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  • The One-in-a-Million Boy

  • By: Monica Wood
  • Narrated by: Chris Ciulla
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,568

For years, guitarist Quinn Porter has been on the road, chasing gig after gig, largely absent to his twice-ex-wife Belle and their odd, Guinness records-obsessed son. When the boy dies suddenly, Quinn seeks forgiveness for his paternal shortcomings by completing the requirements for one of his son's unfinished Boy Scout badges. For seven Saturdays Quinn does yard work for Ona Vitkus, the spry 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant the boy had visited weekly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very moving, thought provoking,

  • By Kelli Stone on 04-12-17

The most endearing book you'll ever hear.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-17

The story line every, the writing style, the character development, and the performance (this was performed, not read) we're all incredible. It was so believable, I wanted to tell the parents to have the kid checked for OCD. I wanted to hug every character in the book. I said "awww!" at the loveliness of different characters out loud - more than once.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Your Teenager Is Not Crazy

  • Understanding Your Teen's Brain Can Make You a Better Parent
  • By: Dr. Jeramy Clark, Jerusha Clark
  • Narrated by: Dr. Jeramy Clark, Jerusha Clark
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

As God allows us to understand the mystery and marvel of brain science, we have the exciting opportunity to reexamine our assumptions about human behavior. Perhaps nowhere does this impact our lives more profoundly than when we think about raising children - especially teenagers. Where parents often see a sweet boy or girl who has morphed into an incomprehensible bundle of hormones and angst, what we really ought to be seeing is an amazing young adult whose brain is under heavy construction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Teenager Parenting Book Ever!

  • By Dawn Hays on 05-13-18

Thought it was brain science, not mythology

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-17

I didn't realize this was a book about Christianity. The description said it was about neuroSCIENCE in teens.

1 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Have a New Teenager by Friday

  • From Mouthy and Moody to Respectful and Responsible in 5 Days
  • By: Kevin Leman
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heybourne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

Congratulations! You have a teenager in your home. Life will never quite be the same again (of course, you already know that). But it can be better than you’ve ever dreamed. In fact, you’re just five days away from your teenager asking, “What can I do to help?” Guaranteed! With his signature wit and commonsense psychology, internationally recognized family expert and New York Times best-selling author Dr. Kevin Leman will help you. your teenager’s life. With Dr. Leman’s instinct and insight, plus an index with gutsy advice on 75 hot-button issues that keep parents up at night.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Listen with a Critical Mind

  • By Stephanie on 03-25-13

Narcissistic overly-christian pandering drivel

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-17

All about selling his other books and saying his own name. I couldn't get past chapter 12. It just kept getting more self absorbed and more about his religion. a typical sentence included his name, a bible quite, and a recommendation to buy a book. In other words, I'm a Dr and smarter than you so God and I decided you should give me more of your money.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Strange Son

  • Two Mothers, Two Sons, and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism
  • By: Portia Iversen
  • Narrated by: Jane Kaczmarek
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Strange Son is the dramatic story (part memoir, part groundbreaking science) of how the author learned to communicate with her severely autistic son through meeting Soma Mukhopadhyay, a poor, single mother from Bangalore, India, whose own son, Tito, is a genius who is also severely autistic.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh.

  • By Ingrid on 11-29-12

Meh.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-12

Would you listen to Strange Son again? Why?

No. The author had a 'know it all' attitude, despite constantly admitting she doesn't understand how the other Mother in the book is able to teach non-verbal autistic kids to write. The whole book can be summarized like this: I know how to use this method better than the poor woman from outside the USA does. I don't know what the method is, but I think she should change it. She thinks these kids can learn even more but I don't think so. I have formed a charity so I have tons of money to use, as long as we do it my way. I told her my way is better over and over and over but she just left. Now I have to try to figure out how she does it so I can be in control. Me. Me. Meeeeeee.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Strange Son?

The thousand times the author mentions 'her' ideas came from another woman, then she proceeds to bash the other woman.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the other woman gets fed up and leaves.

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

I REALLY wish there was a book by Tito and/or his Mom.

Any additional comments?

Most other books on Autism are better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bright Not Broken

  • Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism
  • By: Temple Grandin, Rebecca S. Banks, Diane M. Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Hart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

The future of our society depends on our gifted children - the population in which we’ll find our next Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, or Virginia Woolf. Yet the gifts and talents of some of our most brilliant kids may never be recognized because these children fall into a group known as twice exceptional, or "2e". Twice exceptional kids are both gifted and diagnosed with a disability - often ADHD or an Autism Spectrum Disorder - leading teachers and parents to overlook the child’s talents and focus solely on his weaknesses. Too often, these children get lost in a cycle of chasing diagnostic labels and are never given the tools to fully realize their potential.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening, well-written, much appreciated

  • By Ingrid on 11-13-12

Enlightening, well-written, much appreciated

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-12

Would you listen to Bright Not Broken again? Why?

Yes - I sent a sent a gift copy to my brother so he could listen, too.

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

Actually, I wouldn't have chosen her for this book. She has a very sultry and melodic voice -like a saxophone.It didn't match well , in my mind, to the topic. She did a beautiful job presenting the information - did not sound like a robot *reading* something, she *presented* it.I would love to hear her read a less fact-centric book like a fiction, or a biography.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

This would be a great book for every teacher; even teachers of adults. (People seem to forget that gifted kids, and kids with learning differences, AND 2E kids who are both gifted add have learning differences all grow up and many go on to college and/or to have reltaionships and families.)This would also be great for parents / guardians / spouces who have trouble envisioning what is going on in theri loved one's mind. Chances are one or both of the people in the realtionship is represented in this book.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Darwin Awards III

  • Survival of the Fittest
  • By: Wendy Northcutt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Graybill, Patrick Lawlor, Julie Schaller
  • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

One of the human race's most popular humor series returns with a brand-new collection of hilariously macabre mishaps and misadventures. Honoring those who improve our gene pool by inadvertently removing themselves from it, The Darwin Awards III shows once more how uncommon common sense still is.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lost in translation

  • By Ingrid on 11-13-12

Lost in translation

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Possibly if it were read by someone who thought the material was funny, rather than two people who took turns sounding bored.

Has The Darwin Awards III turned you off from other books in this genre?

Other Darwin Awards books? Yes
Otehr Comady bookds? No

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

No

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I think it mayl have been funny in print

Any additional comments?

I've heard peopel on podcasts and radio quote things from the Darwin Awards .. and it was very funny. Partly becasue the DJ or Podcaster thought it was funny and it showed in their voices .. which added to the expectation that what they were saying was about to get really funny.
These two sounded like they were reading from a college textbook. And they were definitely READING from something, not presenting the inforamtion in any smooth, natural speaking kind of way. They ruined the whole thing.

  • Rules

  • By: Cynthia Lord
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352

Catherine, a 12-year-old girl with big responsibilities, loves her autistic younger brother David and makes lists of rules she thinks will help him get by. But she often feels that her parents, focused on special care for David, forget that she exists, too.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Necessary Read

  • By Michael on 03-07-09

Honest story with a touching ending for ALL ages

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-12

What made the experience of listening to Rules the most enjoyable?

All of it - it was well written, beautifully narrated, and highly relatable.

What other book might you compare Rules to and why?

It is very unique - I can't think think of any comparable books.

Which scene was your favorite?

The running scene, the dance, and the ending were all awesome.

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

No toys in the fishtank, and no apologies for existing; those are the rules.

Any additional comments?

I was the forgotten older sister of a brother with learning disabilities. I am a proud Mom of (2)Aspies (1)mild-moderatly autistic and (1)neurotypical kids (who are each fascinating), a prior Sign-Language interpreter, and a current Vocational Rehab provider (Like an OT but concentrating on work skills, rather than daily living skills).
This was a gratifying and reaffirming story. I could see myself, my parents, my brother, my kids, and my previous customers who use communication boards in these situations. The technical description of the use of the communication book were accurate. Even if the English word weren't given, I would have known which signs were being used from the descriptions. Many of the books/materials I used during my Deaf Studies / Interpreter Training classes in college fell far short of the descriptions in this book. Getting the technical details right is important to me - it lends credibility to the story. This book touched on so many of the 'unique' experiences in my life, and remained realistic. Attitudes that evolved over decades for me were reflected beautifully. The last line in the book will stay with me as I guide my own kids.
Don't hesitate, this book has a lot to show you; you will very likely be a better person after listening to it. Seriously. This should be required reading/listening in every school - from elementary school through college.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • We Are All Weird

  • The Myth of Mass and the End of Compliance
  • By: Seth Godin
  • Narrated by: Seth Godin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 326

We Are All Weird is a celebration of choice, of treating different people differently and of embracing the notion that everyone deserves the dignity and respect that comes from being heard. The book calls for end of "mass" and for the beginning of offering people more choices, more interests, and giving them more authority to operate in ways that reflect their own unique values.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing new

  • By Steven on 03-07-12

This is a book about marketing to niche audiences

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-12

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Advertising professionals, students with Marketing Majors in college, entrepreneurs.

Would you ever listen to anything by Seth Godin again?

Possibly

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

This book would be valuable for people in the advertisong and marketing fields. It tries to make a dry subject (to me) funny. People who are interested in the subject, would likely be delighted.

Any additional comments?

From the description, I thought this was more of a social commentary. It didn't really describe the focus as being marketing to customers. I listened to a good portion of the book because the narrator / author's voice is soothing and I was uninterested enough in the subject for it to be background noise while I did work that I didn't want interrupted by a more interesting (to me) book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)

  • By: Stephen Colbert
  • Narrated by: Tom Hanks, Stephen Colbert (introduction)
  • Length: 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 824

The story of a pole, searching for his purpose in life. "The perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation. Also Father's Day. Also, other times."
—Stephen Colbert

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cute, funny, patriotic

  • By Pam on 05-21-12

Surprisingly adorably clever

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-12

Would you listen to I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) again? Why?

I have listened to it more than once

Who was your favorite character and why?

There is really only one character, however, the banter between Tom Hanks and Steven Colbert was fun to hear.

Any additional comments?

This was really clever, and Tom Hanks' Narration added a lot to it. It would not have been as good to read - something that is very rare for me to say. It's hard to describe without spoiling the surprise at the end. The proceeds go to a relevant charity. It is very short, yet very worthwhile.

  • The Windup Girl

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,244
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,492

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner.

  • By Marius on 01-13-10

Bioengineering as evolution - neat concept.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-12

If you could sum up The Windup Girl in three words, what would they be?

Clever, provocative, possible

Who was your favorite character and why?

The bioengineered woman; she mirrored the struggle of oppressed people of all locations and times.

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

He did a lovely job, changing voices to fit characters, reading with feeling, just a really nice reder to listen to.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Worthwhile book!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful