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  • The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By William Sears, M.D., Martha Sears, R.N., Robert W. Sears, M.D., and others
    • Narrated By Mel Foster, Sherry Adams Foster
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    The million-copy best seller by "the man who remade motherhood" (Time) has now been revised, expanded, and brought thoroughly up-to-date—with the latest information on everything from diapering to day care, from midwifery to hospital birthing rooms, from postpartum nutrition to infant development. The Searses draw from their vast experience both as medical professionals and as parents to provide comprehensive information on virtually every aspect of infant care.

    Brent says: "Informative and....LONG!!"
    "Not for me."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was great to help me prepare for labor.... After that, it was FULL of opinions, which clashed what I learned from my own pediatrician... Which is surprising considering the authors are a pediatrician and a midwife. The book is BIG on co-sleeping but my pediatrician strongly discouraged it due to an increased SIDS risk for an infants first 6 months of life. They also strongly recommend not using pacifiers... again my pediatrician strongly recommending using a pacifier because it can reduce the risk of SIDS.


    Would you recommend The Baby Book to your friends? Why or why not?

    They warn you going into the book that you should do what feels right to you. And a good bit of the advice just seemed backwards to me. Most of the content of the book was very long winded.... it was almost easier to scan the chapter titles and search online to read about what the book was about because there was almost so much detail about one thing, it was boring and easily caused you to lose interest.... especially if you don't listen to the book in one sitting.

    If you plan on a natural birth at home, co-sleeping, and breastfeeding, this book is for you. If you plan on using a bassinet and/or crib, pacifiers, or bottle feeding I wouldn't recommend. The tone of the book is almost condescending if you do decide not to do those things. This book did convince me to breastfeed my baby and we did very well with it. This book helped us


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mel Foster and Sherry Adams Foster ?

    Sherry Adams Foster was pretty good. Mel Foster spoke with a monotone that quickly put me to sleep when I listened to this. If he spoke with some more enthusiasm it would be much better.


    Any additional comments?

    This was hands down the most painful audio book I have ever listened to. I have listened to many other baby books with no problem. In retrospect, I should have purchased this book as an e-book or hard copy to scan through rather than have listened to this.

    As far as the content, it did convince me to breastfeed and taught me some additional benefits that I did not learn during searches online.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • One Door Away from Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (320)

    In a dusty trailer park on the far edge of the California dream, Michelina wants to change the direction of her troubled life but can't find her way. When a new family settles into the rental trailer next door, Micky meets the young girl who will change her forever.

    Perk4me says: "Koontz outdoes himself"
    "Just as I remembered!"
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    If you could sum up One Door Away from Heaven in three words, what would they be?

    Best Book Ever!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Small disclosure; I read this book when I was young and it was THE book that encouraged me to read. The plot of the story was something I could relate to because I had a twisted childhood as did some of the characters.

    This was my favorite book for YEARS until I read Bryce Courtenay's Power of One. This was the first book I ever read by Dean Koontz and I was just discovering an interest in political issues as a kid, and I loved how he incorporated that twist into the book in a way that wasn't overbearing. I immediately bought all of his books I could get my hands on thinking they would be the same way (like Jodi Picoult's style of writing) but I was pleased to end up with a slew of type horrors books which led me to discover Steven King.

    Bought the book without credits, because I wanted to see if the book was really that good, or if I glamorized it in my mind. I was blown away again by how much I loved the book. I loved all of the main characters and the way they interacted.


    What does Anne Twomey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The book has a few eccentric characters, and part of the reason I bought the book again was to see how those parts would be read. She read it just as I imagined as a kid and I loved it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3349)
    Performance
    (2919)
    Story
    (2933)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Sue says: "Interesting...different than I thought it would be"
    "Amazing!"
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    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    What must you break to bring a family together? Bread of Course! - One of my favorite quotes from the Book :)

    Full of all of the things I love best about Jodi Picoult! So many twists and turns and you will never guess the ending! Full of moral dilemmas and makes you wonder... What would you do in her shoes?


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Great allegory.. the grandmother in her youth lived vicariously through a story she wanted to write as a means to survive both the Jewish Ghetto and the concentration camp. Was one of those rare books that you never want to end. Not overly graphic but descriptive enough to make you feel there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2966)
    Performance
    (1764)
    Story
    (1770)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "My favorite book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of One to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. This was such a great book... hearing the audio edition really helped bring the characters to life and I loved each minute of it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the sense of empowerment in the book that showed that one person can make such an impact on so many lives. This book makes you feel like you can accomplish anything.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Almost every scene was my favorite... The level of detail is amazing but not so much that it takes away from the story. Each scene gets better and better and it is so hard to put down. If I had to pick just one, I would say my favorite at the beginning of the book when Peekay witnesses his first boxing match. The energy in the scene is addictive and amusing when seen from the perspective of a child.


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

    The book made me laugh and also cry. The book isn't just one genre. It is mostly a drama, but it is also a comedy, horror, and action genre.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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