The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous (Including 12 Steps, Guides & Prayers )

Narrated by: Glenn Langohr
Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
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This is the Original Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous 1st Edition. The story of how many thousands of men and women have recovered from alcoholism. This book describes how the founders, Bill Smith and Dr. Bob, recovered from alcoholism through spiritual principles.

©2015 Glenn Langohr (P)2015 Glenn Langohr
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Worst Narrator Ever!

What made the experience of listening to The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous (Including 12 Steps, Guides & Prayers ) the most enjoyable?

The book itself is a great book, but the narrator ruins the ENTIRE book. His reading is so choppy it's hard to tell when a sentence ends and when the next one begins.

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

I have never heard someone read so horribly. Anyone would work, besides Glenn Langohr.

Any additional comments?

Audible: Please have someone re-read this book.

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I would not recommend this book.

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There are better versions of this audible book. The message is the same but listening to it is very distracting. The reader pauses way too much while reading. Sometimes at EVERY word. I'm sorry I purchased it.

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I couldn't listen for very long

the narrator is horrible. the sentences are not spoken naturally and without emotion. it was like listening to a robot.

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What disappointed you about The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous (Including 12 Steps, Guides & Prayers )?

The information is great. The narration of this book is very poor. The delivery is choppy. The pacing distracts from the words. I will buy the book rather than listen to this.

What did you like best about this story?

helpfulness to others

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I was listening to his poor delivery rather than the message. It was choppy and the pacing was very distracting.

What character would you cut from The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous (Including 12 Steps, Guides & Prayers )?

not applicable

Any additional comments?

Reintroduce the book using a better narrator.

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Great book, poorly delivered

I’m sure the speaker cares about the subject matter but he is not able to deliver it in an interesting matter every half sentence he pauses which is equivalent to a metronome. This slow tempo lulls the listener into a state of Catalonia rendering the subject matter impenetrable.

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Deserves a better recording.

Classic book that is the basis for many programs for overcoming various addictions. Recording is incredibly stilted and hard to listen to. Really needs to be rerecorded.

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Wretched delivery of a great message

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

This material deserves a much better performance. The reader's delivery is choppier than a Ginsu commercial. The reading is littered with jarring mispronunciations (Thoreau pronounced as if it were thorough, etc.). How many who needed to hear this were deprived of this message because they couldn't endure this abysmal performance?

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Please, Audible, don't let this reader read the Bible; it might result in a tsunami of atheism.

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Terrible

The narration is extremely bad. I've read other reviews pointing this out but wanted to implore audible to fix this. The Big Book is more than just a book. It's importance, especially to those who are new to AA can't be understated. This recording is filled with awkward pauses, mispronunciations and loud almost screaming sections, (which I'm assuming was editing patching in phrases). The product is so poor, it surprises me that this is on audible. I've not experienced this with other books.

It's just flat out weird.

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Warning: ***DO NOT BUY*** Horribly Painful Reading

I'm not sure if Glenn Langohr was purposefully reading this book in a way to drive people away from AA, or whether he's simply ignorant of the quality of his reading. But any other reading of this book is better.

His utterly awful voice quality, pace, slurring of certain words, mispronunciation of other words, and terrible audio recording quality required me to return this audiobook.

As an added bonus, the "chapters" don't correlate with that of the actual printed book.

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Inaudible

Worst recording ever! Sounds tinny and volume level fluctuates, sometimes mid-sentence. Should not even be available for purchase.

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  • Chubby Charlton
  • 10-08-17

Great book, Awful Reading

As a recovering alcoholic I love the Big Book but this audio book is read so badly it makes it impossible to listen to. There is a much better audio version for free to stream on the AA website

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  • P PATTERSON
  • 01-16-18

Do not buy this book

Terrible, read out by a computer voice, no feeling or intonation.

If you listen to this you will end up relapsing, like listening to white noise.

Do not buy this audio book.

I want my money back please.

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  • nicole pickford
  • 08-06-19

So badly read I can not listen to it!

Please 🙏 this is a life changing book, however, the guy reading this is useless. Please make sure you've heard a sample before you commit!

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  • Andris
  • 07-31-19

Don't buy this audio book!!!!!!

Terrible sound.
It's not possible to use this audio book when driving.
Not recommend to anyone, waste of money.
I founded on YouTube same book for free and with batter sound quality.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-11-17

My Medicine

Really enjoyed this book getting read to me,deffinately got my AA medicine.Brilliant.Serenity.

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  • Brendan Poland
  • 02-17-20

Great message, shame about the delivery

This book has saved my life.
However, I purchased it on audible for convenience of hearing the message on the go. The person reading this audiobook is terrible. I cannot hear what he is saying properly due to his being completely unable to read comprehensively at all. He has the reading ability of a 6 year old. His sentences are broken into parts with three or four words, then a break, then another word or two, then another break, then another few words. It is so frustrating to listen to. Probably as frustrating as that last sentence was to read!! Can’t believe i wasted a credit on this book. Can’t even refund it because I purchased it a while ago and didn’t know about the return system. If you are easily distracted by someone who cannot read fluidly then do not purchase this audio book! Thanks for reading.

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  • stephen
  • 11-11-19

This man can't read.

This person can not read aloud. It sounds like a broken record of a robot.

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  • Edwin Bolanos
  • 02-15-19

Good content but narration not the best

Good book but too many pauses through the narration and volume jumps up frequently, should be redone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-16-20

This needs to be re read, and re recorded wow.

I have this on 1.8x speed just to counter the pauses, who reads like this? So mono toned and If you listen with AirPods/headphones you might go deaf with the volume spikes

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-23-20

Unlistenable sound quality. Awfully read.

Aweful sound quality. Spikes in volume and poor quality. Poorly read as well.can I get my money back?