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Couldn't tolerate past 30min due to robotic voice

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-2019

Couldn't tolerate past 30min due to robotic voice. Pity as Gottman is foundational as a therapist. I fortunately have other written resources but it would have been great to have it in audiobook. SKIP THIS AUDIOBOOK

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Revolutionary in the field

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-2019

One of the first examples of trauma-informed and attachment-based care and therapy when it first came out. The author does not flinch away from his past mistakes while he was a new therapist and this let's us learn from his mistakes so we don't make the same. So many professionals I know from work (as a relationship therapist, mental health caseworker, child protection consultant, etc) don't know and don't follow these foundational principles. This is a must for professionals in the field of therapy and child protection. I think it should be a mandatory reading in university degrees.

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The voice was so aggressive and offputting!!!

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-2019

It is unfortunate that the voice was so terrible because the contents is revolutionary and game changing for how to think and behave. For those of us who overfunction, like control, take responaibility for other people's emotional well-being this is a must read (in book form, not with this very attacking voice).

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Amazing for both professionals and the public

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-2019

I am a relationship counselor and Esther is a revolutionary in the field. She's the foremost expert in affairs. Her voice and deliberate choice in words made me listen carefully to every word. I may not have agreed which every choice she made but she makes it easy to learn and follow her logic. The real life cases were so insightful and educational. Her mastery of narrative therapy is enviable and reignighted my interest in further study of it.

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Wouldn't replay

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-2019

It came across like the author projected herself into the female characters. It felt like there were certain aspects in the story she projected on that was irrelevant e.g. I could tell she worked in finance, probably was Asian, was a foodie, was younger than the main characters etc. I live in Sydney so I was really amused and keen on all the locations and Australian-isms. The characters were okay. The main guy was pretty annoying in both character and voice. The love interest was sweet, assuring and not a stereotype which I enjoyed. The other characters were a bit flat and immature. I struggled to get through it and feel asleep trying to.

Not a fan

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-2019

I didn't like it. The author kept using the word 'retard' as an insult. There were also some plot holes (e.h. how did their mum know; Otter random timing to get hallucinations). Bear was a character that was hard to like with his inconsistent and nonsensical choices. Otter was creepy... The obsessiveness and ignoring of boundaries is very stalkerish and entitled. Tyson the kid was my favourite part of the story. He was cute, funny, precocious and plausible (if not probable) for his age. The relationship between Ty and Bear was more believable and more sweet than Bear and Otter. The options for gay audiobooks is very limited so I get the impression this is a very popular book and author but it honestly wasn't that great. I would download fanfiction podfics instead of replaying this. The voice actor clearly tried his best but the different voices he gave the different characters seemed confusing at times. Again, Tyson was the best part.

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