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Ron

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  • Flowers for Algernon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel Keyes
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1508)
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    (1242)

    Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon.

    FanB14 says: "Phenomenal Classic"
    "First book that ever made me cry..."
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    I first read this book when I was a kid--thanks to lots of older brothers and sisters bringing their books home from upper grades--and it was the first time I'd ever read a book that made me cry. Hearing Jeff Woodman's brilliant character reading and narration made it come alive in the way it had when I read it so many years ago. His presentation is authentic New Yorker and hauntingly childlike and tinged with biting sarcasm when appropriate. The net effect of this audiobook is less of a read and more of a life-changing experience...which is how it was the first time I read the book.

    It occurs to me that Flowers For Algernon has shaped the person I've become more than I'd ever remembered.

    And memory is, after all, what this story is all about.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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