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AudreyLM

Brookline, VT

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  • The Center Cannot Hold

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Elyn R. Saks
    • Narrated By Alma Cuervo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (144)

    Professor of psychiatry Elyn R. Saks writes about her struggle with schizophrenia in this unflinching account of her mental illness. In The Center Cannot Hold, Saks draws readers into a nightmare world of medications, a misguided health-care system, and social stigmas. But she would not be defeated. With a strength and force of will that most can only imagine, Saks reclaimed her life and went on to achieve great success.

    glamazon says: "Schizophrenia Inside Out"
    "Narration was terrible!"
    Overall

    I am distracted from the very fine book by the shaky, unsure, weirdly paced narration. I was hoping to wait it out (everybody has a bad day I guess) but it was persistent. Appalling. I have never written a negative review before but this audio download was expensive and was really ruined for me by the narration.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Blindsided

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Richard Cohen
    • Narrated By Richard Cohen
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Autobiographical at its roots, reportorial, and expansive, Blindsided explores the effects of illness on raising three children and on his relationship with wife, Meredith Vieira. Cohen tackles the nature of denial and resilience, the ins and outs of the struggle for emotional health, and the redemptive effects of a loving family. And while dealing with illness is not the way he chose to live his life, it did choose him.

    Jason says: "Couldn't stop listening..."
    "new narrator, wonderful book"
    Overall

    I also loved this book and wanted to note that the version I downloaded in 2010 has a new narrator (Mr. Cohen only read the intro). This is a brave, honest book. My dearest friend who has lived with MS for 20 years also loved it, and found it to be incredibly inspiring, as did I. It's about living fully with a chronic illness, but also so much more. It's about life, choices, careers, marriage, so many of the things which make a truly compelling memoir. I rarely take the time to recommend a book (and I've downloaded hundreds) but this one moved me deeply.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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