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Boys Adrift Audiobook

Boys Adrift: Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

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Publisher's Summary

Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college.

Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax argues that a combination of social, cultural, and biological factors, ranging from environmental estrogens to the over-prescription of ADHD drugs, is creating an environment that is literally toxic to boys. Here, he presents his practical solutions, from new ways of controlling boys' use of video games to innovative education reforms.

©2007 Leonard Sax; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    ginger 11-21-12
    ginger 11-21-12 Member Since 2010

    Mu favorites are paranormal, supernatural, post-apocalyptic, and horror!

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    I don't believe that i am giving away any exciting spoilers by stating what this book is about. An underlying theory is that taking medications for ADHD as a kid, may result in a serious lack of motivation later in life. I imagine there could be a possible correlation between these two factors. It is an interesting idea, but I am suprised they were able to write an entire book about it. I am even more suprised that i bought the book in the first place. I am eternally interested in what causes people to act the way they do, but if i could go back, i would not purchase or read this book. i give it 2 stars b/c it is not poorly written, just not interesting to me. I do not recommend this book unless you are exceedingly interested in the present lack of motivation among young boys.

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    femke 11-11-12
    femke 11-11-12
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    "Very informative"
    What did you love best about Boys Adrift?

    I like the way the author explored some controversial areas. He re-inforced a lot of my thoughts.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Boys Adrift?

    The conversation a parent may have with their son about restricting his time on computer games. I was listening to the conversations I have with my son and he is only 11!!!!


    What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can listen to it when I am ready to go to bed and my eyes are tired. His voice is very easy to listen to. Helps me go to sleep. That is a good thing.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Boys Adrift?

    The insights into plastics, computer games and learning through real life not text books. His comments about ADHD and ADD medication.


    Any additional comments?

    Really like the book.

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    Peter A. Mello Mattapoisett, MA 09-03-12
    Peter A. Mello Mattapoisett, MA 09-03-12 Member Since 2011

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    Would you try another book from Leonard Sax and/or Malcolm Hillgartner?

    Yes


    Would you recommend Boys Adrift to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. Although there are sections that just did not resonate with me, overall it's a valuable listen for any parent, grandparent, guardian or teacher that has child diagnosed with ADHD.


    Which character – as performed by Malcolm Hillgartner – was your favorite?

    Not applicable.


    Was Boys Adrift worth the listening time?

    Yes.


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    Jeffrey 09-02-12
    Jeffrey 09-02-12
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    "Great Insight"

    This book gives great insight into what the problem may be in today's make students and stresses on teams and competition as a way to save them. If you have young sons this is a great way to get information on ideas on how to help raise them. This book makes lots of sense. It also encourages parents to take those video games away. They sap the motivation and drive right out of your children.

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    Niares Saint Charles, MO, United States 08-22-12
    Niares Saint Charles, MO, United States 08-22-12
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Boys Adrift to be better than the print version?

    Yes I liked being able to hear the content any where on my iPhone.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    5 reasons for boys failure in school or failure to launch


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never heard of him before; but the changes in tone and pitch in his voice made it worthwhile to listen to verses a monotone voice.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    bottled water and video games


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    Chris Woodridge, IL, USA 06-20-12
    Chris Woodridge, IL, USA 06-20-12
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    "OMG throw away the Xbox!"

    I have a 21 year old daughter with plenty of male friends who are not doing anything with their lives. For example, one finished a very good college in three years, including some time in China, and now he is working at a big box store. I read this because I wanted to prevent that happening to my 16 year old son. Well, let me tell you, he is being weaned off those games. The author has suggestions for how to get them interested in other things - not an easy task.

    After the first few hours of the book, I was exclaiming at the dinner table about all the facts and how it made perfect sense. There is an actual part of the brain that has to do with motivation that is adversely affected by the incredibly violent realistic games!!! I read another Audible review that didn't care for it when he got into less scientific areas, but some of the letters he received, really hit a nerve and made sense to me as to explaining why even older guys play them. I am so glad I read this now, and can only wish it was a few years ago. I've already recommended it to someone else with a problem nephew.

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    Lisa United States 05-22-12
    Lisa United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Interesting and timely analysis of today's boys"

    The book is written in a sort of epidemic/crisis format- very much encouraging the reader to take this matter seriously, with useful tips for parents of young boys. Sadly, it doesn't provide much help for how to handle adult men who are the result of these "five factors." Much of the analysis surrounds the formative years of a boy's life, encouraging parents to find a school that fits their son, rather than trying to make their son fit a school. The author discourages use of medication for ADHD, drinking out of bottles that contain certain types of plastic, and using video games and computer time as a substitute for real-life learning and experience.

    I do not have children, but I still found this book to be extremely interesting, and I'm looking forward to listening to other books by this author. The narration was very good too.

    I recommended this book to my friends who are teachers, and/or who have sons. For those who aren't directly concerned with boys and young men today- I don't know how interesting you'll find the book.

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    Lesli G McQuigg 05-21-12 Member Since 2007
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    I was stunned to listen to the author's findings. I hope that perhaps more of our educators and parents will read/listen to this book. The idea that we have created an environment which will or has changed our future men into future milktoasts is depressing. But, the author does give us ideas for change and room to hope.

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    NewMomVAKJW 05-21-12
    NewMomVAKJW 05-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about Boys Adrift?

    It provided some interesting ideas and theories as to why we have such a large number of unmotivated boys in today's society. As the mother of a 2 year boy it gave me a different perspective of ways to help continue to make learning fun for him. I did like the part about a separate school for boys only (there has always been more of this focus of a female segregated school and less on boys only education environment). Unfortunately, there are very few schools nearby who offer this


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    Ronda 05-11-12
    Ronda 05-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting and valuable information"

    Great to read if you have kids, vital if you have boys. Well written, well studied.

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