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Elena Vanishing Audiobook

Elena Vanishing: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

Seventeen-year-old Elena is vanishing. Every day means renewed determination, so every day means fewer calories. This is the story of a girl whose armor against anxiety becomes artillery against herself as she battles on both sides of a lose-lose war in a struggle with anorexia.

Told entirely from Elena's perspective over a five-year period and cowritten with her mother, award-winning author Clare B. Dunkle, Elena's memoir is a fascinating and intimate look at a deadly disease and a must-listen for anyone who knows someone suffering from an eating disorder.

©2015 Elena and Clare B. Dunkle (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-16-15
    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-16-15 Member Since 2012

    I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."

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    "Eaten from Within"

    Elena Dunkle's memoir re-lives her struggle with anorexia, when it was a separate force consuming her, a demon working against her. This might be the truest portrait of this disorder out there.

    She gives a vivid account of the state of mind that anyone with psychological problems, from depression to addiction, can recognize, highlighting the inner voice that constantly counteracts any acknowledgement, any progress toward a healthy mindset. It's a harrowing story that gives you a clear understanding of the disease eating up a victim.

    When Elena finally starts to come around, she is again, so honest and so accurate, that you know that recovery is not a straightforward path, it will be a lifetime's work.

    The extraordinary Lauren Fortgang does a bang-up job as narrator. She makes it nearly a dramatization, giving the memoir an extra layer of meaning.

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    Amazon Customer 07-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The most beautiful and touching story I have ever read"

    I bought this book expecting just another eating disorder memoir. I was touched beyond words.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Desiree 05-21-15
    Desiree 05-21-15
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    "Amazing, all of it."

    This memoir is truly amazing. It brought tears, anger, and small moments of laughter out of me. I have struggled with an eating disorder myself. Nothing to this extent or extreme, but it took up a chunk of my life and my "critical mind" was nasty too. She still is sometimes and books like this one have helped squander her voice. Helped me to want a healthy mind and body. The author is so brave to share her story. I believe her story could help save lives.

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    Jacob 06-06-15
    Jacob 06-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing book!"
    What did you love best about Elena Vanishing?

    Inspirational story, and the way they describe the part of you that is always making you feel like less than you are really hit home.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leah 09-06-15
    Leah 09-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfect Sequel to Hppe and other Luxuries."
    Where does Elena Vanishing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Way up there.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Elena Vanishing?

    I don't have just one. It was all of the answers to the puzzles that her Mother was trying to put together.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    N. J. BOTTA 08-21-15
    N. J. BOTTA 08-21-15
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    "Beautifully told struggle, riddled with darkness and hope."

    Loved this story and the narration. A beautifully told struggle, riddled with darkness and hope.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Newmarket, NH, United States 07-22-15
    Julia Newmarket, NH, United States 07-22-15
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    "Inside the head of anorexic patient"

    I enjoyed this a lot. It would have been nice if author went into more of how her thought processes changed when she decided to eat again , not hide weights on herself , and really get on the healing path.
    It is extremely interesting to hear her thought processes while she is struggling with the disease. Much of the time, people think " just eat!" But Elena does a great job relating her inner voices and the struggle she endures every time she was asked to eat. I recommend this book, especially to those trying to figure out what's going on in a patients head as they are shrinking away to almost nothing and doesn't see it.

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    MvR 09-24-15
    MvR 09-24-15

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    "Terrible narrator"
    What did you like best about Elena Vanishing? What did you like least?

    I was bothered to the point of distraction by the narrator's voice and way of reading. I understand she has no control over the sound of her voice, but the way she read with "a chip on her shoulder" the ENTIRE time... that harsh, angry tone... it got tiring very fast. And then the repetitive "voice in my head" that the author writes about says the words: "you stupid b*tch" about 40 times throughout. Sometimes six times in a row. We get it. You thought you were a loser. Your self esteem was in the trash. But putting together "you stupid b*tch. You STUPID B*TCH. YOU stupid BITCH", etc, etc along with the narrator's tough girl voice... ugh.

    Other than that, it was an "ok" anorexia memoir. I've read many of them and there ar esome gaps here, like she goes from being very sick to deciding to get treatment without really explaining the motivation or what changed.


    Would you recommend Elena Vanishing to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the classic "The Best Little Girl In the World", to start.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe, it depends on who was cast and which parts of the body they decided to focus on.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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