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Tom T. Rumble

Tom T. Rumble

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  • Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ron Suskind
    • Narrated By Ron Suskind
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood. The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song; until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive.

    Tom T. Rumble says: "Life, Animated ... is Love, Animated *****"
    "Life, Animated ... is Love, Animated *****"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Life, Animated to be better than the print version?

    You should be so lucky to get stuck on a long trip with Ron Susskind doing the talking.This isn't a Pulitzer prize winning writer simply reading his book ... it's a father sharing his family's story revolving around his autistic son Owen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    At the center of the story is Owen, an autistic boy, trapped in his own mind with the only door the Wonderful World of Disney animation.


    Which character – as performed by Ron Suskind – was your favorite?

    Susskind breathes life into his son Owen and takes us on a journey revealing the hidden world of autism.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This book will make you laugh ... and cry ... but hearing Owen tell his own story at the conclusion is profound.


    Any additional comments?

    5 stars ***** ... a gifted writer tells an intimate family story about a very special son and an army of sidekicks who hold on to him as he fights to connect with life outside his mind ... "Life, Animated" ... is Love, Animated. 5 Stars *****

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