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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: September 2003 ISBN: 9781400085767
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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.”

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  • 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 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 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 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 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... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaijsa | 1/22/2014

    " Such a fun book! It really did have me laughing out loud. Such a fun family - you really have to have a good sense of humor in such a large family. I'm looking forward to reading the next book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 1/13/2014

    " really charming book ! The movies don't do it justice at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 12/28/2013

    " So far, this book is fascinating. Virginia Grace suggested it. This family has 12 kids and the Dad is an efficiency expert. Right up my alley! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 12/22/2013

    " I love this book. It has been a favorite since childhood. Maybe coming from a family of seven makes this book even more fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 12/22/2013

    " Is it just me or did the dad seem abusive? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kidsbookworm | 12/13/2013

    " I loved this story when I was young and it is still a delight today! We have listened to the audio CDs in the car and laughed along with the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Em | 10/11/2013

    " Loved this book! I was cracking up the whole time. I would have loved to have been a member of that family. What fun and sooo much better than the movie. Loved it! Thanks Kelsey! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amandalynn | 1/31/2013

    " I read this when they did the remake movie...but found their lives entertaining...this is nothing like the remake the old school movie is more in line with the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Roberts | 9/10/2012

    " Love the book...love the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 2/5/2012

    " Fun story. Nothing like the movie that came out a few years ago. Or rather, the movie is nothing like this book--the only thing they have in common is the title. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellisa Barr | 8/16/2011

    " I was about halfway through this book, thinking I couldn't enjoy it any more, when I noticed the authors' names on the cover. Finding out it was a biographical story made me like it even more. I laughed a lot, cried a little, and recommend for friends and family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 7/29/2010

    " This was a sweet book that was really easy to read. I loved that it was true and the Dad was so intriguing. I want to remember to read this again with my family when the kids are a little older - another 5-10 years. The old movie is a really good representation of this book, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 6/14/2010

    " loved this one - before the gosselins and the duggars, there was the gilbreth family... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 3/12/2010

    " I LOVED this book as it reminded me so much of my family and growing up in a "large" family (not as large as the Gilbreth family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 11/16/2009

    " I read this book when I was 15. I thought it was hilarious. I wonder if I'd find it as funny if I re-read it today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James B. | 8/22/2009

    " I read this to my children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jules | 2/26/2009

    " it is so not like the movie, but it is a realy good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 9/25/2008

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There were parts I was laughing out loud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 1/26/2007

    " First read in sixth grade......love this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 9/25/2004

    " one of my most favorite books of my childhood. I easily have read this over 50 times. Adore this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 caroline | 2/10/2004

    " A fun, classic book to read. Perfect for the ADD-set mind since reading each chapter felt like reading a short story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 1/7/2004

    " Much better than the movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joslins | 10/11/2003

    " I read this years ago and have recently reread it and it still is a very good book. I found myself laughing as I read some of the stories. Very enjoyable. "

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