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Sebastien

Saint-Hyacinthe, QC, Canada | Member Since 2004

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  • ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kathleen Nadeau, Judith Kolberg
    • Narrated By Lisa Reneé Pitts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (76)

    From authors Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau comes an essential guide to organization written with the unique needs of ADD sufferers in mind. Here are strategies that work from a professional organizer and a renowned ADD clinician.

    Sebastien says: "Helpful and reassuring"
    "Helpful and reassuring"
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    Would you listen to ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life again? Why?

    I am halway through the book and already I am going back and forth to re-read important passages. I am an adult who has just discovered that he has ADD (about eight weeks ago) and this book helps in the reorganization of my entire life in a way that finaly makes sense and at the same time reduces the anxiety resulting by this way of thinking and working by letting me know that I am not alone. Examples are numerous and relatable covering a great deal of ADD types and variations. The descriptions of everyday life situation and how others have live throught them to emerge more efficient in a way that makes alot more sense to them and to me than the one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter way in which regular books about self-organizing tend to promote.So far, the techniques and approaches covered in the book are based on a "take what works for you" philosophy which takes out the stress inducing "it worked for everyone else, why not for me" way of doing things usual in other organization books. I've heard ADD described somewhere as being a beaver living in a world of Squirels. You Don't climb trees very well prefering to build a dam and create a pond. Your tails isn't fluffy in any way and you don't even like eating nuts. This work fits this description of the ADD life and it offers advice for beavers and not for squirels. The book plays to the strenghts of the ADD way of thinking and offers ways to go around the obstacles that can trip up the ADD-er in his or her quest to finally get organized and efficient.I would most certainly recommend the book to anyone who's had difficulty with organization in general and in particular to adults living with ADD.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life?

    Description of the different ways in which ADD-ers go through life and how to surmount difficulties with ADD-friendly methods.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Lisa Reneé Pitts?

    Maybe. I have read the reviews before buying this book and many people criticized the interpretation of Lisa Renée Pitts but I bought it anyway.Lets face it, this is a textbook, not a novel. I do not need nor expect a stellar performance by the narator, I need the information in the book I mean try to be entertaining while reading recipes in a cookbook. Also, after listening to a couple of samples from other books she narated in which the style of reading is completely different, I cannot help but think that the performance might have been purposefuly directed this way in order to keep ADD listeners from wandering off as some of us tend to do. This is just conjuncture and speculations of course, but it kind of makes sense.In any case, don't let the momments about the narator keep you from the valuable information in this book.


    What did you learn from ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life that you would use in your daily life?

    I will set up an external support system recruiting family and friends to help build and maintain a structure in my new ADD life.


    Any additional comments?

    Very useful book, worth the price or the credits.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2426)
    Performance
    (1298)
    Story
    (1292)

    The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

    Bill says: "Excellent!"
    "To Get your Writing License..."
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    Ever thought about writing something? This is your manual. Part biography, part instruction manual, Stephen King lets you in on how he sees the writing, the process and the essential tools that any writer uses and how he got where he is today.

    With great humility and direct honesty, he exposes his process of creation and how the story finds it's way to the page without any pretense that he is the possessor of some esoteric knowledge or that he has some arcane connection to ethereal being from other planes (He also never denies either, so it might warrant some scrutiny). He also reveals the secrets to his success: Hard work and persistence. He also makes it very clear that he is one of the lucky ones and that for every one writer that makes a living out if it, at least dozens will not be able to achieve it. In short, money should not be the goal of a writer, just a happy accident.

    King also includes a section on how to getting your stuff published. That is actually more of a series of tips on how to minimize rejection letters from editors. However, this section is a it outdated and has more of an historical/biographical value as the outlets for creative writing have undoubtedly changed a great deal with the introduction of a myriad of electronic publishing options.

    The biographic elements of the books feel very personal with King himself narrating. It brings you in closer and makes for a very enjoyable glimpse in the author's life from childhood, through tough times and addictions concluding with a very real brush with death.

    For my part, I always wanted to write, I just didn't know how to get started. Somehow, I thought I needed some sort of permission to write, not really knowing who or what could grant it. Turns out, I just needed Stephen King to tell me that I was allowed to do it. Now, I have started writing all sorts of things and it is a lot of fun.

    I strongly recommend this audiobook to anyone who ever thought about creative writing. It has become my source of motivation when the words are protesting and writing gets harder.

    You too can get your Writing license! Steve is waiting!


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