Randye Kaye Author: Reviews
Reviews for Ben Behind His Voices
Ben Behind His Voices:
One Family’s Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope
By Randye Kaye
"In this must-read for any family struggling with mental illness, Kaye offers a gripping account of her son’s battle with schizophrenia… Along the way, she shares her fundamental belief in love, humor, and hope. This well-written, well-researched, and brutally honest book will provide information, inspiration, and encouragement for many parents."
— Publishers’ Weekly, Reviewed on: 08/01/2011
"Audiobook Review (read by the author) — "One of the best of the best", nominated for a 2011 Listen UP! Award in "Read by Author" Category — "This extremely affecting memoir is made more potent by author Randye Kaye’s background as a professional voice actor. Besides providing crisp, brisk narration, Kaye is exceptional at creating a sense of intimacy with listeners."
— Publishers’ Weekly, Reviewed on: 11/28/11
"Ben Behind His Voices details the struggles, initial defeats, sadness, subsequent victories, and joys of a family coming to terms with a son’s schizophrenia… in this captivating family drama…This book is a good “up-close” description of all the ways mental illness affects families."
— NAMI Advocate, Reviewed on: August 2011
"A mother wrestles with the advent of her son's schizophrenia and its long, painful unfolding.......Heartfelt and surely of help to those new to living with mentally ill loved ones of their own."
— Kirkus Review
"An illuminating portrait of a parent coping with the guilt and heartbreak that come from feeling like one can’t ‘fix’ one’s child. Recommended for anyone who is involved with teens or those with mental disorders, and a darn good read for memoir fans."
— Library Journal
"One of the best books I’ve read this year. It touched me deep inside both as a parent and as a professional...I had no idea what to expect when I received it, but I didn’t think it would be so good, so well-written, and so insightful…Although non-fiction, it is a highly readable book and almost felt like I was reading a novel. It gripped me from the first page and I was riveted throughout. The pace, the dialogue, the added information boxes, and Randye Kaye’s own writing is amazing."
— Library of Clean Reads, Reviewed on: August 22, 2011
"Should be required reading for all psychology professionals and students, as well as anyone who loves or cares for someone suffering with schizophrenia. Incredibly well written, profoundly honest...I sat holding my breath as I turned each page—a gifted writer."
— Linda Appleman Shapiro, Psychotherapist and author of Four Rooms Upstairs: A Psychotherapist’s Journey into and Beyond Her Mother’s Mental Illness
"Ben Behind His Voices reminds us that schizophrenia is an illness, but not necessarily an identity. It movingly depicts the difficulty and the importance of recognizing, accepting, and managing the symptoms of this disorder."
— John H. Krystal, M.D., Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University of Medicine, Chief of Psychiatry, Yale-New Haven Hospital
"This book is just what our family members are looking for when they learn their loved one has been diagnosed with any severe mental illness. The biggest question out there is whether there is any hope for them. I am pretty sure family members are going to find an answer as well as the understanding that will make a huge difference to all of them. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this book. I love it!"
— Paloma B. Dee, National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI-CT Family & Professional Education Program Director, CT
"Randye Kaye has a message for all of us. With courage and fortitude, she embraces her son and all his symptoms. She doesn’t judge. She doesn’t give up. She loves. She hopes. In this book she explains how other parents can follow her lead and learn from her years of extraordinary experience."
— Roberta Temes, Ph.D., author of Getting Your Life Together When You Have Schizophrenia
"Randye Kaye's skillfully written memoir of the extraordinary challenges her family has endured in coping with her son's schizophrenia is filled with hard-won knowledge and inspiring wisdom. This book should be required reading in programs that train mental health professionals …I wish I would have had access to this much needed book when my daughter had her first psychotic break. Randye's warm, insightful, informative book provides a guide about how to survive in the best ways possible."
— Susan Inman, author of After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity
"What I find most compelling about Ben Behind His Voices is the author’s honesty as a mother about her true feelings. She connects with her readers because she allows herself to be human and vulnerable and share both her struggles and triumphs."
— Amy J. Barry, author of A Child’s Grief Journey and the award-winning writer of the column "A Parent’s Eye View."