I have listened to Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish again and again. Each chapter needs to be practiced and re-inforced so that the skills become 2nd nature, so I find myself repeating and reviewing chapters periodically.
When my children were younger, I attended a video "workshop" on their book "How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk." The principles in this book focussed on adolescents are the same, but the examples that they use are relevant to teens and teen-parenting. They are so relevant that I felt like they were talking directly to me. Did they have a surveillance camera in my house, so that they could hear exactly what happened between my teens and me?
Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish narrate their own book. Their narration is genuine and sincere, almost like my grandmother giving me parenting advice.
Idea and storyline are appealing and original, but the prose is repetitive, long, drawn out, unoriginal, long, repetitive, same words used over and over again, ... do you get the idea? I listened compulsively, because I really wanted to hear the story. However, I did switch the listening speed to 1.5x, which really helped to reduce the boredom with the dry hackneyed words that appeared again and again. Is there no other way to describe a particular man as a "cut-throat"? Is clothing with blood on it, described only by the word "stiff"? Yet, the story was fascinating. I enjoyed the parallel evolution of events in both 1300's and 2000's. It was intriguing that the author envisioned time travel, video phones, and fabulous medical advances. However, interestingly, mobile phones were not heard of and the protagonists are constantly frustrated by not being able to find available landlines, or having to wait in their rooms for return phonecalls. In hindsight, would I listen to this book again? Difficult call - I think, yes. It catalysed some research into the middle ages and the plague. I enjoyed the characters. And the storyline was fascinating.
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