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THE BOOK OF HYGGE

THE BOOK OF HYGGE The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection

by Louisa Thomsen Brits | Read by Kim Mai Guest

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

This gentle audiobook, narrated by Kim Mai Guest, shares the Danish concept of hygge (pronounced "hoo-gah") with the rest of the rushed and lonely world. The production quietly explores definitions of hygge--the feeling of contentment, community, and belonging, cultivated alone or shared cozily with others--and expands the universe of small actions we can take to invite more of... Read More

THE CONFIDENT PARENT

THE CONFIDENT PARENT A Pediatrician's Guide to Caring for Your Little One- Without Losing Your Joy, Your Mind, or Yourself

Earphones Award Winner

by Jane Scott, Stephanie Land | Read by Susan Boyce

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Personal Growth

A pediatrician offers back-to-basics tools for helping parents relax and feel more confident about raising their children. Narrator Susan Boyce provides elegant articulation and appealing emotional tones. Her performance captures every ounce of meaning and context in this useful guide. The author was four times a parent before she was a doctor, and her discussion is also... Read More

THE DANISH WAY OF PARENTING

THE DANISH WAY OF PARENTING What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids

by Jessica Joelle Alexander, Iben Dissing Sandahl | Read by Kim Mai Guest

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

An understated urgency gives Kim Mai Guest's performance a measure of gravitas that is not out of place with this eye-opening audiobook. Yet, aided by her pleasing tone and diction, she also sounds calm and centered as she describes the stark contrasts between Danish parenting and the overstriving practices we see in the U.S. The authors distill Danish parenting values into six... Read More

THE GARDENER AND THE CARPENTER

THE GARDENER AND THE CARPENTER What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children

by Alison Gopnik | Read by Erin Bennett

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Narrator Erin Bennett commendably presents this unique audiobook on raising children. Alison Gopnik, an expert on children's development, lambasts the current style of parenting, which she calls the "carpenter method" because it relies on an established blueprint (as in making a chair) to produce a successful but predictable child who also excels at test taking. Gopnik prefers... Read More

HAVE A HAPPY FAMILY BY FRIDAY

HAVE A HAPPY FAMILY BY FRIDAY How to Improve Communication, Respect, & Teamwork in 5 Days

by Kevin Leman | Read by Fred Stella

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

More than just resolving conflicts and keeping kids on track, parents can create the respectful family connections that children need to feel they belong, to feel that they are worthwhile individuals, to believe that doing the right thing is worth the effort. Fred Stella's earnest performance is a good match for this accessible discussion. His consistent phrasing and positive... Read More

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR HOME WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR HOME WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND Dealing With Your House's Dirty Little Secrets

by Dana K. White | Read by Dana K. White

Thomas Nelson | Unabridged
Personal Growth

As narrator, the author sounds like she's trying too hard to express the right amount of emotional emphasis and to sound accepting of her listeners' conflicts. But for most listeners, her thoughtful advice will predominate, allowing them to accept this audiobook as a practical guide to developing reliable cleaning routines. A veteran blogger (aslobcomesclean.com), she's... Read More

IT'S OK TO GO UP THE SLIDE

IT'S OK TO GO UP THE SLIDE Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids

Earphones Award Winner

by Heather Shumaker | Read by Laurel Lefkow

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Personal Growth

What narrator Laurel Lefkow does best is thoroughly express the author's appealing wisdom and homespun respect for the challenges of being a parent. She clearly enjoys reading this material and connecting with her listeners. Not your traditional parenting advice, it's a softly argued manifesto that shows parents how to avoid overcontrolling risks and complying blindly with... Read More

THE LITTLE BOOK OF HYGGE

THE LITTLE BOOK OF HYGGE Danish Secrets to Happy Living

by Meik Wiking | Read by Meik Wiking

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

You'll finally know how to pronounce "hygge" after listening to this audiobook--and you might find yourself wanting to invite author Meik Wiking over for some mulled wine. Hygge is the Danish concept of coziness-plus that's currently experiencing a surge of publicity outside Denmark. Narrating with a slight accent, Wiking is an able and appealing reader of his own work, which... Read More

MAKE YOUR KID A MONEY GENIUS (EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT)

MAKE YOUR KID A MONEY GENIUS (EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT) A Parents' Guide for Kids 3 to 23

by Beth Kobliner | Read by Julia Whelan

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Julia Whelan's sultry speaking style is somewhat formal sounding compared to the author's conversational tone. Nonetheless, Whelan works her way into an appealing rhythm with this cogent advice on teaching financial intelligence. Kobliner's abundant wisdom is evident from the opening chapter, which summarize the practical tenets of her approach. She shows how the major lessons... Read More

MOTHER & SON

MOTHER & SON The Respect Effect

by Emerson Eggerichs | Read by Emerson Eggerichs

Thomas Nelson Publishers | Unabridged
Personal Growth

The message in this helpful audio is that male children have more pride issues and doubts about their worth than most mothers realize. Though mothers typically want to lead with nurturing affection, communicating respect is more important, according to this likable author, who reads his audiobook with the comfortable security you'd expect from a child and family scholar and... Read More

OH BOY, YOU'RE HAVING A GIRL

OH BOY, YOU'RE HAVING A GIRL A Dad's Survival Guide to Raising Daughters

by Brian Klems | Read by Stephen R. Thorne

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Personal Growth

From the first sentences, it's clear that narrator Stephen Thorne's youthful speaking voice and likable tone will make this audiobook enjoyable to hear. His friendliness invites listeners to relax and see what they can learn about having a daughter. The author's message is that adjusting to the world of girls can provide men with unexpected benefits, not just during fun times... Read More

POSITIVE DISCIPLINE PARENTING TOOLS

POSITIVE DISCIPLINE PARENTING TOOLS The 49 Most Effective Methods to Stop Power Struggles, Build Communication, and Raise Empowered, Capable Kids

by Jane Nelsen, Mary Nelsen Tamborski, Brad Ainge | Read by Kimberly Farr, Kathleen McInerney, Fred Sanders

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Kimberly Farr, with periodic help from two additional narrators, makes it easy to absorb this sweeping parenting lesson. She has a secure grasp of the broad concepts and, without sounding too formal, provides a serious reading that helps listeners connect with the more intellectual aspects of the book. The idea is that children develop a better capacity to regulate themselves... Read More

POSITIVELY RESILIENT

POSITIVELY RESILIENT 5 1/2 Secrets to Beat Stress, Overcome Obstacles, and Defeat Anxiety

by Doug Hensch | Read by Paul Michael Garcia

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Delivered in his clear baritone voice, Paul Michael Garcia's performance is notable for his appealing palette of tones and phrases and his sensitive use of pauses. He sounds at once intellectually intense and personally inviting, a style that works well with a book that is full of life-changing ideas that use an intimate connection with the author to give it credibility. These... Read More

THE POWER OF MEANING

THE POWER OF MEANING Crafting a Life That Matters

by Emily Esfahani Smith | Read by Mozhan Marno

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

The author calls upon a host of philosophers, poets, and spiritual leaders to illustrate this satisfying meditation on how to move beyond happiness to find meaning. Mozhan Marno's narration reflects the spirit of the Iranian author's Sufi background. Her vocal beauty and sensibilities make even research summaries have energy and appeal. Powerful without sounding overly serious,... Read More

RAISING HUMAN BEINGS

RAISING HUMAN BEINGS Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child

by Ross W. Greene | Read by Jonathan Todd Ross

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

This thoughtful audio discusses helping your children become who they are while learning important life skills. Narrator Jonathan Ross's gentle vocal personality expresses the kindness in the author's message without diminishing its strength. His vocal charm makes listeners want to connect with the author's ideas and advice. A psychotherapist and father of teenagers, Greene... Read More

THE TALK

THE TALK Helping Your Kids Navigate Sex in the Real World

by Alice Dreger | Read by Jennifer Riker

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Alice Dreger's descriptive audiobook is a helpful tool for parents who are searching for the right words and tone to take when discussing sex with their children. Narrator Jennifer Riker's warm, conversational style is reassuring. Dreger, who has a doctorate in clinical medical humanities and bioethics, emphasizes that parents should be descriptive and not judgmental when they... Read More

UNF*CK YOUR HABITAT

UNF*CK YOUR HABITAT You're Better Than Your Mess

by Rachel Hoffman | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Personal Growth

This audio production blends Emily Woo Zeller's sweet voice with the counterculture vibe you'd expect from an audio that wants to overturn everything you know about home management. The innocent, cheery aspect of her voice seems out of place with the author's salty language, but Zeller sounds so earnest and relaxed delivering this book that her likability ultimately boosts the... Read More

UNSUBSCRIBE

UNSUBSCRIBE How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, and Get Real Work Done

by Jocelyn K. Glei | Read by Amy McFadden

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Though Amy McFadden's precise articulation is obvious at first, it soon becomes an aspect of her performance that expresses certitude--a pleasing confidence that works well with the clear insights and concrete suggestions in this excellent book. Combined with her vocal likability, it's an effective vehicle for this kind of content. After a reassuring summary of why we develop... Read More

WAKE UP TO THE JOY OF YOU

WAKE UP TO THE JOY OF YOU 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life

by Agapi Stassinopoulos | Read by Agapi Stassinopoulos

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

While most listeners will notice that Agapi Stassinopoulos isn't a polished voice pro, she's supremely skilled at connecting with her listeners--with her soul and her ideas as well as her vocal delivery, which comes across as grounded and authentic. She has an astute grasp of common psychological challenges such as relationship woes, money problems, low self-esteem, health... Read More

WHY WON'T YOU APOLOGIZE?

WHY WON'T YOU APOLOGIZE? Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts

by Harriet Lerner | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Relationship expert Harriet Lerner explains why certain people can't bring themselves to apologize and how to cope with such situations. Narrator Cassandra Campbell's uses a calm tone that may even comfort listeners who are dying to hear an apology from someone or who just can't seem to give an apology they owe. Her sympathetic tone is soothing and helpful as she reads Lerner's... Read More

YOUR INNER CRITIC IS A BIG JERK

YOUR INNER CRITIC IS A BIG JERK And Other Truths About Being Creative

by Danielle Krysa | Read by Danielle Krysa

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Creative people beset by self-doubt are fortunate to have feisty author-narrator Danielle Krysa help transform their unwelcome inner critic into an inner cheerleader. Kyrsa tackles the obstacles that many artists encounter in their work as the confidence and enthusiasm of childhood disappear. She's quick to point out that the destructiveness of the inner critic is not the same... Read More

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