Joan Didion's heart-wrenching but ultimately luminous memoir of the year following her husband's death is brought magically to life by Barbara Caruso's superb narration. Didion's literary voice has always been uniquely her own and, in the hands of a lesser narrator, can sound repetitive, almost annoying (e.g. the audio recording of "Blue Nights", Didion's subsequent book). Caruso does the author justice; uttering those almost incantatory phrases with what sounds like the cadence of Didion's thought. The result is mesmerizing and I've listened to this book numerous times. The book itself is a hymn to grief and a balm as well. It's lovely to read, but attains enormous power in Caruso's audio rendition. This book is so dear to my heart--I can't recommend this combo of Didion and Caruso enough!
Didion's exquisite rendering of loss: raw, true, never melodramatic.
Everything. I could listen to Barbara Caruso read a telephone directory, but she's never better than when reading truly fine writing.
Yes...and I did.
Painful as the subject matter may be, this is not one to miss.
different narrator, updated verbiage, not so boring
never made it through 10 minues
Horrible, boring.......while it sounded like a great story line I could not get back the writing and reading of the book...
This book sounded like constant droning of self pity and woe. I have too many friends who have lost loved ones and they were much more pleasant to be around. Suffering through her daughter's illnesses at the same time would make it harder to move foreword but the boring amount of details in the book made it difficult for me to finish.
Listening to the sotry of Didion's emergence from grief was gripping and entertaining.
The story is worth a second listen!
I'm not sure what i was hoping for here. The book chronicles, in an honest and forthright way, the author's bereavement at the death of her husband. It is well written and well read. I just couldn't get through it. Too bleak. Perhaps there is sunshine at the end, but i couldn't hang in there to find out.
I am in my car a lot so I love audio books. I belong to a library book club and as I am an audio person, listening to books suits me.
The surviving partner.
How to survive after your partner has passed on.
Being in one's house after your partner has gone and the usual habits no longer apply.
Joan wondering if she should tell her daughter that her farther has died. Later on the daughter still asks where is her farther as the news has not registered in her mind.
Just read this book especially if you are having issues with a death of a loved one as this writer is very articulate.
I have had a year in which some momentous changes rocked my own world and reading a book like this was useful in reminding me that we are all prisoners of
Probably one of the most important books I have read. Its insights are quite profound; it was as if I was given the chance to look in on someone being emotionally dissected. Ms Didion is an exquisite writer who is almost godess-like in some respects.
Being able to stand back from the pain of deep loss and garnering the strength and courage to share that experience is telling.
I absolutely admire her for that. She is truly great and I very much recommend this book.
This was a moving window into the mind of Joan Didion after having experienced two serious life crises, and anyone who has experienced crises piling upon one another is likely to see themselves - raw, vulnerable, and sometimes irrational - in her experience, and that was worthwhile. It is also, an interesting glimpse of the world of the American intelligensia. It is a good story that held my attention.
This could be a pretty good movie starring Meryl Streep as Didion.
Joan Didion is a wonderful writer and thinker. Her angst with dealing with the sudden loss of her soul-mate is an amazing insight into the thinking of such a creative soul. How strange to think we would need to subconsciously perhaps need to keep the shoes of our passed loved ones thinking they will return one day and need them. A truly remarkable expose' into the mind of a person progressing through the stages of grief and finally arriving at acceptance. I REALLY recommend this for anyone who must or has dealt with loss.