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  • Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book - Original Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By BN Publishing
    • Narrated By Jason McCoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (99)

    Alcoholics Anonymous -t he Big Book has served as a lifeline to millions worldwide. First published in 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous sets forth cornerstone concepts of recovery from alcoholism and tells the stories of men and women who have overcome the disease. This is the most widely used resource for millions of individuals in recovery.

    Jodie says: "Big Book review"
    "Miraculous book. Terrible narration."
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    What would have made Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book - Original Edition better?

    The text itself is perfect. This is the book that has helped thousands of alcoholics get into long-term recovery, by explaining how the disease works, showing them they are not alone, and describing how others have achieved and maintained sobriety using the 12 Steps. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous is also an interesting and compelling book because of the history of AA it provides, and the first-person stories from recovering alcoholics of all walks of life, from all periods of AA's history, going back to the 1930s.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book - Original Edition?

    In the story of the dually-addicted physician, when he says, "And acceptance is the answer to _all_ my problems today. Whenever I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place or thing--some fact of my life--unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept this person, place, thing or situation as being exactly as it should be at this moment... Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober."


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    By an overly theatrical reading and mispronouncing words most people with a high school education would know. Sorry, Jason McCoy. Clearly the fault is not all yours--this was not a carefully produced recording. I can't imagine another person listened to this and let it pass. I hope someone else will do another narration of this and that Audible will sell it. I would happily use another credit just to have an alternate version.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Absolutely. If this is the only version of the book you have, who cares if the narration is flawed? This is a book about a group of drunks who happened upon an answer to a problem that had plagued mankind for thousands of years. And the book was written with the pure intention of helping others--no one made a dime or achieved any kind of fame from it. It is a unique and useful book.


    Any additional comments?

    If you or someone you love suffers from alcoholism, don't waste another day before finding out more about Alcoholics Anonymous.

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