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Elena Vanishing

A Memoir
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
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Seventeen-year-old Elena is vanishing. Every day means renewed determination, so every day means fewer calories. This is the story of a girl whose armor against anxiety becomes artillery against herself as she battles on both sides of a lose-lose war in a struggle with anorexia.

Told entirely from Elena's perspective over a five-year period and cowritten with her mother, award-winning author Clare B. Dunkle, Elena's memoir is a fascinating and intimate look at a deadly disease and a must-listen for anyone who knows someone suffering from an eating disorder.

©2015 Elena and Clare B. Dunkle (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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a little slow, but pretty good over all. I enjoyed it a lot after the first few chapters.

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  • Kj
  • 2019-10-09

Fabulous

Loved it. As someone who struggles with anorexia, I found it both triggering and motivating.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-12

Good but...

I would not recommend reading this book if you are currently battling an eating disorder. It’s a good story and offers valuable insight.

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  • Shelley
  • 2017-02-02

Awestruck

I don't write many book reviews but I have to say how much I appreciate all of the ones other people write. Therefore I cannot leave this book without leaving a couple of my thoughts. This was an absolutely beautiful book...amazingly well written, powerful, thought provoking, sorrowful, painful, uplifting and brutally honest. The performance is one of the best I e ever heard! You will never forget Elena once you've read this memoir.

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  • Susie
  • 2015-09-16

Eaten from Within

Elena Dunkle's memoir re-lives her struggle with anorexia, when it was a separate force consuming her, a demon working against her. This might be the truest portrait of this disorder out there.

She gives a vivid account of the state of mind that anyone with psychological problems, from depression to addiction, can recognize, highlighting the inner voice that constantly counteracts any acknowledgement, any progress toward a healthy mindset. It's a harrowing story that gives you a clear understanding of the disease eating up a victim.

When Elena finally starts to come around, she is again, so honest and so accurate, that you know that recovery is not a straightforward path, it will be a lifetime's work.

The extraordinary Lauren Fortgang does a bang-up job as narrator. She makes it nearly a dramatization, giving the memoir an extra layer of meaning.

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  • The Mays
  • 2017-07-18

So powerful

This honest memoir is heart wrenching and beautifully written. What Elena and her family went through was beyond any words I could write in a review. Anorexia steals the lives of so many, and almost stole Elena's. Regardless of whether you or a loved one has battled (or is battling) anorexia or if you just want to know what it's like from the inside this is absolutely worth a credit. If you love the book as I did, check out Hope and Other Luxuries by Clare B Dunkle and Elena Dunkle for the story of Elena's mother, Clare's battle to save Elena from the monster that is anorexia.
Lauren Fortgang is an incredible narrator who I have enjoyed listening to on this and many other books before. She always gives an amazing performance.
Happy listening!

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  • Adeline Ong
  • 2017-01-29

Compelling

Compelling story that opens our eyes and ears to what ED sufferers and their carers go through. While everyone has a different story, Elena's story certainly touched my heart and helped forged a deeper understanding of ED.

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  • Desiree
  • 2015-05-21

Amazing, all of it.

This memoir is truly amazing. It brought tears, anger, and small moments of laughter out of me. I have struggled with an eating disorder myself. Nothing to this extent or extreme, but it took up a chunk of my life and my "critical mind" was nasty too. She still is sometimes and books like this one have helped squander her voice. Helped me to want a healthy mind and body. The author is so brave to share her story. I believe her story could help save lives.

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  • Winter
  • 2016-07-30

The most beautiful and touching story I have ever read

I bought this book expecting just another eating disorder memoir. I was touched beyond words.

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  • Alyssa
  • 2018-04-18

Captivating

As someone who is battling an eating disorder, this book was spot-on. Her pain and emotion and feelings toward recovery are things I can relate to, and it’s refreshing to know I’m not the only one. Excellent book - even if you don’t have an eating disorder.

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  • Svetlana Leeds 
  • 2018-02-14

Realistic

This ia a great example of how hard it is to treat am eating disorder and the tole it takes on families. It is a a message of hope that proper, kind amd empathic treatment focused on healing rather than blaming can lead to positive growth.

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  • Ashley Sawyer
  • 2018-02-07

A nice sequel

This was a nice sequel to Hope and Other Luxuries. I thought it was very interesting to hear Elenas side of the story and to understand what she was going through.

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