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Leslie Morgan Steiner met the love of her life at age 22, soon after graduating from Harvard and starting her first job at Seventeen magazine in New York. She fell for his self-deprecating wit and street smarts - and especially his unabashed worship of her. They married and spent four years together. At first Leslie felt like the woman of his dreams.

Then she discovered her husband had been beaten as a child, taught by his parents that intimacy and rage danced together. He brought violence into their life, pouring coffee grinds over her hair, choking and threatening her with a gun during arguments. Several times, he came close to making good on his threats to kill her. Leslie's mistake is one millions identify with: she fell in love with the wrong man. It took one last terrifying attack to convince her that he would kill her one day if she let him.

Gripping and compelling, Crazy Love unravels the traps laid by love, mesmerizing listeners with insights into why smart women stay in unhealthy relationships - and how one found the courage to leave.

©2009 Leslie Morgan Steiner (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Liz98
  • 19-04-21

This is a must read

Before I read this book I was just thinking it’s just another book I have to read for class. I’m not the biggest fan of reading but I must say that I was so intrigued after reading the part one that I got the audio for the rest of the book and listened as I read my book. Reading this book made me feel all sorts of emotions, emotions that I didn’t think I could even feel. I felt a lot of anger, sadness and then excitement. This book really touched me, there were even moments where I teared up because I could visualize what Steiner went through and it was so heartbreaking. This book really opened my eyes and has made me even take a step back to analyze my own relationship with my partner. I recommend this book to anyone honestly. I loved the book so much it was very powerful in its message and it’s just a must read. You won’t regret reading this book.

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  • Kevin Rice
  • 27-01-21

Racist

The casual racism and classism the author displays in the first 30 minutes of this story alone is so disappointing, and makes it hard to recommend in spite of the important topic.

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  • H.C.
  • 17-04-21

Inspirational story on how one woman got out.

As a victim of domestic violence it was hard to listen to this at times but I resonated with so much. Yes, she's a little elitist and sounds biased and uppity at times but if you can get past that and hear her story it's a reminder that domestic violence survivors share the common experience that changes our lives forever. I'll always support anyone willing to talk about it to help others get out and let them know they are never alone.

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  • Dani L
  • 28-03-21

Dispicable

I don't understand how anyone can digest this narcissist mess. I couldn't get past the first chapter where she is doing nothing but talking herself up, bragging about her ivy league education and social status- ME,ME,ME disgusting and then she casually mentions how a "latino woman smelled like enchiladas and cigarette smoke". I truly don't understand the high ratings for this filth. Don't give this self important racist book the time of day

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  • Shannon M Blattner
  • 09-01-20

Terrible

I could not even finish it. I saw the author on a TED talk and thought her book would be a good book to listen to but it was not. There are details that are not needed, she talks so much about her education, working for Seventeen and her family wealth. It reads like a fictional story. I would not recommend.

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  • DeMario Smith
  • 14-11-17

Amazing

We read this for an assessment in our family violence class and I love it.

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  • Chelseq
  • 02-06-21

Great book for abuse survivors

First off, the narration of this book was wonderful! The story was very catchy and teaches about the stages of abuse. Highly recommend!

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  • Tess of the D'urbervilles
  • 07-04-21

Interesting.. but the metaphors and analogies...

Interesting story about an abusive relationship...however...every other paragraph is a very weak metaphor or analogy (I always get them confused...) that doesn't quite work. I mean, it's almost like they are just thrown in there to make the story better (at least in the author's opinion?). This was a free book so I can't complain. I was interested enough to research the author and her other works. I did think, several times, "There but for the grace of God go I" as I can understand how easy it would be, as a young woman, to get caught up with someone who is mentally, emotionally and eventually physically abusive. So- yes- three start- pretty good.

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  • Cathy Svoboda
  • 23-03-21

Honest and beautiful

Honest and beautifully written - at times this was hard to listen to, but it gave me insight and understanding of MY past.
Thank you for this book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-03-21

Real Life Struggle

Excellent book that depicted the domestic violence reality that many women live every day. Thank you for bringing light to such a sensitive and painful reality, and for sharing your story of escape. There is life after abuse, congratulations!