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Susan

Mission Hills, KS, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Thinking Mom's Revolution: Autism Beyond the Spectrum: Inspiring True Stories from Parents Fighting to Rescue Their Children

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Helen Conroy, Lisa Joyce Goes
    • Narrated By Anne Marie Lee, Heather Henderson, Kathe Mazur, and others
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    The Thinking Moms’ Revolution (TMR) is a group of 23 moms (and one awesome dad) from Montana to Malaysia who all have children with developmental disabilities. Initially collaborating online about therapies, biomedical intervention, alternative medicine, special diets, and doctors on the cutting edge of treatment approaches to an array of chronic and developmental disabilities, such as autism, sensory processing disorders, food allergies, ADHD, asthma, and seizures, they've come together into something far more substantial.

    Cindy says: "I WAS COMPLETELY INSPIRED!!!"
    "Excellent for sympathy but not for advice"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This would be a good book for parents who are struggling with guilt or shame with regard to their autistic children. Most of the stories describe the parents' expectations and dreams while pregnant and then the agonizing reality once they learned their children were not developing in a neuro-typical way.It might be helpful for parents who need to explain their journey to friends or family.Most of the stories point to immunizations as the cause of the onset of autism.


    What could Helen Conroy and Lisa Joyce Goes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I was hoping for more advice. I am ready to work on healing and therapy. My son's autism hasn't stemmed from immunizations so I couldn't relate to most of the stories.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    These are heart-felt, gut wrenching stories but the narrators were too melodramatic.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Thinking Mom's Revolution?

    I would have only included one or two stories about shattered dreams and encouraged more stories illuminating the way forward.


    Any additional comments?

    There was an undercurrent of complaint about how few dads were involved but no real exploration of the subject.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4238)
    Performance
    (3873)
    Story
    (3873)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "The Goldfinch"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    The story was fascinating and unpredictable. The plot moved quickly and was full of twists but each character was so richly drawn I didn't want to get through the book too fast.


    What other book might you compare The Goldfinch to and why?

    The writing style reminds me of Jonathan Franzen in the ability to describe people and scenes but the mood is more optimistic.


    Have you listened to any of David Pittu’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrator was fantastic. I will search for more of his reads.


    If you could take any character from The Goldfinch out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hobie


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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