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Love Anthony Audiobook

Love Anthony

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Publisher's Summary

From the award-winning New York Times best-selling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected, comes a heartfelt novel about an accidental friendship that gives a grieving mother a priceless gift: the ability to understand the thoughts of her eight-year-old autistic son and make sense of his brief life.

Two women, each cast adrift by unforseen events in their lives, meet by accident on a Nantucket beach and are drawn into a friendship.

Olivia is a young mother whose eight-year-old severely autistic son has recently died. Her marriage badly frayed by years of stress, she comes to the island in a trial separation to try and make sense of the tragedy of her Anthony's short life.

Beth, a stay-at-home mother of three, is also recently separated after discovering her husband’s long-term infidelity. In an attempt to recapture a sense of her pre-married life, she rekindles her passion for writing, determined to find her own voice again. But surprisingly, as she does so, Beth also find herself channeling the voice of an unknown boy, exuberant in his perceptions of the world around him if autistic in his expression - a voice she can share with Olivia - is it Anthony?) - that brings comfort and meaning to them both.

©2012 Lisa Genova (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Judith TONAWANDA, NY, United States 12-21-12
    Judith TONAWANDA, NY, United States 12-21-12
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    "Not what I expected."

    Olivia cannot move on with her life until she understands the reason for Anthony's life and death as an autistic child. Then she meets Beth who is writing a book about a boy speaking through her to his mother. As Olivia pours through her journals about life with her son, Anthony, his story comes to life through two different perspectives.

    The story was entertaining but I had a hard time believing that someone could write an book on a subject that they hadn't researched and come up with a paranormal channeling experience giving a non-verbal child a believable voice that has the vocabulary of an adult.

    Although I did enjoy the story of Beth and Olivia's relationship, I found parts of it teadious and farfetched. I enjoyed Genova's first two novels, Still Alice and Left Neglected , much more, which were entertaining and educational at the same time.

    I will still be on the look-out for the author's next novel because I was so blown away with "Still Alice"

    Posted from Goodreads.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    me2ug Oslo, Norway 06-10-15
    me2ug Oslo, Norway 06-10-15
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    "Love the book! A Sad 'feel-good-book'"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definately!
    Because it's worth Reading.
    I think it's healthy for everyone to take a peak in to a totally
    honest mind from time to time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way she made him speak!
    I'll never look att an Autistic child the same again.


    What does Debra Messing bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is a brilliant storyteller. I love her voice, and the way she reads,
    pauses, breathes - everythig about her.

    She gets out the drama, arguments, accidents and so forth, without
    changing the volume of her voice.
    To many read very low, so you set the volume, but then something happends,
    and they start screaming and shouting - and you have to throw yourself over the volume-button. it's more like listening to a football/Soccer-game.
    But, then you can't hear again, and have to turn it up.
    So -- these are books you can only listen to alone, when no one is home, or in the
    same room.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa R Smith 03-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Just ok"

    The narrator was good: she wasn't over the top and was easy to listen to. The story is three intertwining stories, a bit contrived and oftentimes too much extraneous detail about the sad lives of women in unfortunate relationships. It was less about autism as it was about rebounding from bad relationships. I enjoyed Still Alice much more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Encaustic Artist 10-05-13

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    "Great book by wonderful author."
    If you could sum up Love Anthony in three words, what would they be?

    Touching, insightful, well written


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anthony. Can't reveal why without spoiling the story


    What aspect of Debra Messing’s performance would you have changed?

    She fluctuated between a very soft voice and a more audible on. I kept having to turn the volume up then down. Somewhat distracting.


    If you could take any character from Love Anthony out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Beth. She was talented and interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    You felt like you were actually present.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen Maidstone, SK, Canada 12-30-12
    Carmen Maidstone, SK, Canada 12-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Left wanting more..."
    What made the experience of listening to Love Anthony the most enjoyable?

    Listening to Anthony's perspective on being autistic. It was fascinating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the analogy of the rooms in Anthony's brain. It really got me thinking about the children I work with who have autism - it really resonated with me because it made so much sense!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was good in that Debra Messing had a calm and quiet voice that matched the tone of the story. However, I found the volume of her voice to be very inconsistent. I would crank the volume to be able to hear the narration but then the beginnings of sentences would be so loud they would hurt my ears. The sentence starting was not nearly as smooth as the rest of the reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Spoiler alert: I really wish I could have known three things at the end of the book: 1. How did Jimmy and Beth work things out? 2. What did Beth finally name her book? 3. Where did Olivia go?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Goffstown, NH, United States 03-30-13
    Sandra Goffstown, NH, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved It"

    I loved this story. I was one of those books in which I was sad every time I had to stop listening. I'd even drive the long way home just to get some extra listening time in. I liked the main characters and looked forward to finding out about them and their lives. Both women, far from perfect, were forced to deal with life events beyond their control. I found Anthony’s story fascinating. It was a point of view that I have never encountered. The book contained a great deal of humor, friendship, discovery and pain. After finishing the story, and now months later, I have a feeling of missing these characters and hoping that they have found happiness.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Columbia, SC 07-25-15
    Jessica Columbia, SC 07-25-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Unconditional love is a great message"
    If you could sum up Love Anthony in three words, what would they be?

    Love conquers all.


    Any additional comments?

    Compelling story of an autistic boy named Anthony who sadly passes away at a young age, but what he teaches his mom and even a complete stranger, as well as many others, is that we are all put here on this earth to love and be loved UNCONDITIONALLY.

    This was a very insightful book about a subject that I wasn't well versed on. I found it to be very informative and one of the key points that I will always remember is how we all have autistic tendencies. We should all think of a scale for autism and that we are all placed somewhere on that scale. I think this is a great way to view the world and it would strongly decrease the amount of judgment the world produces if we not only thought this way for autism, but for any other medical issue or life issue in general.

    I only gave this book 4 stars because the beginning-middle was quite hard for me to really connect with, but the ending makes up for any lack of connection I experienced.

    Lisa Genova is THE BEST author on these sensitive subjects such as autism, HD, and Alzheimers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 06-18-15
    Brenda 06-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Valuable story"

    One can only imagine the sorrow and grief of parents who struggle every day with this difficult illness. The story showed the terrific love and strength of the 2 main female characters as they faced difficult situations and worked to overcome them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Miami, FL, United States 05-31-15
    Amazon Customer Miami, FL, United States 05-31-15 Member Since 2010

    I love love love to read. Any chance I get I read.

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    "I loved this book."

    I loved this book. Debra Messing did a FANTASTIC job as narrator. As a mother of a 14 year old with autism, I related with the character and so there were many many tears but also laughter. Thank you so much Ms. Genova.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Renee Australia 04-30-15
    Renee Australia 04-30-15
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    "Emotional connection"

    This is a story about a boy with autism. Once you have read it, you have read about one autistic boy.

    It is so much more than a book about autism. It is a book about a boy. A book about a mother. A book about a wife. A book about a woman. A book about marriage. A book about adultery. A book about family. A book about friendship. A book about a photographer. A book about an author. A book about communication. A book about the meaning of life.

    Read it.

    Debra Messing did a great job of narrating. She was easy to listen to and spoke at a good pace.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Torquay Devon
    12/1/15
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    "Poignant Story, evocative setting"
    Where does Love Anthony rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top ten. Lisa Genova writes compassionately about the huge challenges that face parents of an autistic child and the inevitable strain on even a strong relationship. She focuses on how the mother (in this case) initially still tries to 'normalise' the child with the resulting frustrations and sadness this brings. This book is about strong women who support each other & laugh & cry together, set on Nantucket island on the coast of Maine with long beaches and all kinds of weather, the setting almost makes the book. True to life, don't look for happy endings.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MRS AUDREY MAWBY
    1 ORCHARD COURT, NORTHALLERTON, DL7 8DQ
    11/17/15
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    "How to love Anthony"

    Overall this is an enthralling book for anyone with some experience of autism. The first half was too long drawn-out and nearly lost my interest due to the reader dropping her voice towards the end of sentences which made listening somewhat tedious. However, once the two main characters met, the pace picked up and my sympathy and curiosity were fully engaged. This writer has amazing insight into personalities and emotions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne
    Little Mountain, Australia
    4/8/13
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    "Love Anthony"

    I enjoyed this book, but not as much as "Left Neglected" and "Still Alice" which I thought were more meaty. Nevertheless it is a good read, but somehow seems lighter in substance than the other two books. It was insightful into autistic spectrum disorder and described the little boy Anthony well. The back stories were not as well formed. I felt I needed to know more about the characters. Seeing Nantucket through the seasons made me want to visit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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