Al-Anon's basic book discusses the mutual-help program of recovery, including personal stories. A beginning approach to the Twelve Concepts of Service is included.
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Could relate on many levels. Applies to many situations. Logically organized. Lets you know what to expect from a meeting, as well as how to apply help to your own situation, no matter what it is. Covers a lot of ground.
ANYBODY that is a professional book narrator in a real studio!!! Think Barbara Rosenblatt would be great.
I listened for hours, and went back to listen to parts of it over again. This is the kind of book that you can listen to multiple times and get a lot more info from at each hearing.
I understand that they wanted to use "real people/members," so that it would be more relatable and honest. But frankly, the recording quality suffers enormously, and many of the narrators are too stilted. I ended up downloading it again at the highest recording quality and it still took me a long time to be able to stop wincing at the poor audio quality. It is frankly sometimes difficult to hear, especially since I like to listen while driving. I am spoiled by the quality of professional audiobooks, I realize. But this is one area where I feel that Al-Anon needs to break down and turn something this important over to professional book narrators and sound engineers. Still, the material itself is invaluable, and I will be listening to this again and again. I hope others will also petition Al-Anon to re-do this professionally, and to release more Conference Approved Literature in audio formats. They are sorely behind the times in making material available in electronic and audio formats.
The audible speakers provided real life situations that happen on a day to day basis. How he/she overcame their short comings as well as their loved one addiction and really began to enjoy living life for the first time. This audible is a self-help tool for anyone it speaks to all ethnic races, gender, and social status.
While the message of this book is meaningful and important, it is read by a group of members with no experience as narrators and in an environment that sounds like a home tape recorder was used. Despite posted reviews stating this, I thought 'how bad can it be?' The truth is that, for me, the message was lost as the audio is so bad that it becomes painful to keep listening. It is unfortunate that Al-Anon has not invested in some professional narration and a higher recording quality which would go a long way in spreading their message more effectively. My recommendation is to skip this audio book and read it instead.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to all the voices reading all the stories of Al-anon recovery. This is not a professionally read book and there are a few times when readers make slight errors, which lends reality to the book. I loved it and will continue to listen to it over and over again .
It's a wonderful material for friends and relatives of problem drinkers; however, I found the recording quality quite unbearable.
Not only will I listen to it again, I've already listened to it more than 30 times. To detach with love is not easy. This book does not distract me from the problem, it helps me find serenity. I see so many things differently now.
The Dilemma of the Alcoholic Marriage is written with same message.
No I haven't listened to other audio books about alcoholism. I've read several. I had read a review that this was a terrible recording. The recording is not of the best quality but I had no trouble understanding the various readers. If you are living with an alcoholic, you need this book.
You can't change the alcoholic but you can change yourself.
Anonymity is for the protection of people who might be in danger from an alcoholic family member so it is not likely that many of them would write a public review.
"If you have loved or live with an alcoholic you need this !"
Quite frankly this book lets you know you are not alone, that you are not going mad & helps you to find peace & serenity one day at a time
"Could not stop listening to it"
Botrh are good I think. Audiobook gives me a quick access to its content - I can absorb better listening to it - hard copy is good to read the things that impressed me the most.
Difficult to single out one most important thing. Maybe the one that of "detachment with" love - it's the most difficult for me. Until now I could detach with resentment and anger. Fellows from Al-Anon showed how to ask God to heal me in this respect. A long way to go - but "one day at a time".
Their honesty about their recovery and how the fellowship changed their lives.
Courage to live in Freedom and Life in Abundance.
How come I did not get this book earlier? Well, my recovery in God's hands.
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