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Gregory T Menzel

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  • Bringing Up Bebe

  • One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
  • By: Pamela Druckerman
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,345

The secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children is here. When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent". French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special. But French children are far better behaved and more in command of themselves than American kids....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring

  • By Em on 04-15-12

Narrator makes me want to jam pencils in my ears

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

Reviewed: 10-20-16

I had heard great things about this book, and have many friends who recommended it. Being a fan of audible and having little time to read with a new baby I picked up the audio version. What a colossal mistake. The narrator's repeated use of the worst fake French accented English is so awful that I honestly can't finish the book. If someone did a Chinese accent the way this woman does a French accent that person would be decried as a racist and banned from ever using language again. Do yourself a favor and don't waste your money on this audiobook. Unless you want to have your brain repeatedly stabbed with knives

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Guns of August

  • By: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,519

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Mike From Mesa on 10-28-08

Great Story, too dense for audiobook format

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

Reviewed: 01-03-16

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Drop the accents

Any additional comments?

I am a big history buff (particularly history of the world wars) and a large consumer of both traditional books and audio books but this one missed the mark for me. The writing and the story are both terrific (I ended up reading the kindle version). The book is very detailed and insightful, but in my opinion, the audiobook is just not a great format for this particular tale and the narration made it even worse. Firstly, there are simply too many names and locations in this book to sort out and many of those names sound similar. The fact that most are non-english makes them all the more challenging to track when read aloud. That, combined with the narrator Nadia May's awful and frankly distracting use of "accents" caused the story become incredibly difficult for me to follow. I regularly found myself spacing out only to realize that I had missed large sections of the story which, as an historical account, meant that I was missing important facts in the chain of events. I think even if the narration was not a distraction, this would be a tough book to listen to. In my opinion, reading the information on a page simply allows for more retention and in this book, the information is dense and critical to the story.