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Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving Audiobook

Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

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Publisher's Summary

Benjamin Benjamin has lost virtually everything - his wife, his family, his home, and his livelihood. With few options, Ben enrolls in a night class called The Fundamentals of Caregiving, taught in the basement of a local church. There Ben is instructed in the art of inserting catheters and avoiding liability, about professionalism, and how to keep physical and emotional distance between client and provider. But when Ben is assigned to 19-year-old Trev, who is in the advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, he discovers that the endless mnemonics and service plan checklists have done little to prepare him for the reality of caring for a fiercely stubborn, sexually frustrated adolescent. As they embark on a wild road trip across the American West to visit Trev's ailing father, a new camaraderie replaces the traditional boundary between patient and caregiver.

Bursting with energy, this big-hearted, soulful, and inspired novel ponders life's terrible surprises and the heart's uncanny capacity to mend and become whole again.

©2012 Jonathan Evison (P)2012 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"A lively narrative with a poignant core and quirky, lonely characters." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 04-27-13
    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 04-27-13 Member Since 2016

    Life's good when I am listening to a great book.

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    "The Title Scared Me But......"

    I selected this book because I loved Jonathon Evison's book, All About Lulu. This book was even better. I was a little afraid because the title made me wonder if the book might be too sad with too many gruesome details about caregiving; yet, to the contrary, this book took the reader through a man's grief of losing his family as he adventured through his days as a caregiver. Ben, the father and caregiver, showed himself to be a father to all he came across as he helped his patient, Trev, come into his manhood and burst through the barriers of his disease. What a journey. Just loved it. This is the kind of fiction that keeps you coming back for more. I learned more about love, life and death while listening to exceptional reading voices and got to know some beautiful and interesting people. More please.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa L. Hansen 12-20-12

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    "Refreshingly different"

    Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving was a definite shift from my usual listen. I thought the narrator, Jeff Woodman, did a great job of presenting the tone of the novel. This is the first listen in a long time that I couldn't put down. Generally, I only allow myself to listen in my vehicle. But I broke that rule and listened at home as well. I'm very glad that I listened. I'm looking forward to the author's next work.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    clifford United States 02-19-16
    clifford United States 02-19-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Jumbled narrative thread"

    I have read or listened to 4 of Jonathan Evison's books. All four had many passages that were pure genius. Evison has a knack for conveying communication between characters that is stellar. The stories also have good underlying plots. But all four of these books have a similar fault that tears what could have been a good story apart. They weave in and out of time. They have a broken time line.
    Revised Fundamentals is a good story. It has great characters. Its well written. Everything I ask for in a novel. But... Its confusing and falls apart.

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    Krispian 10-20-12
    Krispian 10-20-12 Member Since 2013

    The more you love books... the more books you love!

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    "Fantastic Narrator"

    This book is full of pitiful people: a young man stricken with MD, assorted men who can't seem to do anything right, and the poor protagonist, a guy whose life is a chronicle of disaster and loserdom. Given this premise, Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving could have been a depressing and boring book, but it's not. It was warm and funny and very entertaining. I found myself rooting for these characters and liking them immensely.

    Kudos to the narrator, Jeff Woodman. He deftly brought each individual character to life -- richly nuanced and completely believable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Harvey The Coast of Rhode Island 01-02-13
    Pamela Harvey The Coast of Rhode Island 01-02-13 Listener Since 2003

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    "Unlike!"

    There are few parts for women, except as marginal girlfriends, and this book did not read as advertised, especially considering the beautiful cover calligraphy. I was hoping for more of a "Phoenix-from-the-ashes" kind of story with a little bit of spiritual growth, dysfunction, empathy and emotional learnings thrown in. Instead, it's just a bunch of guys hanging out talking guy talk. The fact that one guy has a disabling disease is just incidental.

    And I think that leaving out the details of what happened in "the disaster" is just plain ole unfair to the reader, unless there are other factors that attract. Which, of course, there were not.

    Perhaps I didn't read far enough but the characters failed to engage me. The story has potential but the scenes were just not interesting. I kept imagining a bunch of guys hanging out in The Uniform - in grey, blue and brown hoodies, athletic shoes, ball caps, (some backwards), baggy pants, drinking beer. No thanks.

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    Lyra 08-28-16
    Lyra 08-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book & great reading!"

    Loved the book!! First audible book and it was great! The reader was great at distinction of voices!

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    azael 08-03-16
    azael 08-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Funny, great, and inspirational"

    I really enjoyed the fact that there was humor in a sarcastic way. It is a great book when you are feeling like Ben as if you are in a pit. Inspirational because it helps you see that things will get better in the end only if you allow it and put a little part your self.

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    Diane 05-30-16
    Diane 05-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "all kinds of interesting. something for every sens"

    great narration. great subject matter. well composed. held my interest all the way through. would highly recommend

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    debbie Acworth, GA, United States 03-07-15
    debbie Acworth, GA, United States 03-07-15 Member Since 2016

    I am a married 54 year old mother of 2 adult kids and 2 yorkies. I love cruises and audiobooks!

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    "I loved this book."

    I started reading this book only because the movie was being filmed very close to where I live. I was curious. Wow, I pleasantly surprised. Even though the characters have a lot to be depressed about, they manage to be uplifting. This is a story about how life goes on you might as well make the best of what you've got. I laughed and cried. I can't wait to see the movie. I hope they do the book justice.

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    Willard West Hartford, CT, United States 07-04-13
    Willard West Hartford, CT, United States 07-04-13
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    "Perhaps they should have left it alone.?"
    What disappointed you about Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving?

    I'm thinking the "revision" wasn't a good thing. This book was SO close to being a decent "summer -read,' that I actually felt sorry, for it. In the end, though, I was just plain disappointed. AND, a tad peeved. Too long and went NOWHERE.....slowly.


    What could Jonathan Evison have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He seemed to lose momentum, as he wrote. He began to meander and then downright WANDER from the main premise / plot. Then, it abruptly ended. Loose ends all over the place.Sadly, by then, I didn't really CARE what came of things.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    With exaggerated nonchalance.He seemed to be winking, as in "me, too" but we weren't privy to the joke.


    What character would you cut from Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving?

    The author.


    Any additional comments?

    SIGH.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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