To say Helen Keller's story is inspiring is an understatement. With not even two full years on this Earth, Helen Keller was stricken with scarlet fever. Her senses of sight and hearing were destroyed, yet thanks to the help of her teacher, Anne Sullivan, and years of hard work, Keller was not only able to learn to read but went on to graduate with honors from Radcliffe College leading a life of political and social activism. The Story of My Life, performed with genuine compassion by Frances Cassidy, is the moving first-person account of Helen Keller's powerful life.
In addition to her remarkable accomplishment of overcoming such huge disabilities, her other achievements are impressive in their own right. She published 13 books and numerous articles; she devoted her life to social reform; and she campaigned in 35 countries touching the faces, and hearts, of kings, presidents, and movie stars on behalf of the handicapped. Today the foundations she established continue to help the deaf and blind throughout the world.
Enthusiastic and untiring, Helen Keller's life is deservedly inspirational and stands before all of us as an example of what we can accomplish, given fortitude and purpose. Most importantly, she demonstrates that the severely disabled have nothing to be ashamed of.
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I was very disappointed in this book. While it is well-read and performed, the book's content was a let-down. It is not chronologically organized, but jumps around in multiple directions.
It is also extremely descriptive -- offering lovely detailed imagery to help you visual and experience the story. However, I found this annoying, as it clearly could not have been the viewpoint of the purported author, who was deaf and blind.
In addition, this extensive visual and auditory descriptions come at the expensive of plot and activity. The storyline itself is very light, and very shallow. You will not get the feeling of knowing the author from listening to this book. There are a few incidents, such as an accidental plagiarism, where some bits of insight are offered into the author's life, experience and feelings. I wish there had been more of these.
On the whole, i found this book very disappointing. I listened to about 3/4 of it and then simply lost interest -- a rarity for me, indeed.
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