The Hospital

Narrated by: Charlie Sanderson
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
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Barbara was 12 when she was admitted to the psychiatric hospital Aston Hall in 1971. From a troubled home, she'd hoped she would find sanctuary there. But during her stay, Barbara was systematically drugged and abused by its head physician, Dr Kenneth Milner.

Somehow, eventually, she started to campaign for answers. This is a shocking account of how vulnerable children were preyed upon by the doctor entrusted with their care.

©2017 Barbara O'Hare (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd
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Horrific childhood. Almost too bad to believe.

I can't imagine all the atrocities the author endured as a child. Great narration. Sad story but kept the listener engaged.

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Gut wrenching, incredibly sad

What made the experience of listening to The Hospital the most enjoyable?

I can't say anything was enjoyable about the story, it was one of the most horrific stories I have heard, but one that must be told and known about.

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Barbara, thank you for sharing your terrifying and maddening story. I hope that the success of your book continues to bring you more healing and that it may allow for others to step forward who have also been so brutally abused; to give their own terror a voice.

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great listen

loved it! great listen. a true story of a rough childhood! treatment of a mental hospital

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As a survivor of extreme child abuse I found this memoir of Ms. O'Hare to lift a huge weight left behind by child abuse be lifted. This book is highly recommend to victims of child abuse.

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Fantastically Horrible

This book was well written, and the things the author endured were very brutal. The narrator comes off a little annoying at first but after a little while I understand why she was chosen to narrate the book. Her child like voice brought the character to life. Loved this book.

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Couldn't put it down

Incredible. If you didn't know otherwise, you would think this is just a really good fiction/horror tale. Just incredible.

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Too horrific to believe!

This story is saddening, maddening, horrific, just too many adjectives come to mind to describe it. Almost too awful to believe. Found I could not stop listening. God bless this author for what she lived through and survived. Sad to think that situations like this happen -- and without a doubt, still do today!! :(

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couldn't put it down

loved the book it broke my heart and blew me away all at the same time definitely worth the read

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Sounds familiar

I grew up similar to this book (except no electrical shocks) but just about everything else was the same, especially the torture & being drugged.
I do have a normal life now.

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Great Reader & Story

Story was easy to engage in as the story teller played to each character. I so wish the world was a different place and these horrors were not happening among us, but they do, still, daily.

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  • Mr C Edwards
  • 01-29-18

Inspiring and truthful

A tear jerking story which had me compelled to the very end, narrated beautifully by Charlie Sanderson. I hope Barbara that you eventually get final closure. Thank you for sharing your story. X

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  • Julie
  • 05-03-20

i now have my file....

thank you for writing this book,
because of your bravery, i was eventually brave enough to make contact with the wonderful lady that you gave me the number for.
i have now been able to read my file. it is heart breaking to read.
Julie xxx

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  • Jan
  • 09-26-18

Totally Absorbing Book

Society's disgusting hidden truth finally fully revealed. Harrowing at times especially when we now realise how prevelant organised child abuse is and has ALWAYS been. It's rife among those in positions of power and control. May Milner's pedophile associates be hunted down and pay for their vile deeds and those who are dead, especially Milner, may they NEVER rest in peace and burn in the bowels of hell for eternity for the pain, suffering and deaths they were responsible for.

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  • SARAH GREENWOOD
  • 02-08-18

captivating

captivating amazing book, couldn't stop listening from start to finish a sad story though xx

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  • Sally Shepherd
  • 02-06-18

Wow!

How clouls this be allowed to have happened this is the 60 70s shocking treatment.So glad Barbara was able to tell this heartbreaking stort

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  • Denise N
  • 09-17-18

Such amazing courage and strength.

This book demonstrates the unbelievable horror suffered by precious children . it's author has amazing strength.

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  • 08-01-18

A struggle to finish🙄

Story that needs to be told but way too long and repetitive. I wouldn't recommend it.

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  • Kerrie Young
  • 07-13-18

Poor Narration

The story itself was very engaging but the terrible narration deflected attention from it as I found myself being irritated by the narrators lack of the use of punctuation

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  • joanne hobbs
  • 06-29-20

Harrowing, heart wrenching true story

I can honestly say this is the most bravely heart wrenching told life story I have ever heard. How does someone face such systemic abuse over a whole childhood and still be able to fight for the truth to be told?So beautifully written. Thank you Barbara for telling it so amazingly.

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  • Amy
  • 06-27-20

brave, powerful and heartbreaking.

I hope this lady gets the justice she deserves. she is so brave and strong

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  • Justine S.
  • 10-04-18

Heart breaking

An amazing story of institutional child abuse, recovery and hope. loved it. A true redemption story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-24-18

Heartbreaking

This story is utterly heartbreaking.
I could not fault the way it was written or the narration at all.
This book kept me invested the whole way through and left me feeling so sad and frustrated at what Barbara went through.
Highly recommend!

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  • Sammy
  • 12-18-19

Strength and bravery...

Very well written story of tremendous bravery and strength. The voice reading it on Audible had a very heavy accent making parts hard to understand at times for this I deducted 1 star, but this should not reflect back on the book at all which itself is a 5 star book. I could relate to many parts of this story as I was only 12 too when I was placed in a mental hospital in Australia and drugged. The book provoked an array of assorted feelings in me. It wasn’t too triggering for me but very sad in some parts. I know how it feels not to be believed and the skepticism received when speaking about having been in a mental hospital as a child, it is too easy for people and even medical practitioners to assume that it is mental illness doing all the talking instead of the truth. I have no doubt that Barbara will never give up the fight. I admire her spunk. I really hope that she and others get the justice and recognition that they so rightfully deserve.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-18

Unbelievable courage

Most harrowing account I've read! Best narration I've heard. A must read, beware of triggers.

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  • debbie
  • 04-16-18

wow... what strength

I cried for you, I got angry at the abuse and also at all the so called adults that came into your life and did nothing. My heart brakes for you.
Hope the legal battle works out and more answers come forth. Hope Christine is doing OK if you find out news of her.
take care ..