Four Rooms, Upstairs

  • by Linda Appleman Shapiro
  • Narrated by Suzanne Toren
  • 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Four Rooms, Upstairs - a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Award - is the story of Linda Appleman Shapiro, an immigrant daughter who grew up on the top floor of a small home in 1940s Brooklyn, and struggled to understand her mentally ill mother. For years Linda tried to ignore the phases when her mother was "not herself." As the youngest child and only girl, Linda spent many days at home alone with her mother, watching her battle memories of loss and despair, unable to cope. But at that time, her mother was not seen as mentally ill - she was simply ill. Linda was appalled by the treatments prescribed to her mother and determined to make life better for her family. Linda eventually persevered, becoming a psychotherapist to help others like her and her mother, and marrying acclaimed audio narrator George Guidall.


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Customer Reviews

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Nothing new here...

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This book is not exactly time well spent, but it might be interesting to some in a sort of ho-hum way. There's really no surprises here, any first-year psychology student could come up with the same complaints about any disturbed parent, and I had the feeling Linda Shapiro should just get over it already!

Would you ever listen to anything by Linda Appleman Shapiro again?

I don't think I would listen to another book by this author, who seems to be to have a rather ordinary mind.

Which character – as performed by Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

None of the characters are especially memorable, but there's some nostalgic interest in the descriptions of the old neighborhood, which I know well, and the old days, to which I also belong.

Was Four Rooms, Upstairs worth the listening time?

It was o.k. as entertainment, mild, inoffensive, but finally too predictable.

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- J. D. Portnoy "Bookman Old Style"

Not for me

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only if they're really interested in a very long story having little to do with mental illness.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The family's heritage. Just was too long.

Do you think Four Rooms, Upstairs needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?


Any additional comments?

This may be for others but not for me. Too many other good books on the subject. If it had Ben half as long I may have finished it.

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- B Rose

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-18-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books