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Patrick

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  • The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Finch
    • Narrated By David Finch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    At some point in nearly every marriage, a wife finds herself asking, "What is wrong with my husband?!" In David Finch's case, this turns out to be an apt question. Five years after he married Kristen, the love of his life, they learn that he has Asperger syndrome. The diagnosis explains David's ever-growing list of quirks and compulsions, his lifelong propensity to quack and otherwise melt down in social exchanges, and his clinical-strength inflexibility. But it doesn't make him any easier to live with.

    Patrick says: "I wish I had read this many years ago"
    "I wish I had read this many years ago"
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    My kids are now grown and I missed most of it. I was there, but I was almost never really present. I have Asperger Syndrome (self-diagnosed), but not nearly as far on the spectrum as the author. My wife always tried to tell me how much trouble I was causing for everyone and how frustrated she was with me, but It always felt like an attack, and naturally I went into defense mode. After all, I was doing very well at work and bringing home lots of money.

    I'm now divorced and alone and would give everything I have for a chance to do it over again. If only I had heard another dad talk about it in this way, I may have swallowed my pride, put down my defenses and stepped up be the dad every kid deserves and the husband every wife deserves. By hearing someone else talk about and even laugh at themselves, it made it much easier for me to see these behaviors through someone else's eyes (while not being attacked).

    If there's even a chance you have AS (if you happen to be a software engineer, there's a very good chance) and you have kids or plan to have kids, then you MUST listen to this book.

    I don't think anyone could have read it better than the author, who is very funny. He does great voices.

    If you are a guy and you are married, I think it's very unlikely you are lucky enough to have found someone like Kirsten. Even so, there are several good ideas in here about how to change yourself.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Buddhism for Beginners

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jack Kornfield
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (274)

    Created specifically to address the questions and needs of first-time students, here is Buddhism's vast spiritual legacy, presented by one of America's leading meditation teachers.

    Anna says: "Might be difficult for true beginners..."
    "Outstanding !"
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    I'm enjoying this talk immensely. Jack Kornfield is a master speaker, and has an excellent speaking voice. He clearly speaks from his heart. The talk is full of great quotes from great people, and Kornfield knows exactly where to use them to make his point. He mixes humor, quotes, wisdom and compassion to make for a great and compelling introduction to Buddhism. This is one of the best Audible books I can remember listening to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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