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The Quiet Room | [Amanda Bennett, Lori Schiller]

The Quiet Room

An electrifying true story of one young woman's nightmarish descent into the hell of schizophrenia and her courageous battle to rejoin the real world, such is the story of Lori Schiller. Once she had it all - a loving family, devoted friends, intelligence, and opportunity. Then at age 15 she began to suffer from symptoms of schizophrenia, hearing voices that began to take over her life. At 23, she committed herself to a private mental institution and spent the next 7 years waging a war against the voices that urged her to kill her family, her doctor, herself. This account of a journey into and out of madness is at once gripping, heartening, and ultimately triumphant.
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Publisher's Summary

An electrifying true story of one young woman's nightmarish descent into the hell of schizophrenia and her courageous battle to rejoin the real world, such is the story of Lori Schiller. Once she had it all - a loving family, devoted friends, intelligence, and opportunity. Then at age 15 she began to suffer from symptoms of schizophrenia, hearing voices that began to take over her life. At 23, she committed herself to a private mental institution and spent the next 7 years waging a war against the voices that urged her to kill her family, her doctor, herself. This account of a journey into and out of madness is at once gripping, heartening, and ultimately triumphant.

©1994 Lori Schiller and Amanda Bennett, All Rights Reserved, Abridgment Approved by the Authors; (P) and ©1994 Time Warner AudioBooks, A Time Warner Company, A Joint Venture of The Atlantic Group and Time Warner Trade Publishing

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    Eva Upper Galilee, N/A, Israel 03-17-03
    Eva Upper Galilee, N/A, Israel 03-17-03
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    "Well worth the read or the listen!"

    I work in the field of psychiatry and found this a very informative look into the very complex and difficult world of the mentally ill. The book not only is told by the patient but by her parents too, which adds a very interesting insight. If you have ever wondered about the world of schizophrenia, this is a must read.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Reschke Cottage Grove, OR, United States 09-09-11
    Reschke Cottage Grove, OR, United States 09-09-11 Member Since 2011
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    "poor quality & performance"

    I enjoyed the story, but found many technical difficulties that made it a challenge to get through the book. The recording sounded like it had originally been made on a cassette tape, and that tape had been played numerous times and gotten stretched. The music sounded eerie and weird. I was unable to stop listening and resume where I left off, so I was forced to listen to the entire story up to that point several times. I found no way to fast forward, as the recording jumped to the end of the second chapter and the recording credits.I wouldn't recommend the book for these technical reasons alone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl BOSSIER CITY, LA, United States 01-15-13
    Cheryl BOSSIER CITY, LA, United States 01-15-13
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    "Good book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was pretty interesting how this disease takes over her life


    What other book might you compare The Quiet Room to and why?

    Brain on fire, because they both had brain disorders and they both describe what the patient went thru


    What aspect of Mary Beth Hurt’s performance would you have changed?

    Sounded like an older person than the one in the book


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Cry, felt very sorry for what this person went thru


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    Very interesting book really kept my attention

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    Sheila Gilbert, AZ, USA 07-13-08
    Sheila Gilbert, AZ, USA 07-13-08
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    "Interesting insight into mental illness"

    Not something I normally listen too but was surprised how closely it paralleled my aunt's continuing battle with mental illness. I picked it up for a road trip listen. I would especially recommend it to someone who has to deal with someone suffering from mental illness.

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    ROSILYN B. 08-27-06
    ROSILYN B. 08-27-06 Listener Since 2006
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    "awakening"

    a beautifully written and narrated account of a soul compromised by the mental disease of schizophrenia... after listening to this story, i have gained much hope in successful care and treatment of my own family members. it was like listening to an old friend

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