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Matthew

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  • The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ross W. Greene
    • Narrated By Ross W. Greene
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (65)

    Dr. Ross Greene, a distinguished clinician and pioneer in the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, has worked with thousands of explosive children, and he has good news: these kids aren't attentionseeking, manipulative, or unmotivated, and their parents aren't passive, permissive disciplinarians. Rather, explosive kids are lacking some crucial skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem solving, and they require a different approach.

    Matthew says: "Wonderful and Useful"
    "Wonderful and Useful"
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    Would you listen to The Explosive Child again? Why?

    Absolutely, to review the wonderful advice and refresh my understanding


    What other book might you compare The Explosive Child to and why?

    Superparenting in ADHD


    Which character – as performed by Ross W. Greene – was your favorite?

    N/a


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

    If a child has the skills and ability to be and act better they would


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seventh: The Marching Darkness, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Heath Pfaff
    • Narrated By Sean Schroeder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    James awakens to the glow of red emergency lights and discovers himself locked in his quarters aboard the deep space vessel Odyssey. Communication circuits are severed, and the Artificial Intelligence system is malfunctioning. It doesn't take the young cadet long to realize that the technical issues he's experiencing are among the least of his concerns. Dark things wrapped loosely in human flesh haunt the strangely vacant halls of the Odyssey, and James can't be sure whether they really exist or he has lost his mind to the rigors of space.

    Matthew says: "Interesting and Suprising"
    "Interesting and Suprising"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you listen to Seventh again? Why?

    Yes. There was a lot of complexity in the story and I would enjoy going back to it in a year or so and picking up on different elements that I missed


    What did you like best about this story?

    That I enjoyed it so much.... I got this story from a Reddit give away and was somewhat dubious going in given it is not my normal type of book. It managed to hook me quickly and keep me interested.


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

    Set the right pace with the novel. Was able to give the right inflection and presence to most scenes. I would have like a little more emotion in some of the madness experienced by the main character (but this could have gone very badly...). Would have a great voice for military sci fi.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Ahh.. maybe spoilers.... the moment when he realised he killed the marine. Not sure why, but that was rather a surreal moment with great narration hinting at the confusion and acceptance of the deed.


    Any additional comments?

    This would make an amazing manga movie. I would also really enjoy reading a solid sci fi novel set in this universe (rather than what I would consider a short story).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4962)
    Performance
    (3460)
    Story
    (3494)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    Justin says: "Kinda boring, mostly tedious, and frustrating"
    "Solid Sifi"
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    Where does The Lost Fleet: Dauntless rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty good listen. Heavy on the 'real physics' aspects and military lingo. Voice acting is very good, with no silly sounds, and consistent characters across the whole book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By Richard Gilliland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    As the recent tragedies in Oregon, Arkansas, and Colorado Have shown, children as young as eight years old are capable of murder and violence. No community is safe from this tragic phenomenon, and experts ranging from law enforcement officials to guidance counselors are confused and conflicted about how to approach it.

    carynification says: "meh"
    "It is okay - not great but not bad"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I might - not a particularly academic, but not bad. If from a non psych background might be okay. Fairly pessimistic view of offenders and not really focused on children as much as psychopaths generally. Not really a reflection on violent children.


    Would you recommend Savage Spawn to your friends? Why or why not?

    As above


    Did Richard Gilliland do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really applicable


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not really applicable


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Superparenting for ADD: An Innovative Approach to Raising Your Distracted Child

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward M. Hallowell, Peter S. Jensen
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (50)

    Dr. Edward Hallowell - a veteran pediatric psychiatric clinician, best-selling author, and himself a man with attention deficit disorder (ADD) - teams up with Peter S. Jensen, M.D., one of the country's foremost academics on ADD and the father of an ADD child, to present a specific and detailed program for parents to assist their ADD child in finding success, health, and joy. Sure to become an invaluable parenting resource and a classic in ADD literature, this book will help parents unlock the gifts of ADD.

    Nicole says: "Innovative way to communicate with skiddish parent"
    "Great Advice - Loved it!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Superparenting for ADD rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top three!


    What other book might you compare Superparenting for ADD to and why?

    The Explosive Child, use strength based perspectives


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

    I have not but I will now


    What did you learn from Superparenting for ADD that you would use in your daily life?

    Talking about ADD in a positive why with the children I work with


    Any additional comments?

    If you have or work with ADD kids buy this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warming the Stone Child: Myths and Stories about Abandonment and the Unmothered Child

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    • Narrated By Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    The pain of abandonment, both real and metaphorical, can cast a shadow over our entire adult experience. Warming the Stone Child investigates the abandoned child archetype in world myths and cultures to find clues about the process of healing the "unmothered" child within us all. Spiced with Dr. Estes' wonderful storytelling, Warming the Stone Child is a unique listening experience with a practical edge.

    Anne says: "Warming the Stone Child"
    "Hippish and a bit crap"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I found the sole focus on the psychoanalytic / Jungian approach a bit draft and not practically helpful


    Would you ever listen to anything by Clarissa Pinkola Estes again?

    NO!!


    What three words best describe Clarissa Pinkola Estes’s voice?

    Okay, whimsical, breathy


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, no real life examples just fables, I expected more.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want evidenced based practical approach to working with abused / neglected children do not buy this book. If you want a hippie / new agey view on fables, then go for it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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