• Bigger Leaner Stronger

  • The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body
  • By: Michael Matthews
  • Narrated by: Michael Matthews
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (3,856 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

International Best Seller 

If you want to get bigger, leaner, and stronger without steroids, good genetics, extreme dieting, or wasting ridiculous amounts of time in the gym...you want to listen to this book.   

Because here’s the deal: Building lean muscle and burning stubborn fat isn't nearly as complicated you’ve been led to believe.   

This book is the shortcut.   

And guess what?   

  • You don't need to: Spend hundreds of dollars per month on the worthless supplements that steroid-fueled bodybuilders "swear by." Most pills, powders, and potions do absolutely nothing.   
  • You don't need to: Constantly change up your workout routine to gain lean muscle in all the right places. Muscle building is much simpler than that.   
  • You don't need to: Waste a couple of hours in the gym every day grinding through grueling workouts you hate. In fact, this is a great way to get nowhere.   
  • You don't need to: Slog away at boring cardio to shed ugly belly fat and get a six-pack. In fact, you probably don't have to do any cardio to get the body you really want.   
  • You don't need to: Obsess over "clean eating" and avoiding "unhealthy" foods to get ripped. Instead, you can get and stay fit eating the foods you love.   

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

And in this book you’ll learn something most guys will never know:   

The exact methods of eating and exercising for gaining 10 to 15 pounds of lean muscle like clockwork...and it only takes a few months.   

The bottom line is you can get that "Hollywood hunk" body without following a boring, bland "bodybuilder" diet or living in the gym.   

This book shows you how.   

So, click the “buy” button now, and begin your journey to a bigger, leaner, and stronger you. 

©2012 Oculus Publishers (P)2013 Oculus Publishers

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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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Complete Crap

The only thing more dangerous then someone who thinks they understand fitness is someone who thinks they can write.

This author is a fraud.

You may be swayed by his cavalier attitude and disrespect towards others in the fitness industry, but make no mistake this man is a fraud.

The book starts with the author telling you he has no education or prior training but does have "experience" This is bro science with a lab coat on.

Most of research he uses to support his claims is published by "pay to print" sources and university.

I did listen all the way through to find anything redeemable about the book or author but could not.

Spoiler alert: He tries to sell you on his line of supplements, apps, other books, webpage, etc. at the end.

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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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It was great, now it is a sales pitch for Legion

First: I am a Mike Matthews fan, I follow him on socnets since 2015...I do not think there is a better program than this.

I had the previous audible version with a prpfessional reader. What a difference it makes! Mike is a fitness guru, but with him reading it I had to bump the reading speed to 1.5x.

And then the chapter where it turns out EVERY supplement company is not legit (this may be an exaggeration) except his own(this is just over selling). I do not think it was necessary.

If you ignore the fact that 75% of the new version of this audio is a sales pitch for his supplements then the program is a solid no BS way to get in the best shape of your life.

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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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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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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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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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waste of time

lift heavy. eat protein. I just saved you 5 hours. I hate to be negative but you can skip this one.

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Disappointing

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This should have never been made into an audio book. I've not seen it in print, but it reads like page after page of charts and tables. Format aside, there's nothing new here, wish I had my credit back.

Has Bigger Leaner Stronger turned you off from other books in this genre?

The book did not turn me off to fitness books, but I'll think twice before I get another one.

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  • samsamsam
  • 06-08-19

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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  • 03-31-19

Buy the actual book, or something else

Some decent content - particularly on the nutrition and supplement advice (albeit all subjective).

However, the training section doesn’t work as an audiobook - at all. You would need to sit and write down as the narrator drones through the sets and reps....

I’m an experienced trainer, I took some bits from this book but overall think that beginners would find this book most valuable (in hard copy).

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  • Music Man
  • 09-28-15

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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  • 01-25-18

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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  • Steve
  • 01-09-15

BLS💪

This book gives you all the tools to complete the job. a great common sense approach that debunks all the fitness magazine lines and those apocryphal 'gym guy' pearls of wisdom. Follow and you will get exactly as is states on the cover; Bigger, Leaner Stronger!

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  • Nathan
  • 09-11-19

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
  • 07-28-19

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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  • Mr. W. Jones
  • 07-28-19

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
  • 04-07-16

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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  • Ryan
  • 07-28-15

Fantastic.

I now own 6 of his books over various formats (Kindle, Audible and Paperback). I own the first edition of BLS on paperback but wanted to get the updated version after seeing what he had to say on YouTube about the changes between them. I was pretty lucky because I forgot I had a few credits on here, which saved me picking it up next week. I haven't finished it yet (have about 8 hours left) but already it'll be worth picking it up on Kindle so I can read it too. I like that it emphasises psychological pitfalls and how to either overcome or avoid them entirely. I can't wait to get more into the nutrition as it was great in the 1st edition but I could always learn more 😄 I absolutely recommend Mike Matthews, his books, his YouTube podcasts, his website (muscleforlife) and his scientifically backed supplements (Legion Supplements). Check him out and you won't regret it!

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  • Samuel
  • 09-08-18

Hypocritical Cash Grab w/ some good information

while the author did well to convey his scientific knowledge and good workout programming. The bashing of the fitness industry and propping up of his "free" bonus report (not free) left me with a sour taste. Clear Bias throughout.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-29-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-20

No nonsense, easy to understand, and effective!

I didn't write this review until about 6 months of actually following the advice in Bigger Leaner Stronger, But, I knew straight after listening that it was solid, reliable, science-based advice that cuts through all the BS and gave me the tools I needed to get where I wanted to be. My results following the advice in the book, even with my own small modifications, has gotten me in the best shape of my life (as cliched as it sounds, I know!) in only half a year.

Highly recommended listening. I followed it up with the Kindle version, as well as Mike's "Little Black Book of Workout Motivation" as I continued to progress through my BLS fitness journey.

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  • gallluke
  • 11-03-19

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
  • 01-17-19

great book

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-19-18

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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  • rob k
  • 05-21-22

Science backed ! No BS

Wow so in depth science back methods and theory’s broken down into a easy to understand read, can get a little too technical you may need to stop and write things down or save as you move along.
May need to speed up the narrating as the pause between some words gets a little annoying but nevertheless great book ! Thank you for the greater understanding !

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  • Matt T.
  • 09-28-21

Couldn’t stand it.

Lost me when the author spend a whole 13 minutes reading quotes about how awesome he is. We get it. Pressed on but the authors voice is monotone and annoying

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-18-21

full of good information. dispell many myths

Diispels many bodybuilding and diet myths. worth listening to. A lot of information from a guy who knows what he is talking about.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-22-21

Well worth a listen

Pretty good listen, lots of interesting stuff to put to the test. Will see if it all works out.

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