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Publisher's Summary

There are approximately 3,712 ways for a guy to look stupid during pregnancy - this book's here to help you avoid all (most) of them. And here's your first hint: Focus on what you can be doing for her rather than what's happening to her.

She's pregnant. She knows that. You know that. And her one 152 baby books tell her exactly what she can expect. Your job is to learn what you can do between the stick turning blue and the drive to the delivery room to make the next nine months go as smoothly as possible. That's where John Pfeiffer steps in.

Like any good coach, he's been through it. He's dealt with the morning sickness and doctor visits, painting the baby's nursery and packing the overnight bag, choosing a name, hospital, and the color of the car-seat cover. All the while he remained positive and responsive - there with a "You're beautiful" when necessary - but assertive during the decision-making process. (He didn't want to wind up with a kid named Percy.) And now it's your turn. She might be having the baby, but you have plenty of responsibilities.

©2011 John Pfeiffer (P)2012 Tantor

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A fun spirited, yet lacking book for the everyman

What did you like best about Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad!? What did you like least?

I enjoyed the quips and funny lists, but ultimately it came up short in substance. The book didn't really mention much that isn't total common sense. I enjoyed it, but not for its intellectual value.

What could John Pfeiffer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Perhaps add more value and have fewer lists. The lists became a little monotonous although they were a good way to organize thoughts. I would have appreciated it if it spent more time going over terms and conditions that would make it easier for men to communicate during doctors visits and with the well educated fairer sex.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending was marvelous. It was a first hand account of the experience a dad had during the birth of his child. It really helped me visualize what I was in for. I doubt you will find anything quite like it in any other book.

Do you think Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad! needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

A follow up book would not be necessary since it was designed and succeeds at being an abbreviated 'crash course' with the big details.

Any additional comments?

If you aren't too into audiobooks or big, lofty explanations, this is probably a good listen. It is a quick listen and accomplishes everything it set out to do. Perhaps I am being harsh on a book that admittedly has a title that should have indicated to me the concept of the book, but overall I found the subject matter a little sporadic and the explanations watered down. I can't recommend it enthusiastically, but I wouldn't encourage new fathers to be to avoid it either.

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Good for fathers to be

I enjoyed the upbeat nature of the reader and the helpful information provided. This is a must for any fathers to be to listen too to gain more knowledge on whats going on during the pregnancy of their wife.

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If you've read other dad books, this one pales.

This book gives you similar information to what you get in other soon-to-be dad books. Unfortunately, this book seems intended for soon-to-be dads that are content with statements like, "It's just a woman thing," or, "Don't worry because you'll never understand." It's not that it's offensive necessarily, but rather that it's so simplistic and incurious that it's really not worth reading when you compare it to similar books.

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  • Keith
  • Springfield, MO, United States
  • 11-24-12

Funny & True

Okay, so how do you write a review on a book about pregnancy written for men? I'm sure the author was thinking almost the same thing. So, what did he do? He made it fun. Unfortunately, I am not as talented as John Pfeiffer.

The author goes through many of the things that you might go through step-by-step. He throws in humor and makes it all about DON'T PANIC! His helpful hints have already given me a lot to think about and prepare for. He also gives practical advice on what is important and what is not important. (The book should have come with a handy PDF of important points and checklists!)

The narration of Mike Chamberlain is excellent. If you listen to the sample, you will know exactly what you are getting. He is perfectly matched on this one!

If you are one of the chosen few who are expecting, this book is for you!

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Good information but a little too much fluff

It was a good, informative audio book and I plan to re-listen to parts I bookmarked, especially the "dad crip notes" at the end of each chapter. But there was also a lot of fake stuff added to be funny that just wasn't needed.

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Good Advice

Main advice I received is keeping your significant other happy and comfortable during the entire process; which is really the best advice you can receive. Nice story and not a long listen. I would recommend to someone who really has no idea what to expect...when you're expecting.

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Kinda Weird

The information presented is helpful, but somewhat superficial. Generalizations and assumptions are made that are distracting. probably a good first look into the idea, and probably good for most guys becoming Dads. Like the author says, it's good that a guy is even willing to receive this information, but the author attempts to be funny more often than he should.

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Good coverage for what you need to know

Covered everything you should be aware of but I would say the audience is for dads that really have no clue what they are getting into and are generally pretty immature and irresponsible already. Just too many immature analogies constantly that took away from just wanting to know what things to expect.

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First baby audiobook

Loved the humor in the book, made it easy to listen. Recommended as the first baby audiobook to listen to.

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Awesome! I liked it

I'm 32 now, and our baby is coming in 5months. This guide was totally useful, how not to look dumb.
Plus, she liked that I am well prepared if we go to the ob-gyn. This is a really good base and not at least: Calms you down.
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