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Sierra Smith, BBCI

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  • The Whole-Brain Child

  • 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive
  • By: Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson
  • Narrated by: Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,343

Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No - it’s just their developing brain calling the shots! In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the best-selling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must-Listen for all parents (and people!)

  • By Lynne Kachel on 06-18-12

Great resource for parents & caregivers!

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

As a mom of kids ages 2 and 10 (with another on the way), I found this book to be a very helpful resource for each of their age groups. I’m planning to listen to this again as there was so much valuable information, it’s a lot to take in. Though I’ll add it wasn’t an overwhelming amount. I love how they use real life scenarios, many I have been in with my own children, so the content is very relatable.

  • Some Day You'll Thank Me for This

  • The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Being a 'Perfect' Mother
  • By: Gayden Metcalfe, Charlotte Hays
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Southern society is arranged along matriarchal lines, since the Southern matriarch is a far more formidable being than the much nicer Southern male. She has to be this way; she was put on earth with a sacred mission: to drum good manners and the proper religion---ancestor worship---into the next generation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cute but not what I expected.

  • By Sierra Smith, BBCI on 06-15-18

Cute but not what I expected.

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

I wish there were more reviews than just ratings when I purchased this... some humor was good but very repetitive and a lot of recipes. The recipes sound great but too much of the audio book was full of them and it really should have been an accompanying PDF for those who purchased the audiobook instead. Overall, I could have lived without listening to this. (And kind of bummed there’s no way to get the recipes that I’m aware of.)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shack

  • By: Wm. Paul Young
  • Narrated by: Roger Mueller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,810

Mackenzie Allen Phillips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in this midst of his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack one wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change his life forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Soul Changing

  • By LucySue on 12-30-16

Great book! Looking forward to the movie.

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

This was a great story that gave me many aha! moments. Being an Oregonian myself, it was easy to visualize the beauty of the surroundings in the story. It did get a bit “preachy” after Mack visited Sophia and made me honestly tune out for a bit but otherwise, fabulous story. The music in between chapters was also not necessary and dare I say a bit annoying or obnoxious but considering the rest of the performance, I would still suggest the audiobook to anyone who was interested.

  • The Gentle Sleep Book

  • For Calm Babies, Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers
  • By: Sarah Ockwell-Smith
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

The Gentle Sleep Book offers gentle, no-tears sleep solutions for exhausted parents of newborns to five-year-olds. A large percentage of parents find their young children's sleep - or lack of - challenging. This new book from Sarah Ockwell-Smith, founder of BabyCalm, will be an indispensable guide for parents, whatever challenges they are facing with their child's sleep - from the day they bring their newborn home until their child is settled in at school.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every New Parent Should Read This

  • By Pet on 03-31-17

A must read for anyone caring for children!

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

This was a fabulous book and so helpful. I'm a Birth Boot Camp Instructor and mom of 2, and purchased this for help with my youngest who is currently bedsharing. I will recommend this to my students as well, and honestly to anyone caring for children, especially those who are with them in the evening and at nap times. I must listen again to retain all of her helpful information.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Miracles from Heaven

  • A Little Girl, Her Journey to Heaven, and Her Amazing Story of Healing
  • By: Christy Wilson Beam
  • Narrated by: Christy Wilson Beam
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387

In a remarkable true story of faith and blessings, a mother tells of her sickly young daughter, how she survived a dangerous accident, her visit to heaven, and the inexplicable disappearance of the symptoms of her chronic disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!

  • By Lisa on 04-01-16

Beautiful story and testimony!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

If you could sum up Miracles from Heaven in three words, what would they be?

God is great!

What did you like best about this story?

Listening to this story with my daughter was fantastic. We had seen the movie previews first, but the book is always better, so we listened first, then had a movie date. The book was so much better and more detailed.

  • 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

  • By: Jen Hatmaker
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gallagher
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440

Do you feel trapped in the machine of excess? Jen Hatmaker was. Her friends were. And some might say that our culture is. Jen once considered herself unmotivated by the lure of prosperity, but upon being called "rich" by an undeniably poor child, evidence to the contrary mounted, and a social experiment turned spiritual journey was born. 7 is the true story of how Jen took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish the author had narrated the book herself.

  • By Theresa on 06-15-13

Hilarious & thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

Would you consider the audio edition of 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess to be better than the print version?

I'm a busy, working mom of two so if I can listen while driving around or cleaning the house, I'm always in favor of the audiobook.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess?

There were many tidbits that I took away from this book. Listening to how Jen applied these to her own busy life was helpful.

  • Pax

  • By: Sara Pennypacker
  • Narrated by: Michael Curran-Dorsano
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,415

Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather's house 300 miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be - with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox. Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to you love something that hurts you?

  • By Anthony M Agostino on 12-13-17

Great book that addresses some mature subjects

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

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

I enjoyed listening to this book with my 8-year-old daughter. It was a sad but sweet story and led to some great conversations.

Which character – as performed by Michael Curran-Dorsano – was your favorite?

Pax was definitely our favorite character!

Any additional comments?

The book had some mature subjects surround the war, death, etc. I was a little shocked at first, and even cried right along with my daughter, but overall, we both enjoyed the story.