The reader is okay but a little saccharine, but after every story, she reads all of the copy right and performance information. It really breaks up the flow of the stories. I wish they just gave that info at the beginning and end of the performance.
I haven't finished reading this book yet, but I'm finding her arguments to be hard to listen to already. Although I agree with the author's theme that the social stigma of mental illness needs to be addressed, I find statements that she makes about her own situation to be truly troubling.
She states that often mentally ill individuals generally aren't prone to violence, and if they are prone to violence, that they are usually self-violent, but her son is violent towards others. The author repeatedly explains that her son is not only self-violent, but violent towards her and others. She states that she only truly feels safe when her son is in a lock-down facility even though his situation is truly heartbreaking to her. But through out the parts of the book that I have read so far, she is critical of other parents who wanted her child out of the charter school because of his behaviors. She's critical of her ex-husband who wants to separate their younger children from their violent brother and who had pressed charges against their son for an assault. I feel that Long is saying that it is wrong for other parents including her ex-husband to want to protect their children from her repeatedly and unpredictably violent son despite his history and her own fear of him because he has the label of "mental illness". I understand her comparing her son to Adam Lanza, but she explains early in the book that no one in Adam Lanza's life would have thought that he would have been violent in the manner that he was, but Long's son is violent. People around Michael should be concerned about his behavior.
She doesn't know how to best keep her child from enacting violence and has to keep their household's knives with her at all times, but people outside her home should be able to deal with Michael's potentially violent outbursts. She says that by taking sole custody of her 2 younger children that her ex-husband and the court system are forcing her to choose between 2 healthy children and 1 sick child, but why should those 2 healthy children be in a situation where they need to lock themselves into a room until they can safely make a dash outside to her car to lock themselves in the car?
Long repeatedly compares mental illness to other illnesses, but she doesn't seem to realize that some illnesses can't be taken care of in the home. Some individuals with critical illnesses and conditions need critical care in hospitals and other medical facilities, but she balks at the thought of having Michael in a more permanent live-in facility. She's critical of a church leader who told another mother that the mother's son should be taught religion at home rather than in the church setting, but if the son in question had severe leukemia and was too weak to have in church instruction, people would view the religious leader's suggestion as reasonable.
Furthermore, she gives a quote that states that mental illness is like other illnesses in that it can be treated with medications, but when talking about her son's diagnoses, she readily admits that his physicians haven't been able to find a combination of medications that keep him from being violent and having outbursts.
I do agree that mental illness should be less stigmatized and that insurance companies need to reevaluate their coverages. I also agree that she is in a very difficult situation in trying to find effective treatments for her son, but it sounds like her son's condition is fairly critical. Labeling it as mental illness (which it is) and complaining about the stigma of mental illness (which exists) doesn't make her son less likely to be violent towards her and his family.
I am definitely not an advocate for guns, but Long does seem to join the argument that the availability of guns is contributing to the problem of mental illness and violence. I feel that her gun statements, even if they are accurate, are just another argument that she is using to avoid saying that some mentally ill individuals are violent and a danger to those around them.
I love the Sookie Stackhouse series and its characters. Although these stories weren't written by Charlaine Harris, I loved hearing what these characters might be up to and the interpretations of other authors.
Years ago, I had read Anne of Green Gables and wanted to have a copy on my ipod, but I was worried about getting a dud reader. This reader is excellent! I laugh out loud quite often at the reader's interpretations of Anne and Marilla! The story is wonderful!
My daughter and I are big 3rd Rock from the Sun fans, so I was really excited to hear this book. Johnston was amazingly funny and real in this book. Her story of her addiction was inspiring and very "real".
I was disappointed in this audiobook. As much as I believe that she has every right to tell her story personally, I believe that reading the book herself was a misstep. She has a very youthful voice, and at some times, she just sounds like a child and a brat during her reading. It was hard to concentrate on her story at times because of how she was reading it or doing the voices of her captors. I feel bad writing this opinion but a professional reader should have read this story. Her account was interesting but a bit repetitive in some areas.
Generally, I love sports books, so I was really excited to read this. I was disappointed/amused to hear Lance Armstrong's introduction to this book and to hear his account of how he dealt with the pressures of competition. After his admission recently of his doping practices, his introduction is pretty ludicrous, and it's even sadder after hearing about Chrissie's commitment to dope-free racing and sport.
Hearing Chrissie's story was pretty amazing though. She is funny and generally very down-to-earth about her accomplishments. Her life as a public servant is almost more amazing than her accomplishments in races. She seems truly committed to elevating the situations of those around her. It's truly admirable.
I didn't really like the reader so much, but her Australian and American accents are pretty awesome.
I love Judi Dench but I don't want to hear her (or someone sounding like her) to be Bridget Jones.
The story is great, and the actors are great, BUT during the dramatization there are times when the actors are whispering or talking softly. Those times are really hard to understand what is being said. I ended up buying the book because I was frustrated with missing lines.
At times, this memoir moves a little slowly, but overall Marshall has a great story about the value of taking chances and enjoying friendships.
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