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January First: A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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About the Author
Patrick Lawlor has recorded over three hundred audiobooks in just about every genre. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many Library Journal and Kirkus starred audio reviews.
Top Customer Reviews
His description of his daughter is akin to viewing her as a science experiment, and yet he seems truly amazed that despite her "genius" she wants to be a normal child. It's sad that I know Jani's IQ (stated ad nauseum throughout the book, to the point of embarrassment) but not HER hopes and dreams. My heart goes out to poor Jani. While Mr. Schofield clearly loves her, he has yet to realize that gifted intelligence is by no means unique to his daughter.
Jani's aggression is well-documented throughout the book, yet consistent discipline is presented as a `novel' concept towards the end of the book, only after a therapist suggested they not give in to a five year old's demands. Seriously? One might question whether some of her behavioral issues could have been curtailed with parenting 101 - don't negotiate with a toddler.
The family insists on keeping a dog, despite repeated attempts by Jani to harm or attack the poor animal. Worse, the father and mother at various points in the story feel compelled to include Jani on walks and during play.
The father describes ongoing beatings, but as a teacher at a local college, makes no mention of whether inevitable bruising from such forceful blows would cause others to raise questions. Seems odd that bloody lips, scratches, and kicks wouldn't be noticed.Read more ›
If the father intended to sound opinionated and arrogant he succeeded spectacularly. Initially I felt sympathy for his wife but that was short lived. Both these parents have contributed to this child's dysfunction. It's evident in early videos that the parents were perpetuating the 'imaginary friends' scenario. Dad's 'playing along' with these imaginary friends has ensured their continued existence.The child presents on the autistic spectrum and her massive behavioural issues are directly related to her parents. I'm pretty well speechless at what the parents have created here and apparently have done with their second child also.
On a literary level, the book is poorly written. Anyone who thinks this book is otherwise is deluded. I persevered with this book hoping that Dad would develop some insight into his unpleasant personality but again I was disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An addictive and honest account of a father who is facing an unknown and scary future while trying to keep his family together. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Teacher
How tragic for a child so young to be dealing with this horrible illness, and how heart wrenching it is for her parents. Read morePublished 25 days ago by itsmeinaz
Fascinating book for all of you interested in psychology, mental illness, and childhood schizophrenia. I couldn't put it down, what a page-turner!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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Go into this book with compassion in your heart. This story is devastating for the Schofield family all the way through. Read more
I got this book because I've seen Jani's specials on Discovery fit and health. I was very interested in the book after doing some research on her, and her family. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mark and Amanda Harris
It was more about how the father dealt with everything, and he seems pretty self entitled, however I still enjoyed the book. . . Didn't take long to readPublished 4 months ago by Dena