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  • Mental

  • Lithium, Love, and Losing My Mind
  • By: Jaime Lowe
  • Narrated by: Jaime Lowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

It began in Los Angeles in 1993, when Jaime Lowe was just 16. She stopped sleeping and eating and began to hallucinate - demonically cackling Muppets, faces lurking in windows, Michael Jackson delivering messages from the Neverland Underground. Lowe wrote manifestos and math equations in her diary and drew infographics on her bedroom wall. Eventually hospitalized and diagnosed as bipolar, she was prescribed a medication that came in the form of three pink pills - lithium.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommend for Healthcare Providers, and anyone else

  • By M.E. on 04-03-18

Thank you!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-18

What made the experience of listening to Mental the most enjoyable?

Thank you for sharing your story. I was led to your book by a friend that works with your father. My husband is BP2. I find stories like yours are always helpful to others who suffer from, live with, or should just know what it's like to live with mental illness.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mental?

Your in-depth information on your lithium, research, and then delving into the new drugs was so very helpful and informative, thank you.

What does Jaime Lowe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her personal narrative with inflections and dramatization where she knows it belongs.

Any additional comments?

Thank you.

  • Gorilla and the Bird

  • A Memoir of Madness and a Mother's Love
  • By: Zack McDermott
  • Narrated by: Zack McDermott
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Zack McDermott, a 26-year-old Brooklyn public defender, woke up one morning convinced he was being filmed, Truman Show-style, as part of an audition for a TV pilot. This was it - his big dreams were finally coming true. Every passerby was an actor; every car would magically stop for him; everything he saw was a cue from "The Producer" to help inspire the performance of a lifetime. After a manic spree around Manhattan, Zack, who is bipolar, was arrested on a subway platform and admitted to Bellevue Hospital.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, poignantly told experience of bipolar

  • By B.R. on 06-20-18

Thank You Gorilla for Sharing Your Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-18

Would you listen to Gorilla and the Bird again? Why?

Totally. I think I would gain more insight into bipolar disorder and I would love to laugh at him describing people like Jeremy and Gary. Laughed so hard in parts.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gorilla and the Bird?

His unbelievable relationship with his mother.

Which character – as performed by Zack McDermott – was your favorite?

Gary and Jeremy!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

For sure and I am bummed that I binged on it for 4 days. Now it's over ;-(

Any additional comments?

As the wife of a BP2 husband, Gorilla's insight into his medications, his spiral into psychosis and mania, his recognition of the symptoms, and his relationship with his advocate, i.e., his mother were all priceless. Sick people often need advocates to help them navigate everything. This is true for cancer patients, people with addictions, and mental illness. The list goes on and on. I could relate to much of what Gorilla told in his story, and I learned a lot of tips for my own relationships. Thank you for a very honest and funny account of your life. Stay well!

  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,231
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,715

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

Not a Springsteen Music Fan, But Loved Loved Loved

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-17

What made the experience of listening to Born to Run the most enjoyable?

Bruce Springsteen narrating his life story thus far.

What other book might you compare Born to Run to and why?

The Sound of Gravel, because it was the most recent memoir I read that I could not pull myself away from.

What does Bruce Springsteen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice, the fact that he really believed all of the words that he put onto paper. He basically had a chance to re-read his book and he read his story with passion.

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

Cry, cry, cry. When his dad drives hours to talk to him, I cried the first time. I cried many times.

Any additional comments?

He is such an excellent writer. He told his story vividly and shared something that not all share. Depression and mental illness aren't always talked about and I love raw honesty about these subjects. Thank you Mr. Springsteen.

  • Home Is Burning

  • A Memoir
  • By: Dan Marshall
  • Narrated by: Dan Marshall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Meet Dan Marshall - 25, good job, great girlfriend, and living the dream life in sunny Los Angeles without a care in the world. Until his mother calls. And he ignores it, as you usually do when Mom calls. Then she calls again. And again. Dan thought things were going great at home. But it turns out his mom's cancer, which she had battled throughout his childhood with tenacity and a mouth foul enough to make a sailor blush, is back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slam Dunk, Baby

  • By James DeLorean on 10-24-15

Loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-15

Loved his honest writing about an awful disease. Loved having the author narrate for a real taste of what his life was like. Loved having great belly laughs along with tears of sadness. We all cope in our own ways and this was real to me.

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