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Publisher's Summary

In Playing Hurt, a leading figure in the sports world - the quintessential "man's man" who seems to have it all - confesses his constant battle with depression. John Saunders welcomes listeners into the heart of his desperate struggle through insights into the root causes of depression and explanations of modern medical and homeopathic treatments. His story unfolds as so many of our lives do - among family, friends, and colleagues - but it also peers into places we don't often discuss openly - psych wards and hospitals. Here is the honest story of a public figure facing his own mental illness head-on and emerging far better off for his effort. Playing Hurt ultimately offers an inspiring and empowering call to action when it comes to mental illness.

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©2017 John Saunders and John U. Bacon (P)2017 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Dion Graham narrates with just the right touches of emotion to get across the gravity of Saunders's story... Something about Graham's reading evokes Saunders - his steady on-air presence and likable personality.... Graham delivers a strong narration of this gripping book." (AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mike on 02-16-18

A Story That Can Save Lives!

John Saunders was one of my favorite sportscasters. As a young person, watching him on television aided in my inspiration to speak and read well. In Black culture, often, those of us who speak properly are seen as less than Black, or somehow ashamed of our heritage. This is an issue Mr. Saunders addressed briefly in his book. It was encouraging to know how he dealt with that, counteracting that stigma with poise and grace. More importantly, I wish that I could thank him personally for sharing his life experience with the world. His struggle could help tip the scale in the fight against depression, which is a real and intense battle. It helped me in my own struggle with depression, giving me tremendous insight into how I can cope with this disease. Thank you John, you may have saved my life!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Chris on 12-27-17

Great Book!

Very relatable and in the edge, can’t wait to hear what happens next story telling.

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