Beaten, But Unbowed: Waking From The Nightmare Of Abuse, By Karen Braysher
A courageous, highly listenable, and encouraging audiobook, that will give lots of hope to the many survivors of complex abuse. Lucy Huntington, Facilitator - Heal For Life Foundation UK
It took 35 years for Karen to be diagnosed with severe, visual dyslexia, and 44 years to get a bipolar diagnosis. Karen was conceived as a replacement baby for her slightly older sister Lorraine, a thalidomide baby without arms or legs. This is a true account of Karen's journey through the toughest times of her life, triumphant in the end. And an unbreakable bond with her sister.
What happens when a child is emotionally and physically abused over many years, repeatedly beaten and kicked in the head and chest on the kitchen floor by her father, while her mother watches on emotionless? What happens when a child is raised with undiagnosed dyslexia and bipolar, in an aggressive, unsafe home, when she is repeatedly failed by adults who are supposed to protect her? Karen Braysher is a survivor, not a victim. Now in her mid-50s, and a successful businesswoman and campaigner, Karen hopes her audiobook will help people with mental illness get a quicker diagnosis, providing a mirror to help people identify and seek help for their own experiences. She hopes her story will talk to those who have been abused as children, to women who are distressed about past abortions, and mentally ill people forbidden from adopting a child. In writing this memoir, Karen invites you to join her on a cathartic and painful personal journey, as she boldly shares her innermost thoughts and experiences. This is a true and inspiring story of incredible strength, sisterly love, warmth, and humor in the face of discrimination, abuse, homophobia, and misunderstanding. Karen was routinely told by her mother that she was born with the cord around her neck, and that it would have been better for everyone if she had died.
What listeners say about Beaten but Unbowed
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Impossible to put down!
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This is an amazing story of success against all the odds, most things thrown in Karen's way created an uphill struggle for her but not despite but because of this she had the determination to get past all the barriers life has put in her way. It is difficult to put the book down, you just keep wanting more.The open honesty, the revelations and the feeling that you were able to look at Karen's soul makes this a book well worth reading
What was one of the most memorable moments of Beaten but Unbowed?
I guess the end of the book, Karen has succeeded where many would fail, but somehow you were hoping for a happy ending, a solution. But there isn't one for Bi-polar, just containment. The challenges continue although the book has finished
What does Marilla Wex bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
It felt like you were listening to Karen, not a narrator, the authenticity in her voice brought the book to life. A great book can become a terrible audio book with the wrong voice. Marilla was excellent! Were the accents correct? I don't know and it does not matter. The variation in tone, accent and resonance gave life to every character and every chapter. I would love to listen to more books narrated by Marilla Wex.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Without doubt, although that was not possible, the desire to return asap was always there.
Any additional comments?
I sincerely hope that this book helps people be more understanding, more open and even more supportive of those who do not fit the mould of what society is expecting, there is no norm and it would be great for that to permeate more of society than it does today. LGBTQ+ physically, mentally or psychologically challenged or just different, everyone is part of our great society, some people need more understanding or support than others.
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