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SaturdayDad

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  • Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Greg Dean
    • Narrated By Greg Dean
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (52)

    Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy, written by Greg Dean, is a comprehensive guide for people who are funny, want to be funnier, or have dreams of being a stand-up comedian. This first-of-its-kind audiobook demystifies the craft of comedy by breaking it down to the fundamental skills used by professional funny people. Dean lays out these skills in simple-to-understand lessons that are easy to practice and master.

    Scott says: "Solid Advice, Horrendous Delivery. Read it instead"
    "Great first third, repetitive after that"
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    I really enjoyed listening to the first third of the book where the author explains his technique for how to create jokes. His system seems sound, and it is worth getting the book for just this part. The rest of the book gets a little repetitive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior Is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Enrico Gnaulati
    • Narrated By Matthew Kugler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    A veteran clinical psychologist exposes why doctors, teachers, and parents incorrectly diagnose healthy American children with serious psychiatric conditions. In recent years there has been an alarming rise in the number of American children and youth assigned a mental health diagnosis. Current data from the Centers for Disease Control reveal a 41 percent increase in rates of ADHD diagnoses over the past decade and a forty-fold spike in bipolar disorder diagnoses. Similarly, diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder has increased by 78 percent since 2002.

    SaturdayDad says: "surprisingly useful and specific"
    "surprisingly useful and specific"
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    My expectation for this book was that it was going to be filled with generalities about how kids in our times are being overdiagnosed with a variety of psychological disorders. And the introduction of this book does indeed feel that way. But what was surprising, was the number of specific cases that Dr. Gnaulati discusses in his book. In chapter 8 he discusses a boy whom he called William, and who had been classified with Autism. Dr. Gnaulati convincingly explains the difference between a clinical case of Autism and a introverted, assertive, smart boy which is what William turns out to be. By grounding his explanation in a specific experience, he puts us inside his mind and teaches how to think about these issues.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Codex

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (74)

    "Greetings from the dead," declares Maxwell Broadbent on the videotape he left behind after his mysterious disappearance. A notorious treasure hunter and tomb raider, Broadbent accumulated over half a billion dollars' worth of priceless art, gems, and artifacts before vanishing, along with his entire collection, from his mansion in New Mexico.

    Michelle says: "Excellent descriptive narrative, so-so thriller"
    "Cartoonish, but a good listen"
    Overall

    This book is Indiana Jones meets Days of our Lives. It's full of drama and characters that are easy to like and dislike. The beginning takes a short bit to get going (because the writer introduces many characters), but once it does, it's smooth sailing. The story had three plot twists that surprised me. I liked that. The narrator does a good job of making the characters sound distinct, which helped me keep track of who was saying what. The archeology is mostly fantasy, so don't expect to believe everything said about the Maya. Do expect, however, to be entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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