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Babylon Confidential

A Memoir of Love, Sex, and Addiction
Narrated by: Claudia Christian
Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
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When actress Claudia Christian flees a troubled childhood and moves to Hollywood at age 17, she steps through the looking glass into another world.

From the set of Dallas to her starring role on the sci-fi series Babylon 5, Claudia's affairs with billionaires, supermodels, rock stars, and celebrities are mixed with shootings, stalking, heartbreak, and betrayal. On set and off, drama follows Claudia - an alcohol-fueled coke run and makeout session with a bridesmaid on her wedding day; her tempestuous, love-hate relationship with actor Angus Macfadyen; the conspiracy theories surrounding her ex-husband's death; and a 20-year on-and-off relationship with billionaire Dodi Fayed before he dated Princess Diana. Hollywood life takes its toll on Claudia as she descends into alcohol addiction and a desperate battle to reclaim her life.

Rehab, alternative treatments, and even hypnotism can't break the cycle of alcohol abuse that threatens to destroy Claudia. Close to despair she discovers The Sinclair Method, a treatment that saves her life.

Sometimes shocking, often humorous, always captivating Babylon Confidential is a story of hope that will inspire and enlighten you.

©2012 Claudia Christian and Morgan Grant Buchanan, Afterword Copyright 2012 by Dr. Roy Eskapa (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Fast & exciting!

This is an amazing listen! Claudia reads it in a clear and concise way. It is a fast action packed story of tragedy, and ultimate victory, over Claudia's life, and her alcoholism. It is one of the best books that I have ever read, and then I listened to it because it is so good.
I personally have been on The Sinclair Method for 2 years now, and it has cut my drinking down from 50 standard drinks each week, down to about 6 standard drinks each week. Babylon Confidential is a great way to introduce people to The Sinclair Method and if you know anyone with alcoholism, then give them a copy of this audio book as a gift, it might save their life & sanity, and if you are an alcoholic yourself, then download a copy of this audio book and listen to it now, the message about recovery from alcoholism in it is astounding, and it really works!
I will be listening to this audio book again.

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  • Troy
  • 27-09-2013

It Takes Guts to Share a Story Like This

This book is quite possibly the most candid book I've ever experienced. That Claudia Christian narrates the audiobook herself makes it feel that much more personal, and that much more powerful. On Babylon 5, her character Susan Ivanova is tougher-than-nails, the left hand of God and vengeance personified when the call arises. The actress behind the character... she's much tougher by necessity, and all too human, just like the rest of us.

Everyone has that personal chink in the armor, the Achilles' Heel to which we can fall prey. She found hers, and this book is an amazing chronicle of her battle with what she calls her inner monster. The book is intense and as relatable as a tale like this can be. It's not for the squeamish, but it is one for pretty much anyone who doesn't live that fairy tale perfect life. At its core, which she reminds us up front, this is a story of hope.

While I myself am not an alcoholic, I found the details to be particularly enlightening as to what that kind of thing really is like, and in the sharing, I felt like I was given a boost to my own fight against my own personal demons. We all have an addiction to something, even if we aren't aware of it, and even if it seems minor by comparison of others. I'm in the midst of battling with mine. This came along at exactly the right time, which is perhaps why I'm biased towards a higher rating, but I just can't give anything less than the highest mark for a person who bared her soul to the world in this way. A book like this is courage incarnate.

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  • camilla
  • 18-08-2017

well written.

Wise and funny and thougt awakening. Could not stop listening. Happy that the author was the narrator in the audio book.

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  • RaNae
  • 14-08-2015

Taming The Monster

Truth about addiction is hard to come by especially when you think you are hiding it so well. This is a very open and honest look at what addiction can do to our lives. I appreciate her courage for sharing her truth because abuse tried to stay hidden creating the monster. I also admire her for reaching out to others to try and help with their monsters. I am glad that you are still here to do battle with your monster. I hope you continue to have s happy and successful life.

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  • NM
  • 06-09-2020

Great narration to accompany an excellent book.

Purchased the physical book from her website as it netted me a autographed book (thank you!) but after the book arrived, noticed that there was an Audible version as well. Was glad I purchased the audiobook as was able to read-along in the book whilst listening to Claudia's narration. The memoir itself is both sad and celebratory, as while she does descend into alcoholism she is able to eventually find her way back out again thanks to information hastily gleaned at yet-another ineffective detox facility. Researching this information led her to TSM and how she could basically wean-herself off the endless cycle of abstinence-and-relapse. While one could argue that no one cure is guaranteed to work for everyone, that she had to stumble over this for herself led to her becoming personally involved in trying to let others know that TSM exists as a Possible Option. More than just a memoir or self-help, she has gone beyond merely helping herself by founding the C3 foundation, writing books, and the documentary One Little Pill (which is FREE to watch for Prime Members) so that others who are looking can learn of TSM as a Possible Option. ...For any Babylon 5 Fans who are passing through, while this book DOES cover B5, it's only about 1 1/2 chapters out of the entire book,

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  • Lori Biggs
  • 13-07-2020

Worth reading

This was such a touching and truthful story told by such a beautiful woman. Such an inspirational story for anyone needing a little pick me up at any time. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Annie
  • 07-07-2019

Awesome

46 days on the Sinclair method. Thank you Claudia Christian, my drinking has been cut down to a third of what I was drinking pre TSM.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-11-2018

inspiring story

I first started to read this because I am a fan of Claudia and I'm glad I did. I too am a recovering alcoholic. I went a different way to recovery but I enjoyed and was inspired by her story, I only wish I had known of this method before I quit.

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  • Ryan R.
  • 06-11-2018

Awesome!

A amazing book. I will always remember listening to this. Im going to watch starhyke a.s.a.p.

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  • Talisman
  • 06-02-2018

The first 75% of this book was awesome

I loved most of this book. But the final 25/30% was just too much about her alcohol issues, it lost my attention because it was just one drunken story after another. Great performance overall.

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  • John Parker
  • 04-09-2016

A Hollywood exposé with an important message

For anyone curious about what life is really like behind the scenes for a beautiful, successful Hollywood actress, this is a fascinating glimpse into that world. For anyone struggling with an inner darkness while trying to look normal to the rest of the world, you'll find a kindred spirit in Claudia. For anyone in the grips of addiction, riding the spiral downward to an early grave, this book could save your life.

Fascinating, heartbreaking, and always funny, Claudia delivers the story of her life and her painful addiction with a heartfelt passion, a characteristic bluntness, and a knowing grin all in one. Well worth a read!

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  • Karim
  • 02-12-2013

An Enlightening Listen

Babylon Confidential exposes Claudia Christian's life, loves and troubles in the raw. I found it interesting as a fan of Claudia's work to see the path she has taken through her career and the challenges both professional and self imposed she has lived through. Part Hollywood kiss and tell, part honest memoir but all from the heart it showed me life's path never really runs smooth and being rich and famous can have serious consequences too.
Overall I enjoyed it and recommend it if you like Hollywood autobiography, science fiction or Claudia's work in general.

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  • Birger
  • 30-08-2013

The Voice of a hero.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes.
This is a story of how Fate can spin us around, if we want it or not.
The story has to levels, the outer Hollywood jetset line, and the inner self reproaching level.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Babylon Confidential?

Reading the story about her brother Patrick was actually hard.
Hearing Claudia actually reading it, was almost devastating.
I can't believe she made it, even if I know she had to stop several times.

Which character – as performed by Claudia Christian – was your favourite?

Herself

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, many.
She told her story to ME.
I work with these things as a councellor, and her case could easily landed in my in-tray. Very honest, very brave.

Any additional comments?

I really recommend this book, and specially the audiobook to everyone.
Hearing her own words narrated by herself is just impressive.

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  • Rich
  • 13-07-2020

Moving story perfectly narrated.

Essential reading for B5 fans and well worth it for everyone else. A moving story of achievement and adversity.

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  • Vikki Marie Gaynor
  • 04-07-2020

Takes you from being a fan to feelin like a friend

YES I am a Bab 5 Fan,, loved CC character and yes I was NOT EXPECTING the honesty and depth that CC took me to,, I know a lot more now about her demons and her worries than I thought possible, CC takes you to the Horrible places and helps you to understand the Demons that Take her there, also she shares the intimate sexy and downright laughable parts,, (Seeing her naked Butt on a 50ft screen - you will understand when you read it) I did not know that her life was like this as I saw her character and occasionally in magazines but the things she has Battled and the Many, Many Many people she has dated,, (hey we all need a Hobby,, Hers just happens to be Sex & Why not she is Beautiful) helped me to understand her life and some of the many facets that I have to deal with that are similar to hers (Addiction) REALLY impressed that she can be so honest about a lot of pain and bad times and yet she is Alive,, and Well and Writing amazing Books,, while sharing her life,, A very Real book that will make you laugh and will show you how things can change so quickly in Life - All topped off with the Beautiful Voice of Susan Ivanova Thank you CC,,, next time your in the UK head over to Liverpool please,,, xxx