Honest, reflective of a brave & wonderful young man who is the object of tremendous love & suffering. Heart rending & memorable of a life worthy to be remembered. Shame on the callousness of society & the medical community who should be healing & the legal institutions who should be protecting in their failures to do so...and proud of those who stepped out to go above & beyond!! Celeste is a very special & honest woman. I hope she went on to find a love to match her own passion & commitment.
A very moving story of a family whos love sees them through the worst of times, watching and then saying goodbye to your own child. This is a story of a very strong family and its a credit to them to have shared this time in there lives. Tears and laughs and understanding of an illness we still find hard to understand.
It was fascinating to learn about the family life of an author whose novels I read compulsively; but the focus on his son, rather than himself, was a refreshing twist on the memoir.
I have not seen the print version
It is an amazing depiction of his family's struggle to care for their son who developed AIDS from a transfusion. Moving, tear jerking and real
All were great
Love is everything
A touching recount of a much loved child's optimistic life despite his hemophilia and subsequent illness from AIDS, contracted through blood transfusions.
A very personal story, very sad to see the unending optimism of the young son of Bryce finnaly defeated by aids , I won't listen to this again , Mr Bower as always does a fantastic narration
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
This was a different sort of book as it was extremely personal, and instead of weaving a story about fictional characters, Bryce Courtenay was pouring out his own life. Having read many of his books, I appreciated his effort in telling his hearbreaking but triumphant story... the story of his son Damon.
I have no books to compare this to and it is entirely unique among the hundreds of books I have read.
I don't think you can say that there is a favourite scene. It is not that kind of book. I cried and laughed and got angry... the gamit of emotions was passed through as I listened to this book almost continuously from beginning to end.
I think the poignancy of the medicallly induced AIDS problem and ignorance/insensitivity of people looking after those infected with this terrible virus was painful to acknowledge, but I think it was important to bring it to the reader. Every person who is educated and encouraged to be more compassionate towards AIDS sufferers and those with Hemophilia will make this book even more worthy of having been written.
I felt it was particularly helpful to have the various members of Damon's family narrating from their own perspectives. Altogether, a wonderful book. Now Bryce is with his beloved Damon.
I'm a landscape architect by profession and an avid listener of audio books ! I particularly love the historical based fiction series, like Courteney, McCammon, and Gabaldon,. I listen in the car, while designing in my studio and most evenings.
Sadly Important Story
Just overall being allowed to share this painful experience with my favorite author.
A real 5 hanky book!
Very informative. Need to know informative about AIDS told in a compationate way.
Drawn out. Could have been condensed in many ways. I felt it came straight from the heart. I would have preferred Bryce to have taken more time to write this book. Even so I really enjoyed it.
Celest. Her patience and love for her man.
A story that needed to be told.
He was obviously stretched to the limit mentally at the time of the writing of 'April Fool's day'. I would have prefered him to have taken more time.
A great story that need telling.