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I love end of the world and zombie books. I also love a great romance novel,

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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

    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"
    "An interesting look at brain development!"
    If you could sum up The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog in three words, what would they be?

    It was interesting, sad, and educational. I'm not sure what I was expecting when I purchased this book. It is basically a collaboration of cases this psychiatrist encountered during his career and how he treated these patients in these difficult situations. I am an RN and I really enjoyed the author's descriptions regarding the development of the human brain based on certain childhood experiences. I felt the author's descriptions on brain development were also described in lay men's terms so that those without a medical background could easily understand what the author was trying to convey. It is a must read for anyone with children or who plan to have children.

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

    It was interesting learning about how environmental factors affected childhood brain development. I am definitely more empathetic when around other children and my approach to children. I find myself wanting to champion children who seem to be struggling with issues. I did find it jarring at times that the author jumped from describing one case into another, then back to the previous case.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed reading about how the author was able to help a young boy develop into an average young man using "new" techniques to reverse the trauma that caused changes in brain development after the child was basically abandoned for the first 2 years of life.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Brain development and the young child.

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  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Terrible fantasy fiction flop!!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure who would be appropriate for these books- the plot was poorly written.

    Has Ex-Heroes turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This book hasn't turned me off from other books of this genre, but it has made me a more careful buyer.... I tried very hard to finish the book, but could not bring myself to do it! Not finishing a book is a RARE occurrence for me!

    How could the performance have been better?

    The female narrator's voice was grating... Maybe a different narrator? She also sounded too young for the part.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The plot needs a massive overhaul.

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