Is There No Place on Earth for Me?

  • by Susan Sheehan
  • Narrated by Kaleo Griffith, Kate Reading
  • 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This renowned journalist's classic Pulitzer Prize winning investigation of schizophrenia - now reissued with a new postscript - follows a flamboyant and fiercely intelligent young woman as she struggles in the throes of mental illness.
"Sylvia Frumkin" was born in 1948 and began showing signs of schizophrenia in her teens. She spent the next seventeen years in and out of mental institutions. In 1978, reporter Susan Sheehan took an interest in her and, for more than two years, became immersed in her life: Talking with her, listening to her monologues, sitting in on consultations with doctors - even, for a period, sleeping in the bed next to her in a psychiatric center.
With Sheehan, we become witness to Sylvia's plight: Her psychotic episodes, the medical struggle to control her symptoms, and the overburdened hospitals that, more often than not, she was obliged to call home. The resulting book, first published in 1982, was hailed as an extraordinary achievement: Harrowing, humanizing, moving, and bitingly funny. Now, some two decades later, Is There No Place on Earth for Me continues to set the standard for accounts of mental illness.

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General Anesthesia, Report to Psychiatry at Once!

This is surely the most yawnworthy selection you could ever hope not to find on Audible. Sheehan is a hideously dull writer, one obsessed with insignificant numbers and dates, and she pelts us with them throughout this dry-as-a-bone chronology of a woman's battle with schizophrenia. The narrator matches the author's talent for turning a good story into a dry rehashing of dates, although for her, reading this book must've been slightly less interesting than recounting the NYC phone book.
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- Ella

Great book too long

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

Yes it was for the most part. Very interesting.


Would you recommend Is There No Place on Earth for Me? to your friends? Why or why not?

Probably depending on the friend


Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite were when Sylvia seemed very "normal". She was extremely bright.


Could you see Is There No Place on Earth for Me? being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Can't stand this question


Any additional comments?

While this is a great book, it could have been much shorter. Way too much repetition. Also, her family was horrible to her! I'm sure it had to be extremely difficult for them, but the comments they'd make to Sylvia were just cruel.

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- B Rose

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios