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Let Me Out: A Madhouse Diary

Narrated by: Sarah Highlander
Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
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Publisher's Summary

“In April of 2004, the long downward spiraling of Amy Bingaman's mental illness could no longer be hidden or ignored much less written off as a side-product of a colorful and quirky character. With no family able to help and no resources, she was involuntarily locked up in the draconian, archaic labyrinth that is the Wyoming Mental Health System. Armed with only a pocket dictionary and any paper she could find to write on, Amy wrote not only as a journal but at times as her only coping mechanism to salvage what was left of a breaking mind in a love/hate relationship with her alter-ego who she'd come to call 'lucille'. Over the course of her first 33 days, she kept copious notes of her time there, detailing treatment (or mistreatment) befitting a prisoner rather than the sufferer of a psychological disorder. These diaries roller-coaster between terrifying and hilarious, chronicling from her first morning waking up confused in a disheveled ball gown, living at the mercy of staff who range from inept to cruel and with fellow patients who's light, hope and brilliance are twisted with the daily wrestling of their own debilitating psychotic breaks from reality. What results is an unedited, in-the-moment take-down of what consists of mental health care in this country, as lived from the inside by its weakest links, those it is intended to protect. And for all the dark humor and vivid humanity, she hopes you will be left with the knowledge that since that time, little or nothing in the system has changed.” - Doug Stanhope

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  • Christopher
  • 26-07-2018

Great Book

Having spent my fair share of time in the nut house, this book nails the insanity that is our mental health system. Great job Bingo!!!!

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  • Bart Panchenko
  • 29-08-2018

WOW

Amy you are amazing for capturing a dark side of the way the mentally ill are treated.

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  • Vance
  • 19-02-2019

Awful

This book is awful. I could not get past the first ten chapters. It is a stream of consciousness from a mental patient who is in the mental hospital against her will. The author just reads a series journal entrees and they are not real interesting or enlightening. Just a bunch of I hate my doctor, I don't want to take medication, nobody understands me, bla, bla, bla. The prose read like journal entries and don't make a lot of sense. I would pass on this book.

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  • Ronald Cronin
  • 06-01-2019

I'm not the only one!

My entire life I thought I was crazy! Thanks for reading, Doug. I wish she could see how much you love her, you sap!

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  • MR STEPHEN HOUGH
  • 10-12-2018

Compelling

Detailing the author's horrifying treatment in the US mental healthcare system, this audio book does an amazing job of conveying the fear and desperation of what such an experience must be like to the listener. The book is gripping.

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  • 25-11-2018

I didn’t like it.

As someone who has spent time in 3 mental facilities I found her descriptions to be accurate. I found the narrative to be too choppy to understand. I have Bipolar II so I know what it’s like. If I wanted to hear a jumble of thoughts I would just listen to my head. I didn’t care for the musical interludes either. Sorry Amy, it’s nothing personal.

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  • Gary
  • 27-08-2018

Bingo

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Recommended for fans of Doug and Bingo,people looking to enter the field of mental health and anyone curious about mental illness.

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  • Jay Kay
  • 15-08-2018

Amazing.

Amy Bingaman is a warrior. This writing is the truest thing I’ve ever read. I hope she sheds more light onto life. Amazing person.

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  • mathew szymczak
  • 26-07-2018

bingo kills it

Amy bingo bingbong buttercheeks bingaman wrote one helluva book for a potato head! doug is one lucky almost corpse!

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  • louise andros
  • 23-10-2018

Endearing as fuck

I really loved this. Honest, in real time and marvellously hat stand and creative. There is a a very endearing and earnest charm that glows from the writer. This is a diary . So if you’re after Terry Pratchet, don’t bother: if you’re after a glimpse into a wonderfully creative and very ill woman’s scary incarceration, with frequent lapses into madness , then download and chocks away....