From one of the most admired and beloved couples in recent American history, an extraordinarily moving story of public service, risk-taking, romance - and the journey toward recovery. This book delivers hope and redemption in the face of the tragic shooting, and introduces two unforgettable heroes.
©2011 Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Commander Mark E. Kelly (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
Their story of tragedy, struggle and triumph is truly inspiring. To hear Gabby read the last chapter of the book absolutely made me cry with heartfelt joy for her and her family. Go Gabby and Mark!
This book is so much more than a story of courage and hope. It is the story of their love for each other and for this country--with the important message that we all need to renew our commitment to civility and respect for each other. I treasure the fact that Mark reads the book--he does an amazing job expressing his joys and frustrations. And hearing Gabby read the last chapter is perfect. Godspeed to Mark and Gabby!
Given this book was written hastily due to the contemporary nature of it, this was a great read! The narrator's voice was a bit sing-songy, but knowing he is an astronaut telling his own story and not a professional narrator, it was no problem. Besides, the emotion of the story easily overcomes any shortcomings the narrator might have. In trying to find adjectives for this book, I can only keep coming up with one - INSPIRATIONAL! GO GABBY! GO MARK!
I would consider this to be better than the print version because Mark himself is reading the book. His inflection and struggle add an entirely new layer to the book.
I would compare this with Bob and Lee Woodruff's book as it is another journey from TBI back to life.
Mark brings a layer of humanity to the story, hearing him read his contingency letters added a wave of emotion where needed and humor to break what could be a very sad book.
The moment that particularly moved me was Mark's description of the plane ride to Tuscon when it was reported that Gabby had died. So moving and honest, he could have omitted it completely, but instead chose to tell his entire journey.
I remember the breaking news in January 2010, and not really knowing who Gabby Giffords was. The story we heard from CNN made me very depressed, because she was they kind of person this country needs to lead us out of the mess we are now in. The story is inspiring in how hard she has worked and how far she has come from this terrible injury.
I am betting that this story will have a happy and inspiring ending.
In the upper third
Compres to the story of the brain scientist who had a massive stroke, and documented the entire experience as it was happening (the name of the book may be My Stroke of Genious, or I might have thought it should have been called that, I can't remember!).
Because I, too, have a disorder that affects my brain, I felt a lot of sympathy for the frustration Gabby went through after all her hard work, and yet is still unable to find a word, or express a thought that once was so easy for her. It brought me to tears many times in the book.
I had a strong negative reaction to Gabby's husband and his controlling ways over her life once the shooting occurred. Having once been fiercely independent myself, and now under the 24/7 care of my husband, I am sensitive to what is between the lines, not just what is being said. If it works for her, though, who am I to complain?
Yes, never want to forget what happened
Gabby's last vote on the house floor
God Bless Gabby, thank you for all you do for others.
I loved reading the story, Mark Kelly's voice brings that personal touch. I admire Gabby for her courage, tenacity and strength. Amazing how love has helped in her recovery, and how much progress she has made so far. I cried when Gabby read the last chapter. Her tenacity and courage in becoming a Congresswoman as well as in the face of that terrible day in January are amazing. She is an inspiration to me.
Mark Kelly began documenting Gabby's treatment almost immediately after she was injured as a way to show her progress and to help encourage her when she was down. This book takes us behind the scenes and into the hospital room and even into his own mind as to what they were thinking and doing and why. It's been a hard road, but in spite of that, Mark and Gabby are taking this tragedy and turning it into something good. This book is sad at times, but also insightful and inspiring. Of course, the added bonus is that the book is narrated by the author. I can only imagine how difficult that was for Mark. So I hope you will cut him some slack as you listen and remember he's an astronaut, not an actor! . A worthwhile listen!
Yes I would recommend this book. I was in AZ the say this happened and I was reading the book was like being there. I got to hear it from not the TV people's point of vew I got to hear it from the other persons point of vew.
I loved hearing that someone got hurt and it took more then just hear family the help her get better. It was a family thing. You can tell that her family was right with her all the time.
The view for the person it happened to.
When you are down the best thing is to get back up and show the world I can
With the right health care you can over come anything
to both Mark and Gabrielle thank you for sharing your story with use all. I have C P and there are days that I would like to just stop all the work that I need to do to keep my job. I had times when I just cried with the tell of all that was going on. So any time I go to a point in my life were I just wanted to give up. I said what would Gappy do.
The very last part were Gappy read it was something that I will listen to over and over all the time. it said something to me
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