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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (55 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Herschel Walker Narrator: Andre Teamer Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Herschel Walker is widely regarded as one of football’s greatest running backs. He led the University of Georgia to victory in the Sugar Bowl on the way to an NCAA Championship and he capped a sensational college career by earning the 1982 Heisman Trophy. Herschel spent 12 years in the NFL, where he rushed for more than 8,000 yards and scored 61 rushing touchdowns.

But despite the acclaim he won as a football legend, track star, Olympic competitor, and later a successful businessman, Herschel realized that his life, at times, was simply out of control. He often felt angry, self-destructive, and unable to connect meaningfully with friends and family. Drawing on his deep faith, Herschel turned to professionals for help and was ultimately diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder.

While some might have taken this diagnosis as a setback, Herschel approached his mental health with the same indomitable spirit he brought to the playing field. It also gave him, for the first time, insight into his life’s unexplained passages, stretches of time that seemed forever lost. Herschel came to understand that during those times, his “alters,” or alternate personalities, were in control.

Born into a poor, but loving family in the South, Herschel was an overweight child with a stutter who suffered terrible bullying at school. He now understands that he created “alters” who could withstand abuse. But beyond simply enduring, other “alters” came forward to help Herschel overcome numerous obstacles and, by the time he graduated high school, become an athlete recognized on a national level. 

In Breaking Free, Herschel tells his story—from the joys and hardships of childhood to his explosive impact on college football to his remarkable professional career. And he gives voice and hope to those suffering from dissociative identity disorder. Herschel shows how this disorder played an integral role in his accomplishments and how he has learned to live with it today. His compelling account testifies to the strength of the human spirit and its ability to overcome any challenge. 

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  • “For those listeners who may have been diagnosed with a dissociative disorder or are struggling with the negative aspects of dissociation, Breaking Free will inspire you to accept your diagnosis, to work with your alter personalities, and to seek help if you are not already in therapy. For those listeners already being treated, this audiobook will open doors to self-help ideas you have not thought of before.” 

    Jerry Mungadze, PhD 

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kyle Van Cleave | 10/14/2013

    " A very inspiring story. Walker is a truely unique human being. From his physical gifts, his drive to succeed, and his intelligence, he has accomplished some very amazing things. Learning about his condition, DID, you can appreciate his achievements even more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rena | 5/16/2012

    " Strongly recommend!! What a story!! I am not a football fan, but I became a Herschel Walker fan!!! What a life! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeff | 5/26/2011

    " Herschel is one of my top 3 favorite athletes of all-time. I really enjoyed getting to know him better. He's been through a battle psychologically. I hope he continues to do better. If you're a Georgia fan, a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sphinx Feathers | 12/30/2010

    " Interesting, but more just a biography. The book had very little to do with mental illness (of any sort) and more to do with making the right choice, being Christian and preservering through all adversities. "

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About the Author

Herschel Walker played professional football for the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, and Minnesota Vikings. He now owns a number of businesses, including a food service company, under the name Renaissance Man International. He lives in Dallas, Texas.