Troubled: The Failed Promise of America’s Behavioral Treatment Programs Audiobook, by Kenneth R. Rosen Play Audiobook Sample

Troubled: The Failed Promise of America’s Behavioral Treatment Programs Audiobook

Troubled: The Failed Promise of America’s Behavioral Treatment Programs Audiobook, by Kenneth R. Rosen Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Ray Chase Publisher: Brilliance Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781799771470

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Longest Chapter Length:

38:14 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

04:05 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

19:04 minutes

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An award-winning journalist’s breathtaking mosaic of the tough-love industry and the young adults it inevitably fails

In the middle of the night, they are vanished.

Each year thousands of young adults deemed out of control—suffering from depression, addiction, anxiety, and rage—are carted off against their will to remote wilderness programs and treatment facilities across the country. Desperate parents of these “troubled teens” fear it’s their only option. The private, largely unregulated behavioral boot camps break their children down, a damnation the children suffer forever.

Acclaimed journalist Kenneth R. Rosen knows firsthand the brutal emotional, physical, and sexual abuse carried out at these programs. He lived it. In Troubled, Rosen unspools the stories of four graduates on their own scarred journeys through the programs into adulthood. Based on three years of reporting and more than one hundred interviews with other clients, their parents, psychologists, and health-care professionals, Troubled combines harrowing storytelling with investigative journalism to expose the disturbing truth about the massively profitable, sometimes fatal, grossly unchecked redirection industry.

Not without hope, Troubled ultimately delivers an emotional, crucial tapestry of coming of age, neglect, exploitation, trauma, and fraught redemption.

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“Exposes the cycles of abuse and manipulation deployed at wilderness camps to reform ‘troubled teens,’ many of whom are living with mental illness.”

— Bustle 


  • “Ray Chase’s superb, steady narration keeps listeners attention on the heartbreaking reality of this troubling industry.”

    — Library Journal (starred audio review)
  • “Not just a work of extended empathy but a public service.”

    — New York Times
  • “This book is a necessary exposé for any parent who has considered sending their child to one of these camps.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “A searing exposé.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “[A] brutally frank exposé of America’s ‘tough love’ programs.”

    — Newsweek


  • New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week
  • Newsweek Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2021
  • Vol.1 Brooklyn Pick of Best Books of the Month
  • A Library Journal Best Audiobook of the Year
  • A Bustle Pick of Best Books of 2021

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About Kenneth R. Rosen

Kenneth R. Rosen is the author of Bulletproof Vest and Troubled. He has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, VQR, and the Atlantic, and he is a contributing writer at Wired. He spent six years at the New York Times, his hometown newspaper, and now divides his time between northern Italy and Massachusetts. For more information, visit

About Ray Chase

Ray Chase graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in theater and a minor in cinema and television. He has since worked extensively as a voice-over artist. Among his dozens of audiobook narrations are Ian Douglas’ Heritage trilogy and Robert Olen Butler’s Christopher Marlowe Cobb thrillers.