize it or not, are changing their bodies.

No one exemplifies this better than Dutch fitness guru Wim Hof, whose remarkable ability to control his body temperature in extreme cold has sparked a whirlwind of scientific study. Because of him scientists in the United States and Europe are just beginning to understand how cold adaptation might help combat autoimmune diseases and chronic pain and, in some cases, even reverse diabetes.

Award-winning investigative journalist Scott Carney dives into the fundamental philosophy at the root of this movement in three interlocking narratives. His own journey culminates in a record-bending 28-hour climb up to the snowy peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro wearing nothing but a pair of running shorts and sneakers.

Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day [Audiobook]

Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day [Audiobook]
Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day [Audiobook] by Joel Selvin, read by John Pruden
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 45 mins | 268.07MB

In this breathtaking cultural history filled with exclusive, never-before-revealed details, celebrated rock journalist Joel Selvin tells the definitive story of the Rolling Stones' infamous Altamont concert in San Francisco, the disastrous historic event that marked the end of the idealistic 1960s.

In the annals of rock history, the Altamont Speedway Free Festival on December 6, 1969, has long been seen as the distorted twin of Woodstock - the day that shattered the '60s' promise of peace and love when a concertgoer was killed by a member of the Hells Angels, the notorious biker club acting as security. While most people know of the events from the film Gimme Shelter, the whole story has remained buried in varied accounts, rumor, and myth - until now.

Altamont explores rock's darkest day, a fiasco that began well before the climactic death of Meredith Hunter and continued beyond that infamous December night. Joel Selvin probes every aspect of the show - from the Stones' hastily planned tour preceding the concert to the bad acid that swept through the audience to other deaths that also occurred that evening - to capture the full scope of the tragedy and its aftermath. He also provides an in-depth look at the Grateful Dead's role in the events leading to Altamont, examining the band's behind-the-scenes presence in both arranging the show and hiring the Hells Angels as security.

The product of 20 years of exhaustive research and dozens of interviews with many key players, including medical staff, Hells Angels members, the stage crew, and the musicians who were there, Altamont is the ultimate account of the final event in rock's formative and most turbulent decade.

Make a Choice: When You Are at the Intersection of Happiness and Despair [Audiobook]

Make a Choice: When You Are at the Intersection of Happiness and Despair [Audiobook]
Make a Choice: When You Are at the Intersection of Happiness and Despair [Audiobook] by Jeff Benedict, read by Kirby Heyborne
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 3 hours | 69.22MB

New York Times best-selling author Jeff Benedict has seen both good and bad in his career as a journalist. Some of the best are the extraordinary people he has met who have made deliberate choices to live happier lives despite the extreme hardship that each of them has faced. Although life will knock us down from time to time, this book is an important reminder that we all can make a choice to get back up, brush ourselves off, and keep pressing forward.

"Each of us will find ourselves at the intersection of happiness and despair. And when that day comes, there are choices we can make that will help us turn and walk down the street called Happiness," says the author. From choosing to forgive to choosing to serve others to choosing to pray, the seven true stories that Jeff shares illustrate the power within each of us to choose to live a happier, more abundant life.

Stories include:

  • A husband who lost his wife when a young boy inadvertently pulled the trigger of a loaded shotgun
  • A waitress who nearly drowned after being swept away in a raging flood
  • A father who lost his one-year-old son to a rare disease
  • A woman lost at sea during a harrowing storm
  • A man who was brutally beaten but who chose to forgive his attacker
  • A mother whose home was demolished by a tornado, whose husband was diagnosed with cancer, and whose nine-year-old son has undergone nearly 100 surgeries
  • A father trying to raise his family in a neighborhood often targeted by gang members
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