Maybe it's because of Susannah Cahalan's expertise in writing or Heather Henderson's wonderful narration style, whatever the reason, this audio book was amazing. This book opened my eyes to new worlds for the mentally disabled. It allowed me to have hope for those who seem hopeless. My favorite aspect of this book was that Cahalan somehow managed to make me feel what she felt--Is she crazy? Will she make a 100% recovery? Will she have a reoccurrence of encephalitis?
While this story does not seem to be overly original (It is in the realm of Emma and Wives and daughters.), it is well written. Eve Matheson did a wonderful job narrating. The combination of the writing style and narrator make it a very enjoyable book. I was in stitches quite a few times while listening.
Fascinating stories of strange illnesses fill this book. Unfortunately, I failed to keep in mind when purchasing this book that there would be a clinical aspect to the stories. The author dug a little deeper than I had anticipated; however, it would be a great book for someone who really wants to know the whys, hows, and ifs.
This is a very good story and was performed well. Note to parents: be aware that it has typical British language.
I really didn't care for the narration style in My Life in France. The reader wasn't quite boring, but she didn't really make Julia Child's personality come to life. I would have loved to hear someone who sounded and acted more like Julia.
The story was as I expected: A man, his animals, and their adventures. The recording of the book was a little echo-ish for me. Maybe it is an older recording?
I have read The Nazi Officer's Wife before, even though it was my second time, I enjoyed it immensely. I think what made this reading of the book so special for me was the narrator. I would have thought it was Edith Hahn Beer reading it had I not seen that Barbara Rosenblat narrated it.
I really enjoyed hearing Charles Colson and his daughter, Emily, share Max's story. Also, at the very end, Max and Emily sing a little together, which was a nice surprise.
Emily Colson reminded me that we all interact with people, and that despite our troubles we need to look beyond ourselves to help and love others. Maybe someone doesn't have an obvious disability that they are struggling with, but are struggling with their marriage or finances, etc. If Max is able to reach out to the people in his community, why can't I?
The tone of this book feels alot different than Joni's first book. Her first book was emotional, while this book has little emotion. I started to read this book expecting to hear more of Ken's voice and his take on loving someone with a disability; this is not what this book is about. It is truly about marriage and the history of their relationship. Thankfully, it does give a brief history about Ken, the mystery man. I did enjoy the last chapter, when Joni and Ken actually read their ending thoughts and advice. Overall, the book humanized them. They aren't perfect or angels. They are people who have struggles, just like everyone else.
Colson gives us truth-filled picture of what the Watergate scandal looked like from his point of view. The story is that Colson worked for Nixon and could pretty much be relied upon to get anything done (aka Hatchet Man). Colson explains his subsequent conversion and time in prison. It was a fascinating and informative book that I would recommend to anyone.
Susan Spencer-Wendel's "Que Sera, Sera" spirit throughout the book is at times hard to grapple with emotionally, but nonetheless inspirational. She did not plan to have ALS, but she has taken what life has given to her and made the best of it. Her book is about making memories with her loved ones, many of which turn out unexpectedly. Some very low-lows come with the book--however, without them we wouldn't feel her very highs.
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