Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Audio Book Update

Oh how in love I am with audio books! I've been listening to them so fast these days that I have not had the chance to write reviews for everything! So I can going to do a quick review on the last few that I listened to and loved.

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua's iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, her way-the Chinese way-and the remarkable results her choice inspires.

I posted on Goodreads as my review, "This lady is crazy but she gets shit done!" That was the gist of my review. :) I don't have much to add except that it was fascinating, terrifying and quite a learning experience as a mom. I recommend for it's unique approach to parenthood. Warning, you may get ticked off and want to punch her at times.

Savvy by Ingrid Law

Oh how sweet this was!
For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a "savvy" -a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity . . . and now it's the eve of Mibs's big day.

As if waiting weren't hard enough, the family gets scary news two days before Mibs's birthday: Poppa has been in a terrible accident. Mibs develops the singular mission to get to the hospital and prove that her new power can save her dad. So she sneaks onto a salesman's bus . . . only to find the bus heading in the opposite direction. Suddenly Mibs finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense of growing up-and of other people, who might also have a few secrets hidden just beneath the skin.
This was full of adventure and whimsy and fun loving characters and sweet, sassy kids. I loved it all. I wish I had a savvy of my own! :)
A few gems, though very different, I thought you all should know about. I'm wrapping up The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian. It is MARVELOUS!

Happy Reading (or listening) and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


Vanessa said...

I think most of us feel the same about Tiger Mom :)

Jill Buck said...

I'm loving audio books too! I haven't read any of these yet.

Jennifer said...

I am a very new audiobook fan and I'm addicted! I am flying through THE AGE OF MIRACLES right now and loving it!!

Tales of Whimsy said...

I'm working on my review of Savvy (I just finished it too) and the word whimsy will definitely be in there. I loved it. Do you think you'll listen to Scumble?

I may need to listen to Battle Hymn. Is it long?

christa @ mental foodie said...

I enjoyed reading Tiger Mum (read along with DH). While I don't agree with everything she did, it was still an interesting read for me (and I wasn't even preg then!)

Lisa said...

I had not realized how short "Battle Hymn" is until I saw it recently in a book store. I might able to read it without completely losing my cool, although it doesn't sound like it!