River of Time

My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope
Narrated by: Naomi Judd, Carolyn Cook
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
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Best-selling author and Grammy-winning musical superstar Naomi Judd shares her devastating personal story of depression to spread awareness and encourage others with the disease.

The world knows Naomi Judd as one of the most successful and best-loved country music stars ever. What the world hasn't known - until now - is that after her 2010 and 2011 North American tour with Wynonna, Naomi fell into a debilitating and terrifying depression that seemingly came out of nowhere. Just months after the successful tour ended, Naomi truly believed she had every reason to end her life. Facing severe depression, terrorizing panic attacks, PTSD, toxic drug poisoning, and addiction, she spent the next two and a half years in psychiatric hospitals, undergoing treatments and searching for answers. In River of Time, Naomi describes the agonizing toll this took on her and shares her message of hope after surviving the most painful period in her life.

©2016 Naomi Judd (P)2016 Hachette Audio
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A Must-Read Memoir

Naomi's book could serve as a textbook on clinical depression for many clinicians and sufferers of depression. Anybody who has ever had the misfortune of experiencing major depression can definitely relate to the descriptions of her emotional turmoil in this book. I also like her advice for individuals to share their mental health experiences in order to help to reduce the social stigma and ignorance associated with mental health disorders. Lastly, I am happy that Naomi was able to address the spiritual component in her healing process. Thanks for the courage to write this important book. Merry Christmas!

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Incredible honesty

This book written by Naomi Judd and her life is my favorite book ever.
I also suffer from depression and anxiety and am in awe by Naomi's honestly! Love this book and will recommend it to everyone!

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Loved it.

I really believe that she wants to help other people. It seems like she's been through a lot of heartaches but she's stronger than ever.

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Horrible Book

I really wanted to like this book, because I have seen Naomi on interviews and thought she was interesting. This book is depressing. She is so bitter to so many people, complaining and giving far to many of her political rants. I bought this book to find a place to find a peace and maybe even a few answers. Her whining and rants were just to much. . .I would totally return it but it says I can not. Hated this book. Tried so hard to like it

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River Of Time Review

I have always loved the song and phrase River Of Time because I think of life, love and thoughts as waves. Every wave I rode on in Naomi Judd's book brought me to a new place of either learning or compassion but most of all connection as I had gone through some similar experiences that was spoken of in the story. Greatly worth the time spent listening to it and I feel River Of Time is a gift I will repeatedly open. I have read the kindle version also and love both equally, however I couldn't get my thoughts together for a review of the book until I heard it. I'm thankful for all the versions of it being available. I gifted the physical copy of the book to a friend who I knew would be touched by it and I recommend it to everyone because whether or not we have been through the same experiences we all can learn about how to help others through things we don't go through as much as the things we have gone through, really that is why we are here, to help and to share to learn and to love. Often times we find our own passion in the waves that crash upon other's shores.

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Awful

This was surprisingly bad. I couldn’t listen beyond the third chapter.
I wouldn’t recommend. Disappointed.

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Powerful!

Thank you Naomi for telling the world your story. I know it will help many people.

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Geez

Poorly written, ramblings that seem to say little in the end. The River of Time has not been good to Naomi's writing ability.

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If I had known better, I woulda done better!!

Listening to this book can be life changing.... understanding another persons pain and struggles has a way of making our own seem so small and in this case, kind of, "Why do I even bother worrying about these unimportant things when there people in the world that feel this badly??!!"
And as a Grandmother now with, like most of the world, access to a computer with all the information in the world in it, I find myself using Naomi's phrase," If I had known better, I woulda done better!" daily!!! Because online we have access to all this information about what is GOOD or BAD for us. Whether it be food or drink or medicine or just whatever!! .... and when I was raising my 3 wonderful children I didn't!!
I look back on what I thought then was "GOOD" food to nourish their little bodies and from the information we now have access to, it is an absolute wonder they are still alive or at least not riddled with some horrible diseases!!! The horrific chemicals that are in the foods we buy are just SHOCKING!! But that's another book... 😉
I love The Judds and pray Naomi keeps finding better things to help her with her terribly difficult journey thru this life!
This book is an absolute blessing that you should not miss!! It's beautifully written and READ!!

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Lots of useful information about mental illness.

What made the experience of listening to River of Time the most enjoyable?

I found the book gave a lot of info about mental health issues, treatments and what is going on inside a person suffering this way.

What other book might you compare River of Time to and why?

Prozac Nation was perhaps a story about a younger person's struggle with depression whereas this book was written from an older person's perspective and gave more useful treatment info than salacious or libidinous stories like the aforementioned autobiography. I think some books just lay out the personal story and feelings but not necessarily what to try and what to do to try to feel better.this book was both personal and informative.

Which character – as performed by Naomi Judd and Carolyn Cook – was your favorite?

I liked Naomi, thought her husband seemed like a gem for standing by and helping her as would any good, Christian man (or so I'd like to believe!) and I also really like her daughter, Ashley. She's very smart and is a serious humanitarian who aids others and champions important causes without all the publicity that other celebrities receive.

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

It was hard to read at times since I suffer from depression too but I'm glad I stuck with it!