I love Glenn Harrold's books and this one is no exception. His voice is soothing, he doesn't sound bored, the background music fits the purpose of the book, and I always find myself quickly relaxing when I listen to any of Mr. Harrold's audios.
When I bought this book, I didn't really think I needed to detox, but from past experience, I've learned I often don't realize just how bad things are until I'm out of a particular environment (this has been the case with two different companies I worked with), so I decided to give it a go. I'm really glad I did. I bought this book along with Creating Inner Peace and Calm and I have to say, it's a great combination. Independently, or together, I get the same inner calm from both audios. I feel positive and refreshed after listening and I feel that confidence in myself once again. The subliminal messages are so important to combat that negative talk we bombard ourselves with. Once again, Glenn Harrold comes through for me.
My rating for 'story' is only 4 stars, simply because this isn't really a story. It's a way of life. It may be splitting hairs, but the word just isn't right in describing this audio...maybe Audible should consider using another word.
I'm still having issues with the chapter where Minny and her new boss lady are chasing the naked man around in the yard. The account was jarring and did nothing for the story, except raise questions in the mind of the reader. Some folks may feel that was when Minny discovered that her white boss lady really cared for her and would protect her; however, I think the reader already had those clues. The description of the man stroking his penis while running around naked in the yard is out of character and out of harmony with the book. It seemed more of a 'gratuitous sex' chapter and detracted from the quality of the story (hence four stars instead of five). Aside from that, I enjoyed the book very much and felt the narrators were exceptional.
I, unlike Pamela, could relate to this woman. Having come from a dysfunctional family myself and knowing how I personally made excuses for my parents, I could understand her reasoning.
There is a lot going on with the family dynamics: the lack of physical affection, the lack of understanding about face recognition (I certainly hadn't heard of it until this book brought it to light) and schizophrenia, the belief that there was something wrong with the author and not her parents (she was conditioned to this thinking from an early age), but still under all the dysfunction, the author felt there was love...as unhealthy as it was. As a child, you just don't know any better and you trust your parents. If you're raised to think this is 'normal' behavior, you do question it as you see how other families relate, but you still make excuses for your family. I was not frustrated with the author for her inability to figure things out quickly. I found her journey to discovery rather fascinating. I wish it hadn't taken her such a long time to open up and talk to others about her inability to recognize them, but with any 'affliction' the owner tends to want to hide it and will often go to great lengths not to give themselves away.
I liked the reader. She gave emotion and developed the characters for me and held me captive to the end. I would read books by this author again and I would listen to books read by the narrator. Overall, I give this book the highest marks. It was not a self pitying account, but rather, it was matter of fact and with enough detail to fully give the listener a good picture of life as it was lived by the three main characters: the author, her mother, and her father.
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