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The First Ten Feedback for Burn Zones: Playing Life's Bad Hands

Because Burn Zones was Book of the Day, some of our most trusted reviewers have carefully looked over the cover, the description, and other aspects of this book. The reviewers even read at least the first 10 pages of the book. They have each written a short review explaining why they plan to read the whole book or not based on the sample they read and other aspects of the book. Their feedback is displayed below. We call this awesome feature The First Ten.

IMPORTANT: Any score over 10% is considered very good. And any score above 0% is acceptable. This is because we only poll about 20 or so readers, and all readers have to say "no" to almost all books. Over a million books are published each year. Even a very active reader cannot come close to even reading 1% of books out there.

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gali

I probably wouldn't have sampled the book as I don't read self-improvement/autobiographies books. The cover is nice and the blurb concise and to the point. I liked the author explanation of Burn Zones. The picture of him as a seven years old was very cute I have to say. The sample was well written, and the official review was very positive, but I just don't read these types of books. I won't read the book as inspirational stories aren't really my cup of tea.

First Ten review added on February 4, 2017, at 12:42 pm by gali.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

Sarah_Khan

At first glance, I found the title interesting. I thought the blurb did an amazing job of making me want to find out more.
After reading the first ten pages, I was hooked. This novel is well-written and professionally edited. Although I do not usually read non-fiction, this story is extremely interesting. I also really liked the explanation of what a burn zone is. I'm excited to read the rest of this book someday, when I have the time.

First Ten review added on February 4, 2017, at 1:11 pm by Sarah_Khan.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

Vermont Reviews

Burn Zones by Jorge P. Newbery today's book of the day shows the drive of the young entrepreneur as he learns how to build his empire. I found his book simular to my own story. At this time I have too many books in my reading schedule. I will not be downloading this book. I would have bought the book based on the preview.
Vermont Reviews

First Ten review added on February 4, 2017, at 2:24 pm by Vermont Reviews.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

mratdegraff91

The blurbs and descriptions I read about this book are all exquisite. The OnlineBookClub Reviewer gave it a 4 of 4 stars. The cover is fitting in that it represents the main characters beginnings and his view of life, which I garnered from sampling the book. If I had not tested the book, I would not have been interested in purchasing the book. It simply is not my favorite type of genre, but I am curious to finish it out. The sample did not have any obvious errors, and upon referencing the review, the reviewer also did not find any in completing the book. I have added this novel to my to-read list, and I will be eventually finishing it.

First Ten review added on February 4, 2017, at 6:35 pm by mratdegraff91.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

bookowlie

I really like the cover artwork, font, and soft colors. However, at first glance, the picture and main title make me think the book would be about exercising or travel. The summary is well written and gave me a good flavor of the subject matter. The beginning pages are written in a straightforward style, although there is a busy feel and too quick of a pace for my taste. I didn't notice any technical errors, but I found my head spinning from the busy feel of the sample. Although the Official Review is glowing, I don't think the overall topic of the book is my cup of tea.

First Ten review added on February 4, 2017, at 6:49 pm by bookowlie.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

CrescentMoon

After reading the blurb, I don't think I would read this because I typically don't read non fiction or autobiographies. After reading the first ten pages, I definitely think this is good writing. I feel like this would appeal to fans of autobiographies and nonfiction but I don't think I am the target audience for this.

First Ten review added on February 4, 2017, at 7:19 pm by CrescentMoon.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

Kdonegan91

I am completely shocked by this book! At first glance, I assumed that it was going to be about sports, specifically biking. However, after reading the sample, I realized this book is all about determination, goals, hard work, and overcoming life's obstacles. I enjoy the author's style of writing and his determined spirit. After reading the OBC review, I was informed that the book gets better as it progresses. I can't wait to see what is next for Jorge! I will definitely be purchasing this book.

First Ten review added on February 4, 2017, at 9:06 pm by Kdonegan91.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

psychopathycathy

If I had not read the sample, I would not have read the book. I like the cover, but the story seemed mediocre. After reading the sample, I have changed my mind. The writing was very interesting, and I loved how the photographs complemented the writing. I especially liked the list of strengths and flaws. It was professionally edited and I did not read an official review.

First Ten review added on February 4, 2017, at 10:12 pm by psychopathycathy.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

L_Therese

I wasn't sure if I'd really be interested in this book. From the cover and title, it seemed like it'd be all sports-inspirational. Once I read the review and then the first ten pages, I had learned a little bit more about it. If I had oodles of time, I might decide to chance finishing the book because it seems well-written, and it's possible that I'd enjoy it a lot. However, time is too precious, and I have to be particular. I'm going to pass.

First Ten review added on February 5, 2017, at 3:15 am by L_Therese.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

Momlovesbooks

This book received good reviews. It was book of the month previously, and I purchased it then. I read the first few pages and was drawn into the story. It appeared to be well-edited and was descriptive. I'll be reading this one.

First Ten review added on February 5, 2017, at 6:52 am by Momlovesbooks.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

James Craft

The cover and title of this are quite compelling, and I love the fact that the book is based on a play on words (it almost sounds like a fiction novel). The opening caught my attention and looked to be well-formatted throughout. I liked the personable way in which the author addresses the reader and I am sure many people would enjoy this one quite a bit. I won't be continuing but I think it is an excellent work.

First Ten review added on February 5, 2017, at 9:51 am by James Craft.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

jamesabr

My sampling of this book was incredibly inspirational! Jorge takes the metaphor of the burn zone in cycling and invites me to take an interesting look into how he developed his businessman mindset ever since he was seven years old. I found the style very easy to read, and my favorite portion of the book occurred when he negotiated a price for the ice cream trike from his neighbor, Chris. This was humorous, because usually whenever I asked for such things from teenagers and adults, I was ridiculed. Most of the people who Jorge seemed to ask for a chance from actually took him seriously! This aspect piques my interest, and I will definitely buy and read the book. The OnlineBookClub review strengthened my interest in this book by informing me of some of the business routes that Jorge takes. I can't wait to read it! There were no typos or grammatical errors.

First Ten review added on February 5, 2017, at 10:06 am by jamesabr.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

hsimone

I have actually already read this book. However, if it wasn't for OnlineBookClub, then I probably would not have given it a chance. The cover and title is appealing. And though the blurb sounds interesting enough, the fact that Amazon considers this an Entrepreneurship/Finance book, then I would have steered clear.

Based on what I read, the book does seem to be professionally edited. I really liked the author's comparison to burn zones in bicycling to real-life situations. However, the real estate sections, from what I remember, was a bit over my head. Overall, since I own this book and have read it, I do not plan on re-purchasing it.

First Ten review added on February 5, 2017, at 11:56 am by hsimone.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

Cjgarland89

At first glance I figured I would not enjoy this book, I don't like inspirational stories much and although the author took nothing and made it something it's not something I enjoy reading. I didn't see any errors in the first ten, and it is professionally edited. The OBC review was informative but didn't contribute to my non decision to read.

First Ten review added on February 5, 2017, at 1:29 pm by Cjgarland89.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

chocomeiske

If not for this program I would not have taken a second look at this book. The description sounds inspiring about overcoming adversity and challenges. The sample was interesting. I like the Burn Zone concept and how it can be applied to life as a whole, pushing through the hard moments to come out on top.I thought it was well-edited.

First Ten review added on February 5, 2017, at 1:43 pm by chocomeiske.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

AA1495

Had I not sampled the book, I would not have read it. I usually read romance or Sci-Fi books. Having read the sample, I liked how the author uses his own experiences to inspire others. However, I found the pace of the sample fast. The book seems to be professionally edited. It has a favorable Onlinebookclub review. I want to read more about the author's experiences, and hence I think I will read the book further.

First Ten review added on February 5, 2017, at 11:39 pm by AA1495.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

anneloretrujillo

I probably would not have sampled this book based on the genre. I don't really like non-fiction books. The OBC had me a little bit more interested, but not a lot. After reading the first ten pages, I will not be finishing this book. I liked the burn zone metaphor, and I liked that the author started with a list of strengths and weaknesses. It also seemed to be professionally edited. However, it's not my type of book. It would be great for someone who enjoys non-fiction, inspirational book, but not for me.

First Ten review added on February 6, 2017, at 12:26 am by anneloretrujillo.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

jungkookblog

I don't think I would be reading this book because I am not into bicycling or any sports, but I think this would be inspiring to those who like sports. I am not going to be reading this book because the story doesn't seem to catch my attention. It does seem professionally edited. I liked how the author is including images. That gives the reader a visual. I did not see any review, and I don't think it would affect my decision.

First Ten review added on February 6, 2017, at 12:52 am by jungkookblog.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

truebookaddict

Had I not sampled this book as part of this program, I probably would have been interested in reading/sampling it. I sometimes enjoy reading these kinds of inspirational success stories and the author's life certainly sounded extraordinary.

Unfortunately, I will not buy and read the whole book. The price is way above my eBook spending limit, which is unfortunate because I think I would have enjoyed this book, and could have learned from it. If the price is ever lowered to under my spending limit,(I'm adding it to my Amazon wishlist), I would definitely pick it up then.

The book seems to be professionally edited. I did not notice typos or grammatical errors.

I really enjoyed the first ten pages. I was amazed at the lifestyle the author describes in the introduction. Being rich, but living simply, even frugally. Impressive. I also really enjoyed reading about him as a boy. What a wonderful child he must have been to raise. So ambitious, yet kind. This really seems to be a wonderful book.

This book was officially reviewed on OBC.

First Ten review added on February 6, 2017, at 2:17 am by truebookaddict.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

Gravy

As an autobiography this is right up my alley, so I likely would have looked at this. However, the subject probably wouldn't have kept my interest. After reading the sample, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself much more interested than I would have thought. There was a minor error. A sentence that looked like it had been changed, but had only been changed halfway. If I had fewer books in this genre already on my list, I would likely add this one to it. However, for the near future, I must answer no, that I won't be continuing with this.

First Ten review added on February 6, 2017, at 2:32 am by Gravy.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

klbradley

The first ten pages of this story actually had me more interested than I initially thought I would be. Just going by the synopsis, this didn't really seem like a book I would choose. However, the insight that is offered in the first ten pages gave a clear vision of what is trying to be established. I really liked that his personally flaws were listed, although I didn't really consider them all flaws, especially the optimistic characteristic. I am interested, and look forward to the rest of the story.

First Ten review added on February 6, 2017, at 7:59 am by klbradley.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

Izesicle

Had I not actually sampled the first ten pages as part of this program, I would have chosen to read or sample this book based on the cover.
I am going to buy and read the whole book because the sample was written well and I wanted to read more.
Based on what I read, the book seems like it was professionally edited. I didn't notice typo or grammar errors.
What I like the most in the bit I read was the inclusion of pictures.
What could be improved is nothing.
The book has an Official OnlineBookClub review that I saw.

First Ten review added on November 14, 2017, at 8:36 am by Izesicle.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

Yolimari

I think the title of the book is on point as life literally has burn zones, which the author mentions in the sample pages. The OBC review sparked my interest in this book because it was very positive and enthusiastic. After I read the sample pages, I decided I will read it for a variety of reasons. My husband and I are into real estate. I liked the author’s uplifting writing style. I liked his childhood stories of working as a newspaper delivery boy and then buying an ice cream trike. Finally, I like self-made stories of people with grit and who know how to save and make money.

First Ten review added on November 14, 2017, at 9:15 am by Yolimari.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

Kat Kennedy

I’ll admit that the cover and title didn’t sell me on the book, but the review did! After reading the first ten pages, I’m looking forward to reading the book even more than before. The author has a way of getting the reader’s attention. I love the narrative, and found it very interesting. Plus, I’m a Clash fan, so I appreciate that! I found no editorial problems in the first ten pages. I’ll be finishing this one!

First Ten review added on November 14, 2017, at 9:33 am by Kat Kennedy.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

Christina O Phillips

The title is interesting to me, but the cover was not. The summary sounded interesting. I might have read the sample without this program. I like that the book immediately explained what burn zones are. The tone and vocabulary used in the book make it accessible. I will not read this myself as it did not completely capture my interest, but I may use it in class in the future.

First Ten review added on November 14, 2017, at 9:54 am by Christina O Phillips.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

MsTri

Even though I like the title of this book, neither the cover nor the synopsis would have encouraged me to read any further, as I'm not into either autobiographies or "underdog" stories. Having read the review and sample (which was nice enough), I'm still not induced into reading the whole thing, simply because the book is of a genre I'm not into ... I DID, however, like the casual voice of the sample; it seems like despite having reached certain heights, the writer never got "uppity", so even while writing his story, he has remained grounded. I also like his willingness to help others, as it's so easy to be selfish. Finally, I was impressed with how professionally it was written, including no grammatical or spelling errors that I could find ... Even though I will not continue this story, I hope it encourages others who read it.

First Ten review added on November 14, 2017, at 12:15 pm by MsTri.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

ZenaLei7

After reading the sample, I decided not to finish reading the book. The book started off with an intriguing beginning, but after reading a couple more pages, I started to lose interest. I also read the official OBC review, but it didn't convince me to buy the book. While reading the sample, I didn't notice any major grammatical errors either. The book cover and title look interesting and if I just looked at the cover and title, I would have probably still sampled the book to see what it was about.

First Ten review added on November 14, 2017, at 12:39 pm by ZenaLei7.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

micoleon13

This is a professional looking cover, which let's the reader know that it's a non fiction book. I'm not a huge fan of non fiction, so I wasn't too drawn towards it. The Onlinebookclub review was very complementary and outlined the story well. It didn't really change my mind about reading the book though. The pages which I read were well written and edited. I liked the writing style, as it's very easy to read and doesn't get too caught up in the details. Although I enjoyed the sample more than I expected, the non fiction aspect still holds me back from reading further. I have no ideas for improvement

First Ten review added on November 14, 2017, at 12:57 pm by micoleon13.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

Scerakor

From the cover, blurb, and review of this book I probably would not have picked it up. I've read a couple books like this (memoir of a highly successful businessman) lately and am not searching for another one. After reading the sample, I didn't change my mind. Although it really does seem interesting, well written and edited, and thought-provoking, I really don't think I would enjoy it at this point in time. I did, however, enjoy the careful addition of pictures/references within the beginning pages. I will not be reading the rest of this book.

First Ten review added on November 14, 2017, at 1:32 pm by Scerakor.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

Ashley Simon

Had it been sitting on a shelf, I think I would have picked up this book and paged through it just to find out what the term "Burn Zones" meant. I'm also a fan of autobiography so that element appealed to me. I did read the OBC review first; it made the book even more compelling by describing Jorgie's life story and praising the readability of this text. I went into the book expecting to like it and I was not disappointed. The book begins with a clear motif ("burn zones" as they exist in both cycling and our lives). He then goes into his own life story: the narrator is a likable, scrappy kid. I plan on finishing this book. I didn't notice any significant grammatical errors. If I hadn't sampled this book - or more importantly, read the OBC review - I'm not sure I would have read it. The title left me curious but the cover art is a little bland. However, reading the first 10 pages definitely made me want to finish the book.

First Ten review added on November 14, 2017, at 1:47 pm by Ashley Simon.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

Shelle

The cover of this book makes it appear to be about bicycle racing and I am interested in that, so I was interested in sampling this book. The book however, isn't really about bicycle racing, but actually how the author overcame great adversity to be successful. That's a fine enough thesis for a book, but I was disappointed that it wasn't about bicycle racing. I liked the stories of Jorge's childhood that were a part of the sample. Jorge seems like a hard-working and amiable man and the 4/4 rating on OBC makes me believe this to be a well-written book, but I probably won't purchase it. I am simply just not interested in this subject matter at this time. The book appears to be professionally edited and error-free.

First Ten review added on November 14, 2017, at 2:41 pm by Shelle.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

ritah

Based on the cover and title I wouldn't have read the book because it didn't appeal to me at first glance, even though the cover is nice it isn't what I normally go for. But after reading the official review I understood the title. And after reading the sample of the book I quickly realized that the content could be of value to me. I also really need some inspiration and this seems like the book that will do that. And that is why I will be reading the rest of the book. I also did not see any errors while reading leading me to believe the book is professionally edited.I also liked the pictures included as it enhanced and put into picture the author's journey.

First Ten review added on November 14, 2017, at 3:53 pm by ritah.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

Snowflake

The title and cover are very professional. The Amazon blurb was very good - if almost identical to the introduction. It added to my interest in the book. I enjoyed the sample and did not notice any obvious typos or grammar errors. I agree with the OBC review that this book is surprisingly engaging and told in a very relatable and relaxed manner. The author is very clear-sighted about his life and his story is told with enthusiasm but is also very down to earth. The sample was so good that I was very disappointed when it ended. I plan to read the rest of this book.

First Ten review added on November 14, 2017, at 3:53 pm by Snowflake.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

BunnySTx

After reading a sample of, Slow Burn by Jorge P. Newbery, I have decided that I will not be purchasing this book. My first impression when I saw the cover of this book was that it was about bike racing. After I read the blurb, I saw this was more of a motivational biography. I rarely read non-fiction and felt this book would not be a good fit for me. As I read a sample, I found myself surprised by some of the things the author has been through. If I had not read the first few pages, I would not have picked up this book.The reason why I say this is because neither the cover, title nor blurb caught my attention. Based on what I have read this book appears to be professionally edited. This book does have an official OnlineBookClub review. The reviewer highlighted a few good points, but it did not change my mind.

First Ten review added on November 14, 2017, at 5:34 pm by BunnySTx.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

ladycraic

Before reading the sample provided on Amazon, I would've probably chosen to read/sample "Burn Zones". I have not read an autobiography in a while and I remember how touching they are to me. Also, the customer reviews are constantly praising this book! I would like to buy the book - the sample drew me in and I was sad to see it end. The tone, the writing, the passion...these things appeal to me. For the most part, the review seems professionally edited. I saw one error: ("Tell Charlene and Anne I said hi" said Chris). There's a missing comma.

What I liked most was the foreshadowing - it kept me wondering. From what I can see, the book doesn't need improvement. I caught one typo, but that's about it. I enjoyed the brief sample. I saw the official OBC review which validated my views about the book - it's a good read! I don't know if I'll buy the book today, but sometime into the future...I don't have spending money as of now. If I could, I would.

First Ten review added on November 14, 2017, at 9:49 pm by ladycraic.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

va2016

The title conveys the story's concept pretty succinctly. The cover
is good. The title as well as the cover are inviting enough to
sample the book. But I am not an athlete, so I would have been
hesitant to pick the book.

I am not going to read the book in full, as this is not my genre.

The book has been professional edited. There are no mechanical
errors as far as I can see.

I liked the concept of 'Burn zones' and how to transcend them.
I didn't particularly find anything that I dislike about the book.

The book did have an onlinebookclub.org review, but that would not
affect my decision to skip the book.

I am not reading this book in full.

First Ten review added on November 14, 2017, at 10:31 pm by va2016.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

Afuglsan

The cover and title look and sound like this story is going to about some biker athlete. This genre this type of genre doesn't appeal to me. The reviews, however, changed my mind, especially the OBC. They made Jorge's story sound unique and enticing. Indeed, after reading the first ten pages, I can see what they raved about. The writing is fantastic. I keep flipping through the pages to see what young Jorge is going to do next. His drive is amazing. The story is also set up uniquely. I haven't seen any editorial errors. I'd like to keep reading the rest of the book.

First Ten review added on November 14, 2017, at 11:57 pm by Afuglsan.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

Quinto

I have been introduced to today's book through reading OBC's official review. The book's cover and title give it an appearance of a memoir. However, it's in the actual reading that you get the impression it's not a typical biographical account. What makes the author's life extraordinarily special is the age at which he got his first paid job. And his phenomenal growth from there through seeking and excelling in successive jobs. Consequently, it's a book I would like to share with my younger siblings and children as it inculcates the value of hard work, so I will buy it to read and share with them. The book seems to be professionally edited as I didn't come across any typos or grammar errors. Lastly, I like and appreciate the philosophy and work ethics of the writer. I like his presence of mind and driving force that motivated him to seek for paid employment at an age when his peers are only bent on mischief and playing truant.

First Ten review added on November 15, 2017, at 3:02 am by Quinto.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

ButterscotchCherrie

I wouldn't have sampled this on the basis of the cover or the briefest of descriptions as I thought at first that it would be a book about fitness. It became apparent from the first ten pages that "burn zones" is a metaphor for the tough times. I will buy and read this because I'm enduring a rough ride right now and could use some inspiration to help me get through it. I noticed no errors; this looks well edited. I loved the author's lists of his flaws and strengths (they are the same!). This isn't a criticism as such but I note that Jorge's supportive parents were instrumental to his early efforts. A child of parents more inclined to be over-protective might have seen their entrepreneurial activities nipped in the bud. The OnlineBookClub review confirmed that the inspiring tone at the start of the book is sustained throughout.

First Ten review added on November 15, 2017, at 5:11 am by ButterscotchCherrie.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

ZeroChill

I would not have bothered to read the book because of many reasons. The cover is dull, the title is unattractive and the book doesn't belong to any of my favourite genres. When I read the first few pages I liked the start of the book. The writer gave a short summary about his whole life, his ups and downs and his struggles. There were no mistakes in the first few pages. The official review was well written. I would still not be reading this biography but I will recommend it to people I know.

First Ten review added on November 15, 2017, at 6:43 am by ZeroChill.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

IsabelMay

There are some books I can hardly find anything positive to say about, but this book is not one of them. In fact, I couldn't find something I didn't like. All elements (cover, summary, sample) are engaging and intriguing. I can see that many reviewers share the same opinion. Judging by the sample, it's a well-edited and well-formatted story that many will find inspiring, especially those who are facing similar problems in life. The only reason I won't be buying the book is because I prefer light-hearted reads and fiction, but I will recommend it to anyone who would be interested in such a book.

First Ten review added on November 15, 2017, at 12:01 pm by IsabelMay.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

MarisaRose

I don't mind reading motivational stories every now and then, so 'Burn Zones' is a book I would consider reading. But I always prefer to sample an author's writing style first. My first thought after reading the first ten pages of this book was that it was really well written. I enjoyed the author's style and use of vocabulary. However, there were some aspects of the sample I didn't like. I found some of the narrative to be a bit boring, for example, the author's list of personal 'strengths' and 'weaknesses.' I thought this would have been better to read about in paragraph/story form. Since I had some reservations about the book, I don't plan to purchase it at this time. I did not notice any grammatical errors in the fist ten pages.

First Ten review added on November 15, 2017, at 4:24 pm by MarisaRose.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

jwalker73

I did not think I would like this book based on the cover, title and genre. I assumed it was about cycling at first glance. The review made me realise the connection between the title and the story, the burn zone being the challenging aspects of life. I still probably would not have chosen to read it. The first ten pages were delightfully written. I enjoyed this young boy's get-up-and-go and determination to achieve what he sets his mind to. It appears professionally edited. I am not going to buy the book today as I have others that I wish to read as a higher priority, but will keep it in mind for future reading.

First Ten review added on November 15, 2017, at 5:24 pm by jwalker73.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

Mercy Bolo

The cover of this book is quite inviting. By looking at it, I thought that this was a book about excelling in sports until I read the blurb and the official review, which inspired me to read the sample. The story is well written and I didn't encounter any major errors besides a chapter heading that has to much spacing. The title itself was an unfamiliar term for me and based on that alone, I would have picked this book up based on curiosity. Had I not sampled the first ten pages, I would have considered reading it, but after doing so, I feel that this is not a book for me. Therefore, I will not read the whole book.

First Ten review added on November 15, 2017, at 6:49 pm by Mercy Bolo.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

Mallory Whitaker

I think I would have sampled this book outside of this program, even if I didn't have access to the Official Review here that really made me believe this was a book for me. The line that captivated me most in it: good for fans of "Disney-type inspirational sports movie. Miracle is one of my favorite movies of all time, so yeah, sold. Upon reading the first ten pages, this seems professionally edited. I noted one typo: "Mr. Snodgrass' brow crinkled." There should be an additional 's' after the apostrophe because when I say it outloud I say the extra 's' (that's what I've always heard is the rule at least). I could potentially be saying the name incorrectly though. I think the author does a great job of providing enough detail without going overboard. I thought the bit about living the Spartan lifestyle came off as a little pretentious and worried this would be one of those books that tells you to throw away everything, but obviously, that's not the case and I was delighted. I will be buying this book when I finsih all of the other books I promised myself I would read before I allow myself to buy any more books. This seems like a great inspiration story that doesn't beg for pity but shows the human capacity to rise again.

First Ten review added on November 15, 2017, at 9:36 pm by Mallory Whitaker.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

Vickie Noel

I can imagine the pride filling the hearts of this author's parents, watching him exhibit amazing attributes while growing up. It is true that I enjoy memoirs/autobiographies, but I rarely willingly opt to read them. This particular one is the type that I would completely judge by the title and book cover, merely raise an eyebrow, and walk away. Therefore, I'm doubly grateful for the program as it has prevented me from losing out on such a perfect recount of the author's life. The introduction to the sample tried my patience just the teeniest bit, but I did need to understand what 'burn zones' actually meant to the author, after which the tale started to go off the roof. The conversational, easy flowing tone of writing felt more like listening rather than reading. The inspirational aspect was mind-blowing! The black and white photos to support each pivotal stage of his life, especially when he was a cute seven-year old, simply melted my heart. Of course, it was professionally edited, not a single flaw did I see. Nothing to be improved upon. I'm a little curious though, why the author's name was spelled as 'George' on the picture on the ice cream truck as against other references to him as 'Jorge'. The OBC review on it was most optimistic but I was only mildly stimulated, mainly because of the author's age starting out in the business world. Now, the sample's made me a believer.

First Ten review added on November 15, 2017, at 10:57 pm by Vickie Noel.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

ananya92

This is a book in the non-fiction genre, an autobiographical account of how the protagonist fares through the highs and lows of his life. From the description, it seems that it a story of rags to riches and then again a journey from rags to riches. The review was pretty detailed and encouraging, however the actual book did not engage my interest. From the sample, l could see that this is not my kind of book even though the book is well-written, because it's slightly dull for me. The book seems to be edited properly. However, I would skip this one for now.

First Ten review added on November 16, 2017, at 1:15 am by ananya92.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

Total ~ 38%

Burn Zones earned a score of 38%.

In other words, out of the top-level reviewers who read at least the first 10 pages of this book, 38% plan to read the whole book.

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