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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
The reader was fine. He was not the reason I gave it one star.
What could George Sachs PsyD have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
The book essentially tells the wife to bend over backwards to help her husband, not get frustrated with him, not let him know she's helping him for fear of him feeling he's being treated like a child, all while taking on a lion share of the household and bread-winning duties because, well, she shouldn't have any expectation that he follow through with anything and expectations of partnership might upset or bruise his fragile ego. Both my husband and I have ADD. Mine is more well managed as I've known longer (since my early 20's, him since his early 30's) and I have just developed more coping skills with the extra time. This book assumes the wife is an organizational wiz, and is just in the marriage to help her husband without any expectation of reciprocation. It also assumes that the man can't handle much by way of confronting and dealing with his ADD/ADHD, which I also find offensive and would think any man would too. I'm left dumbfounded that people liked this book so much.
To make this enjoyable, the author could lay out the impacts of undiagnosed and diagnosed ADD/ADHD in men, while still holding out a consistent expectation that men learn ways to cope and cooperate within a marriage. Give both genders a little more credit for individual responsibility.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dwight Equitz?
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
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