HarperAudio / HarperCollins
Date: September 2004
Reviewed: Audio book - CDs / Unabridged edition - 5 hours
/ 4 discs
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Teen / Young Adult – Nonfiction / Self Help
The O'Reilly Factor for Kids
Survival Guide for America's Families
By Bill O'Reilly
Read by Rick Adamson and Bill O’Reilly
“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.
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.
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.