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Janice C. Moorehouse

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  • The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bruce D. Perry, Maia Szalavitz
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (392)

    What happens when a young child is traumatized? How does terror affect a child's mind---and how can that mind recover? Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has treated children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, witnesses to their own parents' murders, children raised in closets and cages, the Branch Davidian children, and victims of family violence. In The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, he tells their stories of trauma and transformation.

    Marilyn says: "Changed a Sixth-Grade Teacher's Life"
    "Childhood Trauma Recoverable with good Care"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I will hear this author speak in person at the local university in a couple of months. I have heard so much about Dr. Bruce Perry over the years. I wanted to read one of his books in preparation for his visit. I am so glad I did! Although colleagues suggest that this one is the harshest in terms of the stories of abused children, it wasn't any worse than what I've seen in real life in my profession of 30 years, sadly. I got great hope from the book as I heard about lives recovered, although not every story ended happily.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog?

    The story that triggered the title of the book is a compelling one. This was not a case of purposeful neglect, but in the end the damage could have been the same as if it was inflicted from malice. Discovering how it came to be that this boy was raised as a dog opened my heart and mind to imagining what can happen without close family nearby to step in after the loss of a parent.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In every anecdote, my favorite was the moment of discovery of what happened, and the care with which the therapist helped others understand the impact on the young brain, how growth was stunted and how it needed to be handled to get it growing again--or at least adapting enough to become functional.


    Could you see The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The danger of making this into a movie or TV show is that children's lives would be exploited. I would like to see it made into a PBS Special.


    Any additional comments?

    I learned a great deal from this book. Even if a child has not been traumatized, there are developmental milestones that need to be attended to. I'm very glad I read it and highly recommend it. I look forward to Dr. Perry's visit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 7th Month: A Detective D. D. Warren Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (2481)
    Performance
    (2092)
    Story
    (2099)

    In Lisa Gardner’s first-ever short story following thirteen bestselling novels, The 7th Month takes listeners between the books and into a day in the life of Boston Detective D. D. Warren. In her seventh month of pregnancy, D.D. should be taking it easy. Instead, she accepts a small consulting role on the set of a serial killer film shooting in Boston.

    Kristi Richardson says: "A great short detective mystery!"
    "Skip the parts between chapters"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is engaging. I did not finish it because I found the narrative sections between the chapters so horrifying. I can't see the source of what is being read in these intersections. I have guessed whose words they might be, but the words create such a lascivious depiction of the sensuous act of murdering a woman that I just couldn't go on. I am certain in the end it will turn out those were the words written by the murderer who will be portrayed as a monster and the author of monstrously horrifying "marketing" for murder. But listening to those words being read aloud--knowing that there are sick-os who would enjoy hearing a woman's voice delineate the sensuous delights of slowly killing someone--I was just too offended.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The plot and setting are unusual: a movie about a serial killer and the involvement of a pregnant detective. (That probably added to my horror--putting the pregnant detective in proximity of this hideous person....)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Extreme in the extreme. It made me nauseous.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe if the narrator were to provide attribution regarding the intersections--I don't know. I am very disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1929)
    Performance
    (777)
    Story
    (782)

    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Sara says: "Out Dated Even When It Was Current"
    "It unfolded before me...but I never knew the half"
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    Where does Game Change rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's among the top 10


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I lived in this era but really can't say I knew what was going on. These behind the scenes stories are "Ahha!" moments for me, helping me understand my own era much better.


    Which character – as performed by Dennis Boutsikaris – was your favorite?

    I've been completely caught up in Hilary Clinton! She's admirable, interesting, complex....


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was most touched by Hilary's efforts--and by history's unwillingness to cut her a break.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad I bought this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How We Decide

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jonah Lehrer
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (1737)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (506)

    Jonah Lehrer arms us with the tools we need to figure out how we decide, drawing on cutting-edge research by Daniel Kahneman, Colin Camerer, and others, as well as the real-world experiences of a wide range of "deciders" - from airplane pilots and hedge fund investors to serial killers and poker players. Lehrer shows how people are taking advantage of the new science to make better television shows, win more football games, and improve military intelligence.

    Sarah says: "Summarizes information from several superior books"
    "Insightful"
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    Faced with a complex, life-changing decision recently, I intuited the best decision in a matter of seconds and took a leap into a new work opportunity. It turned out to be--in so many ways--the very best possible decision I could have made, but I wondered how I could have sensed that so readily. It really SHOULD have taken hours of discussion and analysis. When I saw this book title (and the author name), I was certain it would help me understand my own processes, and it certainly did. The book is packed with riveting examples of crucial decisions that made life or death differences for many. I have so much more understanding of and respect for the role of the corpus collosum as a result of "reading" this book. I highly recommend it as a very accessible book about the mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1704)
    Performance
    (1260)
    Story
    (1250)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Total Engagement"
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    From the moment this book began, I was drawn into the story and looked forward to my long commute each day just so I could "read" more. I look forward to playing it for my husband on our next cross-country trip. There's plenty here for both of us: war scenes, love stories, intrigue, tragedy, cross-cultural interest, historical accounts, hair-raising adventure: So glad I purchased it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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