The narrator has a few good character voices, but speaks everyone's lines with the same cadence. It is too fast. It is monotonous. It is tiring. It is hard to follow.
I've been a Bill Harley fan for about 15 years, having seen him perform at story-telling festivals, and other venues.
My kids (7, 9, and 12) like him too.
We listened to this recording on a car trip and were all disappointed. The material just wasn't very funny or interesting. My kids said it was "just dumb".
After listening to a half hour of "Blah, Blah, Blah", and a half hour of James Michener's "Alaska" they said they would rather listen to Michener.
I liked the book, up to a point. The point where I really had to struggle to understand the low-quality audio. The audio is really poor.
The content is sort of variable, spending a lot of time on the author's life, rather than on how to deal with becoming a widow/widower. I was hoping for less of the former, more of the latter.
This is a very useful book, and read well by the author. It gives good, practical techniques for steering your kids to be useful, helpful, cooperative, and on the road to self-sufficiency. Especially enlightening was the advice on keeping an emphasis on the marriage relationship, as it serves as a model for your kids' views on marital relationships.
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