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This book is told in the same style that's made Jonathan's other book's such a success. I really enjoy the humorous way in which Jonathan writes & narrates his stories. You will never get the uptight boring psychiatrists mumbo jumbo with this guy. His unconventional methods of dealing with crazy situations is hilarious. The blunt way he conveys his stories will have your gut aching from laughter. My husband (who is a police detective) says this approach is what keeps metal health and public safety perfessionals sanity intact. In this memoir we get a voyeuristic look inside the phych ward at a Los Angeles hospital. Jonathan takes us on a journey through the early days of his interesting career working with the mentally disturbed. If this were a T.V show.. Jonathan would be his own unique version of Robin Leach and it would be called lifestyles of the mentally insane 😄.
If you've ever wondered what your tight liped, straight faced shrink is writing in his clipboard? but, not telling you.. It's probably something like this.. What contest in hell did I loose to get a bat shit crazy patient like you? Note to self.. I'm going to need a vodka IV to stay in this profession lol😅.
On a serious note it does take a special type of person to do a sometimes dangerous job like this. I wouldn't want to walk even a half a mile in those shoes. I'd rather be the listener LMAO on the couch about it. Kudos to the people like Jonathan who have the patience for it. I Voluntarily listened to this book in exchange for my honest review. I can't recommend Jonathan Jaye's book's enough. Always more than 5 star listens on a day when you really need a good mood lifter. I also recommend buying How to tell if your friend is a sociopath: and How to tell if your neighbor is a borderline: If I've persuaded you to jump on Jonathan's crazy train be prepared for one helluva entertainingly funny ride.
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Mr. 5150 is written by Jonathan Jaye and also narrated by Jonathan Jaye. Mr. 5150 is a short collection of stories of the beginning of his career in Emergency Psychiatry Care. 5150 is California code for the section of the California Welfare and Institutions Code which authorizes a qualified officer or clinician to involuntarily confine a person suspected to have a mental disorder that makes them a danger to themselves or to others. That his job. I picked this book to have a fun stroll down memory lane. I spent 13 years as an EMT. We learned to love or loathe these people. We would have loved this man from the stories he tells.
I will note that these short stories may be off-putting to some by the fact that the main character is open about his flaws including alcohol and drug abuse. And the fact that other characters encountered in these stories use and abuse drugs and alcohol. Some people will be put off by the fact that there is plenty of profanity all through these short stories and will feel this is the mark of a poor or unskilled writer. There is one quote that is stuck in my head because it was true from a career as an EMT with my ambulance crew as much as it was true for the author “You do not F*** with Mr. Clipboard”. I have been on the receiving end of Mr. Clipboard when it was wrestled away by a Psych patient who pulled a Houdini getting out of ‘soft restraints’ after being drugged with all the Valium the Paramedic had in the med kit. Mr.Clipboard was not my friend that night.
The short collection of stories was over too soon. The author paints vivid characters and tells many truths about the healthcare profession that may bother some people. I giggled and snorted at the character of Borderline Betty the RN from Hell. Anyone who works in Healthcare will be able to relate because there is one of here everywhere. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Combine that with the access to medication and employee files and personal information. You have everyone’s worst nightmare. I knew a version of her in my EMS career. Anyone who has worked in EMS, Law Enforcement, Psych or Social Service, with a good sense of humor should enjoy this book. It held my attention and really made me think about all the changes in healthcare especially now in mental health from the late 70 to 1993 where the last short story ends.
The narration by Jonathan Jaye was enjoyable. I liked his voice and the way he told his story. This is his collection of stories and he makes the best narrator for it. He gives the narration an authentic feel that would be missing if someone else was doing the narration for him. It felt like we were just spending an afternoon together sharing stories of our professions the way people do.
The production quality of the audiobook was fair but could really be improved. The average listener could be put off by the production value of this audiobook placing quality over content. There were times hollowness entered the narrator’s voice. I was hooked on the stories and the characters and did not mind the production quality
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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