Behind Barbed Eyes


Fiction - Audiobook
Audio Book
Reviewed on 06/24/2019
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Author Biography

DAVINA S. KOTULSKI, PH.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, sought after speaker, and award-winning, best-selling author with a thriving private therapy practice in Los Angeles, California and an international life coaching practice. She facilitates workshops and webinars including following your courageous heart, past life regression, mysticism, spiritual growth, self-empowerment, and authentic self-expression.

Her newest book It’s Never Too Late to Be Your Self: Follow Your Inner Compass and Take Back Your Life is now an award-winning audiobook, ebook and paperback.

After receiving her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1996, Dr. Kotulski worked for over 13 years as a psychologist in a federal prison, leading empowerment workshops with female inmates, introducing them to the teachings of Thich Nhat Hahn, Napoleon Hill, and Tony Robbins.

She’s the author of Why You Should Give a Damn About Gay Marriage , Love Warriors: The rise of the marriage equality movement and why it will prevail and Behind Barbed Eyes. She created the How to Come Out Of the Closet and Into Your Power audio programs addressing coming out and living an authentic life.

As a respected leader in the LGBT equality movement, Davina Kotulski has appeared in dozens of documentaries and shared the stage with comedian Margaret Cho,, Dolores Huerta, Dustin Lance Black, and Armistead Maupin. She’s received numerous awards for her leadership including; the Saints Alive Award and San Francisco LGBT Pride Community Grand Marshal.

She is passionate about helping people make their dreams come true.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Behind Barbed Eyes is a work of suspenseful crime fiction penned by author Davina Kotulski, and narrated in its audiobook format by Emily Kleimo. The story follows criminal Bonnie Maldonado and her relationship with prison psychologist Dr. Victoria Thomas through a fascinating unpicking of the human psyche as they try to get to the root and the darkest secrets of why Bonnie does what she does. Portraying the harrowing life of women incarcerated and punished for their crimes, both psychologist and prisoner explore their own perceptions of right and wrong, and the world in general, to reach a breakthrough together.

Author Davina Kotulski weaves an authentic and realistic narrative of the lives of two women connecting deeply with one another from opposite sides of the bars. The prison regime is realistically and atmospherically portrayed with great attention to detail, and Victoria is at first presented with all the clinical precision one would expect. Bonnie comes in the opposite package, impassioned and wild, and together they tease out new and hidden qualities in the other which make the story exciting and powerful.

In terms of audiobook narration, I found narrator Emily Kleimo to be clear and concise in her reading, though not fully transformative of her voice to distinguish the characters. That said, the pacing really helps to build suspense and excitement in the most pivotal scenes, and the more emotionally sensitive moments were read with great compassion. The editing was also very clean, making Behind Barbed Eyes an excellent listening experience overall.