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All the Things We Never Knew Audiobook

All the Things We Never Knew: Chasing the Chaos of Mental Illness

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Publisher's Summary

Even as a reporter, Sheila Hamilton missed the signs as her husband David's mental illness unfolded before her. By the time she had pieced together the puzzle, it was too late. Her once brilliant, intense, and hilarious partner was dead within six weeks of a formal diagnosis of bipolar disorder, leaving his nine-year-old daughter and wife without so much as a note to explain his actions, a plan to help them recover from their profound grief, or a solution for the hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt that they would inherit from him.

All the Things We Never Knew takes listeners from David and Sheila's romance through the last three months of their life together and into the year after his death. It details their unsettling descent from ordinary life into the world of mental illness and examines the fragile line between reality and madness. Now, a decade after David's death, Sheila and her daughter, Sophie, have learned the power of choosing life over retreat, let themselves love and trust again, and understand the importance of forgiveness. Their story will resonate with all those who have loved someone suffering from bipolar disease and mental illness.

©2015 Sheila Hamilton (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Melanie Kay Haering slc, utah 10-29-15
    Melanie Kay Haering slc, utah 10-29-15

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    "WOW--Honest, Gripping and Vulnerable--Thank you!"
    Where does All the Things We Never Knew rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best so far on this topic. Sheila is a master storyteller and brings the facts to life like you are living it yourself. Her story brought so much empathy her way in what she experienced in her life and how there is hope for those of us struggling living with someone who has bi polar disorder.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was one of many touching quotes but it went something like this (remembering from audio) "Men are defined by the secrets they keep" Favorite scenes were many, her falling in love with David, her heartache losing him and not knowing what to do to help him and trying to protect her sweet daughter Sophie. Her descriptions of everything in the book shows of her writing talent. I could see all of her images vividly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Use the same title.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the research she did and the information that she added. I found myself writing these books down to do more research. I felt such a connection to this story from my own personal experience and yet even though I cried in many moments of this book, Life goes on, cherish the past--Look to the living., love them and hold on!

    I would like to also add that our society can change if we bring suicide out and take the shame from it. Take QPR and active look for the signs in friends and family

    Love to you Sheila

    Melanie Painter Haering

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    kodiak 10-25-15
    kodiak 10-25-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Raw Real Heart felt and Informative"

    Beautifully written-This book is the real deal. A deep emotional depiction of how to cope with mental illness when it shows itself in a loved one. The thing that made this book resonate for me was the authors ability to express her feelings about everyone involved. This is an informative book for sure, but for me it is the ultimate love story. Love from every angle. I adored this read.

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    Heather 09-14-16
    Heather 09-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "WOW!!!!"
    Where does All the Things We Never Knew rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is definitely in my top 10 favorite audiobooks i've ever listened to! The story is amazing and intense. Written and read so well!


    What other book might you compare All the Things We Never Knew to and why?

    There is no book that i can compare this one to.


    Which character – as performed by Sheila Hamilton – was your favorite?

    Sheila was my favorite character. The way she handled the tough situations. They way she spoke of her daughter, she's an amazing woman.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Chasing the chaos of mental illness


    Any additional comments?

    The book was a real eye opener. I really love learning about mental illness and the human brain. Her story was so real and touching. I cried during a few parts, her words easily create amazing imagery in my head. The book was an experience <3

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    BDCD USA 05-03-16
    BDCD USA 05-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Thought-Provoking"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I think everyone knows someone with some sort of mental illness, so everyone should listen to this book! Sheila was brave to publicly tell such a personal story. I laughed, cried, and cringed listening to this book. It was worth every second I spent listening.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I wanted to know what was going to happen. At the same time I didn't want to hear what we inevitably knew was going to happen. I could hardly stand to listen to her describe her daughters heartache. It was heart wrenching.


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    Pamela A. Shanahan Portland, OR 02-19-16
    Pamela A. Shanahan Portland, OR 02-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Captivating "

    I loved every chapter of this true life story. The author/narrator is equally good at writing and reading a compelling and sometimes very emotional account of her life with a husband that has bipolar disorder. I especially liked the short chapters that explore the definitions of various types of mental illness and treatments. A very important and pertinent read for everyone in our society.

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    Mark 02-06-16
    Mark 02-06-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book made even better narrated by author"
    What made the experience of listening to All the Things We Never Knew the most enjoyable?

    Author, Shelia Hamilton narrating her own work gave an incredible emotional touch.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sofie is my favorite character because she is so brave.


    What about Sheila Hamilton’s performance did you like?

    Her voice.


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    Goff5 10-21-15
    Goff5 10-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Honest, painful, courageous"

    Sheila tells a painful, transparent, humbling story of her life with David and Colin and Sophie. I feel the humanity and love in them all. We are all in the soup together.

    Thank you, Sheila, for your bravery and wisdom and taking from this tragedy, meaning and a gift for others.

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    Amazon Customer Naperville, IL, United States 11-03-15
    Amazon Customer Naperville, IL, United States 11-03-15 Member Since 2007
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    "and still don't know"

    almost everybody, but the author, gets thrown under the bus, especially her first husband. no judgement in this story and no insight either.

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