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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,488 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Baer Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781400174751
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Switching Time is the first story centering on multiple personality disorder to be told by the treating physician. It is the incredible saga of a young woman stranded in unimaginable darkness who, in order to survive, created seventeen different versions of herself. In 1989, Karen Overhill walked into the office of psychiatrist Richard Baer complaining of depression. She poured out a litany of complaints, but in the disengaged way of someone who has experienced a terrible trauma. Slowly, Baer began to peel back the layers, eventually learning that Karen had been the victim of childhood sexual abuse. As time passed, though, his patient worsened and began to talk continually of suicide. Details of her abuse accumulated until he saw, via hypnosis, the true dimension of what Karen had suffered. Baer was at a loss to explain Karen's sanity, precarious though it was, until he received a letter from a little girl, Claire. One by one, Karen's "alters" began showing themselves-men, women, young boys, a toddler, black, white, vicious, nurturing, prim, licentious. And their "stepping out" confronted Baer with the challenge of a lifetime. Somehow, to save Karen, he would have to gain the trust of her alters in order to destroy them. Download and start listening now!

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  • “Lloyd James delivers a powerful, honest, and compassionate reading…that showcases his inherent performance ability…A poignant experience for the listeners.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Lloyd James delivers a powerful, honest and compassionate reading...that showcases his inherent performance ability.... A poignant experience for the listeners. Publishers Weekly Audio Review
  • “Lloyd James’s narration is mesmerizing…Fascinating listening.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 2/15/2014

    " This was like Sybil but from the doctor's point of view - interesting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam O'malley | 2/12/2014

    " This book is hands down one of the most fascinating books I have read. A true account of a woman living with DID as a result of a horrifying childhood. The author honored the patient and her story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krystle | 1/31/2014

    " I liked this a lot more than Sybil. Different point of view but I felt more engaged with the story and like that it was from the doctor's point of view. I would recommend this far over Sybil. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 1/23/2014

    " Really well told and enjoyable. Amazing what the psychologist and the patient lived through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kathleen | 1/22/2014

    " While I found this book interesting, I had an underlying concern about credibility. I realize the patient identity needs to be protected, but there appears to be no efforts to substantiate whether this is true or not. There are so many gaps such as it is hard to believe she would stay with her abusive husband through the 18 years of this therapy, or why aren't he and her children involved in her treatment. I've tried to find reviews regarding it and mainly find his wensite which is like asking Walmart is it true what your detractors say about you. I did find one about suggested memories. I also wondered if it has been this long since its publication, how successful was the treatment? Did she revert to using her alters to cope, create new ones, move on from the husband, her children appear on Jerry Springer to talk about life with my mom who had 17 personalities, etc? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 1/20/2014

    " This book was a real page turner. Loved every minute of it. Actually found out a lot about myself "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 1/13/2014

    " A stunning and honest insight into the life of a patient with multiple personality disorder and the frank thoughts and the work of Dr. Baer as he works with her through her illness. A truly fascinating read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/12/2014

    " Switching Time is an intriguing story about a woman with 17 personalities and the treatments she had. Dissociative Identity Disorder is truly fascinating to me, and this is a great account. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tess | 11/20/2013

    " Amazing so for, though incredibly disturbing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen Doherty | 11/1/2013

    " This lady had suffered so much during her childhood that she made 17 personalities to handle pain, organization, being a boy, and etc to deal with life. Dr. Baer helped her with putting all personalities together so Karen could be whole again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.S. Bailey | 10/31/2013

    " Wow...this was a very emotionally exhausting read. The beginning started off a little dry, but once Karen's 17 personalities made themselves known it got very, very interesting. Karen's disorder was so complex that it almost seems like fiction, but then again they say that the truth is strange. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina Devine | 6/24/2013

    " Very interesting read. Provided insight into people who have multiple personality disorder. Although I found this an interesting read if your not interested in the topic it may be a little dry to read. Once I got into it, it was very hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veni | 4/9/2013

    " versi indonesianya : Menyingkap Karen : kisah menggugah seorang dokter dalam merawat seorang wanita dengan 17 kepribadian.. baru sampai halaman dimana karen berintegrasi dengan kerpibadiannya satu demi satu.. poor karen.. terlalu banyak kisah tragis di masa lalunya yg sukar dipercaya "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaedium | 5/10/2012

    " Interesting and insightful look into Multiple Personality Disorder, very graphic and some disturbing passages that may not be for those sensitive to abuse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniela | 4/18/2012

    " Some people's life journey's are meant to be read and I think this book falls into this category. A traumatic, engaging and sad story. Not a literary masterpiece, but certainly an amazing story. I preserved with this one and was definitely awoken to people dealing with and treating MPD. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 2/28/2012

    " Couldn't put it down. What made it fascinating is that it is a true story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kavitha Karpaya | 5/22/2011

    " Heavy, disturbing and good. It's amazing how the mind works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 4/3/2011

    " Amazing account of multiple personality disorder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 3/31/2011

    " This was a very disturbing story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 3/12/2011

    " Most difficult book I've ever read. Disturbing. "

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

    " In the tradition of Sybil, another harrowing case study of Multiple Personality Disorder. He really goes into details on how he treated Karen and her 17 selves whom were protecting her from the awful memories of her abuse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrissie | 1/6/2011

    " This book was amazing - right from the start, the story gripped me and i wasn't able to put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 12/21/2010

    " One of my favorite books of all time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annakrizia | 12/17/2010

    " Well organized and detailed enough. Content makes up for poor writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda | 11/8/2010

    " This is an intense book and it really doesn't leave anything about about trying to treat a women with mutlipul personality disorder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 10/8/2010

    " This lady had suffered so much during her childhood that she made 17 personalities to handle pain, organization, being a boy, and etc to deal with life. Dr. Baer helped her with putting all personalities together so Karen could be whole again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kit | 9/22/2010

    " Ugh.Remained sad the whole book. But it was so good! I couldn't put it down and finished in about a week.I would absolutely recommend this book.It was so so well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 9/22/2010

    " This is the second book I have read about treatment for multiple personality. The ability of the human mind to overcome and survive is truly awesome. Fascinating and well written by a man who sepnt 18 years integrating a woman who suffered unspeakable abuse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 9/7/2010

    " quite the interesting book but can be quite confusing trying to understand and keep up with so many personalities it may have been easier though if i had read it over a few days instead of weeks over all it was a good book "

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About the Author

Richard Baer is the medical director of Medicare in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. Before that, he spent fourteen years in private practice, where he treated a wide variety of general psychiatric and addictive disorders, and he has served as president of the Illinois Psychiatric Society. He is also a distinguished fellow of the American Medical Association.

About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.