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Publisher's Summary

For 46 years, Carol Minto has quietly gone about her life, carrying with her the most extraordinary and heartbreaking secrets.

Born into poverty and with mostly absent parents, Carol helped to raise her nine siblings. But when she was just 11 years old, her older brother began to sexually abuse her. After four years, Carol managed to escape - and ran away from home.

Picked up by social services, they place her at Aston Hall in Derby, a psychiatric hospital now infamous for the ghoulish ‘truth serum’ experiments it carried out on children. Over three years, Carol was stripped, sedated, assaulted and raped by Kenneth Milner, the doctor in charge.

Eventually she is released back into the community, aged 18, and has a daughter. But the baby is taken away for adoption, and Carol’s trauma intensifies. In 2010, Carol finally plucked up the courage to speak out about the abuse she suffered - and received justice, at last.

In The Asylum, Carol tells the full story of how she overcame unimaginable suffering, to find the happiness and solace she has today as a mother and grandmother.

©2021 Ann Cusack (P)2021 W F Howes

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  • KH
  • 02-25-22

"A Force to be Reckoned With"

I was halfway through this book before I learned it was a memoir. Carole Minto is a brave woman, a survivor. Telling her story when she was ready, had to be incredibly difficult, but the good that has come from her bravery has been so far reaching. The only comment I have is regarding the title. This book was about so much more than her time at Aston Hall. Of course, the years she spent institutionalized had a major impact on her life, but the years before and after were also so unreal, I feel the title doesn't do her story justice. To quote Carole, she is a "force to be reckoned with".

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Overcoming a life of abuse

I loved it and was an easy listen once I got used to the Irish/Scottish accent. The entire book held my interest as well.

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appalling and sad

What these children endured is heartbreaking. everytime she would mention the year in the story, I would think about where I was in my life and feel bad for not knowing what horror was going on in the world. narrator was really difficult to understand, her accent is very thick. I had to slow the speed down until about chapter 5 and then I had gotten used to it. Hopefully the narrator won't put you off from listening. The story needs to be heard.

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Narrator horrible good book

Narrator was really really bad . She does a long pause at the end of EACH sentence! It drove me crazy! But the story was good so I wanted to know what happened next . It also took me a minute to figure out that getto was actually “girls”. So I think if you can tolerate the narrator the story is good!

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Amazing

I would recommend this book!!! It show what courage we can overcome. Thank you for sharing your story.

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Couldn’t stop listening

1. For those who say the accent is hard to understand, it truly is NOT. If you listen to the Sample offered, that’s exactly how it is the entire time. Not difficult at all; coming from an American.

2. I couldn’t stop listening. The story wraps up nicely. The story is so heartbreaking but empowering. So many times I even got frustrated for the author in her plight. Definitely going to recommend this book for anyone to read.

3. I do have to say, it should come with a “Trigger Warning” for those who have been the victim of se*ual abuse because the vivid details can for sure be triggering if you’re not prepared.

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Narrated excellently by Fiona McNeill.
Such a gut wrenching, heartbreaking story and I was in tears and had to catch my breath listening to the horrendous ordeal and traumatic life this brave lady went through from early childhood being a mother, then sexually abused by her own brother & worst of all sexually abused by the people who should of protected her!
To be courageous enough to report it and tell the world it has to stop, must of been the hardest thing ever!
I admire her so much and if it wasn’t for her, it would probably be still going on! Well it still is!
Writing her life story and telling the world, will help others to come forward and help put a stop to this disgusting evil that has been going on fir years!
The ones in power are the worst evil and it’s time they evil secret hidden child abuse ring, came crashing down and expose them fir what they really are! BEASTS!
How can anyone contemplate harming or sexually abusing an innocent child is beyond me!
This lady survived to tell her story and I have nothing but admiration for her!
Her life has been horrendous and my heart broke hearing she lost her one and only Rock Sonny so soon and suffered more loss again, losing her sister that stood by her side.
Her son Became her rock and she did it and told the world and got justice!
However, what a complete disgrace of a justice system and chapel collection offering of compensation for the years of pain & suffering she endured!
I’d of gone to 10 D St & thrown the letter from Matt the Prat over the gates in pieces!
She will never have her life back! They failed her & all the other children!
AND CONTINUE TO FAIL THEM!
Just a complete disgrace!
Her brother had 5yrs at Billy Butlins & got off after 2!
(Cause after all prison is a holiday camp these days! Is it not!)
The world is crazy and the people who continue to fail us and let evil run riot are the ones who are running our country!
Makes me sick!
Prob cause they all in the evil circle! That’s why child abusers get little to no tune inside!
Only got to look at Jummy Scum-Savage! They all knew what was going on!
Time it came crashing down!
Thanks to this brave lady she did what most are afraid to do! I hope her story will encourage more to be brave enough to do the same!
Carol you are an amazing, lovely, caring lady & an inspiration to others that now know how they are not alone and feeling it’s their fault!
You have my heart and I wish I could wave a magic wand to take your pain away, but I can’t.
Your story broke my heart and you will be in my thoughts forever.
Your the one with that magic wand and waved it to give you strength to tell your story to help others.
You are amazing! Never forget that!
WHAT A LADY!
Sorry for the rant! It something I feel so strong about.

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Very hard to understand with the accent. I couldn’t finish the book. Wasted a credit

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  • 04-29-22

good book

I enjoy this story. It was so sad to hear that it happen. I'm glad she had some good time.

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  • S. J.
  • 08-11-21

A very sad read.

terrible story of sexual, mental and physical abuse. I cannot understand why the powers that be do not believe it when children are systematically abused. It was a compelling book. I hope all the survivors are well and coping with life. The amount of compensation was pitiful.

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  • Anne Dudley
  • 10-16-21

Thank goodness times have changed

I was absolutely shocked when I realised that this happened in the 1950s as I was was born in 1952.
I was shocked and discussed by how the social services handled the matter by not even interviewing Ian and I was absolutely discussed with Carol's mother for not believing her.
This book is a very powerful account of a young girls up bringing and of how people let her down time after time, locked her away for years then let her go with no training of the outside world. It's no wonder that most people don't trust social services with things like this going on.
Thank goodness in the end Ian finally got his comeuppance.
I hope Carol now finally has the peace she deserves with Karl's loving family sadly life still left her the cruel blow with Sunny dying so young.
The narrator did an excellent job as well.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-09-21

Terrible

I could not listen to the narrator her voice is terrible, boring to listen

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  • CHRIS R
  • 09-01-21

Should have never happened

A heart tearing account of not being believed when desperately seeking help. Of what happened in the home and institutions.
You sought justice, and you should have been given more by the justice system.
Be proud of what you have achieved since those early years of your life. Especially the way you and sonny brought up your son.
Had tears in my eyes at times, and that’s hard to admit, being a leather clad biker with the iconic v twin engines.
Nothing was your fault.
Now enjoy.

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  • brownskin
  • 02-03-22

Resilience

What a HEART BREAKING story.. carol you are STRONG and RESILIENT. I love your spirit of forgiveness ❤🥂

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  • Steve
  • 06-21-22

Heartbreaking but what a brave lady so much sadnes

I found I just had to finish this book as quickly as possible as I just could not comprehend or believe how one person went through so much and managed to survive... God bless you.

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  • Valerie Wheeler
  • 08-09-22

my first audio book

Good book could not out it down. would definitely recommend and the audio version allows you to do other things too

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  • Jason Moore
  • 08-02-22

Such a Brave Lady

This is the 2nd book I have listened to about the dreadful suffering that went on at Aston Hall Hospital. the first was The Hospital by Barbara O'Hare. Both stories very horrifying, however they show what determination and courage can do. Both women should be incredibly proud of themselves for getting through life despite what happened to them. Their families however should feel thoroughly ashamed for not believing them and failing to help.

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  • barbara maloney
  • 08-01-22

very sad

so sad to hear what people went through and above all how parents were more worried about their name than their child .

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  • Pez
  • 07-22-22

Such a sad story

I was absolutely hooked listening to this. At first I struggled with the lady reading the books really strong accent but soon got used to it.