Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness Audiobook [Free Download by Trial]

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Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness by Suzy Favor Hamilton

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The former middle distance Olympic runner and high-end escort speaks out for the first time about her battle with mental illness, and how mania controlled and compelled her in competition, but also in life. This is a heartbreakingly honest yet hopeful memoir reminiscent of Manic, Electroboy, and An Unquiet Mind.




  • The ending of the book left me feeling unsatisfied. I found myself wondering about Suzi's next steps - did she continue working as an escort or did she choose a different path, perhaps embracing motherhood and marriage? I had doubts about whether her actions were solely driven by her bipolar condition. It seemed to me that her desires were more focused on sexual experiences rather than settling down as a wife and mother. Personally, I found her husband's behavior to be quite repulsive.
  • I really liked the story, but I found it a bit strange how the author used mental illness as an excuse for becoming an escort. Personally, I would have preferred if she had embraced her choice without attributing it solely to being bipolar. I mean, wanting to become an escort is okay in itself, without needing any other reason behind it.
  • As she recounted her experiences in the initial hotel room she was employed in, it brought back memories of my personal encounters. I was at the gym, sweating it out on the elliptical, uncertain if I could make it through the book without setting off a manic episode. I relate to Suzy on numerous levels, and it's comforting to realize that I'm not the only one.
  • This book is absolutely fantastic! It provides a deep understanding of the challenges a person faces while dealing with a disorder. I highly recommend reading it, as I was completely engrossed and couldn't stop reading.
  • The narration in 'Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness' was absolutely incredible. The story itself was not only informative, but it also provided deep insights and evoked a wide range of emotions. Without a doubt, I would highly recommend this book.
  • I couldn't stop reading! The book is absolutely captivating and sheds light on the immense havoc that bipolar disorder can wreak. Hopefully, it will serve as a wake-up call for people to identify the warning signs in their loved ones or even within themselves, and take the necessary steps to seek assistance. The author's bravery in sharing this deeply personal journey is truly commendable. Many thanks for this eye-opening experience!
  • This audiobook offers a compelling exploration of the impact of untreated anxiety on the life and performance of a professional runner, as well as the challenges of having a family member with bipolar disorder. It delves into the consequences of lacking boundaries in a relationship and how this can spiral out of control. The narrator also discusses the potential ramifications of poor judgment and cognitive deficits related to mental illness, which can lead to risky behavior. While the author's story sheds light on bipolar disorder, it does not necessarily represent a typical experience. For a more comprehensive understanding of the condition, I would recommend reading the book "Unquiet Mind." The reviewer suggests that the author should have considered stepping back from her real estate job, public activities, motivational speaking, grants, contracts, and role modeling before making the decision to become an escort. This could have potentially saved her and her family from some of the difficulties they encountered. Unfortunately, the author's culture does not hold escorts in high regard, making it evident that she could not sustain her double life for long.