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.
Organizing books fall short of addressing the unique needs of adults with ADD. They fail to understand the clinical picture of ADD and how it impacts the organizing process, often making their advice irrelevant or frustrating when put into practice. Books about ADD may address organization/disorganization but do so in a cursory fashion and on a very small scale. This is a book that has ADD-friendly advice with the ADD-er in mind. This collaboration brings forth the best underlying understanding with the most effective and practical remedy from ADD experts in two important fields: professional organization and clinical psychology. Finally, it offers organizing advice that ranges from self-help to using the help of non-professionals or professional assistance. Thus it permits the listener to decide where they are personally in the organizing process and what level of support will be most beneficial to their unique situation.
©2002 Judith Kolberg and Kathleen G. Nadeau (P)2012 Tantor
The speaker has a nice clear voice but she works too hard on annunciating each word clearly. This leads to a much less conversational reading style that can be trying on the ears of the ADHD listener. tips, while useful comma can also become redundant especially at the end of each section where you are given a recap in the form of, "is this your story? It is if..." All in all it is filled with a lot of great information and strategies for getting things under control, though you may have to review sections a few times before it all sinks in.
I loved the book and tips, but the narrator's diction was driving me nuts. I had to turn the speed up to 1.25x for her voice to be tolerable. She speaks slowly and not with her lips ... my ADD head couldn't concentrate at regular speed.
A different reader would have taken this book in a much different direction for me. If I had more time I would put the effort into the details, but, in the end the reader's voice, rhythm and pronunciation reminds me of 80's office safety video voice-overs.
I haven't listened to enough audio books to suggest someone, however, I will not download any books with Mrs. Pitts as narrator.
Overall, I found the book helpful, although not quite as much as I had hoped, but all throughout incredibly frustrated with the narration as others have commented. First off, the book jumps right in fairly early into some organizing techniques, which is good, but it never really delves into what it is about the "ADD brain" that struggles with this area so much. It would have been helpful to at least spend a little time talking about the underlying problem before going straight to techniques. Next, the book is largely targeted at home organization. I was hoping more for getting organized as a business person, but it appears the authors didn't have as much experience in this area. However, in the end, I did pull out some very good ideas, both in terms of organization techniques (and motivations) as well as setting expectations with others.
Not sure, it would depend on the topic.
The worst part about this book by far is the regrettable selection of the narrator. With all due respect, this person should not be narrating books. The excruciating degree that the narrator goes to to enunciate every single syllable in the book, combined with the maddeningly slow pace, makes the recording almost impossible to listen to. Note to author, most people with ADD are very smart and can digest information very quickly, why on earth would you select a narrator who reads this slowly? I actually had to run the audio at 1.5 speed, which made it almost seem normal. If this was my book, I'm insisting it be re-recorded.
"If you didn't write it down, you didn't tell me." I've never hear a more accurate, useful and applicable concept for the ADD mind. That one alone was worth the price of the book.
In subsequent versions, consider adding a little more content early on to address the underlying "wiring" problem that makes focusing on organization so difficult, and build out the sections for business-people and I think you'll have an even better book.
This book has a lot of great information and insights in living with ADHD that have been very helpful. Sometimes the narrator pauses in weird places like in the middle of a sentence, but overall the narration was good.
There is no story as this is an informational book.
This book is a must have for any adult with ADD or people who just need help organizing. The book itself is well organized and has a summary at the end of each chapter to help reiterate important points. I may just buy the paperback as well for quick reference. I liked the narrator too. She has a pleasant voice and spoke clearly.
One of two great ADD must have books/audios. Uses real life situations to demonstrate each issue then gives good suggestions on how to deal with or correct the issue. Tremendous help for me.
Helpful tips that are reasonable and doable for the ADDer.
Overall this was a good book that contained quality information but narrator mispronunciations are grating.
The only thing not great about this book is the narrator. The tips are great and remarkably tactical. Each one I've put into practice have made my life easier and my weaknesses less relevant.
This reminds me a lot of Delivered from Distraction, with a greater focus on life application versus understanding and appreciation of ADD.
The narrator speaks as if she's reading a spoken word poem at times and at other times it sounds as if she has a lisp. Anyone could have read this more naturally.
I have such a hard time recommending this audiobook- simply because it was so painful to listen to. However, I do love the tips it gave, I'm just not sure if it's worth fighting the narrator for them.
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