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Bigger Leaner Stronger

The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body
Written by: Michael Matthews
Narrated by: Michael Matthews
Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
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This book has helped thousands of men build their best bodies ever. Will you be next? 

If you want to get muscular, lean, and strong as quickly as possible without steroids, good genetics, extreme dieting, or wasting ridiculous amounts of time in the gym...regardless of your age...you want to listen to this book. 

Here’s the deal: 

Building muscle and burning fat isn't as complicated as the fitness industry wants you to believe. This book is the shortcut. 

  • You don't need to: Spend hundreds of dollars per month on the worthless supplements that steroid-fueled bodybuilders "swear by."  
  • You don't need to: Slog away at boring cardio to shed ugly belly fat and get a six-pack. 
  • You don't need to: Obsess over "clean eating" and avoiding "unhealthy" foods to get ripped. 

Those are just a few of the harmful lies and myths that keep guys from ever achieving the lean, muscular, strong, and healthy bodies they truly desire. 

And in this book you’re going to learn something most guys will never know....

The exact methods of diet and training that make putting on 10 to 15 pounds of quality lean mass a breeze...and it only takes a few months. 

Here are just a few of the things you're going to discover in this book: 

  • The 10 biggest fat loss and muscle building myths and mistakes that keep guys fat, weak, and frustrated. 
  • How to create flexible diet plans that help you transform your body composition eating the foods you love...and without ever feeling starved, deprived, or like you're "on a diet." 
  • A paint-by-numbers training system that will help you build a big, full chest...a wide, tapered back...thick, powerful legs...and strong, bulging arms...spending no more than three to six hours in the gym every week...doing challenging, fun workouts that you enjoy. 
  • And a whole lot more! 

The bottom line is you can get that "Hollywood hunk" body without following boring, bland “bodybuilder” diets or living in the gym. This book shows you how.  

Listeners can download a bonus PDF at biggerleanerstronger.com/bonus/.

©2012 Oculus Publishers (P)2013 Oculus Publishers

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Great Book first and might be last one you read

i read this book yet i m very confident now its time to rock 🤘

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Just Simply Great

A lot of new information, i can clearly say that i after listening to this audiobook know my way to a great body.

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  • S. White
  • 29-05-15

Back to Basics: Lift Heavy, Eat Well..it will come

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I found this book when looking up how to build muscle while burning fat at the same time. Believe it or not there is very limited information let alone technique written about it as the mantra is that it is impossible to do. Mike Matthews lays it all out in laymen's terms what needs to be done by bringing it back to basics. This book, along with Arnold's "Total Recall," was the push I needed to get myself back in the weight room after almost 15 years. I'm 37 now and was tired of watching all of my peers complete marathons, Tough Mudders and the like while I slaved away at my job and atrophied to old man levels,watching my BFP rise and rise and feeling older by the day. While I've only been on the program for 3 months I've dropped 3% body fat and lost about 7 pounds, nothing drastic but a good start. I am still finding the right balance of macros (I'm hypothyroid) to see what works best for me. But my strength literally exploded almost immediately and I am now back to lifting what I was way back when, even more-so with legs. Muscle memory is REAL! One point that MM does not really go into is the sheer sense of accomplishment you feel when you are able to add on weight week after week. Granted, this will taper off but if there's anything that will keep you pumped that is it. I've been using the app Strong to track my lifts which has been a huge help and am just now getting into carb cycling to see if that may help with my carb intolerance. Great book with common sense ideas. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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  • pauly
  • 04-07-19

Narration sounds like a Robot

Good information, however, the reader, sounds, as if, every few words, has a, comma or period. Horrendous cadence, with jerky rhythm. I've heard, this guy on YouTube. And he sounds normal. Why does he, sound so robotic, in the audiobook? As if, we can't, follow, his normal, speaking, voice. It. was. tough. to. get. through.

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  • RC
  • 07-08-17

Well balanced aproach

Would you consider the audio edition of Bigger Leaner Stronger to be better than the print version?

No, there is not chapters only tracks so it is very dificult to navigate the audio.This happened to me when I was listening the audiobook in my car.Narration is good and the audio matches the Kindle version very well.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the aproach of the author based on pilars rather than a single element: Progressive Overload, Propper Nutrition and Focus, enphasasing that all three are important, includes a good amount to scientific refferences to support the information presented; the author doesn't suggest this is a miraclous program, it requires commitment and consistency to see results, which is very fair (at least 3 months).
Negative part: very critital to other training programs when IMO at the end this program isn't that different from the rest, also the books is used as a marketing dashboard for the author to promote his own line of products (even an app, suggesting the rest are disaponting).

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

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  • DESHAUN
  • 15-12-15

This book is a God send!

It was so excellent that I had to purchase a physical hard copy to take extensive notes and have ease of access with specific details. The information on food and supplements is possibly more vital than the workouts themselves. I struggle with my food cravings and tend to overeat often. After this read, it's been an excellent change!

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  • eric
  • 09-07-19

Great info, terrible narration

Title says it all. The book has great information and seems to be very well researched. The narration is horribly slow. Even sped up this is just too painful to get through. I recommend you get the book. You can likely get through it in 1/3 the time, plus each chapter ends with a detailed summary.

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  • Kyle
  • 14-01-16

No BS approach is the truth.

As someone who spent years studying kinesiology, I share a lot of the same view points touched on in this book by Mr. Matthews. This really is a no BS approach to exercise, supplementation, and dieting. I have been telling my friends these things for years. Great book!

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  • Berserk
  • 23-01-14

Everything you need to know.

This is an outstanding book. I'm an experienced lifter and I thought I really understood how to create the body I wanted. However, this book really taught me a lot that I didn't know. It caused me to change my entire program and I've had amazing success. I think that this book will save anyone years of fruitless struggle and help you get the body you want. This book offers all the info your ever going to need to reach your goals. This book is amazing and I think people should really pick it up and follow the program to see for yourself.

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  • Irina
  • 09-06-17

Very hard to comprehend info by listening

It might be a great book if I'd bought it printed. Listening it is not worth buying - same money, but too much talking.
If it were for a printed book, I could skip all the definitions and other useless things and just focus on the methodical part.

By listening, I didn't get much help - just same things I've been doing already. Better to buy this book in printed form, not audible

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  • gregg
  • 11-11-15

You need this book

Great book all the information you need to eat right, lift safely, and build strong lean muscle, he also weeds out all the crap to save you time and money.

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  • AmazonAddict
  • 14-05-14

My Muscle Bible

This was my first book of Mike's that I bought, and it's truly paid for itself multiple times over and over. I'll get to that in a moment.
If you're looking for a no-nonsense, motivating, inspiring book to help you quickly achieve your fitness goals, you've found it. I purchased the Audible version because I like to listen to books as I'm driving and/or mowing the lawn. I like to keep fit and healthy, and I'm always looking to pack on more muscle. One day before mowing the lawn, I searched for a new book to listen to while I was working outside. I'm glad I stumbled across this one.
As far as this book actually saving me money, his chapter on supplements is worth the cover price alone. If you're like me, you fell victim to supplement scams for years. Trying every hot new product, even though most of it wasn't backed up by any true science at all. Worst, these "new" prodcuts cost a fortune. Mike cuts through all the b.s. and lays it out straight. What works, what doesn't. What you need, what to skip. So I'm done wasting money on unproven products. Thanks so much Mike. This truly is my "Muscle Bible."

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  • Music Man
  • 28-09-15

Excellent

I thought I knew a lot about training for size but this book blew me away. Very detailed yet very simple to understand on both training and exercise. Excellent book for new starters through to advanced.

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  • samsamsam
  • 08-06-19

Is he a robot!

I had to listen to this speeded up. I don’t know if the reader is doing a Stephen Hawkin impression or if he hasn’t read a book before but it’s painful to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-19

Good Information - Not ideal for Audible format

The Book was very informative. For beginners in fitness and bodybuilding, this book should be read, reread and committed to memory. The author dispels many of the myths created and spread for the benefit of the fitness industry, personal trainers, instagram "models" and supplement companies.

However, for me personally, there are a few shortcomings:

1) for somebody who is not a beginner, whilst a nice reminder, this information is nothing new.

2) The audible version of the book is very repetitive as the chapter summaries contain extracts from the body material. Also, The narration is quite boring and doesn't help motivate the reader as much as the content could/should.

3) The author refers to ancillary materials (a "bonus report") which contains workout plans, exercises etc, which would be available with the hard copy of the book, therefore it is not very suitable to listen to only.

Overall - very useful (especially for beginners), but go out and buy the physical copy and use your Audible credits more wisely!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-01-18

Far too cheesy

Listening as a British person I couldn't get on with the cheesy salesman style narration. I've already bought the book, no need to try and sell it to me for the first few chapters. More focus on the subject and less of how great the book and author are would have made it more palatable. It was at least chapter 7 before any useful information came along.

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  • Mr. W. Jones
  • 28-07-19

Don't start from the beginning!

Do yourself a favour, start this book at chapter 15. The 14 previous chapters are mostly useful on your second listen, but dry and painfully boring on your first go! Some of them can be skipped entirely, for example, the first chapter is 10 minutes of the author reading out quotes from z list celebrities and businessmen about the book in a monotone drone. Seriously, the author is a brilliant nutritionalist, but opening his book with this garbage is... I don't know what he was thinking.

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  • Doug
  • 07-04-16

I wish I had read (heard) this 10 years ago.

Well researched no nonsense advice. Serves new and experienced folks that want to get BLS

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  • Nathan
  • 11-09-19

Good content but hard to listen to narrator/author

I have various books a s audible books on health, fitness and inspirational story's. From reading the review for this (both for the book and the audible book) I thought this would be a good listen.

I stick with it for several chapters but it was hard, I asked Alexa to speed up the narration however I maxed this out but the content still was pretty slow. I am really not sure why Michael (natrator/author) takes so....much....time.....to...speak....between....each....word. It makes listening to him very taxing, I think with a different narrator this would be excellent. I have checked Micheal out on Instagram where he is constantly making videos, although he speech is similarly it is not as slow as the narration on this book, I appreciate it is important to be clear and concise......but man he over does this.

So for the content, it is really good. it starts off with the basics and builds from that. if your not totally oblivious to the fundamentals of nutrition then a lot of this will be reinforcing what you already know however I liked this foundation.

Not sure why he insists on summarising each section by pretty much repeating what we heard 5 minutes a go, o appreciate that it is a learning technique but gets tideous if you listening to the book for longer that 20 min sessions and feels like the book is being bulked out.

it also does not help that he trys to plug his other books at various points.

I ended up returning the audible book however I will be purchasing the book as I feel the content for this book at least is better in a bookn a book I can image it is not too bad has

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  • matthew
  • 28-07-19

naff

Mostly filler, repeatitive, takes an age to cover the most basic of concepts. Constantly refers to the authors other books and websites.

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  • James
  • 09-07-19

complete scam don't get this book!!

60mins of time wasting b4 listing terms from a wiki page with 0% effort. What a disgrace!

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  • Noel
  • 12-06-19

Simply un-listenable... a real shame

I can see this audiobook is packed full of good information but the narration is utterly terrible and I couldn't stand any more than 10 minutes. To me, it seems as if the narrator recorded all words that exist in the book and then a computer algorithm stitched them all together to form the entire book... It just sounds like the narrator is struggling to read, reading slowly and using the completely incorrect intonations which completely distract me from the subject matter.

A real shame. Potential to be a 5/5 but the narration makes it a 2/5.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-01-19

great book

loved it very informative thank you. started putting it into my program thanks again cheers

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-11-18

Update the bloody audiobook!!!

This audiobook teaches the proper foundations of getting in the body shape you want, as it did with myself 2 years ago. I lost 11kg and went from 20% body fat to 9‰. Overall excellent book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-05-18

Absolutely Brilliant... as a Hard Copy

This book was great, full of useful information, inspiring words and helpful advice. The only problem is that for a book like this, only about 50% is worth *listening* to - the rest is stuff you need to read, take notes on, and plan out. That’s why I’ll be returning it here on Audible, but DEFINITELY buy a hard copy.

Pros:
- Great narration
- Actionable information
- Advice and info not only limited to diet and exercise
- The author feels like his heart is in the right place
- Science-based (without references, though, at least in the audio version. Will be VERY happy if they are in the hard cover.)

Cons:
- Really a book you need to *read*
- The author sounded like an infomercial at times, which got quite grating, even though the info and points presented were mostly correct.

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  • Kyle Byrnes
  • 16-11-19

Best Fitness Book

This is the best fitness book I have ever come across. It give scientific backed research and clearly explains what is needed in order to achieve your best body ever.

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  • gallluke
  • 03-11-19

Very comprehensive but speed needs 1.25x

Went through the first 10 hours of this book at normal speed and it was tough going. Super slow narration, I don’t know if it was a recording problem as the podcasts are nothing like this. Anyways, put it on 1.25x speed and it sounded ok.
Great content, covers every, very comprehensive.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-10-19

Fantastic for beginners and number nerds

I listened to this book at a point where I was contemplating getting into a diet/workout program and was wanting a book where I could learn about food, diet & fitness. I Listened to the book on a 20 hr road trip and it had me hooked the entire time. I couldn't wait to listen to it again at home to start planning everything from; working out my daily caloric intake needs, flexible diet plan & slip into a pre-determined workout schedule. It presented a lot of knowledge and facts throughout the book, where many of them had been misconstrued through the fitness media over the years.It then backs these facts up with credible research and published studies which was music to my ears.

Definitely going to be referring back to this book for many years to come.

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  • Akash gupta
  • 29-09-19

Really useful tool for getting started

This book is all you need to get started on your fitness journey. It has all the fundamentals of fitness, nutrition, supplementation, recovery and well being. Mike Matthews covers through myths surrounding the industry and also provides an easy to follow guide for how to begin a new life in fitness!

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  • Arron
  • 30-07-19

JUST a scam for selling his on supplement line

just the whole book leads to him selling his supplement. waste of time this book.

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  • Jason
  • 11-07-19

good book

awesome book the audio is easy to understand but very clunky. covers everything regarding training

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  • Todd
  • 10-05-19

Researched and balanced clear guide

This book was one of the best I have listened to with clear guides backed up by balanced arguments and information.
The claims for building or cutting seem credible, up to the reader/participator to make it work.
I particularly like the way options are presented to allow working around real life without compromising a goal.
To summarise I have tried many over 30 or more years so need confidence in the plan to stick to it. This gives me confidence so I will stick to it.