Fiction - Audiobook
Audio Book
Reviewed on 11/09/2021
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Author Biography

Lynn McLaughlin’s mission is to lead and empower people to make conscious and positive choices when faced with a crisis. Lynn gives people the opportunity to share their own voices, through her podcast Taking the Helm, through her own writing, or by helping aspiring authors publish their own books.

As the host of her inspirational podcast, Taking the Helm she introduces us to a new, courageous guest every Wednesday in both video and audio formats. Every episode is archived and searchable on her website by keyword or topic. One of her guests might be the change agent you need in your own life!

As a best-selling and award-winning author, Lynn has teamed up with epic content creator, Tracey Regan to offer the Dare to Write course through the Essential Academy. Participants tackle their own blocks and work toward the celebration of their launch day! Do you have a book in you waiting to come out?

Dedicated to community causes, Lynn is a member of 100 Women Who Care Windsor/Essex, is a Rotarian, and works tirelessly to support the goals of the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. Lynn has recently joined the National Advocacy Committee as a Community member. She strives to meet each new personal goal and has just completed her first Detroit International 1/2 Marathon in November 2019.

Lynn McLaughlin was a Superintendent of Education and also served in three different school boards as a principal, vice-principal, teacher, and educational consultant.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

Jackson by Lynn McLaughlin was my first experience listening to an audiobook. How impressed was I? The professional quality of the audiobook was superb, but it was the story itself that convinced me I also needed a printed copy. I ended up purchasing the Kindle version of the book so I could reference it easily again. Now, that’s impressive! There were just so many sections, sayings, and events relevant to my own life that my family also needs to hear or read. This audiobook is a keeper!

Jackson’s story is done by both him and his mother. This is the perfect way to see and hear both sides of the key struggle: that of a child/adult so overwhelmed by anxiety that it cripples the social, educational, and career aspects of his life. The other side of this struggle is the impact on his parents, especially his mother. These loving parents try everything to help Jackson as he slips in and out of depression, self-medicating with alcohol, and a seemingly endless battle with insecurity, self-doubt, and even suicidal thoughts. Even the parents end up in therapy. So is there a happy ending? In summary, Jackson is no fairy tale but ultimately, Jackson, along with his mother, gives readers real hope for better days ahead.

Each chapter is opened with poignant and memorable quotes, such as this one by Irene C. Kassorla: “The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.” And this one by James Baldwin: “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” Such powerful words, and when delivered via clear audio, so very memorable. A well-produced audiobook, like Jackson, truly tugs at readers’ emotions, makes the events even more real, and drives the salient points home. The narrators of Jackson's story, Nancy Peterson and Jeremy Gilmer, capture the essence of his/her characters, speaking clearly, forcefully, and emotionally as needed. There is so much more I would like to share but I’ll finish up by saying that any family trying to cope with and help a child or adult with anxiety, depression, and suicidal tendencies needs to read or, better yet, listen to Jackson.