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  • The Journal of Best Practices

  • A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband
  • By: David Finch
  • Narrated by: David Finch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

At some point in nearly every marriage, a wife finds herself asking, "What is wrong with my husband?!" In David Finch's case, this turns out to be an apt question. Five years after he married Kristen, the love of his life, they learn that he has Asperger syndrome. The diagnosis explains David's ever-growing list of quirks and compulsions, his lifelong propensity to quack and otherwise melt down in social exchanges, and his clinical-strength inflexibility. But it doesn't make him any easier to live with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish I had read this many years ago

  • By Patrick on 05-02-12

Describes Adult Asperger's Perfectly

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

What made the experience of listening to The Journal of Best Practices the most enjoyable?

I bought this book because of my interest in the subject matter because I have a family member with Asperger's. This book is very entertaining. It's been my experience as well that people with Asperger's are very entertaining and David Finch hit the nail on the head in that arena. More importantly, this book describes the condition with perfection. David Finch just explained the experience I have with someone with Asperger's to a T. Aspies can be both incredibly annoying at times and incredibly endearing. I say it describes adult Asperger's because it seems to me that the experience with an undiagnosed adult Aspie is much different than that of a child. People allow for oddities with children and elementary children are usually kind, but it's a different story as they get older. When you don't yet have the diagnosis, the problem is compounded by the confusion of what is going on, so this book is very helpful to the newly adult diagnosed, the parent who wants to know what their child might experience as an adult Aspie or the questioning the diagnosis.

What other book might you compare The Journal of Best Practices to and why?

Look me In the Eye by John Elder Robison Both are written by men with Asperger's. Both are enlightening, educating and at times hilarious.

Which character – as performed by David Finch – was your favorite?

Let's get down to bwass tax. Movie guy is always the most entertaining for me.

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

Let's get down to Bwass Tax, or Mind Blind

Any additional comments?

Loved this book. It's the best one I have read -- including medical books -- that explains the behaviors of an Aspie while being entertaining at the same time.

  • Angela's Ashes

  • By: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,287

Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic book *and* a classic audiobook

  • By Karen on 01-30-03

Best Autobiography Read by the Author Himself

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

Reviewed: 01-29-17

Where does Angela's Ashes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top of the list.

What other book might you compare Angela's Ashes to and why?

I would compare this to Memoirs of a Geisha not for content but for the power it has to draw you into the story. The historical content is amazing along with the story being told by the author himself in a lovely Irish accent that only makes this book that much better.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

You can't go wrong with this book. It's got everything, honesty, sadness, love, hate, and eventually happiness as you liten to this young boy grow from such impoverished conditions to a succesful human being who -- by the way -- won the Pulitzer for this book. It's inspiring and real.

  • The Demon in the Freezer

  • A True Story
  • By: Richard Preston
  • Narrated by: James Naughton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

"This book will give you nightmares," cautions The New York Times. Richard Preston takes us inside the ongoing war against bioterrorism, investigating the anthrax attacks of October 2001 and the potential for a future bio-attack using smallpox or, worse yet, a new superpox virus resistant to all vaccines. "As exciting as the best thrillers, yet scarier by far, for Preston's pages deal with clear, present and very real dangers," says Publishers Weekly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and Timely!

  • By Mark on 12-14-02

Very Well Written and Enlightening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-09

This book makes you aware of how easy it really is for terrorists to use tools against us that could literally destroy us in a matter of weeks. It should change the mind of any skeptic who thinks terrorists can be dealt with peacably and explains very simply the problems with the United Nations and even Americans who live in a state of denial and prefer to keep their rose-colored glasses on. This book is based on very rational facts and takes fear and places it exactly where it should be. There are no scare tactics here, simply facts and logic and anyone interested in an honest portrayal of the war in Iraq and the goings on in countries such as Russia and Iran needs to listen to this book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Do as I Say (Not As I Do)

  • Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy
  • By: Peter Schweizer
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Peter Schweizer decided to investigate in depth the private lives of prominent liberals, to examine whether they lived by the principles they so forcefully advocate. What he found was a long list of contradictions. Schweizer's conclusion is simple: liberalism in the end forces its adherents to become hypocrites. Schweizer's book thus exposes the contradiction at the core of liberalism: If these ideas don't work for the very individuals who promote them, how can they work for the country?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!

  • By Celia on 03-17-09

An Eye Opener

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-08

This is a very enlightening book. It's very telling in regards to how politics can be such a game and how either side can really be controlled by the people with the most money and power rather than what is right and what is wrong. It also shows you how negative things that are often applicable to one party can be twisted by people in their attempts to apply them to another, which tells me that they are aware of their own guilt because they are so busy trying to direct it elsewhere rather than taking responsibility. I never liked Barbara Streisand, and I now have more reason not to like her and many other Hollywood stars who use their power and money to influence politicians and people rather than letting them decide for themselves what is right and what is wrong. And I suppose it says something about the politicians and people who are persuaded to vote one way or another based on the opinions of any famous person rather than their own study of the facts.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • New Moon

  • The Twilight Saga, Book 2
  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,799

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the first! builds excitement for 3rd

  • By Meagan Whimsical on 09-25-15

Enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-08

This was an enjoyable book if you like this type of theme. It was a book that any audience can listen to as it applied to both teens and adults. It has romance yet with the added plus of the "underworld" vampire theme. The writer does not rush the story which is part of what keeps you listening because you are left in suspense with this trilogy. There are times that the book is slow but it picks up enough and is interesting enough to keep you going. The only thing I found annoying was the constant use of the phrase, "I shuddered," and that while Bella is described often as a smart girl, there are scenarios where she must have been struck dumb because it's obvious what is going on. So while that was annoying to me, I still found the book interesting and suspenseful and listened to all three books in this trilogy. The first two really set the stage and develop the characters while the last one is probably the best as it starts to delve deeper into the vampire world. All of the books in this trilogy are clean, meaning that your children could listen to them without you worrying.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • A Dirty Job

  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,860

People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!

  • By Janie on 03-24-06

Boy's Locker Room Humor

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-08

I found this book to be fairly childish in its humor. I rolled my eyes more often than I laughed. It might be that as a woman listening to women referred to as a female dog throughout the book wasn't appealing to me even if it were meant to be funny. I also felt the author stooped very low to try to make you laugh by using as much obscene language as he could -- so much so that he used them almost as often as you might hear a conjunction. The characters in this book could have been better served if they weren't all from the gutter. The main character who is a hypochondriac, paranoid type of guy has no problem letting the "f" word fly when speaking conversationally to his one-year-old daughter. Does this author have children? I was waiting for the time when his daughter popped out the "f" word as if it were the same as "mama" and "dada." The crass, obscene part of the main character does not mesh with his paranoid hypochondriac side and actually took away from the character of his Emo/goth/devil child sister in which that personality would have fit and even made her more interesting had it been exclusively her trait. His character would have been more appealing if it were different from his sister in that degree as well. I think the author tried too hard to be funny. The story itself was not a bad idea at all, the author just tried too hard to make it funny with the use of obscenities. It was like being in the men's locker room after the football game. It could have been a good book, but it was ruined by the filler material he chose to use and that it seemed he wanted to appeal to a male high school audience.

18 of 37 people found this review helpful

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  • How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People

  • By: Leslie T. Giblin
  • Narrated by: Leslie T. Giblin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Would you like to improve your work life, your love life - your whole life? Of course you do! And you know...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Really Works!

  • By K on 09-07-07

It Really Works!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-07

This is a great book. I think it's titled improperly in that it makes it sound somewhat like it is telling you how to control people when what it really does is tell you how all of us want to be treated, and when we do treat others the same way, the positive results come back. I listen to this one over and over because I need the constant reminder, but I started using the advice immediately and it has made a huge difference in my relationships with others. I highly recommend this book for everyone.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • My Life Among the Serial Killers

  • Inside the Minds of the World's Most Notorious Murderers
  • By: Helen Morrison M.D., Harold Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Helen Morrison
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

Dr. Helen Morrison has profiled more than 80 serial killers around the world. What she has learned about them will shatter every assumption you've ever had about the most notorious killers known to man.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring reader,boring writing

  • By P. Minor on 02-03-08

Interesting

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-07

I thought this was a very interesting book which gave a lot of insight into what might make a serial killer's mind tick. The author seemed to me to be very knowledgeable and objective in her writing and there was probably only one point that I might have disagreed with and that is that serial killers are born that way. If you like psychology this is very interesting but it's not for the weak stomached because it does go into some detail about the crimes that are very unpleasant.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • LIVE

  • By: Brian Regan
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

American Comedy Award-winner Brian Regan lights up the stage in this live performance. He has been on Letterman five times, the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and had his own comedy special on Showtime called Something's Wrong with the Regan Boy. In his Playboy interview, Dennis Miller named Regan one of his favorite comedians. As he performs around the country, people are constantly requesting favorite routines. This recording answers that call.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brian Regan Live

  • By Chuck on 07-18-03

A Comedian with Real Talent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-07

Brian Regan is a great comedian for all ages. You can actually listen to his CD with children in your car which is pretty rare with comedians. I consider him more talented than other comedians in that he didn't have to use smut to come up with a joke, similar to Bill Cosby. This whole CD is hilarious and I would recommend it for the entire family.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,086

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Rosie the bull elephant?

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

Love/Hate Relationship

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-07

I had a love/hate feeling for this book. I loved the character in his old age and loved many of the characters in the book. It makes you think about how you treat others, class systems, and how easily you can judge others. What I didn't like about it was that there were at least three or four fairly explicit scenes which not only are they not romantic they are the kind you prefer not to think about. It would have been much better, in my opinion, if they had not put those uncomfortable scenes in. Maybe men would feel differently, I don't know, but as a woman I found them way over the top and offensive. It ruins the story that is truly a good story minus those scenes.

7 of 19 people found this review helpful