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Being bipolar myself, this story really resonated with me. Though I did get a few chuckles out of it, there were times I was just sobbing. It's not an easy listen. Despite that, I loved this story because it didn't whitewash anything. Severe mental illness is a challenge for so many people. I hope Broken will let people truly understand who haven't been around it before. I can totally identify with James's statements about being a good liar and a good actor who can hide his feelings of depression from everyone.
I really loved and adored both James and Theo. I loved how Theo really stood by James and supported him in getting better. I also liked the supporting characters. Well, maybe except for Mike. 😉
I haven't read this book myself yet, just listened to it. I rave about Joel Leslie every time I listen to a book he's narrated. This one though. OMG. the depth of emotion he is able to express just with his voice blows me away. I can't just give him 5 stars for this one. I also need to add in the sun and the moon. And maybe even the whole galaxy. I don't know how he managed to get through this book and remain in such good control.
Without a doubt, this book will go right into my top 10 of all time.
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What made the experience of listening to Broken the most enjoyable?
I have read this book before, but not listened until now, You get to feel each character feelings. I cried, I laugh I felt every emotion, outstanding
Which character – as performed by Joel Leslie – was your favourite?
James Joel put so much emotion into how James was feeling, utter draining. Just outstanding, you felt what the MCs feeling we're at each turning,
Any additional comments?
Joel Lelie once again was brilliant, for such a deep book, it is written so very well. I like the concept that you saw each other's feelings the dispares and the highs
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this book. the emotional description of self harm, bipolar and recovery really struck a chord for me. the pacing of 'enemies' to friends to lovers could blhave been be better bit it still felt natural enough to maintain immersion.
I would recommend this to both friends/partners of people with depression/bipolar as well as the people with the condition ( providing this is not too distressing or triggering)
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of Broken to be better than the print version?
This has been a standout book for me for a couple of years now. The audio was a great way to reconnect with this story.
Any additional comments?
Not going to lie, Joel Leslie's accent did take me a while to get in to, but after a chapter I didn't even notice it.