Don't get me wrong. ! am a huge fan of te Big Book of Alcoholics Anonmyous. This is clearly narrated by someone who had never read the book before he started reading it. The cadance is wrong, the pronounciation is wrong, and he can't even read correctly or doesn't care. "Rarely have we seen a person fall..." No. It is the beginning of an essential part of the book - "Rarely have we seen a person FAIL...". The narrator seemed to have taken a job and not a mission. Don't bother. It is not pleasant to listen to.
Anyone who had actually READ the book before he or she started reading it for the recording.
Annoyance, disappointment, frustration with the lost opportunity to do a good job for a community that would deeply appreciate a well done version of this work.
I want my credit back and the potential audience warned that what they are getting is not what was carefully written by the founders of AA.
Not enough information to form an opinion.
In print, each page is memorable because of the many insights into the disease and the path to recovery.
Mr. McCoy's performance of the text was terrible. His mile-a-minute performance spoiled what is one of the most important books in modern times. A slower and more nuanced reading would have allowed me to reflect upon what was being said.
Have a talented reader and read the complete book.
McCoy is unable to pronounce many ordinary words. He doesn't seem to understand what he's reading
I love the AA Big Book. This is not the complete Big Book and it is not well read.
I listen to this when I am in trouble and need a meeting but there isn't one. I enjoy listening as well as reading. If I have a drive, I will turn it on in the car. I could listen to the Big Book every day, although I don't. I am never tired of it, or going to meetings.
The program of the Twelve Steps is a miracle. It is a clear path to healthy living and a healthy spiritual life. Most of us, by the time we find the Twelve Steps, are broken even if we don't know just how broken. Alcohol is deadly, as are other emotional conditions. The Twelve Steps are a way out of hell, of our own making/thinking, and into living a better life.
The people who are fortunate enough to recover are those who are honest with themselves.
The AA program is adaptable to all fallings and losses. Working it can only help you become a more compassionate human being willing to help others.
the reader seemed to be a man of the 1940s and made everything very real
the story of bobs recovery
to reach out to others
it is necessarilly very dated but it is fascinating and enthralling
Not a mainstream reader.
Coming from a person who does not drink and have no history of Alcoholism, I found the Big Book to be interesting because we all know someone that always have a few too many. After reading this book, I now understand why people go to meetings and talk about their addiction openly.
AA is a religion that someone practice to find the truth and to keep on the path of sobriety.
Unlike Christianity and other religions, Alcoholics Anonymous have more devoted followers, because it is a lifestyle that one choose to keep and they more dedicated in trying to remain clean, by going to meetings, than paying tithes to a church. Most people who concur their addictions, wants to sponsor others to defeat their battles and making a lifelong friendship with a common ground.
On a personal note, I have friends that attend meetings on a weekly or daily bases and because of them, I wanted to know more about the Big Book. If you are reading this book and don't have a drinking problem, read this book as many short stories on one main theme.
The narrator is pretty bad. He seems like a telemarketer or an auctioneer, talking very loud in your ears.
I will recommend this book to people when it comes out with a more listenable reading performer. It is a great book and deserves a far better presentation.
I dont think so.
Please get a better reader for this great book. Sorry....
Great book, terrible narration. Filled with errors.
The guy needs to learn how to read. An absolutely abysmal job.
There are so many errors in the narration of this book, a new version should be released.
We have been sober for over 15 years. We have been familiar with the big book, but we are not very good about reading. We have learned so much about ourselves from listening to this book. He follows along with the book he has had for years. He listens to it over and over. There is so much that he missed over the years when we did not have the audio version. I recommend this book if you struggle with alcohol or are close to someone who does. You will be able to identify with the stories in the book I am sure. We recommend it to anyone who perfers to listen instead of reading.