Narrator Emily Woo Zeller delivers this captivating history of how civilizations across the world raise children. Zeller captures the author's humor and irony without overshadowing her mission: to give fretting parents a reprieve from overly ambitious parenting advice. Her understated, often charming performance will hold listeners' attention, giving them time to absorb the... Read More
Much to the delight of many listeners, Anne Lamott's essay collections about life, love, religion, and writing, including the well-loved OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS and BIRD BY BIRD, have appeared frequently over the years. She is a friendly, wise, and wry commentator who only occasionally drifts into self-pity about life's many pitfalls. She is always worth one's attention. The... Read More
The smart-aleck tone in the author's performance is a steady feature in this refreshing reminder that less can be more when it comes to raising children. With his pleasantly flinty voice and brisk pacing, he creates a positive atmosphere for absorbing his views and pithy insights. Short chapters with snappy headings, along with a steady flow of funny quips, also keep the action... Read More
Narrating this fascinating collection of research findings on who is successful and why, Roger Wayne brings the kind of vocal clarity and enthusiasm that an audiobook like this deserves. He sounds relaxed, in complete control of his craft, and engaged without overselling the author's message. Eric Barker explodes many myths we have about success--for example that nice guys and... Read More
Abby Craden's intelligent narration invites listeners hear about child-rearing in France. Her deeper-pitched voice and comfortable authority make her sound mature and experienced--perfect for delivering the author's pithy observations and urbane insights. International journalist Druckerman writes with the wry humor of an improv comic. Even during pregnancy, she says, women... Read More
Author Bonnie Rough narrates her thought-provoking and down-to-earth exploration of comprehensive education on sexuality for children of all ages. While living in Amsterdam with her young daughter, Rough observed a fascinating difference between Dutch and American attitudes toward bodies, sex, and gender; her subsequent exploration of the topic led to this audiobook. The work... Read More
Engaging in crafts creates more than a quilt, a painting, or a ceramic bowl--it creates peace of mind, say authors Davidson and Tahsin. Narrator Joan Walker delivers this message about the therapeutic qualities of crafting with enthusiasm that mirrors this celebration of traditional crafts. Walker's lilting narration occasionally blurs narrative transitions such as moving to... Read More
Narrator Will Damron sustains a heartfelt tone as he explains what digital minimalism is all about. As technology and digital noise encroach upon all aspects of our lives, this invitation to streamline our digital dependence is sobering and timely. Author Cal Newport reads the introduction, setting a tone of sincerity and urgency about becoming more intentional in our use of... Read More
This wonderful audiobook is a fully enjoyable listen. Meghan Cox Gurdon is the WALL STREET JOURNAL's reviewer of children's books, so it isn't surprising that she brings great insight and passion to this work. What may be surprising, however, is just how good a narrator she is. She sprinkles her delivery with appropriate accents and enthusiasm. Furthermore, her pacing is... Read More
Saying that urban dwellers across the globe suffer from "nature deficit disorder," Australian-trained academic Qing Li has created a convincing argument that time in forests is essential for happiness and overall well-being. Narrator Ramon Tikaram brings appealing credibility to the production with his deeply resonant voice, British accent, and colorful phrasing palette. His... Read More
Investigative journalist Amy Westervelt narrates her riveting audiobook with the certitude of a seasoned lawyer and the calm indignation of an activist who knows what she's up against. Her steadiness and authenticity as a narrator make it easy to comprehend her message that our culture, private organizations, and government policy have been skewed for a long time against the... Read More
Listeners will appreciate the overall positive tone in this encyclopedic guide to feeling more effective as a parent. The youthful-sounding author, a mother of four and former editor of a NEW YORK TIMES parenting blog, is an easy-to-hear, likable narrator. Her upbeat attitude is believable as she explains what's behind familiar challenges like morning and bedtime struggles,... Read More
There is a calming quality of the author's performance of her empowering audiobook, which reminds us that we shouldn't let our culture dissuade us from finding joy in the tangible qualities of the world around us. At once powerful and innocent sounding, Lee's speaking voice has a beautiful lyricism that is compelling but never upstages her message. The design expert and... Read More
Micromastery--the mastering of a simple, repeatable task such as splitting a log, balancing rocks, or making the perfect omelet--is a rewarding pursuit, though perhaps not an ideal topic for an audiobook. Narrator Roy McMillan energetically explains the rationale for micromastery and rallies listeners to action. It's the second half of the audiobook that's the... Read More
The author's audiobook on raising kids in a digital world sets out to reassure us that the pervasiveness of digital gaming and 24/7 connectivity is actually preparing our children for participation in new paradigms of personal growth and global citizenship. With diction and pacing that make comprehension effortless, the Temple University philosophy professor explains that the... Read More
With an easygoing narration, George Newbern delivers the keys to living an authentic and intentional life. In this examination of the teachings of the medieval philosopher Maimonides, we see the far-reaching benefits of applying his lessons to our contemporary lives filled with social media. Newbern's affable voice and conversational pace mirror the authors' positive message... Read More
Coauthors, sisters, and wellness gurus Nadia and Katia are equally ardent in their alternating narrations of this practical guide on self-care. Together, they work to convince listeners of the importance of self-respect, self-compassion, and taking care of our own needs in order to be kinder, more giving people who can impact others more positively. The sisters' amiable tone... Read More
Australian author and popular podcaster Brooke McAlary advises listeners on how to slow down to embrace their own best lives. When she finds herself diagnosed with postpartum depression, McAlary's psychiatrist asks her whether she's ever considered "doing less-- slowing down." Narrator Larissa Gallagher's pleasantly Australian voice shares insights from McAlary's long (and... Read More
Author Kim Brooks's moving narration is the perfect vehicle for the drama surrounding her arrest for a momentary lapse in judgment--leaving her 4-year-old son in a locked car while she ran into a Virginia store. She weaves this experience into the broader story of how the culture of American parenting--competitive, anxious, judgmental--has come to impact everything we do as... Read More
From research he's done for his podcast, Gregg Clunis distills the process of personal change into six steps that sound valid and quite achievable in this author-narrated guide. His clear speaking voice and serious tone are effective in framing his writing as consequential, even potentially life changing. He's the earnest teacher you would want as an advisor or coach. What's... Read More
The popular podcaster serves up novel parenting approaches that she's gathered from friends and her online fans. An assortment of talented voice pros presents these ideas with appealing gusto while Hillary Frank offers running commentary delivered with irresistible vocal charm. It's great fun to hear, and quite enlightening. The creative ideas she's selected will expand the... Read More
Authors Elizabeth Foley and Beth Coates team up on a delightful compilation of feminine advice for today's women. Using the stories of 50 heroines throughout history, they blend antiquity with contemporary concerns. Narrator Madeleine Maby's approach is poised and friendly yet sophisticated in tone. She recounts each iconic woman's story with clarity, adding a playful tone as... Read More
Pete Cross provides a calm and compelling narration as he gently invites listeners to partake in enlightening lessons intended to inspire mindfulness. Enriching chapters accessibly explore aspects of mindfulness relating to such topics as aging, awakening, authenticity, war, empathy, and emotional domination. Cross's narration is engaging, at once persuasive and inquisitive but... Read More
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