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ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life | [Kathleen Nadeau, Judith Kolberg]

ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Tony Grinbarg Little Rock, AR 12-08-13
    Tony Grinbarg Little Rock, AR 12-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent tips, terrible narrator."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What other book might you compare ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life to and why?

    This reminds me a lot of Delivered from Distraction, with a greater focus on life application versus understanding and appreciation of ADD.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    A. Sharp Australia 09-28-12
    A. Sharp Australia 09-28-12
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    "Detailed examination poorly read"
    What made the experience of listening to ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life the most enjoyable?

    It was a very detailed and sensitive examination of a difficult subject.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kathleen Nadeau and Judith Kolberg again?

    Not if it was to be read by Lisa Renee Pitts.


    How could the performance have been better?

    There were countless examples of misplaced emphasis, and even misread/mispronounced words, making me wonder if the producer was asleep at the wheel. The reader's performance distracted from the content. Her tone kept changing from coldly clinical to overly bright, as if she were performing a radio commercial for a product called "A-D-D". She didn't seem very connected with the material for much of the time. If she had she would have made more sense of the sometimes difficult sentences.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, because I find it easier if I listen to everything in one sitting. Like other reviewers here, it was sometimes quite painful having to hear it through the filter of the poor performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have to say that this is the worst performance of an audiobook I have ever heard. However, it must be admitted that such a book would not be easy to read aloud.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Walt SWAMPSCOTT, MA, United States 10-05-13
    Walt SWAMPSCOTT, MA, United States 10-05-13
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    "I agree with the others ... almost painful."
    Would you listen to ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life again? Why?

    The information in the book is top notch. A ton of great solutions, 3 levels of accommodation. You can take the basic advise, the mid level advise or use the high level advise with a paid professional in the area of need.
    Then there is the actor. Ms Pitts obviously has a accent of some type. The issue I take from this is "Why did the publisher use this person to read this book and ask the reader to smooth out the accent?" The pronunciations, inflections and pauses in the reading seem forced and unrealistic.
    Either let Ms Pitts read the book in her normal tone, inflection and pace OR find another voice actor that can avoid the listener from making strange faces every time Ms Pitts tries to enunciate a word to the point of forcing the word into a odd form.
    I should have bought this book in print form.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kathleen Nadeau and Judith Kolberg before, how does this one compare?

    None Before


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lisa Reneé Pitts’s performances?

    Sorry Ms Pitts, but NO.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life?

    There are very good suggestions in this book. If I can bring myself to listen again and take notes it would be super helpful.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Sandy, OR, United States 04-20-13
    Tracy Sandy, OR, United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "rambling, repeated info.Not good listening for add"

    Rambling, repeated, and boring info, nothing new. Not good listening for someone with ADD. Would cut the book in half.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J Schaefer 04-01-14
    J Schaefer 04-01-14
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    "Not worth paying for"
    What disappointed you about ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life?

    The book is poorly structured to be an audio book, some ideas are useful but there's no way to organize the information without taking notes. I think it may be more helpful as a reference book than as a listen.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing. I'm done with Audible.


    What didn’t you like about Lisa Reneé Pitts’s performance?

    Aside from the lack of structure to the book as an audio media, her (seemingly) forced pronunciation, timing, and tone made it even more difficult to listen to.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I had higher hopes for the information in this book, but it's just a re-hash of any other self-help organizer. The ADHD parts are few and far between.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Mattapoisett, Morocco 01-27-14
    Susan Mattapoisett, Morocco 01-27-14 Member Since 2010
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    What a terrible book


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kathleen Nadeau and Judith Kolberg again?

    No Way would I ever listen to anything they wrote


    How could the performance have been better?

    Lisa Renee Pitts couldn't read a first grade book about Dick Jane and Sally without hesitation. You could tell when she was turning the pages of the book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life?

    I'd cut out all the stupid suggestions that made up this stupid book


    Any additional comments?

    Total waste of time. I'd rather read eighth grade compositions.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Gerard F. Courtemanche 02-22-12
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    "Very informative, Narration was HORRIBLE"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Switch Narrators. It is worth paying the extra money for a quality narrator such as Ray Porter. This is a make or break. Pitts is the Pits. Found it difficult following her Ebonically flavored speech.


    What didn???t you like about Lisa Rene?? Pitts???s performance?

    I had to buy a Dictionary for Ebonics just to try to understand what you were speaking.

    Examples,
    Bof = Both
    Wiff = With
    Teef = Teeth
    Teeffeses = More than 1 Tooth
    Powah = Power
    Yo = You
    Dis = This

    This is just a part of the list of words I had to translate to understand this book.

    Next time I purchase an Audible book I will make sure you are Not the Narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Very informative, I recommend it but my only dislike was the narration.

    10 of 48 people found this review helpful
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    Skyler GEORGETOWN, TX, United States 09-18-12
    Skyler GEORGETOWN, TX, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2001
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    "I wish I could listen, I hear the book is good"
    What disappointed you about ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life?

    The narrator is unlistenable for me. I literally can't get past the first few sentences. I have never had this happen before. This is worse because it's a book targetted towards the easily distractable. *sigh*


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

    None. Couldn't get past the beginning paragraph


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader is not in the right line of work


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Dissapointment


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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