Why Have Kids?: A New Mom Explores the Truth about Parenting and Happiness

Jessica Valenti, Author, Emily Beresford, Performed by
Jessica Valenti, read by Emily Beresford. Brilliance Audio, unabridged, five CDs, 5.25 hrs., $29.99 ISBN 978-1-4692-0994-4
Reviewed on: 02/25/2013
Release date: 09/01/2012
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MP3 CD - 978-1-4692-1096-4
MP3 CD - 978-1-4692-1147-3
Hardcover - 178 pages - 978-0-547-89261-0
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-4692-7964-0
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Preparental fantasies about the joys of having children often bear little resemblance to the reality of actually rearing them. Here Velenti addresses the problems facing new parents—many of whom might not be prepared for modern-day child rearing. Emily Beresford does a capable job of narrating this audio edition. She reads crisply, though with few variations in cadence and tone. The result is sometimes hypnotic—which, in this case, isn’t a good thing. Valenti’s book requires attention and consideration, and some listeners may find themselves tuning out Beresford’s performance. A New Harvest hardcover. (Sept.)
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