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  • The Available Parent

  • Expert Advice for Raising Successful and Resilient Teens and Tweens
  • By: John Duffy
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

We have a tendency today to over-parent, micromanage, and underappreciate our adolescents. Dr. John Duffy's The Available Parent is a revolutionary approach to taking care of teens and tweens. The available parent of a teenager is open to discussion, offering advice and solutions but not insisting on them. He allows his child to make some mistakes, setting limits, primarily where health and safety are concerned. He never lectures - he is available but not controlling. He is neither cruel nor dismissive, ever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every parent of a teen (or tween) should read this asap!

  • By Aimee Barousse on 07-02-15

Wonderful, Invaluable Book for Parents of Teens

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

I am a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and, more importantly, a father of 2 teenagers (girl and boy). I have found this book eminently helpful. I am listening to it for the 2nd time. It is hopeful, encouraging, wise, directive, supportive and unusually humane - it presents a caring and kind way to understand and approach children, including our own children. It is by far my favorite book on parenting. I also list it as a resource on my psychiatric practice website.

  • Has Anyone Seen the President?

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375

In this audio investigation - unavailable in book form - Lewis narrates his 2018 report from Washington originally published in Bloomberg View. From inside the White House press room - which Lewis describes as having "the cramped, uncared-for feel of a public toilet" - to a balcony overlooking "a sea of white people" in the Trump International Hotel, to Steve Bannon's Capitol Hill townhouse, where he joins the former campaign CEO to watch the State of the Union address, Lewis takes listeners on an unforgettable behind-the-scenes tour.   

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • just ok

  • By Mr. Smart on 08-04-18

Important/Interesting Topic

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Interesting, important & quick review regarding the lack of, and apparent disregard for, expertise following Trump's inauguration, as it played out in the various government agencies that make our country run. Perhaps a longer, more detailed book would have been more interesting.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85,963

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Pretty good, not great

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

The 1st 3rd of the book is funny and refreshing. Thereafter, it loses its focus and becomes a hodgepodge of ideas, some contradictory, from various psychologies and ancient religions.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,005

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This gave me a nightmare

  • By Jean on 09-25-18

Description of a Series of Events

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Likely an important book, but less entertaining than I would have hoped. Mostly a recounting of particular meetings, less of a cohesive narrative or character study or insight into Trump & his family.

  • Chasing New Horizons

  • Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto
  • By: Alan Stern, David Grinspoon
  • Narrated by: Alan Stern, David Grinspoon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 192

On July 14, 2015, something amazing happened. More than three billion miles from Earth, a small NASA spacecraft called New Horizons screamed past Pluto at more than 32,000 miles per hour, focusing its instruments on the long-mysterious icy worlds of the Pluto system, and then, just as quickly, continued on its journey out into the beyond. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Topic ... not great coverage

  • By Stuff Reviewer on 06-19-18

Epic Journey - Not an Epic Book

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

This book describes an epic journey and incredible accomplishment but it felt more like a manual of what happened than a riveting story. I think the authors made the mistake of including too many names throughout the book, probably wanting to give all those involved due credit . . . but make for less interesting read.

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  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,026

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By LadyReadsAlot on 06-04-18

Disapointed

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

What did you like best about 12 Rules for Life? What did you like least?

Interesting topics

Would you be willing to try another book from Jordan B. Peterson and Norman Doidge - foreword M.D. ? Why or why not?

Likely not. Did not enjoy this book

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

no

Any additional comments?

Interesting ideas but, in my opinion, greatly overly simplistic and overly generalized

0 of 2 people found this review helpful