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Publisher's Summary

From authors Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau comes an essential guide to organization written with the unique needs of ADD sufferers in mind. Here are strategies that work from a professional organizer and a renowned ADD clinician.

Organizing books fall short of addressing the unique needs of adults with ADD. They fail to understand the clinical picture of ADD and how it impacts the organizing process, often making their advice irrelevant or frustrating when put into practice. Books about ADD may address organization/disorganization but do so in a cursory fashion and on a very small scale. This is a book that has ADD-friendly advice with the ADD-er in mind. This collaboration brings forth the best underlying understanding with the most effective and practical remedy from ADD experts in two important fields: professional organization and clinical psychology. Finally, it offers organizing advice that ranges from self-help to using the help of non-professionals or professional assistance. Thus it permits the listener to decide where they are personally in the organizing process and what level of support will be most beneficial to their unique situation.

©2002 Judith Kolberg and Kathleen G. Nadeau (P)2012 Tantor

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Lots of great information

This book has a lot of great information and insights in living with ADHD that have been very helpful. Sometimes the narrator pauses in weird places like in the middle of a sentence, but overall the narration was good.

There is no story as this is an informational book.

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Really Helpful

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This book is a must have for any adult with ADD or people who just need help organizing. The book itself is well organized and has a summary at the end of each chapter to help reiterate important points. I may just buy the paperback as well for quick reference. I liked the narrator too. She has a pleasant voice and spoke clearly.

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Excellent tips, terrible narrator.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The only thing not great about this book is the narrator. The tips are great and remarkably tactical. Each one I've put into practice have made my life easier and my weaknesses less relevant.

What other book might you compare ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life to and why?

This reminds me a lot of Delivered from Distraction, with a greater focus on life application versus understanding and appreciation of ADD.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator speaks as if she's reading a spoken word poem at times and at other times it sounds as if she has a lisp. Anyone could have read this more naturally.

Any additional comments?

I have such a hard time recommending this audiobook- simply because it was so painful to listen to. However, I do love the tips it gave, I'm just not sure if it's worth fighting the narrator for them.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Midge
  • Gainesville, GA, United States
  • 08-15-13

So Good, I am buying to book for a go to reference

One of two great ADD must have books/audios. Uses real life situations to demonstrate each issue then gives good suggestions on how to deal with or correct the issue. Tremendous help for me.

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helpful

Where does ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Good.

What was one of the most memorable moments of ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life?

Helpful tips that are reasonable and doable for the ADDer.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Proper annunciation.

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

Tangible tactics.

Any additional comments?

Overall this was a good book that contained quality information but narrator mispronunciations are grating.

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Detailed examination poorly read

What made the experience of listening to ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life the most enjoyable?

It was a very detailed and sensitive examination of a difficult subject.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kathleen Nadeau and Judith Kolberg again?

Not if it was to be read by Lisa Renee Pitts.

How could the performance have been better?

There were countless examples of misplaced emphasis, and even misread/mispronounced words, making me wonder if the producer was asleep at the wheel. The reader's performance distracted from the content. Her tone kept changing from coldly clinical to overly bright, as if she were performing a radio commercial for a product called "A-D-D". She didn't seem very connected with the material for much of the time. If she had she would have made more sense of the sometimes difficult sentences.

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

Yes, because I find it easier if I listen to everything in one sitting. Like other reviewers here, it was sometimes quite painful having to hear it through the filter of the poor performance.

Any additional comments?

I would have to say that this is the worst performance of an audiobook I have ever heard. However, it must be admitted that such a book would not be easy to read aloud.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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for women only!

nowhere in the description of this book does it say that it is entirely focused on the unique challenges of single working mothers, but that is precisely what it is.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great info - annoying narration

The reader sounds like a robot which gets irritating but otherwise the information is very insightful.

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GREAT and helpful book - AWFUL narrator!

The book itself is great and very helpful - but the narrator has a lisp / accent that is awful! Every time I listen to it I feel annoyed. :(   I will definitely be purchasing this book in paperback and am disappointed I won't be able to listen to it "on the go" as I usually enjoy many of my reads. Please let me know if the publisher re-releases it with a different narrator. 

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  • Walt
  • SWAMPSCOTT, MA, United States
  • 10-05-13

I agree with the others ... almost painful.

Would you listen to ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life again? Why?

The information in the book is top notch. A ton of great solutions, 3 levels of accommodation. You can take the basic advise, the mid level advise or use the high level advise with a paid professional in the area of need.<br/>Then there is the actor. Ms Pitts obviously has a accent of some type. The issue I take from this is "Why did the publisher use this person to read this book and ask the reader to smooth out the accent?" The pronunciations, inflections and pauses in the reading seem forced and unrealistic. <br/>Either let Ms Pitts read the book in her normal tone, inflection and pace OR find another voice actor that can avoid the listener from making strange faces every time Ms Pitts tries to enunciate a word to the point of forcing the word into a odd form.<br/>I should have bought this book in print form.<br/>

If you’ve listened to books by Kathleen Nadeau and Judith Kolberg before, how does this one compare?

None Before

Would you be willing to try another one of Lisa Reneé Pitts’s performances?

Sorry Ms Pitts, but NO.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life?

There are very good suggestions in this book. If I can bring myself to listen again and take notes it would be super helpful.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful