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3.0001355380862 out of 53.0001355380862 out of 53.0001355380862 out of 53.0001355380862 out of 53.0001355380862 out of 5 3.00 (14,756 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank B. Gilbreth, Ernestine Gilbreth Carey Narrator: Dana Ivey, Ernestine Gilbreth Carey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Back in the days when the “horseless carriage” was a novelty, there were twelve red-headed Gilbreth children, and they had more fun than a traveling circus. They lived in a great, big, wonderful house in the country, with all kinds of pets and a large, gray Pierce-Arrow auto that Dad Gilbreth called “Foolish Carriage.”

Whenever Dad took the family for a ride, someone was sure to ask, “How do you feed all those kids?”

And Dad would reply, “Well, you know they come cheaper by the dozen.”

Listen along and discover the strange things that happen when Dad’s motion-efficiency experiments run awry, how Frank Jr. gets left behind at a roadside restaurant, how the whole clan has their tonsils out en masse. Experience a first date with Dad in the backseat, or treeing a peeping Tom. You can be sure they’re not only cheaper but they’re also funnier by the dozen.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Always entertaining, occasionally hilarious, occasionally touching....Sound Americana.”

    Saturday Review of Literature

  • “Gay and lighthearted…one of the most amusing books of the season.”

    Chicago Sun

  • “Instructive, funny, and very readable.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Full credit goes to the absence of cute, or coy, or dripping nostalgia, to the thoroughly human kids, to the logical, if not always lucky, ideas Dad develops in bringing up his brood…Relatives managed to cope with the results of Dad’s theories, the children managed to cope with Dad’s attitudes towards sheiks, jazz, tin lizzies, bobbed hair, etc., while Mother managed to bring Dad to a full stop—when necessary. And the reason for Dad’s hard work with his family gives a touching end to the story. There’s fun and sentiment here, appreciation and appraisal, and a good time to be had by all.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The adventures of the Gilbreth family continue to be classic and enduring stories of family life at the turn of the twentieth century. Dana Ivey reads all narration and dialogue at a brisk, steady clip keeping the story line moving. ..Listeners will enjoy this entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable reading.”


  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A Book-of-the-Month Club Selection

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Erica Lawless | 2/12/2014

    " Love, love, love this book! One of my favorites. It is so funny and heartwarming. I couldn't stop laughing at parts of the book. Almost makes me wish that I was part of the family. I walked away having so much admiration for Lillian Gilbreth. After her husband passed away she continued running their business and raising all 12 children! WOW! Fascinating book! I couldn't help but observe things that I do on a daily basis and tried to figure out better, more efficient ways to complete it. Frank Gilbreth's ways rubbed off on me I guess. Lol. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 30 Before 30 | 2/9/2014

    " Very cute, a little strange in places but overall a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kayla Holthe | 2/7/2014

    " One of my favorite books!!! Funny and memorable. I have three boys and my house is crazy! To have twelve kids, you certainly have to run a tight ship! Loving and caring parents with normal, delightful children! A++++ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sally Wilson | 1/29/2014

    " Such an awesome book- favorite from when I was younger. It's a shame that horrible Steve Martin movie has the same name as this book! Poor book... "

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