Listening in: A Novel of Therapy and Real Life Paperback – 6 Apr 2009
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Listening In allows the reader to eavesdrop behind the closed door of the therapy room, where private and personal lives are stripped bare. Forty-something Patrick Chime is a talented therapist but terrible husband. When a client demands Patrick's personal, as well as professional, involvement in his life, he is forced to evaluate not only the true worth of the therapy but also the cost to him of a life spent listening in. As his world starts to unravel, and he learns more about his client's obsessions with the artist Degas and internet sex, Patrick comes to appreciate the parallels between therapy and prostitution and starts to question which is more genuine...Kevin Chandler is a private therapist, specialising in relationship, marital, and sexual therapy, based in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. He has trained many Relate counsellors during his career. Listening In is his first novel.
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on 3 August 2017
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I enjoyed parts of this book very much. The trouble with the main character's honesty, was that I didn't like him much. On the other hand, I didn't really dislike him enough to care. That being said, he is probably typical of most of us! I find myself in a circular argument that actually is similar to the pattern of the book.
on 28 June 2012
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Glad other people have enjoyed the book. However, to me the therapist seemed weirdly sexist and misogynist - e.g.the first 3 pages were a boring monologue about the attractiveness of his female client, so I decided the rest of the book was not worth persevering with.
on 27 April 2009
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I read an article that Kevin Chandler had written in April's edition of Therapy Today it was absorbing and well written piece so I bought 'Listening In'. I did not put it down until I had finished it. As a counsellor the story pushed a few buttons for me and I know I will be reading it again soon. I hope Mr Chandler has more books to come.
on 1 June 2009
'Listening In' is a novel that made me feel I was doing just that: listening in on the fascinating world of therapy/counselling, and on the lives and thoughts of Patrick and the other characters. I found it to be not only a compelling read but full of insights and issues that made me think. It is a book that lingers for being both thought-provoking and entertaining.
on 21 June 2009
This is a well-written and intriguing novel which allows the reader to "listen in" to a host of believable characters and their problems. It opens the door to the therapy room and provides a valuable insight into the world of the therapist. The book is written from a refreshing perspective which reveals that in the minefield of human relationships, the experts do not always equip themselves with sufficient body armour to withstand the shells and are as likely to be maimed as the rest of us. A thoroughly absorbing read.
on 31 May 2011
A delightful, page-turner of a story, no psycho-babble, yet with a profound understanding of the work, beautifully puncturing the idealised view of the therapist. Compassionate, well written, insightful & fun. I may not work in exactly the same way, but I respect the way of working described and it gave me food for thought. Whilst never mentioned explicitly, it highlights the importance of firm boundary management.
on 21 June 2009
An intriguing and interesting first novel which gives an insight into the world of therapy. The author captures the humanity of the characters which leads you to become engrossed in their lives and problems. The novel is difficult to categorise but is a thoroughly enjoyable read and provides an interesting slant on how the experts can be as flawed as the rest of us. Highly recommended.
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Still reading it but thoroughly enjoying the story whilst appreciating the therapeutic insights. I love that Patrick is flawed and has struggled because therapists are human too!!
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