• Never Goin' Back

  • Winning the Weight-Loss Battle for Good
  • By: Al Roker
  • Narrated by: Al Roker
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (157 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Al Roker’s aha! moment came a decade ago. He was closing in on 350 pounds when he promised his dying father that he wasn’t going to keep living as he was. That led to his decision for a stomach bypass - and his life-changing drop to 190. But 50 of those pounds gradually crept back until he finally devised a plan, stuck to it, and got his life back.

Never Going Back is Roker’s inspiring, candid, and often hilarious story of self-discovery, revealing a (now slimmer) side of his life that no one knows. With illuminating and sometimes painfully honest stories about his childhood (as the "husky" boy in class), his struggle against the odds to make something of himself, and his family life today, Roker reveals the effects that a lifelong battle with weight issues can have on a person - and how, regardless of the frustration and setbacks, you must never lose faith in yourself (just inches).

Al is telling his story to inspire others to lose the weight they’ve always wanted to lose, keep it off for good, and regain their health. He knows firsthand that it is a day-to-day process and that unrealistic diets rarely work (he has tried most of them!). And, most important, he knows that losing weight is as much - if not more - a state of mind as of body. That’s why he’s here: to recharge your willpower and see you through it like a friend - with warmth, humor, and a healthy new outlook on life.

©2012 Al Roker (P)2012 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“[An] intimate memoir...Readers will appreciate this personable weatherman’s candor and humor as he chronicles his struggle and ultimate success.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Searingly honest and genuinely relatable...As unpretentious as Roker’s television persona, this motivational diet memoir provides inspiration, and recipes, for others struggling with weight-related challenges.” (Booklist)

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Very inspiring

Al told his story in a way that you can identify with if you have a weight problem and even if you don't you learn something helpful in everyday life. I highly recomend this book.

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Spoke to Me

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

I liked the way Al spoke as if we were sitting down talking together. His story was very personal. I got a lot of good information from his experiences. I have read this book several times because I relate to his situations and enjoy the antic dotes.

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I was looking for info on the surgery

I am about to have the same procedure and was looking for more information on the surgery, the problems he encountered and how he overcame them. There just wasn't much on that.

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disappointed

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

For a guy with so much personality on air, he's a very boring narrator. I heard his interview on NPR. He was natural, compelling, fun and easy to listen to. But he brings very little of his personality into the narration.

I also got tired of hearing about his cleanse, complete with references to his related bodily functions. His humor is fine in quick little segments on tv, but gets old quick in this book. He's trying too hard to be funny and it becomes painful.

The book is at it's best when he's talking about his struggles and people's reactions, but it's boring and off-putting when he starts lecturing.

What could Al Roker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The book needs editing. His story has moments we can all relate to and that's the part that is the most interesting. But when he starts doing nutrition 101 he doesn't know when to stop. He states the obvious so often and for so long that I kept finding myself fast forwarding.

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Inspirational

As always Al Roker is straight forward putting the entire weight fight into perspective.
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Excellent Book

Very funny, honest and realistic talk about obesity, weight loss surgery, and his journey. Having gastric bypass myself I can relate to the struggles

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Great Inspirational Listen

I really enjoyed the story told by Al himself. I could relate to much of his experiences. Al told his personal story in a real way. I loved that. He is a positive person and that shined through the entire book. Thanks Al!

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Kudos to Al Rohker!

After reading Never Going Back, I have much admiration and respect for Al Rohker. I was inspired by his courage, honesty, grit, and perserverence. Thank you Al for sharing your story! Well done! You rock!

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I loved it!!

this book is a very relatable memoir that anyone with a weight problem can understand. Al doesn't tell you what to do but he encourages you through his experience and understanding of the battles of overeating for those of us with weight challenges. it was like he was in my head and speaking my thoughts. I simply loved this book and see it as a very inspirational tool.

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Al nailed it.

A hilarious and informative look at the on going battle and continue struggle of weight loss. Al uses his jovial personality and antics to discuss his weight loss journey. I was very inspired by him.