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Publisher: HarperAudio / HarperCollins 
Release Date: September 2004
ISBN: 0060738448
Format Reviewed: Audio book - CDs / Unabridged edition - 5 hours / 4 discs
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Genre: Teen / Young Adult – Nonfiction / Self Help
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Brenda Weeaks
Reviewer Notes:  Hardcover review

The O'Reilly Factor for Kids
A Survival Guide for America's Families  
By Bill O'Reilly
Read by Rick Adamson and Bill O’Reilly

      In “The O'Reilly Factor for Kids” Bill O’Reilly gives Teenagers advice on music, friends, money, fun, dressing and much, much more. His advice is sound and his stories pretty normal. Some kids may tout his opinion and stories as square, but for their parents’ sakes, let’s hope they pay attention anyway. On music, the author tells kids music is supposed to help them relax, feel happy, help pass the time when driving, not to make them feel angry or urge them to incite violence. On friends, O’Reilly demands loyalty and hates deception. He recommends kids demand the same from their friends. On money, he reminds the kids about real life and the cost of living. O’Reilly tells kids fun is okay, but life should be balanced with responsibility and fun. Also, not to stop enjoying something because someone thinks it’s nerdy. He believes fun, in a healthy way, is an inner response to who we are. O’Reilly tells it straight with the girls on dressing. He warns girls about dressing provocatively at a young age. He recommends they dress to look smart, not to impress, and warns sad experiences come with bad dressing. O’Reilly also explains Pinheads, Toxic friends and Toxic parents. It’s a comprehensive book; I doubt he’s missed a subject. Along with the advice are letters and emails from kids who have contacted O’Reilly. The author also prompts interaction from the kids with his questions and lists.

        This is the type of guidance our kids need to survive in today’s society. O’Reilly’s approach is simple. The kids will have no problem understanding his advice. The only downfall for O’Reilly, maybe, is the title’s connection to his show and Fox. It doesn’t bother me, but it most likely will bother those who disagree with his show – which is sad, because this really is about the kids.

      The audio book version is read by Rick Adamson and Bill O’Reilly. Adamson narrates the book, while O’Reilly reads his childhood accounts. Adamson’s voice is calm and direct. O’Reilly’s voice is typical O’Reilly. This audio book will benefit the whole family, so play it loud.