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Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book - Original Edition | [BN Publishing]

Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book - Original Edition

Alcoholics Anonymous -t he Big Book has served as a lifeline to millions worldwide. First published in 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous sets forth cornerstone concepts of recovery from alcoholism and tells the stories of men and women who have overcome the disease. This is the most widely used resource for millions of individuals in recovery.
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It's more than a book. It's a way of life.

Alcoholics Anonymous - the Big Book has served as a lifeline to millions worldwide. First published in 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous sets forth cornerstone concepts of recovery from alcoholism and tells the stories of men and women who have overcome the disease. This is the most widely used resource for millions of individuals in recovery.

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    Janet New Mexico United States 02-01-13
    Janet New Mexico United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Great book TERRIBLE narration"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Don't get me wrong. ! am a huge fan of te Big Book of Alcoholics Anonmyous. This is clearly narrated by someone who had never read the book before he started reading it. The cadance is wrong, the pronounciation is wrong, and he can't even read correctly or doesn't care. "Rarely have we seen a person fall..." No. It is the beginning of an essential part of the book - "Rarely have we seen a person FAIL...". The narrator seemed to have taken a job and not a mission. Don't bother. It is not pleasant to listen to.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jason McCoy?

    Anyone who had actually READ the book before he or she started reading it for the recording.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance, disappointment, frustration with the lost opportunity to do a good job for a community that would deeply appreciate a well done version of this work.


    Any additional comments?

    I want my credit back and the potential audience warned that what they are getting is not what was carefully written by the founders of AA.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Portland, OR, United States 11-15-12
    Alan Portland, OR, United States 11-15-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Rushed Reading Ruins Text"
    Would you try another book from BN Publishing and/or Jason McCoy?

    Not enough information to form an opinion.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book - Original Edition?

    In print, each page is memorable because of the many insights into the disease and the path to recovery.


    What didn’t you like about Jason McCoy’s performance?

    Mr. McCoy's performance of the text was terrible. His mile-a-minute performance spoiled what is one of the most important books in modern times. A slower and more nuanced reading would have allowed me to reflect upon what was being said.


    What character would you cut from Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book - Original Edition?

    Not applicable.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Marshfield, MA, USA 07-14-10
    Timothy Marshfield, MA, USA 07-14-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Important book, Careless reader"

    Nice to see the Big Book in audio format, but I was disappointed with the reading.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Beverly, MA 08-13-14
    Amazon Customer Beverly, MA 08-13-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Agree with all the other reviews - Narration :("
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narration is really awful. PLEASE re-do this, audible.com!!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jason McCoy?

    ANYONE!!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The material itself!


    Any additional comments?

    Please re-record with an actual AA member!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Corte Madera, CA 03-09-13
    Bob Corte Madera, CA 03-09-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Lousy rendition of a great book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Have a talented reader and read the complete book.


    What didn’t you like about Jason McCoy’s performance?

    McCoy is unable to pronounce many ordinary words. He doesn't seem to understand what he's reading


    Any additional comments?

    I love the AA Big Book. This is not the complete Big Book and it is not well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary South Burlington, VT, United States 12-06-12
    Mary South Burlington, VT, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "This Book Provides Your Grounding"
    Would you listen to Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book - Original Edition again? Why?

    I listen to this when I am in trouble and need a meeting but there isn't one. I enjoy listening as well as reading. If I have a drive, I will turn it on in the car. I could listen to the Big Book every day, although I don't. I am never tired of it, or going to meetings.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The program of the Twelve Steps is a miracle. It is a clear path to healthy living and a healthy spiritual life. Most of us, by the time we find the Twelve Steps, are broken even if we don't know just how broken. Alcohol is deadly, as are other emotional conditions. The Twelve Steps are a way out of hell, of our own making/thinking, and into living a better life.


    Which character – as performed by Jason McCoy – was your favorite?

    N/a


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    The people who are fortunate enough to recover are those who are honest with themselves.


    Any additional comments?

    The AA program is adaptable to all fallings and losses. Working it can only help you become a more compassionate human being willing to help others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Rome, NY, United States 07-21-12
    Amazon Customer Rome, NY, United States 07-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "the real thing"
    What made the experience of listening to Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book - Original Edition the most enjoyable?

    the reader seemed to be a man of the 1940s and made everything very real


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book - Original Edition?

    the story of bobs recovery
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    What did you learn from Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book - Original Edition that you would use in your daily life?

    to reach out to others

















































    Any additional comments?

    it is necessarilly very dated but it is fascinating and enthralling




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 06-18-12
    Tim United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2010

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    "AA as a Religion"

    Coming from a person who does not drink and have no history of Alcoholism, I found the Big Book to be interesting because we all know someone that always have a few too many. After reading this book, I now understand why people go to meetings and talk about their addiction openly.

    AA is a religion that someone practice to find the truth and to keep on the path of sobriety.

    Unlike Christianity and other religions, Alcoholics Anonymous have more devoted followers, because it is a lifestyle that one choose to keep and they more dedicated in trying to remain clean, by going to meetings, than paying tithes to a church. Most people who concur their addictions, wants to sponsor others to defeat their battles and making a lifelong friendship with a common ground.

    On a personal note, I have friends that attend meetings on a weekly or daily bases and because of them, I wanted to know more about the Big Book. If you are reading this book and don't have a drinking problem, read this book as many short stories on one main theme.

    The narrator is pretty bad. He seems like a telemarketer or an auctioneer, talking very loud in your ears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Baker Hemet USA 06-14-12
    Deborah Baker Hemet USA 06-14-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Great Book..The reading performace, not so much"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I will recommend this book to people when it comes out with a more listenable reading performer. It is a great book and deserves a far better presentation.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jason McCoy’s performances?

    I dont think so.


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

    Maybe


    Any additional comments?

    Please get a better reader for this great book. Sorry....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel P Fitzgerald Yonkers, NY USA 06-01-12
    Daniel P Fitzgerald Yonkers, NY USA 06-01-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Narrarator needs a new job"
    What did you like best about Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book - Original Edition? What did you like least?

    Great book, terrible narration. Filled with errors.


    Would you be willing to try another book from BN Publishing? Why or why not?

    No.


    What aspect of Jason McCoy???s performance would you have changed?

    The guy needs to learn how to read. An absolutely abysmal job.


    Any additional comments?

    There are so many errors in the narration of this book, a new version should be released.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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