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Elena Vanishing Audiobook

Elena Vanishing: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

Seventeen-year-old Elena is vanishing. Every day means renewed determination, so every day means fewer calories. This is the story of a girl whose armor against anxiety becomes artillery against herself as she battles on both sides of a lose-lose war in a struggle with anorexia.

Told entirely from Elena's perspective over a five-year period and cowritten with her mother, award-winning author Clare B. Dunkle, Elena's memoir is a fascinating and intimate look at a deadly disease and a must-listen for anyone who knows someone suffering from an eating disorder.

©2015 Elena and Clare B. Dunkle (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-16-15
    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-16-15 Member Since 2012

    I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."

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    "Eaten from Within"

    Elena Dunkle's memoir re-lives her struggle with anorexia, when it was a separate force consuming her, a demon working against her. This might be the truest portrait of this disorder out there.

    She gives a vivid account of the state of mind that anyone with psychological problems, from depression to addiction, can recognize, highlighting the inner voice that constantly counteracts any acknowledgement, any progress toward a healthy mindset. It's a harrowing story that gives you a clear understanding of the disease eating up a victim.

    When Elena finally starts to come around, she is again, so honest and so accurate, that you know that recovery is not a straightforward path, it will be a lifetime's work.

    The extraordinary Lauren Fortgang does a bang-up job as narrator. She makes it nearly a dramatization, giving the memoir an extra layer of meaning.

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    Amazon Customer 07-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The most beautiful and touching story I have ever read"

    I bought this book expecting just another eating disorder memoir. I was touched beyond words.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Desiree 05-21-15
    Desiree 05-21-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing, all of it."

    This memoir is truly amazing. It brought tears, anger, and small moments of laughter out of me. I have struggled with an eating disorder myself. Nothing to this extent or extreme, but it took up a chunk of my life and my "critical mind" was nasty too. She still is sometimes and books like this one have helped squander her voice. Helped me to want a healthy mind and body. The author is so brave to share her story. I believe her story could help save lives.

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    Jacob 06-06-15
    Jacob 06-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing book!"
    What did you love best about Elena Vanishing?

    Inspirational story, and the way they describe the part of you that is always making you feel like less than you are really hit home.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    The Mays 07-18-17
    The Mays 07-18-17 Member Since 2017

    I love urban fantasy, paranormal romance, YA, and dystopian. My favorite authors are Ilona Andrews and Kim Harrison.

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    "So powerful"

    This honest memoir is heart wrenching and beautifully written. What Elena and her family went through was beyond any words I could write in a review. Anorexia steals the lives of so many, and almost stole Elena's. Regardless of whether you or a loved one has battled (or is battling) anorexia or if you just want to know what it's like from the inside this is absolutely worth a credit. If you love the book as I did, check out Hope and Other Luxuries by Clare B Dunkle and Elena Dunkle for the story of Elena's mother, Clare's battle to save Elena from the monster that is anorexia.
    Lauren Fortgang is an incredible narrator who I have enjoyed listening to on this and many other books before. She always gives an amazing performance.
    Happy listening!

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    Elizabeth Sappenfield Gilgenberg 02-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I hate to complain about someone life experience but...."

    Meh = the one "word" to help describe my feelings. It's a very slow book with frequent flashback's and inner voice dialogue. In fact, there is way too much dialogue coming from this inner voice. The narrator's voice is fricking annoying to begin with which gets worse as soon as the inner voice starts going. And going. And going.

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    Shelley Richmond, VA, United States 02-02-17
    Shelley Richmond, VA, United States 02-02-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Awestruck"

    I don't write many book reviews but I have to say how much I appreciate all of the ones other people write. Therefore I cannot leave this book without leaving a couple of my thoughts. This was an absolutely beautiful book...amazingly well written, powerful, thought provoking, sorrowful, painful, uplifting and brutally honest. The performance is one of the best I e ever heard! You will never forget Elena once you've read this memoir.

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    Adeline Ong 01-29-17
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    "Compelling"

    Compelling story that opens our eyes and ears to what ED sufferers and their carers go through. While everyone has a different story, Elena's story certainly touched my heart and helped forged a deeper understanding of ED.

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    Leah 09-06-15
    Leah 09-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfect Sequel to Hppe and other Luxuries."
    Where does Elena Vanishing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Way up there.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Elena Vanishing?

    I don't have just one. It was all of the answers to the puzzles that her Mother was trying to put together.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    N. J. BOTTA 08-21-15
    N. J. BOTTA 08-21-15
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    "Beautifully told struggle, riddled with darkness and hope."

    Loved this story and the narration. A beautifully told struggle, riddled with darkness and hope.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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