Ben Behind His Voices

  • by Randye Kaye
  • Narrated by Randye Kaye
  • 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When readers first meet Ben, he is a sweet, intelligent, seemingly well-adjusted youngster. Fast forward to his teenage years, though, and Ben's life has spun out of control. Ben is swept along by an illness over which he has no control—one that results in runaway episodes, periods of homelessness, seven psychotic breaks, seven hospitalizations, and finally a diagnosis and treatment plan that begins to work. Schizophrenia strikes an estimated one in a hundred people worldwide by some estimates, and yet understanding of the illness is lacking. Through Ben's experiences, and those of his mother and sister, who supported Ben through every stage of his illness and treatment, readers gain a better understanding of schizophrenia, as well as mental illness in general, and the way it affects individuals and families. Here, Kaye encourages families to stay together and find strength while accepting the reality of a loved one's illness; she illustrates, through her experiences as Ben's mother, the delicate balance between letting go and staying involved. She honors the courage of anyone who suffers with mental illness and is trying to improve his life and participate in his own recovery. Ben Behind His Voices also reminds professionals in the psychiatric field that every patient who comes through their doors has a life, one that he has lost through no fault of his own. It shows what goes right when professionals treat the family as part of the recovery process and help them find support, education, and acceptance. And it reminds readers that those who suffer from mental illness, and their families, deserve respect, concern, and dignity.

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Most Helpful

I'm glad I listened to Ben's story!

This audible book was fabulous. I am a mother with a teenager with mental illness. I could relate to their story so well. I learned so much. Randye Kaye reading this book was masterful. So easy to listen to and 'feel' every situation.
Thank you for telling your personal story to help end the stigma of this illness that affects individuals and families alike.
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- Mitzi McCall

Amazing awesome wonderfully stated message

I have found strength to stay the course with my son. I felt the love for a mother and child to find help in spite of all the challenges dealing with mental health.
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- Frankie Bennett

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-23-2011
  • Publisher: Spoken Word Inc.