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Publisher's Summary

It is estimated that as many as 34 million people grew up in alcoholic homes. But what about the rest of us? What about families that had no alcoholism, but did have perfectionism, workaholism, compulsive overeating, intimacy problems, depression, problems in expressing feelings, plus all the other personality traits that can produce a family system much like an alcoholic one?

Countless millions of us struggle with these kinds of dysfunctions every day, and until very recently we struggled alone. Pulling together both theory and clinical practice, John and Linda Friel provide a listenable explanation of what happened to us and how we can rectify it.

©1988, 2010 John and Linda Friel (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Michael
  • Candiac, QC, Canada
  • 01-14-14

An unbelievable book that will change your life

Where does Adult Children rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My favorite book thus far. Any fan of Alice Miller must listen to this book.

What other book might you compare Adult Children to and why?

The body never lies - alice miller

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I identified incredibly with their stories. Their observations and thoughts allowed me to recognize many aspects of my childhood as abusive and heavily dysfunctional. I had a lot of anger and resentment for what felt like a lost childhood from absentee parents but had trouble identifying how exactly I experienced the abuse. This book allowed me to identify the abuse and gave me much needed confirmation of my feelings. Thank you

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Worth the listen. EXCELLENT.

very insightful and useful and even humorous book. the narrator is particularly excellent for his role.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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GREAT ON EVERY LEVEL

I loved it's accesible and human way of explaining everything. Absolutely recomendable for anyone wanting to evolve.
I'll be looking forward to listening to more books by Linda and John Friel

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Easy to read for anyone

What made the experience of listening to Adult Children the most enjoyable?

This isn't some hokey book for saps. It's informative and brings concepts to everyday language and also metaphor. This is the first I've read on the subject, but I feel it's a very important one. Give it a try if this is something in your life.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A very well articulated book on recovery

I had a paperback as well as the audio book. I found that very useful to "read" the book quickly 1 day and a bit, and highlight the important bits to me.

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Awesome book!....fascinating

What made the experience of listening to Adult Children the most enjoyable?

The deep in the analysis

Who was your favorite character and why?

all the histories shown matters

What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

the clarity of his voice

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Adult Children?

the familiar environment

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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disappointed

Would you try another book from Linda Friel and John Friel and/or Derek Perkins?

This book was not very insightful, for me at least.

What was most disappointing about Linda Friel and John Friel ’s story?

Couldn't keep my attention

How did the narrator detract from the book?

using facts more so than solutions

4 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Phyllis McA
  • 07-25-15

Addictive in a wholesome way!

Where does Adult Children rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I found this book one of the most 'must listen to' books I have, to date, in my Audible library. I identified with so many aspects described in it and found it very helpful in terms of promoting self discovery and insight.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The 'characters' in this book that I most enjoyed were the ones I could identify within my own life. Both through aspects applicable to myself and to characteristics I could see in others close to me. This developed a greater insight into why I think/act the way I do, but in a refreshing way that helped me to reframe my thinking on certain life events.

What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to and authentic.

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

Definitely! I will read it again as there is much to gain from it!

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend this book for anyone whether you have come from a dysfunctional home or know someone who has. It may surprise you to know how common these traits are!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Simone
  • 03-22-17

Highly recommended

Everyone should read/listen to this book as not everyone had perfect parenting since our parents are only human beings and make mistakes as they have their own insecurities, therefore, they project their junk onto us and/or raise us in dysfunctional ways which make us grow up as adult children.
For those who really came from dysfunctional families, the remedy is continuing with this kind of readings plus 12 step groups for adult children and therapy if you have the money for it.

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  • Andy
  • 01-10-16

Brief, warm, enlightening.

Recommended reading for adults of dysfunctional families and overcoming addiction, dysfunction and isolation. Part of a growing body of useable psychology.

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  • Ms
  • 09-21-15

Packed with insighrs

You'll know immediately if this is relevant to you. If it is, you're in for some hard truths... but invaluable insights.