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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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    Anthony T Lino CONCORD, CA, US 07-28-14
    Anthony T Lino CONCORD, CA, US 07-28-14
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    "GREAT BOOK. Audible sucks"
    What would have made The Quiet Room better?

    The book is fantastic but because I read slow I wanted to get the audio version, which they advertise here but they don't have. It only plays for about 3 and half minutes and then it shuts off, saying, "Audible hopes you have enjoyed this book".


    How could the performance have been better?

    It could have actually had the entire freakin book.


    Any additional comments?

    Poor quality control on your products. I am pretty sad that a company as huge as Amazon would not have better standards.

    1 of 1 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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    Anastasia Beaverhauzen 08-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Audio"

    This book had the absolutely worst sound quality. It reminded me of an old phonograph record, played on a children's record player. I think they need to take this offline and fix the sound problem. I thought the story was interesting but so hard to listen too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E 07-16-15
    E 07-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book, fair audio quality"

    Quality of the audio is not great, but still intelligible. Sounds like it was transferred from a cassette tape.

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    Joakim Egge Hosen 06-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story on schizophrenia"

    Good insight into the life of someone with schizophrenia. Nicely told, with alternating perspectives between the person with the illness og the other persons involved. Shows how important it is to show respect and warmth in a therapeutic setting.

    The narrators had a pleasant voice, and i felt they expressed some of the emotions felt. But the overall quality of the audiobook is not to good. Sounds like a recording from a cassette, and a few of the words become lost in the static and the weird music between chapters.

    Still recommended for someone Wanting a perspective into schizophrenia!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elyssa Derka Starkville, MS 05-31-15
    Elyssa Derka Starkville, MS 05-31-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Great story but sound quality is horrendous"

    This story is extremely interesting and very engaging but holy hell... what is with the audio quality? It sounds like it is being played off an old worn tape cassette and sometimes it is almost impossible to understand what they are saying unless you take the time to go back and relisten to try and figure it out.

    0 of 0 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


    Any additional comments?

    Very interesting book really kept my attention

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 P. 08-27-06
    ROSILYN P. 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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