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DISCLAIMER: This is the official ACA Fellowship Text that is Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization (ACA WSO) Conference approved literature. Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) is an independent 12-step and 12-tradition anonymous program. ACA's tenth tradition states that ACA has no opinion on outside issues; hence the ACA name ought never be drawn into public controversy. ACA's sixth tradition states that ACA ought never endorse, finance, or lend the ACA name to any related facility or outside enterprise (or books/authors) lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose. Thus any suggestions of other authors or books (e.g., "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought") made on this Web site are solely those of the online retailer. ACA World Service Organization expressly disclaims any association with any authors or books or with any online retailer and their affiliates.

Book description: The ACA Fellowship Text is owned, copyrighted, and published by ACA WSO. ACA WSO acts as the central agency of the program, gathering and disseminating meeting information, creating and distributing literature, and providing information to the general public. The ACA Fellowship Text (commonly referred to as the Big Red Book or BRB) is a meeting book, steps book, traditions book, workbook, and group guide. The ACA Fellowship Text was anonymously written by ACA members and provides guidance on working the 12 -step ACA program, leading to recovery from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family. ACA WSO has adapted AA's steps (with permission from AA) to address the effects of childhood trauma and neglect and offer hope to ACAs worldwide.

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I am so grateful for this book and the programme

This is a simple, step-by-step guide of how to go about implementing the steps in the programme. There are exercises that you can do as well.
One of the voices could almost be accused of being robotic-like but the message they are sharing is so powerful that I hope you would see past this.

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  • Ankit Bahl
  • 05-12-2015

Bad narrative voice

It's really not a book which can be read out so blankly a better voice over is a must

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  • kristen
  • 27-07-2020

Here Is a Chapter Guide for Hard Copy/Audible

This book is life changing. I love being able to listen to it as well as to read it; using both is most helpful to me in processing the material. The content is very thorough and relevant, and has proven invaluable to my recovery.

As many have noted, the female reading voice is really “off” - for an audio book in general, and definitely for this very personal material. I am acclimated now, but it’s a thing for sure.

Also as many have noted, the audible chapter listing does not correlate at all with the hard copy book chapters. Here is a guide:

Hard Copy Chapter 1 - Audible chapter 25
Hard Copy Chapter 2 - Audible chapter 39
Hard Copy Chapter 3 - Audible chapter 59
Hard Copy Chapter 4 - Audible chapter 72
Hard Copy Chapter 5 - Audible chapter 77
Hard Copy Chapter 6 - Audible chapter 83
Hard Copy Chapter 7 - Audible chapter 113
Hard Copy Chapter 8 - Audible chapter 273
Hard Copy Chapter 9 - Audible chapter 321
Hard Copy Chapter 10 - Audible chapter 374

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  • sheri
  • 28-12-2018

Audio chapters don't match the printed chapters

The audio chapters don't match the printed chapters which makes it difficult to go back and select specific parts of the book which is inconvenient for a reference book.

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  • DD
  • 07-08-2017

1 In 5 Americans Of US Are ACOA's Here's Help

Knowing is power. This book has helped me understand and help myself and best of all find help at ACOA Meetings. Life is going to get better because I'm working at it and I'm not alone and I'm in good company. Before I found this book, I was numb and feelings were confusing. I'm not an alcholic but I grew up with them all around me.

This book is a one stop shop it's got everything but it's better with friends.

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  • learning2cook
  • 15-02-2017

Audio Book supports 12 step study.

Aloha! Listening to audio book while reading the book supports my learning style. A meeting I attend uses it to listen to during meeting. Helps allow the reading time of meeting because not everyone has books yet.

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  • Keystime45
  • 14-02-2016

Excellent content, horrible voice

What did you like best about Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families? What did you like least?

The content is so right on, but the woman's voice that reads it is so annoying its very difficult for me to even listen to. Some people have good auditory ranges but this woman sounds irritating to listen to. I have listened to dozens and dozens of books thru audible, most have very good speakers, this one is such a shame as the content is so good it was not bearable to listen to. I had to actually read the book myself.

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  • RICH
  • 18-02-2015

Perfect reproduction of the original book.

If you could sum up Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families in three words, what would they be?

Thanks. It is easier to listen in this format than to read the 646-page book.

What other book might you compare Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families to and why?

None.

Which character – as performed by Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families – was your favorite?

True self.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

None.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-01-2019

Terrible choice of voice for this fabulous book!

The book is really good and one of the kind in regards to knowledge about Adult Children and how to heal from dysfunctional cooping skills, it gives hope to all grown up children in this world.

However the voice reading the content in this book is horrible, computerized, reading it with out any what so ever emotional connection with the content. I can't listen to it even though I really want to. And I'll go back to reading the actual book. Because how it's read out here is unbearable to my heart, and soul.

The chapters used has nothing to do with the actual book.
so when I look for chapter 8 from the physical book, which is about becoming our own loving parent, it's impossible to fint it.....

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  • Weldon
  • 23-08-2019

A step closer to healing

I have found so much help with this book I even bought a hard copy.

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  • Irishgreeneyes
  • 25-06-2019

Great resource and helpful.

Big book, nice to have audible version, accompany ing original hardback
Readers could stand a little help found voice weak albeit outs a long read, sounds untrained& for me distracts from content.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-2017

Disappointed

Very disappointed. I really did try to get into this book. The readers very robotic. Regret buying this book.

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  • Paul (the other one)
  • 04-03-2020

Annoying Children of Androids!

Seriously, do the narration again!

It sounds like it's being read by a robot - only with less feeling. How can anything this bad carry any message of hope?

I have to return it; it's a serious insult to an important book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-01-2021

Life changing

I have found this core text of the Adult Children of Alcoholic and Dysfunctional Families 12 step fellowship to be life changing. Alongside going to meetings on Zoom (and face to face pre-pandemic) and working through the yellow Step Workbook with a fellow traveller this program is changing my life from the inside out. The compassion and insight into dysfunctional family upbringing and it’s effects on us as adults is so well explained, from people who have lived it. The solution of learning to share honestly in groups and learning to re-parent ourselves to a place of happiness, self-belief, humility and trust; is the program that continues to work for me where some other 12 step solutions or therapists didn’t.
We are each unique in our upbringing and recovery journey but I strongly suggest to try this program and absorb the text.
The reading performance is ok but Is not professional, because this is a book and program written and performed by recovering people for recovering people.
If you grew up with warring parents or with subtlety shaming parents, right up to alcoholic or mentally parents this could be what you are looking for. There are no quick fixes but this deep text requires courage to read and to take action on through the program.
You are worth it, try it.
For a non-12 step version try the Pete Walker book. Which is also brilliant. However in my 20+ years of experience in trying to recover from denying my traumatic childhood with addiction, co-dependence, fantasy and avoidance, it takes groups, real people and written work in order to recover and really start to find life a joy.
Good luck in recovering and finding your true self.

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  • Stanislav J.
  • 26-03-2021

Terrible narrator :(

Amazing book but the lady should go for different profession I'm afraid. :(.

Other than that the book is amazing and I suggest to buy a hard copy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-2020

A great book.

A great book but unfortunately one of the narrators nasal, monotone deliveries, had the effect of triggering me, which defeats the object really. Just bought the hardback paper version.

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  • Mackenzie
  • 27-05-2020

Save yourself the time and read the book.

Tried listening the first ten minutes and its nothing but disclaimers and this girl screaming into the microphone. Unfortunate, because I have heard great things about the book. Try reading with a more soothing voice and structure the meat of the content towards the beginning.

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  • Jörgen L.
  • 21-05-2020

Varning

Boken har ingen innehållsförteckning, jag vet inte var jag är i boken, kan inte hoppa fram till nästa kapitel!

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  • Yan U
  • 16-04-2020

Narration is appaling

It helped me get into ACA, which I’m very happy for. But the narration is really really bad.

I’m glad I used my free credit for it.

Also chapters are a bit all over the place. Would be helpful to have the actual book chapters marked or at least an index

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  • Steven Hales
  • 06-05-2019

Interesting but dull.

Fascinating insight into the world of borderline personality disorders however the narration is terrible. Full. Quite a quick disinterest occurs shortly after starting. Micro dosing is advisable.

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