It's hard to describe the events in Julia's book without wanting to close the shades and crawl under the covers into the fetal position. Julia finds humor and grace in even the most dire situation. She puts all her frustration and grief forward in such a way that makes you want to simultaneously laugh and cry. All the foibles of her family members pale compared to their strength in dealing with the illness and death of her beloved brother Mike. Her own stress reaction is her itching desire to get out of the house away from her relatives, smoke, and buy the Pope's new book. Even this little task goes awry in the most hilarious of ways. Her own health becomes an issue when she is diagnosed with a rare form of cervical cancer- so rare that even getting her slides away from the research lab is a chore. An enjoyable chore, when she meets the scientist working on her form of cancer. This is a great audiobook for anyone dealing with a difficult situation, but this is also full of enough heartwarming laughs for anyone at all.
I was sitting behind my husband on a long motorcycle ride and we were each listening to our own thing thru our helmets. He was listening to The Economist, and I was listening to Julia Sweeney. Guess who kept laughing out loud the whole way home!
Julia Sweeney is an amazing storyteller and comedian. She can take you on a journey through some big issues and make you laugh along the way. The beautiful thing is that the laughs are real, but they do not take anything away from the gravity of the events in the story. She's an amazing talent.
In this particular piece of work Julia takes us through the trials of her brother dying of cancer, being diagnosed with cancer herself, and having her parents come to live with her. It's both touching and hilarious in a way that I don't think many other artists could create.
She is taking a not so funny Life experience, and turning it into a laughable thing.
I share some of this experience. If it is not one thing It is another, and could empathize..It seems when trouble comes it really multiplies!
It was reasonably entertaining, but never really, really sad or really, really funny. I don't regret buying it, but after listening to it, I decided I did not need to listen to her other books.
Julia Sweeney is VERY funny, and this remembrance of her life is mostly funny. When it isn't funny, it's touching. We were on a long trip as a family & the teenagers & the adults all really enjoyed it. The only reason this doesn't get 5 stars is that it isn't long enough! So don't spend a whole credit, but DO spend yer money on this.
There are long empty spaces on this recording. The speaker is not pausing, there are at least half a dozen blank spots on the recording, no background sound. Weird. The the story is pretty good and very funny at times if you like dark humor.
My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.
This is a bit more sober than Letting Go of God, but still keeps an up lift through it all. I see the lesson in keeping one's humor in the dull light of hell on earth. Life is tough enough, keep up the wit and sly grins, Julia. We all should.
I love the way she tells the story, she makes you laugh at the same time she shares her life experiences and how she overcame what she had to go through and go on with her life. Truly enjoyable.