Friday, July 3, 2009

Book Review (Audio): Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Galbreth & Ernestine Gilbreth Carey (read by Dana Ivey)


I first read Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth and Earnestine Gilbreth Carey years ago when I was a teenager. I don't remember if it was recommended to me or if I happened across it while browsing the library shelves. I thouroughly enjoyed it then and when looking for an audio book to download to my new toy, an Ipod touch, I came across this and remembered how I had enjoyed it.

Product Description:
No growing pains have ever been more hilarious than those suffered loudly by the riotous Gilbreth clan. First, there are a dozen red-haired, freckle-faced kids to contend with. Then there's Dad, a famous efficiency expert who believes a family can be run just like a factory. And there's Mother, his partner in everything except discipline. How they all survive such escapades as forgetting Frank, Jr., in a roadside restaurant or going on a first date with Dad in the backseat or having their tonsils removed en masse will keep you in stitches. You can be sure they're not only cheaper, they're funnier by the dozen.

Again, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has drama, suspense, it makes you laugh out loud and you may even shed a tear. You can't help but be drawn into the Gilbreth family and all their life. Dana Ivey does a fantastic job of reading this. If you listen or read it you will not be disappointed.


  1. I read this book years ago and enjoyed it thoroughly. There's a movie made from the book that is quite enjoyable too. And it's all entirely true. I haven't heard anyone mention this book for a while now. Thanks for reviewing an oldie but goodie.

  2. I just re-read this book earlier this year and enjoyed it all over again. Like you, I had read it when I was a teen. It's fun to revist stories like these.

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