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A Woman's Way Through the Twelve Steps

Narrated by: Lisa S. Ware
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
3 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Women's recovery can differ from men's, and each person's recovery is in many ways unique. That's why Stephanie Covington has designed A Women's Way Through the Twelve Steps to help a woman find her own path - and find it in terms especially suited to the way women experience not just addiction and recovery but also relationships, self, sexuality, and everyday life. Unlike many ''rewritten'' Twelve Step interpretations for women, this guide works with the original step language, preserving its spirit and focusing attention on its healing message. 

This compilation of a diverse group of real women's voices and wisdom illuminates how women understand the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and offers inspiring stories of how they have traveled through the steps and discovered what works for them. The book can be used alone or as a companion to The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.

By drawing attention to how recovery raises special issues for women - from questions about sexuality and relationships to essential topics such as powerlessness, spirituality, and trauma - A Woman's Way empowers women to take ownership of their recovery and to grow and flourish in sobriety.

©1994 Stephanie S. Covington (P)2019 Stephanie S. Covington

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Text to speech automation?

This sounds like a computer reading, not a human. With the odd uplifts in tone at inappropriate places for the sentence structure and a kind of soullessness to the reading. Could not get all the way through the first chapter. The text itself (when read on kindle) is useful and insightful, but the audio recording is just not worth the money.

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Couldn’t finish

The message of this book is spot on. However, I could not listen to the woman reading’s voice another minute. I will be returning this Audible Edition.

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Great message, horrible messenger

This is a fantastic book. I recommend it for men and women. As a man it informed me about issues that women face that I was not aware of. It opened my eyes to the experiences and pressures that women face.

There are many things in this book that should be discussed more in the rooms. This is a fantastic approach and addition to the big book. If your having trouble with the big book, I would read this.

For my program personally, it taught me about forgiveness, acceptance, self love, the message is important and not the specific words. This has really expanded my program.

Warning: do not get the audiobook. The voices the narrator uses when quoting women are absolutly condescending, insulting, and exaggerated. I was amazed that no one stopped her during the recording process and told her the content of her words were fantastic but the way she said them took away all meaning. One of the lessons from this book will be the ability to hear the message and ignore the messenger.

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  • Pam Lowy
  • BOSTON, MA, United States
  • 03-14-19

The text is amazing. The narrator’s voices for quoted women in recovery is distracting.

The narrator is fine when simply reading. When she quotes women in recovery she has four distinct voices she uses:

Slow and foolish
High pitched and insipid
Very southern
Stereotypically Jewish for the one woman quoted who mentions being Jewish

The first three were annoying and distracting. The one incidence of the last voice was - I felt - offensive.

I powered through because the text is excellent, I needed to read it, and I have no time to read (I have a long commute). Worth it, but yikes.

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Book text is amazing. The narrator is not!

The narrator is terrible. Listening to her really takes away from the text in the book. When she is speaking for the women in the stories she used weak, feeble, and demeaning accents and intonations. She is not pleasant to listen to.

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performance was horrible.

it was hard to listen to she made the recovering women sound stupid and she is the same voice for each one