All of it - it was well written, beautifully narrated, and highly relatable.
It is very unique - I can't think think of any comparable books.
The running scene, the dance, and the ending were all awesome.
No toys in the fishtank, and no apologies for existing; those are the rules.
I was the forgotten older sister of a brother with learning disabilities. I am a proud Mom of (2)Aspies (1)mild-moderatly autistic and (1)neurotypical kids (who are each fascinating), a prior Sign-Language interpreter, and a current Vocational Rehab provider (Like an OT but concentrating on work skills, rather than daily living skills).
This was a gratifying and reaffirming story. I could see myself, my parents, my brother, my kids, and my previous customers who use communication boards in these situations. The technical description of the use of the communication book were accurate. Even if the English word weren't given, I would have known which signs were being used from the descriptions. Many of the books/materials I used during my Deaf Studies / Interpreter Training classes in college fell far short of the descriptions in this book. Getting the technical details right is important to me - it lends credibility to the story. This book touched on so many of the 'unique' experiences in my life, and remained realistic. Attitudes that evolved over decades for me were reflected beautifully. The last line in the book will stay with me as I guide my own kids.
Don't hesitate, this book has a lot to show you; you will very likely be a better person after listening to it. Seriously. This should be required reading/listening in every school - from elementary school through college.
No. The author had a 'know it all' attitude, despite constantly admitting she doesn't understand how the other Mother in the book is able to teach non-verbal autistic kids to write. The whole book can be summarized like this: I know how to use this method better than the poor woman from outside the USA does. I don't know what the method is, but I think she should change it. She thinks these kids can learn even more but I don't think so. I have formed a charity so I have tons of money to use, as long as we do it my way. I told her my way is better over and over and over but she just left. Now I have to try to figure out how she does it so I can be in control. Me. Me. Meeeeeee.
The thousand times the author mentions 'her' ideas came from another woman, then she proceeds to bash the other woman.
When the other woman gets fed up and leaves.
I REALLY wish there was a book by Tito and/or his Mom.
Most other books on Autism are better.
Yes - I sent a sent a gift copy to my brother so he could listen, too.
Actually, I wouldn't have chosen her for this book. She has a very sultry and melodic voice -like a saxophone.It didn't match well , in my mind, to the topic. She did a beautiful job presenting the information - did not sound like a robot *reading* something, she *presented* it.I would love to hear her read a less fact-centric book like a fiction, or a biography.
This would be a great book for every teacher; even teachers of adults. (People seem to forget that gifted kids, and kids with learning differences, AND 2E kids who are both gifted add have learning differences all grow up and many go on to college and/or to have reltaionships and families.)This would also be great for parents / guardians / spouces who have trouble envisioning what is going on in theri loved one's mind. Chances are one or both of the people in the realtionship is represented in this book.
Possibly if it were read by someone who thought the material was funny, rather than two people who took turns sounding bored.
Other Darwin Awards books? Yes
Otehr Comady bookds? No
I think it mayl have been funny in print
I've heard peopel on podcasts and radio quote things from the Darwin Awards .. and it was very funny. Partly becasue the DJ or Podcaster thought it was funny and it showed in their voices .. which added to the expectation that what they were saying was about to get really funny.
These two sounded like they were reading from a college textbook. And they were definitely READING from something, not presenting the inforamtion in any smooth, natural speaking kind of way. They ruined the whole thing.
Advertising professionals, students with Marketing Majors in college, entrepreneurs.
This book would be valuable for people in the advertisong and marketing fields. It tries to make a dry subject (to me) funny. People who are interested in the subject, would likely be delighted.
From the description, I thought this was more of a social commentary. It didn't really describe the focus as being marketing to customers. I listened to a good portion of the book because the narrator / author's voice is soothing and I was uninterested enough in the subject for it to be background noise while I did work that I didn't want interrupted by a more interesting (to me) book.
I have listened to it more than once
There is really only one character, however, the banter between Tom Hanks and Steven Colbert was fun to hear.
This was really clever, and Tom Hanks' Narration added a lot to it. It would not have been as good to read - something that is very rare for me to say. It's hard to describe without spoiling the surprise at the end. The proceeds go to a relevant charity. It is very short, yet very worthwhile.
Clever, provocative, possible
The bioengineered woman; she mirrored the struggle of oppressed people of all locations and times.
He did a lovely job, changing voices to fit characters, reading with feeling, just a really nice reder to listen to.
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