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An Unquiet Mind Audiobook

An Unquiet Mind

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Publisher's Summary

The personal memoir of a manic depressive and an authority on the subject describes the onset of the illness during her teenage years and her determined journey through the realm of available treatments.

©1995 Kay Redfield Jamison; (P)2010 Random House

What the Critics Say

"From Kay Redfield Jamison - an international authority on manic-depressive illness, and one of the few women who are full professors of medicine at American Universities - a remarkable personal testimony: the revelation of her own struggle since adolescence with manic depression, and how it shaped her life. With vivid prose and wit, she takes us into the fascinating and dangerous territory of this form of madness - a world in which one pole can be the alluring dark land ruled by what Byron called the 'melancholy star of the imagination,' and the other a desert of depression and, all too frequently, death." (Amazon.com review)

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    Deny R. 03-29-17
    Deny R. 03-29-17
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    What disappointed you about An Unquiet Mind?

    Whole chunks of the book are missing. I bought the audiobook to help me stay concentrated as I read the actual book and it's not helping because I have to stop and figure out where its being read from. Whole paragraphs skipped. Very upsetting.


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    Martin 01-31-17
    Martin 01-31-17
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    "In and of itself depressing but enlightening"

    It helps one to understand the nature of the illness and the havoc it can cause. Not a pretty picture but it leaves the reader with hope.

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    Idrees 01-11-17
    Idrees 01-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Thank you Kay for sharing your story with us!"

    I can only imagine how hard it must've been.

    In the first half an hour I thought: it would've been better if Key didn't narrate the book her self and let a professional narrator do it. But after the first half an hour, I was glad that she did.
    Her voice - at times on the verge of crying - brings the story to life, vivid and colorful.

    Bipolar and pretty much lots of mental illnesses for that matter like; sever depression, GAD, OCD, PTSD, PAD, and schizophrenia, to name a few, if left untreated; ruins lives, and a lot of times the lives of people around the patient. A lot of patients even end up killing themselves(!)

    Brave and courageous people like Key let's one know that you are not alone, there is always treatment, and on top of all, Hope!

    The reason I gave the book 4 stars was the affairs Key had with 3 men. I'm a Muslim and when I love someone, I marry her.

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    David 12-12-16
    David 12-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "eye opening to whom lives with "an unquiet mind""

    learned that others feel what I do, I am not alone in this struggle



    great book!

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    Nanna 11-28-16
    Nanna 11-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "honest"

    this book was open honest and smart
    it showed a real picture of bipoler in good and bad

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    Sarah 10-19-16
    Sarah 10-19-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Bravery and Honesty"
    If you could sum up An Unquiet Mind in three words, what would they be?

    Brave
    Honest
    Truthful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Unquiet Mind?

    When Kay allowed herself to trust her husband with the truth of her illness, I believe she crossed a line that was the point of no return. She believed herself to be loved and accepted by another, but it was truly she who had grown into acceptance of herself.


    What does Kay Redfield Jamison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The fatigue in her voice simply re-telling her own story compelled me to continue to listen.


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

    There could be no better tag line than the title, "An Unquiet Mind," for it sums up the manic/depressive state-of-mind.


    Any additional comments?

    Kudos to Kay for taking the time to write something educational, yet so very heartfelt and, at times, gut-wrenching.

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    James 10-06-16
    James 10-06-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Hate to say.. biring"

    I know the story is personal to the writer but the presentation and story are not impressive. The book is more of a recount of her various loves while dealing with what appears as semi minor depression. There is very little detail of her manic states and all in all I did not learn anything substantial about the disease.

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    Amazon Customer 09-14-16
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    "Realization, Relatability, Reasoning"

    The end was everything! A true insiders view on real struggles that are all around us. Whether you're someone who's struggles in reality or you personally know someone who does ... this novel is made for everyone who is willing to see things from a different point of view.

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    Sam 09-12-16
    Sam 09-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautifully Honest"

    I suffer from BP, and this book perfectly articulated my feelings in a way I never could. I wish I could hug the author and tell her thank you thank you thank you.

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    Dezi17 08-13-16
    Dezi17 08-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "An unquiet mind brave woman"

    I enjoyed the book and I honour the brave woman who risked huge judgement to write it in the hopes it will help her heal and help others.

    I would recommend this book to anyone with mental illness or supporting someone with mental illness.

    The author reads with passion and deep connection that only someone with first hand experience can deliver.

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