I listened to almost all of Part one, and then just decided/realized that I was not getting much out of the book. The narration was just so-so, and the book did not flow well. The examples were less than real for me. This may be a book that is better read than listened to.
Let me start by saying that both my wife and I met at a Baptist University and have Minors in Religious Studies.
I have never reviewed a book before but felt compelled to because of our inability to complete this book. We travel a lot and have listened to over 150 Audible Audio Books and this is the first we have been unable to complete. We heard about this book from Dave Ramsey and know it would be useful but, we cannot get past all the Biblical references. Trust me, we enjoy Biblical references, the references are so over the top that on MULTIPLE occasions my wife would turn to me and say, what was the lesson we were trying to learn? (After 10 different verses, I can't remember what the point was either). It's really absurd. I can't stress how difficult it is to follow. Perhaps in a written form it is easier, but, I can honestly say, this is one book I was really looking forward to and I am tremendously disappointed I can't bear to finish it.
I'm sad to say I cannot recommend it.
This books covers every aspect of boundaries. I found it very useful since it really makes you think about the subject. I would have liked it better without all the blibical references. They were little boring for me but the narrator does a great job for keeping it enjoyable
I have both the audio version and the print version. While I like having a Table of Contents, I kept getting bogged down while reading the print version. The first 100 pages, or so, are somewhat difficult to digest. I found myself losing focus. The audio version, for me, worked quite well! I did have to rewind a few of the key points, but it was fairly smooth. I also like the portability and accessability of having it on my phone! I can listen in the car, while on a flight, while working out, etc.!
What I appreciate most about Boundaries is that it helped me to understand why I am the way I am in certain situations. It helped me to face my past, find myself, and it gave me some tools with which I can grow. My relationships are better already!
The narrator varies his pace, voice, and inflection quite well which helped me to maintain focus and not "gloss over." He made the book easier to digest!
Because of the material presented, I do not recommend you attempt to listen to this book in one sitting.
In places, an over abundance of bible quotes, only serves to muddy the waters and doesn't uplift the information. The material, though valuable, is hard to dig out behind it all.
The performance of the characters in the story was terrible, clinging to stereotypical women's voices was tiresome from the get go. He would have done better just reading the material straight.
This is a must have book... I especially enjoyed the Audio version. The man reading the book did an excellent job. Very easy to listen to and not only entertaining and humorous but very helpful and practical... I hightly, highly recommend this Audio Book and give it a full 5 star rating...
The content of the book is well thought out and presented. It has a lot to offer me.
The narration is another matter. When the reader came to a passage in which a woman was speaking he would use a voice that sounded weak and felt condesending toward women. My wife listened to more than half of the book with me, but she faithfully protested the voice used to portray the female characters.
The text is very gender inclusive. The reading is not.
I was very much looking forward to this book. It contains valuable and useful advice, stories, and examples of how boundaries are crucial to our well-being and healthy functioning as humans. However, at one point I found myself wondering if this was actually a bible study guide. Although I can respect the authors' spiritual/religious beliefs I think that referencing every statement to a passage in the bible overwhelms the simplicity of the message (regarding boundaries). I come from a christian background but found this a bit intrusive and off-key, so I am not sure how people of other faiths or who are not particularly religious would react. Does this mean that boundaries cannot be available to them?