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Lauren

Spotsylvania, VA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Until I Say Good-Bye: My Year of Living with Joy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Susan Spencer-Wendel, Bret Witter
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (37)

    Susan Spencer-Wendel's Until I Say Good-Bye: My Year of Living with Joy is a moving and inspirational memoir by a woman who makes the most of her final days after discovering she has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). After Spencer-Wendel, a celebrated journalist at the Palm Beach Post, learns of her diagnosis of ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, she embarks on several adventures, traveling to several countries and sharing special experiences with loved ones.

    Bonny says: "Until I Say Good-Bye is a paradox for me."
    "Unique Memoir, Fitting Performance"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you were told you only had a year to live, what would you do? Susan Spencer-Wendel decided to create memories for her loved ones, travel the world, and live her last few months on earth with joy. This book is her way of not only chronicling her struggles as her body slowly deteriorates from ALS but also tell the story of her life for her children to cherish one day when she is no longer with them. The lessons she imparts and the love she shares makes this an inspirational read for all my friends because you never know when your time on this earth will be up.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Until I Say Good-Bye?

    There are so many experiences Susan Spencer-Wendel shares about her unique life: getting married on the fly and moving to Hungary with her new husband, watching the space shuttle take off from the top of a van in the Florida heat, swimming with dolphins, creating an oasis of peace in her backyard, etc. I think my favorite part of the book, however, was the trip she took with her best friend to see the Northern Lights. The friendship she and Nancy share is truly inspiring, and I hope that if any one of my friends is ever placed in the position where they lose use of their muscles, I will be there to help zip up their snow suit and strap them to a dog sled.


    What does Karen White bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As a 22 year old woman, when I read books, I read them in my own voice, which is really off-the-mark from Susan Spencer-Wendel's. Karen White's narration made me feel like I was hearing Spencer-Wendel's story from the woman herself, almost as if she were in the room with me, recounting the stories from memory. White read this as if she were Spencer-Wendel, with all the emotion and humor she had written into the book. It really felt as if she were narrating with joy, just as Spencer-Wendel was living with joy.


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  • The Time of My Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Cecelia Ahern
    • Narrated By Amy Creighton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Lucy Silchester has received an appointment card. Actually, she's been invited along a few times to this appointment, but she keeps brushing the gold-embossed envelope under the shag pile carpet. She's taken her eye off the ball and has busied herself with work (a job she doesn't love), helping out friends, fixing her car, feeding her cat, seeing her family, and devoting her time to their life dramas. But Lucy is about to find out that this is one appointment that she can't miss.

    Lauren says: "Not Ahern's best, but a pretty solid book"
    "Not Ahern's best, but a pretty solid book"
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    The main character's life was annoyingly in disarray, which made her a bit hard to relate to at times, but Ahern's signature mixture of strangeness and heartwarming humor made this a really enjoyable read nonetheless. Ahern always has interesting premises in her books, and this was one of the most creative ones she's come up with. I read this book a couple of months ago, and I still find myself thinking about it on a weekly basis. It really sticks with you. The narrator is amazing, but I may be a bit biased because I love Irish accents.

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