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The Priority List: A Teacher's Final Quest to Discover Life's Greatest Lessons | [David Menasche]

The Priority List: A Teacher's Final Quest to Discover Life's Greatest Lessons

David Menasche lived for his work as a high school English teacher. His passion inspired his students, and between lessons on Shakespeare and sentence structure, he forged a unique bond with his kids, buoying them through personal struggles while sharing valuable life lessons.
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Publisher's Summary

Based on a beloved teacher’s most popular lesson, The Priority List is a bold, inspirational story of learning, love, and legacy that challenges us to ask: What truly matters in life?

David Menasche lived for his work as a high school English teacher. His passion inspired his students, and between lessons on Shakespeare and sentence structure, he forged a unique bond with his kids, buoying them through personal struggles while sharing valuable life lessons.

When a six-year battle with brain cancer ultimately stole David’s vision, memory, mobility, and - most tragically of all - his ability to continue teaching, he was devastated by the thought that he would no longer have the chance to impact his students’ lives each day.

But teaching is something Menasche just couldn’t quit. Undaunted by the difficult road ahead of him, he decided to end his treatments and make life his classroom. Cancer had robbed him of his past and would most certainly take his future; he wouldn’t allow it to steal his present. He turned to Facebook with an audacious plan: a journey across America - by bus, by train, by red-tipped cane - in hopes of seeing firsthand how his kids were faring in life. Had he made a difference? Within forty-eight hours of posting, former students in more than fifty cities replied with offers of support and shelter.

Traveling more than eight thousand miles from Miami to New York, to America’s heartland and San Francisco’s Golden Gate, and visiting hundreds of his students, David’s fearless journey explores the things we all want and need out of life - family, security, independence, love, adventure - and forces us to stop to consider our own Priority List.

©2013 David Menasche (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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    Trish Virginia 07-13-14
    Trish Virginia 07-13-14 Member Since 2005

    I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

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    "Truly Inspiring!!"

    My biggest complaint about this book? It was just not long enough!! I could have listened to this man tell his stories for many more hours. But considering his tragic health condition, it's a wonder he even wrote this memoir--and even more miraculous that he narrated the audiobook version.

    But I'm truly glad he did--and grateful I listened to it. David Menasche was an inspiration to his students, and can now be an inspiration to us all!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah - Audible New York, NY 05-06-14
    Sarah - Audible New York, NY 05-06-14 Member Since 2013

    We read to know that we are not alone

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    Incredibly moving and inspiring story. Expected to be a sobbing mess, but walked away feeling very happy that people like David Menasche exist, and that his story can remind us all to live in the moment. Bonus in listening to the audio book is that he reads it, making the story that much more personal.

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    MaryAnn 06-03-14
    MaryAnn 06-03-14
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    "Left me feeling sad"

    I'm not sure why I did not especially love this book, but I did really like it. The enthusiasm of this teacher for involving and motivating his students was so admirable, the schools need more like him. What an interesting man, such a strong spirit to carry him through his battle. I felt sad his marriage suffered because of his dedication and then the cancer dominated everything after it arrived in the story. I felt very sad for D.Menasche as he met up with former students. It was very moving that many remembered him so well and wanted to help. I did end up inspired by him, but just a sadness remained.

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    John CHICAGO, IL, United States 02-23-14
    John CHICAGO, IL, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this audio book. It is a quick listen and an inspirational story. However, the author read the story and that was really painful to listen to. They needed to cast an actor.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Priority List?

    Seeing how the teacher overcame his obstacles.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Menasche?

    ANYONE!


    Was The Priority List worth the listening time?

    Yes - it is a wonderful story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Kent, WA, United States 02-11-14
    Chris Kent, WA, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    Would you try another book from David Menasche and/or David Menasche?

    Possibly...


    Would you recommend The Priority List to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes and No. Why don't I feel inspired? The answer is, I don't know. As an educator myself, I was inspired in the beginning of the story and hearing a passion for students. Unfortunately, the rest of the story became a validation of his success. Do true educators need this? I am not sure... I felt that he needed the ego boost to keep him going. As a terminal cancer patient, is that wrong - No, I don't think so. Thus, I am torn as to how to rate or receive the story. It could simply be that I had just listened to the Last Lecture. I was deeply inspired by the story and I feel that this BOOK (not the story) was lacking. He is a very courageous individual who gave his life to education. I am just not a fan of the approach.


    What didn’t you like about David Menasche’s performance?

    It was very difficult - the flow was very harsh. However, the compassionate side of me understands why. His vision has deteriorated and there is some credence to delivering your story first hand. At the same time - I did not feel his passion - it seemed very contrived (like reading from cue cards, which might have been, given his condition.)


    Any additional comments?

    I feel heartless in such a review. Maybe if there was more focus on his time with students before we get into his travels, I would have been more inspired.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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