• All the Things We Never Knew

  • Chasing the Chaos of Mental Illness
  • By: Sheila Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Sheila Hamilton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 20-10-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 5 out of 5 stars 5.0 (1 rating)


Even as a reporter, Sheila Hamilton missed the signs as her husband David's mental illness unfolded before her. By the time she had pieced together the puzzle, it was too late. Her once brilliant, intense, and hilarious partner was dead within six weeks of a formal diagnosis of bipolar disorder, leaving his nine-year-old daughter and wife without so much as a note to explain his actions, a plan to help them recover from their profound grief, or a solution for the hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt that they would inherit from him.
All the Things We Never Knew takes listeners from David and Sheila's romance through the last three months of their life together and into the year after his death. It details their unsettling descent from ordinary life into the world of mental illness and examines the fragile line between reality and madness. Now, a decade after David's death, Sheila and her daughter, Sophie, have learned the power of choosing life over retreat, let themselves love and trust again, and understand the importance of forgiveness. Their story will resonate with all those who have loved someone suffering from bipolar disease and mental illness.
©2015 Sheila Hamilton (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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1 out of 5 stars
By Christizonan on 15-04-18

Author is an unsympathetic martyr.

Although I kept hoping it would improve, I found this book insulting. It is a story of avoidance, not survival or struggle. The author not only refers to her bipolar husband as a "monster", she also spends much of the book covering frivolous details, such as how famous her employer is, and what awards they have won. Followed by a hastily mention that her husband had been hospitalized for the first time.

The second half of the book is spent discussing how dreamy her replacement husband is. I will be requesting a refund for sure. Too bad I can't get my time back.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Pamela A. Shanahan on 19-02-16


I loved every chapter of this true life story. The author/narrator is equally good at writing and reading a compelling and sometimes very emotional account of her life with a husband that has bipolar disorder. I especially liked the short chapters that explore the definitions of various types of mental illness and treatments. A very important and pertinent read for everyone in our society.

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