When actress Claudia Christian flees a troubled childhood and moves to Hollywood at age 17, she steps through the looking glass into another world.
From the set of Dallas to her starring role on the sci-fi series Babylon 5, Claudia's affairs with billionaires, supermodels, rock stars, and celebrities are mixed with shootings, stalking, heartbreak, and betrayal. On set and off, drama follows Claudia - an alcohol-fueled coke run and makeout session with a bridesmaid on her wedding day; her tempestuous, love-hate relationship with actor Angus Macfadyen; the conspiracy theories surrounding her ex-husband's death; and a 20-year on-and-off relationship with billionaire Dodi Fayed before he dated Princess Diana. Hollywood life takes its toll on Claudia as she descends into alcohol addiction and a desperate battle to reclaim her life.
Rehab, alternative treatments, and even hypnotism can't break the cycle of alcohol abuse that threatens to destroy Claudia. Close to despair she discovers The Sinclair Method, a treatment that saves her life.
Sometimes shocking, often humorous, always captivating Babylon Confidential is a story of hope that will inspire and enlighten you.
©2012 Claudia Christian and Morgan Grant Buchanan, Afterword Copyright 2012 by Dr. Roy Eskapa (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
This book is quite possibly the most candid book I've ever experienced. That Claudia Christian narrates the audiobook herself makes it feel that much more personal, and that much more powerful. On Babylon 5, her character Susan Ivanova is tougher-than-nails, the left hand of God and vengeance personified when the call arises. The actress behind the character... she's much tougher by necessity, and all too human, just like the rest of us.
Everyone has that personal chink in the armor, the Achilles' Heel to which we can fall prey. She found hers, and this book is an amazing chronicle of her battle with what she calls her inner monster. The book is intense and as relatable as a tale like this can be. It's not for the squeamish, but it is one for pretty much anyone who doesn't live that fairy tale perfect life. At its core, which she reminds us up front, this is a story of hope.
While I myself am not an alcoholic, I found the details to be particularly enlightening as to what that kind of thing really is like, and in the sharing, I felt like I was given a boost to my own fight against my own personal demons. We all have an addiction to something, even if we aren't aware of it, and even if it seems minor by comparison of others. I'm in the midst of battling with mine. This came along at exactly the right time, which is perhaps why I'm biased towards a higher rating, but I just can't give anything less than the highest mark for a person who bared her soul to the world in this way. A book like this is courage incarnate.
No, I wouldn't listen to it again. The story was compelling...but, in the end, Christian came off as self-serving and her "solution" to sobriety seemed to be an infomercial.
Yes, for easy reading/listening, and compelling story. But not if you're looking for something deep.
"An Enlightening Listen"
Babylon Confidential exposes Claudia Christian's life, loves and troubles in the raw. I found it interesting as a fan of Claudia's work to see the path she has taken through her career and the challenges both professional and self imposed she has lived through. Part Hollywood kiss and tell, part honest memoir but all from the heart it showed me life's path never really runs smooth and being rich and famous can have serious consequences too.
Overall I enjoyed it and recommend it if you like Hollywood autobiography, science fiction or Claudia's work in general.
"The Voice of a hero."
This is a story of how Fate can spin us around, if we want it or not.
The story has to levels, the outer Hollywood jetset line, and the inner self reproaching level.
Reading the story about her brother Patrick was actually hard.
Hearing Claudia actually reading it, was almost devastating.
I can't believe she made it, even if I know she had to stop several times.
She told her story to ME.
I work with these things as a councellor, and her case could easily landed in my in-tray. Very honest, very brave.
I really recommend this book, and specially the audiobook to everyone.
Hearing her own words narrated by herself is just impressive.
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