© 1948 Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey; (P) 2000 Random House, Inc.
"Lighthearted.... One of the most amusing books." (The Chicago Sun)
When I was a high-schooler having a rough day and crying in the girls' bathroom, our school librarian found me and gave me a copy of this book. It's one of the most joyful, happy books you'll ever read, and the fact that it's a true story just makes it that much more magical. The Gilbreths were such a fascinating family: parents who were motion study experts raising their twelve children in accordance with the principals of motion study. It's almost as though the parents decided to script out their very own comedy from the beginning! And the love that this family had comes through, too, and (for me, at least) makes you start reminiscing about family stories of your own. In short, every person ought to read this book.
That being said, this is one of the worst narrations I've come across. In the first ten minutes, I wondered if the narrator was trying to set some sort of speed record, as she was racing through the text so fast that I could barely follow her! To make matters worse, she had the backdrop of a hideously loud incompetent musician belting out poorly scored hits of the gay nineties. I almost returned the book without finishing it at that point, because the loud music (for lack of a better term for the noise) and the speed-demon narrator were about to give me a headache rather than lull me to sleep (as had been my hope). I stuck with it, though, and learned that the narrator does eventually slow down, and the music only happens for the first page or two of each chapter (and is equally terrible each time).
After we got into the story, my chief complaints were that the narrator makes every child sound cloying and high pitched, and the mother always sounds like a washrag or prude. Quite a disservice to the real Lillian Gilbreth, I felt, since she was such an accomplished and remarkable woman. If I were a child listening to this story, I would likely feel insulted that the narrator was talking down to me, and as an adult listening, I feel like it's a dreadful thing to have happen to such a wonderful story. I stuck with it to the end only because I love the book so much. My advice is to only buy this one if you are a diehard fan of the book -- otherwise, there are simply hundreds are far better narrators to listen to on Audible.
This is really a great book, even abridged.
Audio is a bit poor, mainly the music that is over the chapter start and ends, this drove us crazy, and we often missed some of the words.
Kids and adults loved this one.
I enjoyed this book very much. It was entertaining and funny. However, I did find the music included with the recording distracting and rather loud. At times it was difficult to hear the reading over the music. That is my only complaint.
This narrative offers something for parents and children alike. I was surprised that even our 4 year old son asks to listen to Cheaper By the Dozen. Entertaining and inspiring!
I have been an avid Bibliophile since I learned how to read at 4 years old. I listen to audiobooks every day.
I loved reading this book, it is so light hearted and fun. I loved this audio version of it as much if not more so than the printed copy! We all need to just kick back and enjoy a belly laugh every now and then, this book is just the ticket! Try it, you won't be sorry!
I like to listen to classic literature while I'm on the treadmill at the gym. The deep meaningful thoughts drown out the inane pop music.
Yes, I would listen to Cheaper by the Dozen again, because it is amusing and gave me something to think about.
My favorite character was Mrs. Gilbreth because she is an example of a strong and capable woman and loving mother.
Dana Ivey's voice was full of fun and smiles and I felt that she was telling the story as if it were her own.
I'm really too busy to do anything while sitting! I listened to this book while sewing and had to keep pausing my iPod during the noisy sewing machine tasks so that I wouldn't miss anything. I did keep sewing all day so that I could keep listening to this wonderful book! My daughters also listened to it and thoroughly enjoyed it.
A real treasure in this book for me was the fact that it was a primary historical resource for family life and societal attitudes in the 1920s. I'm making a personal study of the changing attitudes through the 19th and 20th centuries, especially as related to fashion tastes. It was informative to hear the family's reaction to the sudden change in clothes and
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
Gentle, sweet and fun adventures of real family with 12 children in the 1920's. Not a whole lot of plot... but a nice change of pace for me. I actually enjoyed the music clips that divided the chapters as it added to the ambiance of the the setting. Plan to let my grandma listen, she was raised during this period... but am sure the grandkids would enjoy too.
This is a terrific story. It's too bad the new movie has nothing to do with it except the name. (There is an older movie that's actually based on the book, though.)
This is a great story. Family life with 12 children at the turn of the century.
The narration is fast and the music sometimes plays over the narration. It took a little to get used to but it was worth it!
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