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Will I Ever Be Free of You?

How to Navigate a High-Conflict Divorce From a Narcissist and Heal Your Family
Narrated by: Karyl McBride
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
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Author of the best seller Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers, Dr. Karyl McBride draws on her expertise in treating children and partners damaged by narcissists in this practical new guide to divorce and its aftermath.

With more than three decades of experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist, Dr. McBride guides you through the emotional fallout and challenges of being married to and divorcing a narcissist. The court system assumes that both parties in most high-conflict divorces are at fault, but a narcissist can wreak havoc in the divorce process. Dr. McBride shows how to navigate this kind of divorce and how you and your children can heal afterward.

Written for those considering or already going through divorce as well as the professionals working with them, Will I Ever Be Free of You? has three parts: "Recognizing the Problem", "Breaking Free", and "Healing from the Debilitating Impact of Narcissistic Relationships". You begin by learning exactly what narcissism is, how to identify it, and how it affects relationships, then how to begin and carry on through a divorce and make the best decisions for you and your children. Dr. McBride lays out a road map of trauma recovery for the whole family, offering a step-by-step program for recognizing and healing from the particular emotional damage that narcissism causes.

This guide offers new therapeutic strategies and practical guidance for protecting yourself and your children through this difficult time.

©2015 Dr. Karyl McBride (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great book....had a hard time with narration

The author is a great writer and this book was extremely helpful in navigating the high conflict parenting issues.
I did however, keep getting distracted with the narration when she had to take a breath in as it really sounded like she was struggling to breathe.

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  • SKidMD
  • 04-09-2015

Good ideas. But, author should not narrate.

Narcissists are not cool. But many of the ideas and lists might want to clarify the spectrum of the disorder and not just black box them - bad people yes, maybe. However, still people that act certain ways that can be understood and maybe handled based upon their own drives. Need more explanation here on what drives the behavior. This would help in untangling their over-bearing issues.
Reading needs a narrator that is a professional. This would help eliminate some of the monotone and inhalation noises that came along for the reading - especially at the end of the book (breath sounds) and the section on child abuse (monotone)? Needed a bit more effort to emphasize a point here and there.

Actions to take against narcissist craziness and the courts lack of insight were helpful. But not everyone married to a narcissist can't stand up for themselves. As a male and ex-spouse, not all information was relevant - the guys perspective here could be beefed up?
That ALL said, listen up and read/listen to this book - especially if you are still listening to the demands of narcissists person in your life. Simply, nobody else seems to want to address this issue - including the courts, mediators, and especially the narcissist.

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  • R.D.Hamilton
  • 30-06-2015

Highly Recommend

Where does Will I Ever Be Free of You? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My reading matter is varied but I purchased this book to provide insight into partners with NPD for my work, this book met my expectations of what I wanted to get from it.

What other book might you compare Will I Ever Be Free of You? to and why?

I recently purchased a number of books on this topic and this is the one I chose to read first, I found it a good buy.

What about Karyl McBride’s performance did you like?

Not many writers can pull of reading their book but I found this fairly easy to listen to and thought she gave a credible performance.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Will I Ever Be Free of You??

I thought it will make a useful resource for someone like me who works with clients in DV relationships. I think clients who are in an abusive relationship would benefit from reading or listening to this book as many of them feel like they are going mad because people outside the home have also brought into the charm and manipulation of the Narcissist and believe the victim is neurotic and has MH issues.

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Really insightful look at Narcissist Personality Disorder behavior for those still in the relationship, thinking of separating or divorced from someone with NPD.

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  • Mother of 3
  • 27-05-2015

A must-read for staying sane

I wish this book had been been published back when I was getting ready for and going through my divorce! As a marriage and family therapist, I'm now recommending this book to many of my clients who are considering or in the midst of divorcing a "difficult person." It is validating and informative.

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  • Mary
  • 23-12-2015

Will I Ever Be Free of You!

An excellent book - one of the best I've read yet!! As a divorce court deputy clerk and a retired police officer, this book is hits it on the mark. I recommend it to all divorce commissioners, custody evaluators and mediators, and District Court and Juvenile Court judges. Like domestic violence, the problems identified know no class lines and are hard for most to identify and respond to, until it's too late. The "crazy-maker' tends to succeed in his never-ending lose/lose battle over monies, custodial issues, control, and more, - and at his family's and societies expense. Education is key.

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  • A. Summers
  • 30-12-2019

Great info, bad reading

I hate when authors insist on reading their own books. Her voice is boring and while I loved content, I often found myself falling asleep or losing interest. I think if engaging again, I would purchase book and not listen to it.

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  • Mickey
  • 25-05-2020

Very Valuable Insight and Guidance

I have read at least ten books on the subject of recovery from an abusive relationship and this has much of what the other authors were saying but more practical steps and application to recovery with less focus on what is wrong with the abuser and more on what is right with you and how to live without remaining a victim in your person.

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  • Michelle
  • 13-02-2020

I’m not crazy...

This book covers everything including real life examples and situations, which has helped me so much and also know that I’m not alone nor crazy. Wonderful wonderful book! Highly recommend!

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  • Curious Cow
  • 26-08-2019

Most comprehensive book on high conflict divorce from narcissist

Thank you Dr. McBride for a most comprehensive and compassionate guide on divorcing a narcissist. Your book is chocked full of resources, wisdom, knowledge, and compassion.

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  • Jenafer E McKown
  • 18-01-2019

Very informative!

There is so much information I will need to go back through it again to capture more details.

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  • Martha
  • 05-10-2018

Excellent resource

This book was recommended by a client going through a high conflict divorce from a narcissist. I have since recommended it to a number of clients and friends going through the same struggle. It offers a wealth of information and resources, and is presented in a compassionate way that helps the reader feel less overwhelmed and isolated.

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  • jill fraser
  • 13-02-2015

Amazingly written.

Wish we had this years ago but even though my children are in their twenties, I can help them deal with him now. All this time and now I have confirmation
that what we suspected and were confused by, was his narcissism. Thank you.



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  • Happy Thriver
  • 04-11-2019

Excellent infirmative read.

Well written, informative and empowering. A must for anyone expeirencing, has experienced or involved/dealing with a narcissist. Highly recommend it.