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Bad Therapist

Exposure collection, Book 1
Narrated by: Neil Shah
Series: Exposure Collection, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
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Summary

Inside the biggest scandal in the history of America’s $40 billion drug recovery industry: a predatory Malibu rehab guru - and the fearless female patient who exposed his empire of deceit. 

Chris Bathum was a respected therapist, addiction specialist, and founder of one of the fastest-growing rehabilitation chains in America. But Bathum was a total fraud: he was a homicidal meth-head with a history of sexually abusing his patients, scamming insurance companies, and eliminating whistle-blowers. Like Rose Stahl. But this intended victim would be his last. Stahl would risk her life to bring down the monster she and so many other people in need had once trusted for their salvation. 

Evan Wright’s Bad Therapist is part of Exposure, a collection of six incredible and true stories of American double lives from millionaire CEOs and suburban teens to undercover investigators and scam artists - all for whom secrets are a way of life. Each piece can be listened to in a single astonished sitting.

©2019 Evan Wright (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Gripping

Bad Therapist is a shocking true story of fraud, abuse and drug addiction in California. The book is beautifully written and researched. A gripping listen.

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  • Cass
  • 06-06-19

the narration was awful

For some reason they chose to use character voices for all of the quotes in the book. This was a really poor choice. If there was even just a one word quote in the middle of the sentence, the narrator would switch into character mid-sentence and it was pretty grating. I think for this type of book quotes should just be read in the normal narrative voice. To make matters worse, the character voices themselves were really bad, creepy, and breathy. And even though the narrator was male, most of the male voices were also done in his breathy female voice style. The narration almost gave this book a mock-u-mentary feel.

When checking out the blurbs for the books in this collection, this one, Bad Therapist, was the only one that caught my interest at all. It seemed like it would be the best of the bunch but I just found it pretty cringe-inducing.

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  • K.A.M.
  • 04-06-19

sex, lies and justice in LA

compelling read.. the narration is a kind of cheesy, but if you hang in there.. the story is worth wading past the ridiculous voice that the reader uses to imitate females..

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  • Leighton Moore
  • 31-05-19

An RX for the rehab industry!!!

I'm a huge fan of this award winning-journalist's work, and I'm a very busy college professor during finals week, so I was very happy to be able to buy and audio version of this, as well as one to read. I closed my eyes and listened and could not stop until the story was done.
If you've read his book, "Generation Kill," (or seen the HBO version of the book, by the same name), you know what I mean. Wright provides through investigative reporting (I believe he won a Columbia School of Journalism Award, among other awards) on serious subjects, AND he knows how to touch the funny bone. I believe he locates in humor the source of human compassion, pleasure, and enjoyment, even the relief of stress in a time of war or when all the walls are falling down, as they do in this story. If you are like I am, you know countless people who have been affected by drug or alcohol addition. Like me, you may know people who have died from it, as my mother did. And so, this story is particularly compelling for me. It's about a con artist operating a multi-million dollar rehab scam in whom people entrust their lives and the lives of those they love. I sincerely hope and believe this book will change the rehab industry (what a word, industry, when it is supposed to be a health field to free people from the grip of a deadly disease). I believe Wright's newest book will have a huge impact on changing that industry. If you or anyone you know has been touched by addiction, I highly recommend this book. Anyone considering going to a rehab really SHOULD read this. Be informed, be aware, be picky. "Bad Therapist" has its heroes (the lovely sounding and brilliant Rose Stahl), its victims (how sad I am about the sisters from Ohio; coincidentally my mother was from there, she who died of untreated alcoholism); and its people whose lives and views hang in the balance..... and Chris Batham, its terrifying bad guy, a crook and con man, a "family man" who looks like he couldn't hurt a fly. In ways Wright describes so well -- drawing a picture of who the criminal element emerged -- the criminal Chris Batham convinces a great many very smart people to rely on him for the care of themselves or their loved ones. I wanted to post this tonight, even though I'm busy, because I think this book might actually help someone decide how to determine what kind of rehab to use, if they or someone they know is going to go that route. Our Country (and the world) is suffering from Opioid addiction. It's an epidemic. It's touching almost everyone in some way, be it through someone they know, themselves, or someone with whom they work.... So I hope they read this book. I would have done anything to get help for my mother, but I would NOT have wanted her to be treated in a rehab facility of this kind, and according to Wright the rehab business is a highly unregulated "industry," in many areas and ways. Yet people really do need help. There have to be reforms. The problems are tragically humanized and made real through the portraits and narrative writes, here.

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  • Debora
  • 20-07-19

Only If you’re having trouble falling asleep

The Performance was as monotonous as the story. Do not listen to in the car.

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  • Nancy N
  • 16-07-19

Unbelievable deception

As a psychotherapist and addictions counselor, this was difficult to listen to at times. It is appalling that those in need where treated in such a dehumanizing way. I am grateful to see the outcome. If there ever needed to be a wake-up call in Addictions Health and Mental Health this situation demonstrates what needs to be stopped. Providing treatment is about compassion and caring - not abuse and deception. I did finish this and found it compelling to listen to the end.

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  • Hawornk
  • 02-07-19

I SOOOO wanted to love this book

The narrator was terrible. There’s no other word for it. It’s like he was trying to sound like a hard-hitting investigative reporter on Dateline NBC, and failing miserably. His attempt to do the “voices” of some of the characters in the book were laughable. And I’m pretty sure he mixed a couple of characters up at one point.

That being said, the story was interesting but not nearly as compelling as it could have been. Also, For a reason I still can’t figure out, they jumped forward it to the guy being in jail, and one chapter, then backtracked in the next. The break in chronology made no sense and it didn’t benefit the storyline at all. Whoever wrote this should have listened to “Son” by Jack Olsen first. He pulls off the dual chronology much more effectively.

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  • dbp
  • 26-06-19

Worst narration ever

I had this both as a kindle and audible selection. The story was well researched and told; I really enjoyed it when I read it. When I switched to the audible version, it was hard to listen. The narration was cringeworthy— took me out of the story, because it was so over the top and creepy. I would not listen to anything else by this narrator.

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  • Cynthia
  • 08-08-19

Very interesting and informative

I was born and raised in Anaheim, CA and I had no idea any of this was going on in LA.

The narrators impressions of people are very dramatic, to the point of annoying, but it helps keep the characters separated. The story itself is shocking but well written. Definitely worth listening to, very informative about the legalities surrounding recovery housing.

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  • Lyle's "Library"
  • 28-07-19

Documentary ... ?

It was more a documentary ... not much docu-drama if any. I was hoping for something a bit more explicit ... voyeuristic you might say ... but that was not there. as a docu-drama it might have been.

It was exploitation of the public and people for sure though. Certainly deserved what he got.

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  • Rose
  • 12-07-19

Engaging and well performed

Another one in the Exposed set that was extraordinary. In light of what has been happening on our political front, it fits right in as a blazing story of unbridled corruption with no consequences.