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ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life Audiobook

ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life

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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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    Eric Holmquist Blue Bell, PA United States 04-05-16
    Eric Holmquist Blue Bell, PA United States 04-05-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Decent book with regrettable narrator choice"
    What did you love best about ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life?

    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.


    Would you recommend ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not sure, it would depend on the topic.


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

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    "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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jennifer 03-06-16
    Jennifer 03-06-16
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    "Great info - annoying narration"

    The reader sounds like a robot which gets irritating but otherwise the information is very insightful.

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    A. Martin 03-06-16
    A. Martin 03-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Lots of great information"

    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.

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    Petunia1620 09-04-14
    Petunia1620 09-04-14

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    "Really Helpful"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Midge Gainesville, GA, United States 08-15-13
    Midge Gainesville, GA, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "So Good, I am buying to book for a go to reference"

    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.

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    Jane 01-11-13
    Jane 01-11-13
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    Where does ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good.


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

    Helpful tips that are reasonable and doable for the ADDer.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Proper annunciation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Tangible tactics.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall this was a good book that contained quality information but narrator mispronunciations are grating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Grinbarg Little Rock, AR 12-08-13
    Tony Grinbarg Little Rock, AR 12-08-13 Member Since 2016
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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.

    4 of 8 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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    rockhead57 05-11-16
    rockhead57 05-11-16
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    "for women only!"

    nowhere in the description of this book does it say that it is entirely focused on the unique challenges of single working mothers, but that is precisely what it is.

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    ABB 06-09-15
    ABB 06-09-15
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    "GREAT and helpful book - AWFUL narrator!"

    The book itself is great and very helpful - but the narrator has a lisp / accent that is awful! Every time I listen to it I feel annoyed. :(   I will definitely be purchasing this book in paperback and am disappointed I won't be able to listen to it "on the go" as I usually enjoy many of my reads. Please let me know if the publisher re-releases it with a different narrator. 

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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