Monsters: Addiction, Hope, Ex-girlfriends, and Other Dangerous Things

Narrated by: Daniel van Voorhis
Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
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This is a story of a historian turning his craft to the story about which he is most afraid: his own. This is a book about fighting the monsters of addiction, severe anxiety, depression, and crippling self-doubt. But more than this, it is about a fight against hope. And how the author fought for 30 years against hope. He fought that dreadful proposition that there might be something else out there that offered some kind of reprieve. He fought, and hoped against hope. And lost. This is a story about a crooked family tree, bent and twisted by suicide, alcoholism, and abandonment. This is a story about carving out an early career in television, radio, and comedy and then walking away for a girl. This is the story of a decade spent in the hallowed halls of academia by day, and the gutter by night (and the terrifying things found in both places). This is a story about a string of girlfriends and almost girlfriends, about breaking up and being broken up with. The narrator is not the the hero, nor is he the only author. For a couple to agree on anything can be hard enough, but especially so when the things upon which they must agree took place more than 20 years ago. And so throughout the story, when ex-girlfriends and his wife come into play, they have had the opportunity to write unfiltered and unedited footnotes about what they believe actually happened. It is his story, but it is theirs too. The monsters are real. They are addiction and chemicals and fear and angry ex-girlfriends. But the real monster is one much scarier... and the one the author still can't shake.

©2017 Daniel van Voorhis (P)2018 Daniel van Voorhis

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Amazing story, & performance. I have met Dr. Dan only once but have listened to him for 5 years. This is no ordinary book. It’s more of an experience & at the end of the extra epilogue in the audio book, he calls it an experiment. The footnotes of the old girlfriends & wife was an enjoyable addition. I’d recommend this to anyone struggling w/ addiction, mental illness or an on again, off again relationship with the church. I strongly recommend the audio version.

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Nope.

I couldn't do this.

Between the horrific narration, the constant bible references, and the corny music, after an hour, I wanted to scream.

Good grief, Returned.