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Bullied

A Short Story
Narrated by: Kim Bretton
Length: 31 mins
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Can we justify putting our jobs before our family? What happens when we try to rectify it? Is the right solution always the first choice or do we just get the job done? Sometimes what happens to our children says more about us than our kids. When Adrian's father gets a promotion it means moving to a new city and new school, fitting in for Adrian isn't as simple as he thought.

©2018 Andrew McDermott (P)2019 Andrew McDermott

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A Very Realistic Example Of Bullying

Whilst the topic of bullying is addressed and it's coming into the forefront, the victims of bullying truly suffer. "Bullied" is a very empowering short story of how it feels and gives ways to stop it. My own son was bullied as a small child and he kept it to himself until one morning I caught him trying to hang himself rather than having to get on the bus and face the abuse once again. I had no idea it had even been happening as neither him nor my daughter told me about it.

I went straight to the boys' (2 brothers) house and spoke directly to their mother. Not all bullies come from abusive homes, but later that night the boys' father came to our house drunk and screaming at our house making threats on our lives. I called the police and he was arrested. A month later I found out they had moved from the area.

But the damage was done, my son was not able to ride the bus again so I began taking the children and picking them up. It was a hardship I was happy to endure because the health and well-being of my child was the most important thing to me. My intervention not only saved my son's life, but it showed him that there were real and workable ways to deal with bullying. It empowered him and he was never again bullied. He is married and a father of 2 lovely girls, now, and lives a very happy life.

I highly recommend this story for anyone who is being bullied or knows someone who is. I hope it gives them the courage to tell someone what is happening. It's not "telling" or "tattling" or grassing anyone up. It's fighting back the right way. Cheers to Mr. McDermott for a well written story!

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  • Jennifer Soppe
  • 02-10-19

A great way to open a dialogue

Overall I liked this book, the audio performance was spot on for the story tone and message. Please be advised that bullying, and the side effects from such, will be addressed in this book and may possibly trigger certain individuals. However, the matter is important and this book discusses it in a realistic manner and is a great way to open a dialogue. I did not have a print or eBook copy to compare the performance to, so am unable to comment on any deviations that there may or may not be from the written version.

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Adrian, a secondary school student, is forced to get used to a new school when his father gets a promotion at work and they move to the city. As the story progresses multiple people make the transition difficult, help comes from an unexpected source, and learning to find his voice will be the ultimate lesson to learn with the move. Robert McDermott handles this dark and sticky topic with understanding and tact.

I received a free audio copy of the book from the author. I had the opportunity to review or not.

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  • PebblesJ
  • 26-08-19

Reality....

This is a reality kick in the gut. VERY well written about a kid being bullied and how he deals with it. I'll let everyone know about this to read/listen to with your kids. Maybe it'll help with communication between parents and kids.

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  • MARIA
  • 19-08-19

Bullied

For a short story this book sure packed a punch.
The words were spoken,,,with grace.
I really hate bullies,the hurt kids so much
These kids ( the bullies) do not know how much damage they do,,,,a life time of damage,some times it stays with us to adults hood,,,or forever.
Bullies are so cruel.hurtful and hateful.
Bullies make fell lost,we doubt our self worth.
Bullies make us think we're unworthy
Some times people bullies persons want to commit suicide,(but that's not the answer.)
Maria Keesler

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  • H. Bane
  • 19-08-19

Really enjoyed listening

This was a great short story. It’s very well written and I really felt emotional for Adrian. The narrator did a great job pulling you into the story and relaying Adrian’s emotions. I listened to this story in one sitting. It makes you really feel for those children or others who have to go through bullying. I highly recommend listening to this.

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  • Keith LaDue
  • 17-08-19

What a great short story.

Maybe this book should be in every school library. I would hope some school kids would look in the mirror after they have completed the book and saw themselves staring back at themselves. I recommend this book to all. Now for the obligatory: "I was given this free review copy audio-book at my request and have voluntarily left this review." "I was voluntarily provided this review copy audio-book at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.”

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  • Diving Blue Bonnet
  • 15-07-19

Great Point Of View

Speaking from experience, kid’s who are bullied usually are silent victims, never hearing from them until it’s too late and something drastic happens. I think this story should be required listening for all kids. Thank you to the author, Robert McDermott, for shedding a little light on this subject! Well done!

The narrator, Kim Bretton, has a very nice voice to listen to! I will keep an eye out for more from her.

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  • Wilnise
  • 10-07-19

A must read

Everyone should read this book young and old. Nowadays there's so much bullying going on to both kids and adults and that needs to stop. If you see something say something. Amazing book and amazing narration

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  • Roger Fauble
  • 02-06-19

Good read

Bullied, my first read/listen from author Robert McDermott. I don't restrict myself to a particular genre. I'm a sucker for anything with memorable characters! Narrator Kim Bretton’s narration added to the book’s enjoyment. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).