Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.
I chose this book because I was interested in hearing about the experience of suddenly having vision (especially when I had heard it tended to be a big disaster) but it didn’t start off very exciting. It’s almost annoying how Mike keeps insisting how ok he is with being blind. I suppose it is true enough that the way he was thrown into the sighted world to make it on his own as a child would probably be the thing most likely to make him able to feel that way but I got tired of hearing it.
I was so happy when he finally got his sight back - mainly because we were finally getting into the business of vision. There were some interesting case histories discussed of the rare instances of sight restoration after long term blindness. I thought the happy blind guy who became totally depressed when he saw how shabby the world actually looked was pretty interesting. And it is interesting to hear about what works and what doesn’t work in May's restored vision. I think the book first came to my attention when I was reading a book about the brain. I find it interesting how the eyes and brain (visual cortex I suppose) go about working together to create vision. May has (among other issues) problem seeing depth - like stairs or shadows looking like stripes on the ground. I was somewhat surprised by this problem for him. I would expect it if someone had never seen - ie that brain function never had the ability to develop but May was 3 when he became blind. Three year olds see stairs and shadows just fine. Apparently the brain "reuses" the parts when vision ceases. May's eyes (eye I should say, he only has one) looks like it should see fine and yet he has these issues.
So anyway, like I said the book was off to a slow start but I did enjoy it (except for the scene where May first takes time out to check out his wife’s naked body – talk about TMI!) The audiobook had an interview with May himself at the end as well.
This was a very interesting book that I learned a lot from. The true story grabs you from the beginning and keeps you wanting to listen more and more. I learned about blindness, human brain development, and psychology, all while enjoying the story the whole time.
One thing that stands out from other audiobooks is that the narrator is exceptional. Many narrators I find distracting in one way or another. After listening to this book I now consider Doug Ordunio, the best narrator I have listened to so far.
This was enjoyable and interesting - kept my attention to the very end. The reader, however, was not as articulate as I would have liked and occasionally slurred a word. This would not change my enthusiastic recommendation for this book.
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After Shadow Divers Robert Kurson delivers again!
A story of one man who although blind has accomplished more than most of us do in a lifetime. Inspiring
This book was well sritten and narrated. It was easy to listen to and absorbing. A great story of ones courage.