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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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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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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.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
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?
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
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.
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.