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.
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©2013 Glenn Langohr (P)2013 Glenn Langohr
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.
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.
"Book is fantastic. Terrible narration."
I would recommend this book. I would NOT recommend this audio recording.
The book has been life-changing for me.
Awkward pauses that seem to occur when turning pages. Phrasing is frequently off as is pronunciation.
The book is too good to be subjected to such a bad narration.
"GREAT BOOK - BAD READER"
A better reader.
There is no comparison.
The reader is terrible, makes bad grammar & pronunciation,errors and is just terrible.
"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.
"A FEW SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS...."
This book gives a few simple directions on understanding and executing living in the solution.
"Narration is awful."
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.
The story was fine. It's almost a classic.
"Learning to live life on life's terms."
No, it's just another option for taking in all the information held within the Big Book of AA. I attend Overeaters Anonymous but the Big Book of AA is the foundation for all the 12-Step Recovery programs.
Each time I read through this or listen to it I get something new from it.
Yes, if it was the best option.
I am constantly learning how to live like an adult and this book is a big part of that.
Best recovery program. It's works - you just have to work it doing all 12 steps.
"Very helpful. AA is saving my life and family!"
Very helpful. AA is saving my life and family! I recommend this book to everyone who thinks he/she has a problem with alcohol and wants to take the next step on taking care of the problem.
"Practice before you perform"
The content of the book has changed my life ! Thank GOD it wasn't as staccato as Glenn's reading. Sentences lose their meaning when not read fluently. Great book... narrator not at all.
"This Book Needs To Be Re-Recorded By Someone Else"
The text of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous in print is, in itself, not disappointing in any way. Written and edited by AA co-founder Bill W. and published in 1939, it is a hope-filled volume for all addicts, no matter their drug of choice. What disappoints me about this audible version of the Fourth Edition, of the Big Book, published in 2001, is that the narrator stammers, struggles and delivers the worst performance I have ever had to suffer through. I have ADHD, and while I take medication that makes everyday focus very easy, reading is still nearly impossible. I rely on audible to usually entertain, but in this case inspire and educate me. This is the worst performance I have ever heard. It was painful to listen to, and I was wishing I could focus enough to read the book.
There is no comparison. Although I would encourage Audible to make available other 12 Step Fellowship texts available, those of Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Sexaholics Anonymous, and CODA would benefit many, many people.
How do I explain this? His deivery was so chopped up, I couldn't focus on the message Bill W. and the messages that the friends of Bill W. intended to convey in their stories in the back of the book. The book simply needs to be re-recorded.
The narration of this book is a great disservice to those addicts who cannot read, or those. like myself, who cannot read because of ADHD.
I appeal to Audible to consider having this volume re-recorded. How much does it cost to have someone record it? I have experience with voiceovers. I am willing to do it!
"Hard to listen to the narrator"
No. I have a high tolerance, but this narrator almost ruined this book for me.
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