Sunday, June 11, 2017

Audiobook Tour ~ More Than The Madness, A Memoir by John Kaniecki (Review)

Audiobook Tour ~ More Than The Madness, A Memoir by John Kaniecki (Review)


In October, 2016, John Kaniecki's More than the Madness was released in paperback and ebook. We are happy to announce that the audio version is available!

Author: John Kaniecki
Publisher: Dreaming Big Publications,
Buy Links: Amazon  Audible


This book gives readers a glimpse into the life of someone living with bipolar disorder. It’s not a clinical book filled with facts and figures, but a book of humanity. 

Spanning childhood to early adult, through stories of abuse, being bullied, experimentation with drugs and alcohol, inpatient stays on psych wards, a night in jail, his college days in the fraternity, hitchhiking across America, and his time in a third world country, John gives the reader a personal and up-close look into his life as a manic depressive. The stories are sad, shocking, and at times funny as he shares his antics while at his most manic and delusional. 

Throughout his journey, John also struggles with his faith in God. More than the Madness is a testament of one man’s journey to grow closer to God while gaining a better understanding of himself. 

John wrote his story to help educate others on mental illness and remove some of the stigma associated with it. It is his hope that readers will get to know the person behind the diagnosis; take away the labels and meet someone's son, friend, and husband. See that there is More Than the Madness.

3.5 Stars

John Kaniecki's story starts at early childhood. The author takes us through his childhood and into young adulthood, when he is finally diagnosed as Manic Depressive during his college years. The author reveals some of his more erratic moments that occur during some of his most extreme manic phases. This story was eye opening, especially concerning mental healthcare. I've known for a long time the system fails many, and some of the acts revealed by the author, the way he and fellow patients were treated, was absolutely appalling. I can't understand how someone who goes into any part of a medical field, where they have to actually care for patients, can be so uncaring and abusive.

The story was good, but it was slow in places. We learn a lot about the author's childhood and his journey on his way to finding God, but I wish the story had focused more on his struggle, instead of religion, which I wasn't expecting. It's told with humor and while enjoyable, I think I was under the impression this would be a much darker and grittier read. As it's written it's actually on the lighter side, compared to others stories I've read on this subject matter.

As for the narration, I didn't particularly care for the narrator. It was hard to take him seriously and I found his voice to be distracting. He sort of sounded like a game show announcer and frankly, I just wasn't feeling it throughout the story. All in all, this was an enjoyable story. Recommendable, but I'd stick with the ebook or paperback.

**Audible code provided to me by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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