Bringing up Bebe Pamela Druckerman Narrator: Abby Craden

Bringing up Bebe
Pamela Druckerman
Narrator: Abby Craden                                    
Duration:  9 hours, 8 minutes
Release date:  Feb 07, 2012

Pamela Druckerman Bringing up Bebe
Pamela Druckerman

Abby Craden Narrator
Abby Craden Narrator

I thought Abby Craden did an amazing narration of Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting.  Her voice is strong and clear. She did everything a good narrator does to bring out the very best of a book. Ms. Craden, makes it easy to follow the thoughts and conversations, and conveys just the right amount of inflection, so every sentence melds into the next without interruption.

Nonetheless, there are enough pauses, to mull over what the author is presenting. Her reading is very smooth, and melodious, it is a listening pleasure, for the ears. I enjoyed Bringing Up Bebe, and found it so enlightening that I listened a second time. I admire the way the French people, attempt to keep their language and culture, unpolluted by outside influences. I hope they succeed and they will if they keep up the good fight. In the U.S. I frequently hear mothers bewailing the struggle of making their children mind them. The constant fights, and the constant conflicts over everything, making daily life a tedious struggle of the wills.

Therefore, it was refreshing, to listen to good, solid, advice, in a well written book. I don't think, American children are as much spoiled, as they are untrained. Parents seem reluctant to start early enough, if at all, to teach children the necessary tools, they will need as they get older, to have happy and productive lives. Anyone with a sincere intent to change their child rearing patterns, should read or listen to Bringing Up Bebe. The book is sometimes funny, and scoots along to a very satisfying conclusion. You, have to love some of the tips like the "Look" and "the Pause", Very funny stuff. Best of all, it works.

Bringing up Bebe By Pamela Druckerman
By Pamela DruckermanNarrator, Abby Craden


Stephanie@The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow said...

This sounds like a great book and I love that you listened to it twice! I recently read an online article about the difference between French and American parenting and it was fascinating. Terrific review.

Christina said...

I listen to a lot of audiobooks and I must say I was very impressed by this narrator. I am British but my children attended French schools so I was particularly interested to listen to Bringing Up Bebe. An insightful, amusing book, thoroughly enjoyed it.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, I have to disagree with you. I found her narration to be excruciating. Especially her terrible attempt at accents. Book is good, but narrator makes this book almost unbearable.