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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,726 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emma Forrest Narrator: Emma Forrest Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781482980608
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Emma Forrest, a British journalist, was just twenty-two and living the fast life in New York City when she realized that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity. In a cycle of loneliness, damaging relationships, and destructive behavior, she found herself in the chair of a slim, balding, and effortlessly optimistic psychiatrist—a man whose wisdom and humanity would wrench her from the dangerous tide after she tried to end her life. She was on the brink of drowning, but she was still working, still exploring, still writing, and she had also fallen deeply in love. One day, when Emma called to make an appointment with her psychiatrist, she found no one there. He had died, shockingly, at the age of fifty-three, leaving behind a young family. Reeling from the premature death of a man who had become her anchor after she turned up on his doorstep, she was adrift. And when her all-consuming romantic relationship also fell apart, Emma was forced to cling to the page for survival and regain her footing on her own terms. A modern-day fairy tale, Your Voice in My Head is a stunning memoir, clear-eyed and shot through with wit. In her unique voice, Emma Forrest explores the highs and lows of love and the heartbreak of loss.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Emma Forrest is an incredibly gifted writer, who crafted the living daylights out of every sentence in this unforgettable memoir. I can’t remember the last time I ever read such a blistering, transfixing story of obsession, heartbreak, and slow, stubborn healing.”

    Elizabeth Gilbert, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love

  • “A brilliantly realized memoir of surprise and startling beauty.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A testament to Forrest’s skill…[she is] a talented, intense woman.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Emma Forrest reads her memoir with wide shifts in tone that represent her emotional swings as she pursues a path towards mental health.”

    AudioFile

  • “Emma Forrest is as hilarious as she is wise. And did I mention generous? Unlike most memoirs this is not merely a song of oneself, but a debt of gratitude repaid to an incredible man—her psychiatrist. Your Voice In My Head is touching, funny, and very real.”

    Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story

  • “I read Your Voice in My Head in one sitting, by turns laughing out loud, gasping with recognition, and fighting to hold back tears—and wondering, of course, who is Emma Forrest and how is she able to write with such enormous wit and bravery about subjects most folks can’t muster the courage to bring up in conversation: suicide, self-loathing, loneliness, depression, mania, and, most of all, love inexplicably lost.”

    Joanna Smith Rakoff, author of A Fortunate Age

  • “Forrest’s insightful and snappily-written account of her lengthy battles against depression, self-harm, damaging relationships, and potato-based fried snacks is heartfelt and touching and surprisingly funny.”

    Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine

  • “A bittersweet love letter…It is a brilliant read.”

    Sunday Times Style (London)

Listener Opinions

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

    " I just loved this book. It's an interesting memoir. . but powerful. It took a bit to get used to the writing as the author is British...but a woman struggling with a psychiatric illness is suicidal and meets an amazing psychiatrist, only to have him unexpectedly die. How she in the end helps heal herself, her self deprecation is just amazing. Now I sort of feel like I have "your voice in my head", esp the part where the psychiatrist tells her she just needs to hang on a little bit longer. Powerful. (and if you are wondering who the GH, gypsy husband is, it's colin farrel). "

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

    " I enjoyed this book.... But felt like she defined herself a lot by the men in her life... And she is not very good at picking out men. She is drawn to the creative crazy sort. I also felt a little like, though she never names the guys, in the age of google she wanted us to know that she was the true love of his life for one of the men. , regardless of who he goes on to have kids with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/28/2014

    " Hard to put down, and hard to describe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arlette Suarez | 1/24/2014

    " Favorite book, ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason LeRoy | 1/23/2014

    " I literally read this entire book on a cross-country flight just now when I discovered there wouldn't be an in-flight movie. It starts off strong, displaying some of the strongest virtues of personal memoirs, but eventually crumbles under the weight of Forrest's incessant namedropping and her utterly nauseating account of her relationship with Colin Farrell (who is unnamed). It never regains its steam once he is introduced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daphne | 1/21/2014

    " We all need support at times. Emma's therapist believed in harm reduction. He was a great influence to many. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harvie | 1/19/2014

    " Haunting, painful, lyrical "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Justice Mandhla | 1/5/2014

    " Worst book I have ever read. I hated everything about the book. Maybe its the style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lois Leonard | 1/3/2014

    " I thought it was slow reading and wasn't what I expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kasia Hubbard | 10/29/2013

    " I loved the sheer authenticity of her voice in the book, brutal honesty of searching inside herself and exposing each layer as truthfully as she could. The character of a soul bound in madness...brilliant! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 10/5/2013

    " i want to make comments, but i also want other people i know to read this so i can talk about it with them, and i don't think my comments will help that campaign. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 9/22/2013

    " I found this memoir touching and well-written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spinster | 9/19/2013

    " Quick enjoyable read. I thought it had a good message for all people who struggle with depression. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 6/14/2013

    " This was a beautifully written memoir which I felt privileged to read. Reviewer Elizabeth Gilbert states that Forrest "crafts the living daylights out of every sentence" and I agree with her. I thank Emma for sharing both her story and her tribute to Dr R, who clearly was a gifted healer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nilchance | 5/23/2013

    " Good but a bit meandering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 11/23/2012

    " I would love to be able to write from such a personal and intimate perspective... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia J | 12/23/2011

    " Memoir. Insight into lthe life of a young writer living with serious mental illness. An extraordinary person contending with the death of her therapist and the loss of a serious relationship (which happens in reality to be with Colin Farrell). Cutting, bulimia, suicide, dark but with hope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica | 12/19/2011

    " I read this book in two sittings. Emma has a way to tell her story that keeps u wanting more. Some of her passages I would go back to read because they are so honest n truthful. Love this book ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 8/1/2011

    " I really loved this book. Very readable, with a lot of great insight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 5/20/2011

    " This book was beautifully written, and that's why I'm giving it four stars, but it was hard to relate to at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andreiuta | 4/27/2011

    " I had received this book through first-read program.

    Wonderful read. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 4/7/2011

    " Ms. Forrest writes to you like a friend and is so self aware and yet self deprecating that she breaks your heart over and over. One of the most beautiful books I've read in a long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/1/2011

    " I thought this book was really inspiring and interesting. Really enjoyed it. Might investigate some of her fiction now I reckon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rheo3000 | 3/5/2011

    " She had me, right up until she peed on the frozen dinner she buried in her garden. I'm not saying it wasn't right for the moment or right for her, all I'm saying it was the first time I came out of the book and said, "Oh come on now. Really?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nataliey | 2/12/2011

    " My first girl crush! This is the kinda dysfunctional woman I could be friends with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K | 2/3/2011

    " Oddly amazing but very self-involved. I suppose it is autobiographical. "

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About the Author

Emma Forrest is the author of several novels and editor of the nonfiction essay collection Damage Control. Raised in London, she now lives in Los Angeles, where she is a screenwriter.