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Emily

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  • 41 titles in library
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  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (215)
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    (212)

    Internationally acclaimed experts on communication between parents and children, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish “are doing for parenting today what Dr. Spock did for our generation” (Parent Magazine). Now, this best-selling classic includes fresh insights and suggestions as well as the author’s time-tested methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships.

    jill says: "Great Story but leaves me wanting to jot notes"
    "Great Advice"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk to be better than the print version?

    I would have much rather had the print version of "How to Talk So Kids Will LIsten & Listen so Kids Will Talk" so that I could have seen the exercises and activities that were available. It also would had been beneficial to have the print version so that I could skim back to previous lessons.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This book didn't have characters as it was a guide to parents and how to communicate with their children.


    Did Susan Bennett do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    All the characters in this book are real people giving real examples of parenting moments. Susan Bennett did a great job providing the reader/listener with teachable moments. There was a great selection of "this is what happened" lets take a look at "what should happen using the skills we've just talked about."


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    I enjoyed this book because it gave me tools that help me feel more in control while parenting. It is so easy to raise to the emotion of the children you are raising and by using the tools in this book I am able to stay calm and take care of problem.

    I really appreciate the phrases of how to speak to your children. "You are very upset about the cold weather the problem is..."


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book because I was given ideas on how to take care of situations that used to or easily can escalate into bigger problems with bigger emotions. I catch myself using phrases from the book day to day. I love being able to say "the problem is" instead of my usual "but." I learned how to better empathize with my twin boys and how have taught both of them how to better use their words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Way Home

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Saroo Brierley
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.

    Jan says: "Hard book to rate... 3 or 4?"
    "Good, but repetitive."
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    Would you try another book from Saroo Brierley and/or Vikas Adam?

    I believe this story is a unique memoir and therefore interesting. It is not however, incredibly well written and therefore I don't think I would read another book from Saroo Brierley and/or Vikas Adam.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The uniqueness of this story is what I liked best. We can all learn from memoirs and make text to self connections. I also enjoyed the happiness of this story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Loop

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Nicholas Evans
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    A haunting exploration of man's conflict with nature and the wild within himself, an epic story of deadly passions and redemptive love set against the grandeur of the American West, The Loop has captured the hearts and imaginations of listeners everywhere.

    G E says: "More than a wolf story"
    "Made me feel Wolf Smart "
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    What did you love best about The Loop?

    I loved that The Loop gave facts about an on going issue in a story that was easy to listen to. I appreciated the real issue that was incorporated.


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

    I might compare this book to Barbra Kingsolver's "Flight Behavior" because of the real life environmental concern.


    Did John Bedford Lloyd do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I loved listening to this book on audible because I felt like John Bedford Lloyd did an amazing job at differentiating all the characters. The voice of the characters make them more alive than ever and bring more personality to each character


    If you could rename The Loop, what would you call it?

    The Loop is really a great title for this book. I suppose if I were to rename it I may call it "Wolf Slaughter."


    Any additional comments?

    I think I would have enjoyed this story more if the author would have concentrated a little more on wolves. I enjoyed the love story, but it was not my favorite part of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lori Duron
    • Narrated By Lori Duron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    Raising My Rainbow is Lori Duron’s frank, heartfelt, and brutally funny account of her and her family's adventures of distress and happiness raising a gender-creative son. Whereas her older son, Chase, is a Lego-loving, sports-playing boy's boy, her younger son, C.J., would much rather twirl around in a pink sparkly tutu, with a Disney Princess in each hand while singing Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi".

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Loving CJ"
    "Must Read for All Involved in Raising Children"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I absolutely would recommend this audiobook to a friend; particularly to my mom friends.


    What other book might you compare Raising My Rainbow to and why?

    There is a need for more books like "Raising my Rainbow" and I am not sure that I have read too many books that compare to it. It is unique and personal. If I had to pick I would say "Bringing up Bebe" would be most similar because it shares a personal adventure to raising children and finding a parenting style that fits your families needs.


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

    This was a book I could have easily listened to in one sitting. It was interesting and raised questions for myself and my parenting style.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2630)
    Performance
    (2363)
    Story
    (2362)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "I wanted more!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Where'd You Go, Bernadette to be better than the print version?

    I think I would have enjoyed this book either way, however it did take me a chapter or so to adapt to the the voice of the narrator. Once I was able to listen to the words instead of the sound, I couldn't stop listening. In fact, I listened to the story more than once and shared it with my sister and best friend.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I fell in love with all the characters and the way the interacted with each other. It was honest and had such an accurate way of describing how parents interact. My favorite character was Bernadette. She is vibrant with a lot of life, but was lost in a world she knew nothing about or rather wanted nothing to do with. She is smart and capable yet has some issues she struggles to deal with. I loved her interaction with her daughter and their relationship.


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

    I enjoyed this book. It was fun and entertaining. Sometimes you need a book just for a good laugh. This was the one for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Michael Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Perry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    Last seen sleeping off his wedding night in the back of a 1951 International Harvester pickup, Michael Perry is now living in a rickety Wisconsin farmhouse. Faced with 37 acres of fallen fences and overgrown fields, and informed by his pregnant wife that she intends to deliver their baby at home, Perry plumbs his unorthodox childhood - his city-bred parents took in more than 100 foster children while running a ramshackle dairy farm - for clues to how to proceed as a farmer, a husband, and a father.

    gaillardia says: "Warm and lovely"
    "This book wasn't for me."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I believe this book just wasn't for me. I was excited to begin this story because of my own interests in living a well-balanced life. I was distracted by the reading and could never get into the story, despite the numerous times I tried. I didn't care for the rambling and wanted there to be more of a story behind all the experiences.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6683)
    Performance
    (6056)
    Story
    (6056)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Simply Amazing."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Invention of Wings the most enjoyable?

    Listening to "The Invention of Wings" was an incredible experience. I cried, I laughed, I fell in love with the characters. The voices and overall performance animated the story making it more powerful; more outstanding. I knew I wanted to read this book because Sue Monk Kidd is the author of my favorite childhood book, "Secret Life of Bees." What I didn't realize when I purchased this audible book was how much more I appreciated the story line just by listening to it. The different narrators made each character stand out, and each character played a significant role. I was highly impressed by the way Sue Monk Kidd was able to take me back into time and explore history in an unforgettable way. This book comes highly recommended, and you will not be disappointed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1630)
    Performance
    (1421)
    Story
    (1436)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    mj says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "A Library Must Have!"
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    Would you listen to Flight Behavior again? Why?

    Flight Behavior is a book that has stayed with me from the moment I listened to it on Audible. It was a book that I purchased for my own library as well as a gift for both my mother and mother-in-law. There is no questioning that Barbara Kingsolver knows how to write a good story. It's an important subject, told in away that you just can't turn away from. This book is narrated by the author making it easy to listen to. I could focus on the content without being distracted.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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