The Lost Years

Surviving a Mother and Daughter's Worst Nightmare
Narrated by: Hillary Huber, Donna Postel
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
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Kristina, the second of four children, begins by telling how a little sip of vodka sipped secretly at a party her parents were giving started her on a pathway to addiction. In that instant, alcohol became her pathway to comfort. Over the next eight years, she sank further into addiction, moving on to cocaine and methamphetamines. In telling her story, she gives a brutally honest description of her addiction and crimes.

Adding a heart-wrenching counterpart to each chapter of the book, Kristina's mother, Connie, gives a parent's account of what was happening throughout her child's experience. She describes her powerlessness to help her addicted daughter, the breakup of her unhappy marriage, and how she came to terms with her own codependency. She also describes the worst decision a mother ever has to make: to turn her oldest daughter out of her house, sending her onto the streets, in order to protect herself and her other children. Then follows the remarkable story of Kristina's recovery, her mother's tough love, and the years of acclimating herself to living a normal life. Ultimately she reclaimed herself, her place in her family, and a new and loving relationship with her mother.

©2006 Kristina Wandzilak and Constance Curry (P)2017 Tantor

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"This book is invaluable to families, and I am proud to recommend The Lost Years." (John Bradshaw, best-selling author of Healing the Shame That Binds You)

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needed depth

I feel like this book skimmed where it should have dived deep. I didn't get a connection to any of the characters, and it felt more like a long summary than a story. I wish it had elaborated more on what drug use is like, as well as relapsing and the struggle within.

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well-written, accessible, with odd Narrator Choice

I read this book quickly. Reading the alternating chapters between mother and daughter - the pain, the recovery, the clawing back and letting go. it was written in an engaging and accessible style and what it taught me about addiction and recovery will not soon leave me.
I will say that the choice of Hillary Huber as a narrator for the daughter was a rather strange one. Her voice does not sound particularly young, and while she did an admirable job, it just struck me that she sounded older than the person she was meant to portray.

Well worth your time and credit, whether or not anyone in your life struggles with addiction.

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Gritty honesty

Not to be trite, but I was addicted. I found many reasons to take long runs and drives to be sucked into this amazing story. This is one strong duo...amazing. I hope Kristina writes another, and develops a new show as well.

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Loved It!

I literally couldn't put this down! I felt as if I was there the entire time. Very powerful, heartfelt story.. you go through so many emotions throughoutthis book. It shows you strength and makes you realize you CAN conquer anything you put your mind to!

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Heartwarming, honest, graphic, and real

Couldn't put this done until finished. There is hope for those afflicted with addiction. Incredible!

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Definition of honesty

Just read it, that is the only way you will understand how magnificent the story is.

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spiritual healing informative

i loved this book. offered real insight, inspiration to me as a mother having these experiences with her son. showed the path o how to truly recover and move on. it takes spurir, soul, courage, heart both of which Kristina and her mother had. it shows me what myself and my son should aspire too. no other book on overcoming addiction like it. cant compare. thank you Kristina and Mom!!!!

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absolutely amazing strong and courageous

this was and amazing and inspiring book. I couldn't put it down. I listen to it on the way to win custody back of my son after losing him bc of my addiction. recovery is possible for anyone who wants it.

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amazing story and exceptional narration from both

Hearing the story from the mother and the daughters perspective Really A good idea of what its like to go through addiction And the way that the narrator she brought the story to life Emotion sir expressions All verbal Was simply superb Best book ever

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Awesome to listen to

Listened to this book on audible. Really liked the fact that there were two different voices,
one for the mother, one for the daughter. This is a must listen to or read. This is the best audible book I have ever listened to.