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Publisher's Summary

The key text of Alcoholics Anonymous, which to this very day has not changed since it was first published in 1939. This is the original text, with the addition of personal stories from both the first and second editions. Also included: a current study guide from the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

This book is the best-selling self-help book for conquering addictions that range from alcoholism to drug addiction, overeating, and other issues.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Glenn Langohr (P)2013 Glenn Langohr

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Book is fantastic. Terrible narration.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book. I would NOT recommend this audio recording.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Big Book and a Study Guide of the 12 Steps of AA?

The book has been life-changing for me.

What didn’t you like about Glenn Langohr’s performance?

Awkward pauses that seem to occur when turning pages. Phrasing is frequently off as is pronunciation.

Do you think The Big Book and a Study Guide of the 12 Steps of AA needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

The book is too good to be subjected to such a bad narration.

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GREAT BOOK - BAD READER

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better reader.

What other book might you compare The Big Book and a Study Guide of the 12 Steps of AA to and why?

There is no comparison.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Glenn Langohr?

Anthony Hopkins.

What character would you cut from The Big Book and a Study Guide of the 12 Steps of AA?

None.

Any additional comments?

The reader is terrible, makes bad grammar & pronunciation,errors and is just terrible.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A Must Read for Everyone

This book has changed the lives of millions around the world, and for that reason alone everyone should listen to it. The stories of changed lives are fascinating and compelling. Unlike many novels, these stories are not embellished, and drinking is not glamorised.

This book is a sobering look at alcoholism, and at the same time takes a cold hard look at the question of "Who is God and why should I take Him seriously?"

The narrator, Glenn Langhor, is clearly no professional narrator. He makes many minor mistakes and seems to stumble through some passages. But what he lacks in professional reading ability is completely overshadowed by his earnestness. This quality in itself makes the book totally compelling listening, even if you've never had a drink in your life.

I'm really glad I listened to this book. I can now understand what alcoholics and their families have to deal with.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A FEW SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS....

This book gives a few simple directions on understanding and executing living in the solution.

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Narration is awful.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The narrator put emphases on the wrong phrases. I spent too time and mental energy rephrasing a sentence so it was intellible. I thought it might have been read by a computer.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The story was fine. It's almost a classic.

Would you be willing to try another one of Glenn Langohr’s performances?

Never

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Great Book, terrible performance.

This is an inspirational story that everyone should read. I sure wish that there was a different recording of it. This one sounds like it was recorded in the bathroom of a Wendy’s.

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Very choppy reading

It appears as the narrator never read this story before, I was not impressed with the choppy reading the narrator provided, I love the Big book of AA but I am looking for a smoother more polished version to listen to

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Narration is the Key

Others may complain about the pace of this narration, but this book is for study not a novel. I purchased another version but the narrator could have been reading the phone book. If you more than casually interested in this book, I recommend this version.

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Thanks for trying to spread the word of A.A.

Someone who can read much better needs to read the book Sorry but it’s very poor pronunciation and chopped up broken sentences

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Opened my eyes!

This book has opened up my eyes to seek God
Thanks be to God's will!

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Recovery will be helped by listening

If you are serious about your own recovery or indeed a professional involved in addictions, this is well worth a listen. If your personal issues are around alcohol, this is the place to start. Bear in mind some the language is from 80 years ago and personally I really enjoyed this. The narrator is passionate and whilst the quality is not state of the art digital, I think this just adds to the listeners experience.

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  • Miss C A A Jacques
  • 07-30-16

Great to be able to listen to the big book on audio

As a recovering addict and a dyslexic I found it difficult to get into the big book in its written format. Being able to listen to it has been really helpful for my recovery and the narrator did a great job of the bringing the stories in it to life. Simple concepts made simpler by clear narratives. I listened to this in the bath and whilst driving. Now I can listen to it again and again until it really sinks in. Although some of the original text it is quite old fashioned - it still talks about a god rather than a higher power and it focuses mostly on it being men who are alcoholics ( the 'for wives' chapter was particularly frustrating) - I tried hard to see past that and see the underlying concepts it talks about. It will really help me in my recovery.

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  • Owen Clarke
  • 12-06-17

poorly read, difficult to folllow

What would have made The Big Book and a Study Guide of the 12 Steps of AA better?

the editing is poor, punctuates in wrong places at times. Would like an English speaker too

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  • Denise Anderson
  • 10-18-17

Just what I needed

I am at a crisis point where I can go either way. I was recommended the big book by a family member to help me. I have found that over the past few weeks it has enabled me to find focus and clarity. As I am not great at reading this kind of book I have enjoyed listening instead during my walks in the morning. Thank you all and I hope that someone can find guidance as I have.

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  • Nicola Hasan
  • 02-24-17

Amazing! truly helpful after a busy day .

Loved it. Amazing insight into the practice of AA. Thank you full of gratitude. NH