• Your Voice in My Head

  • A Memoir
  • By: Emma Forrest
  • Narrated by: Emma Forrest
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (319 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Emma Forrest, a British journalist, was just 22 and living the fast life in New York City when she realized that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity. In a cycle of loneliness, damaging relationships, and destructive behavior, she found herself in the chair of a slim, balding, and effortlessly optimistic psychiatrist--a man whose wisdom and humanity would wrench her from the dangerous tide after she tried to end her life. She was on the brink of drowning, but she was still working, still exploring, still writing, and she had also fallen deeply in love. One day, when Emma called to make an appointment with her psychiatrist, she found no one there. He had died, shockingly, at the age of 53, leaving behind a young family. Reeling from the premature death of a man who had become her anchor after she turned up on his doorstep, she was adrift. And when her all-consuming romantic relationship also fell apart, Emma was forced to cling to the page for survival and regain her footing on her own terms.

A modern-day fairy tale, Your Voice in My Head is a stunning memoir, clear-eyed and shot through with wit. In her unique voice, Emma Forrest explores the highs and lows of love and the heartbreak of loss.

©2011 Emma Forrest (P)2011 AudioGO

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Great, quick read

This book was surprisingly amazing! Only surprising because I stumbled into it having heard nothing about it, read the cover blurb, and thought I’d check it out. I absolutely loved it start to finish.

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Celebriphilia?

Love of celebrities? Name-dropper addict? Well, it really doesn't matter if this woman is too crazy about famous people, it's just one of her quirks. Her writing is glorious, as is her narration, and I only wish she had been a bit deeper with her perceptions. She seems to gingerly float around the perimeters of her problems rather than violate their boundaries and really penetrate. She's successful and loved and nurtured from birth by parents who seem to be really good people so why is she so depressed? In this book it's a guessing game that demonstrates how mental illness - the book does not illuminate the distinction between mental illness and depression - can happen even in the best of outward circumstances. I look forward to more from Emma Forrest.

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Really enjoyed this

My wife recommended this to me, it was very well done. I normally read history and sci-fi so this was a big departure for me but kept me listening.

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Mesmerizing

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Emma: a captivating story teller.

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An entertaining (if triggering and at times indulgent) love letter to a remarkable psychiatrist.

I would first and foremost need to caution anyone about to read this book that it’s full of graphic description surrounding suicide, mental illness, and self harm.

While the merit of this kind of writing is up for debate, I will say that Forrest’s storytelling is honest, entertaining, and at times profound and even touching.

This book is a real love letter to who I can only conclude was a remarkably special person and doctor. I was surprised at how moved I was, especially towards the end, by her tribute.

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stunning

What an extraordinary, engaging book. I listened straight through, and was sad when it ended. Such beautiful writing, but the honesty and humor is what made it feel like sitting up all night with a dear friend. Highly recommend.

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so relatable

I was drawn into this book in such a visceral and emotional way. it was tremendously relatable.

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A book I adore.

I loved this book and. I love Emma Forrest. Her own voice Is one I can listen to again and again. She is authentic and lovable. She always gives me positive energy and endless hope.

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Different read

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I enjoyed the book overall and it made me want to find out more about Dr. R.

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Enter The voices in my head

Like: the journey into and out of darkness through the stages of her development and the anguish felt by her family of origin during all these times

During my years as Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I met all these personalities and worked through my significant feelings for their journey as they invited me along. I had two mentors, a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist that were to me as Dr R was to her. One retired and the other died suddenly without warning. I had to travel forward for others with great sessions we had in my mind.
The love of my life died totally without warning and this left me as lost the author describes. With all of the I felt loss and anger and such grief.

Yes, the only answers that explain the why behind these losses can’t be answered except through our difficult journey forward.
She has added pathways to the ones I’ve found