I experienced great growth as a person, I won't be or see people the same way again, it's been an eye opening experience, in which self acceptance took part and the understanding of love went deeper wider challenging Me to a better self,ñ. thanks Andrew.
I enjoyed the overall book. I liked the many different stories and narratives shared. The author has a talent for descriptive words and phrases.
I would like to have heard more parents perspective in the stories of those not naturally afflicted. Meaning it was a choice of what they were doing and not a result of birth etc.
The author did a great job narrating the story as well.
I have already recommended it to several friends.
Life triumphs in this very real account of parenting exceptional children. Beautifully written, thoroughly researched.
I've loved the idea of getting a better understanding of how parents deal with children in a variety of different situations -- especially those whose children fall "far from the tree."
Non-fiction, so even if I had made it to the end of the audiobook, not sure there would be an "ending."
No. I rarely review a book, audio or otherwise, but had to warn other listeners -- this author should NOT be doing his own narration. This may be a personal thing for me, and I feel bad because he's obviously a lovely, caring person and I'd been waiting for this book eagerly after reading the reviews. But I finally gave up - his voice was so very unappealing to me.
No, from what I've read it's too long and complex. But people have done amazing things - so who knows?
Far from the Tree is really an incredible book for parents, teachers, and really everyone. Beautiful and fairly written, I felt connected to every chapter. A must read!!
Nope, one trip through these unfortunate people's painful lives was enough for me.
Help me grow as a human.
Anyone. He was terrible. I could barely stand it.
Yes, there were many times my stomach turned. I felt like listening was a challenge. Like I could barely listen to the tale, and these people had to live it.
Should be required reading for everyone.
Unsure - I am using the audio version to jump around to different sections. It is a very long book, and I may not read it all.
The Noon Day Demon by the same author is similarly encyclopedic.
Great articulation, and he clearly cares about the people whose stories he tells.
In describing the lives of young criminals, I was amazed at the absence of any idea on their part that they should be making a contribution to society. Of course that's what sociopaths do. But I was stunned that they drive nicer cars than I do, father more children than I did, dress better than I do, but they've never thought about getting a job. In contrast I've had a job since I was 10 and I'm 65 and still at it.
The section on young criminals, and the one on child prodigies are highly recommended.