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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,069 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leslie Morgan Steiner Narrator: Tanya Eby Sirois Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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Leslie Morgan Steiner met the love of her life at age 22, soon after graduating from Harvard and starting her first job at Seventeen magazine in New York. She fell for his self-deprecating wit and street smarts - and especially his unabashed worship of her. They married and spent four years together. At first Leslie felt like the woman of his dreams.

Then she discovered her husband had been beaten as a child, taught by his parents that intimacy and rage danced together. He brought violence into their life, pouring coffee grinds over her hair, choking and threatening her with a gun during arguments. Several times, he came close to making good on his threats to kill her. Leslie's mistake is one millions identify with: she fell in love with the wrong man. It took one last terrifying attack to convince her that he would kill her one day if she let him.

Gripping and compelling, Crazy Love unravels the traps laid by love, mesmerizing listeners with insights into why smart women stay in unhealthy relationships - and how one found the courage to leave. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 2/20/2014

    " Zipped through this one. The memoir of a young woman who overcomes drugs & alcohol, then ends up in an abusive relationship. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/20/2014

    " the author's story is compelling and offers an up close look at the reality of domestic violence in relationships. Her words are straightforward and honest and at times uncomfortable for the reader. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in this type of story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 2/18/2014

    " Gripping but awful story of how an intelligent woman very nearly gets killed by her husband. Hard to read but hard to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenna | 2/17/2014

    " I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either; wasn't something I looked forward to picking up every day but it was insightful. I was unaware it was a woman's true tale of being in a domestic violence situation. I'm glad she "saw the light" and was able to get out of that situation. It was interesting to read the thought process of why women stay in these relationships - what they tell themselves after the men that quote unquote love them beat them. Thankfully there were no children involved, who knows how this story would have ended up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 2/7/2014

    " I found this story both compelling and horrifying. It was wonderful that Streiner shared her story I just wish her actual writing was better. Her story is important because it points out warnings signs and red flags of batterers but her writing was a little scrambled and the events I wish she had focused more on took second place to things like describing her crappy house in Vermont. Again the subject matter is extremely important I just thought the delivery could be better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisabeth | 1/26/2014

    " I am a little obsessed with this book right now. I couldn't put it down. Powerful story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 katie | 1/14/2014

    " neither as salacious or as informative as I had expected. there were lots of loose ends that weren't wrapped up, but at least she has a decent prose style. if the point of this book was to make me feel like an exasperating friend was telling me a long and confusing story, it succeeded. but as a memoir, thumbs down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cathy | 1/13/2014

    " Couldn't get through this--too disturbing. It was too upsetting to see this smart, funny woman get so sucked in by a man. Made me feel sad, angry and sick at the same time--had to return it to the library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christan | 1/7/2014

    " Terrifying and I could not put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Christine | 12/26/2013

    " Depicts the cycle of violence pretty accurately but is the writing style is similar to that of someone writing a teen magazine. I wish there was less fluff and that it was more raw. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Casey | 12/11/2013

    " If you like lifetime movies you'll like this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/6/2013

    " Like other reviews, I was torn over how much I liked this book. On one hand, I couldn't put it down. On the other, I kept expecting more. I wanted a deeper understanding of why she stayed in the abusive relationship and how she found the strength to get out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 12/3/2013

    " I was intruiged by the story of this battered woman and why she became a "victim" - she didn't fit the "profile" - but it was told from the heart and how she felt. I can't imagine being with someone who was abusive, but I can see how some women don't leave too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Max | 11/19/2013

    " this author was in sioux falls so i went to hear her talk with some co-workers and bought her book--it was good--an easy read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sissy | 1/1/2013

    " Even smart women can be fooled by what they think is love "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 10/24/2012

    " The story of a woman in an abusive relationship. What I found facinating was how she continued to try to please him and all the reasons why she didn't leave him. So much like real life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 PM | 9/22/2012

    " Well written but filled with many unanswered questions as to why the author made certain choices in regards to her abusive husband. The writer's constant references to herself as a "WASP" came across as shallow, snobbish, and frankly, racist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marty Bryan | 9/6/2012

    " about DV "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 12/17/2011

    " I could not put this book down. Amazing insights into why an intelligent, strong woman would stay in an abusive relationship and why love doesn't conquer all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Firmin | 12/3/2011

    " This book reads like a novel, but is really a memoir which makes it all that more harrowing. Truly makes you think how easy it is for an intelligent, strong woman to be caught up in a violent situation as this. Glad this woman was one of the ones to make it through to live to tell about it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Glynnis | 8/26/2011

    " Really powerful content and message, but not my favorite stylistically. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alexandra Ferrera | 5/30/2011

    " Although I'm completely against domestic violence... No matter what why the violence is distributed. This lady's a complete retard, no pun intended. She slowly kills her dog with chocolate... I just can't seem to let it go, I hold it against her character. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Renie | 5/13/2011

    " A woman with an abusive husband...writes a book...then gives her new husband's full name as well as her children's first names...seriously? She said it herself, it was either the bravest or stupidest thing she'd done. I vote for the latter... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 4/2/2011

    " Anyone who has ever been in or wondered about why women are in an abusive relationship should read this book. Very quick and easy read.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trisha | 4/2/2011

    " I guess this author is coming to our school to talk to our kids in the book club about her book.Fortunately, I have seen enough Lifetime movies to know Conor was grooming her to be abused. Who knew Lifetime was so educational? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 3/5/2011

    " I read this book fairly quickly so I must have liked it, but I couldn't see myself recommending it to anyone. interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 St. | 2/12/2011

    " Awesome book, incredibly accurate! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 2/7/2011

    " Another example of how a woman can survive an abusive relationship and come out strong. Scary read though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassidy | 12/27/2010

    " The subject matter is grim but Steiner’s style is fluid, poetic and addictive. It offers information into why women stay with men who abuse them, and why men may abuse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/1/2010

    " I was at a convention where Leslie spoke; after listening to her I had to pick up her book and read the entire story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 10/21/2010

    " Very disturbing. This was difficult for me to read while at the same time very compelling. I think it was an honest attempt to portray the reality of the author's abusive relationship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 10/12/2010

    " Good insight to an abused woman's life, but not typical. It was fairly emotional seeing a woman stay with an abuser even with a Harvard degree and no children, she made the choice to stay. It makes you realize, it doesn't matter your background, it can happen to you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 7/27/2010

    " I read this book in about a week and had a hard time putting it down. It was a raw and honest look into a stigmatized subject--domestic abuse. The author takes you right along with her for the ride, and it is alternately terrifying and consuming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 7/18/2010

    " The story of a woman in an abusive relationship. What I found facinating was how she continued to try to please him and all the reasons why she didn't leave him. So much like real life. "

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