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After Words

Narrated by: Angela Dawe
Length: 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (217 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this darkly comic memoir, a young woman recounts the steps she took to rebuild her sense of self in the aftermath of two devastating strokes that robbed her of her ability to communicate.

Nina Mitchell was an accomplished Harvard graduate whose world changed forever when her facility with language - and much of her personality - disappeared. Lacking the tools to navigate her old life, Nina was forced to create another one. In After Words, she shares her remarkable journey as she slowly reclaims the power to converse, write, assert her identity, and to be herself - with words.

Nina Mitchell’s After Words is part of Missing, a collection of six true stories about finding, restoring, or accepting the losses that define our lives - from the mysterious to the inspiring. Each story can be listened to in a single sitting.

©2018 Nina Mitchell (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc. all rights reserved.

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Short and to the point, an interesting story about a young woman's struggle to overcome a stroke. She shared some frustrations and struggles in an open and compelling short story.

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  • JTS
  • Maryland
  • 07-10-19

real life trials and tribulations

it doesn't happen to most people but for the select population that is Young and vibrant and lives through a debilitating medical situation like a stroke, it can be very frustrating. This is a very nice true to life story of someone who is experiencing that loss of words and Monumental change of life after such an event. Reeder was phenomenal.

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Entertaining and informative

Miss Mitchell shares her painful story in a funny, heartwarming way. The struggles of having a stroke are much clearer, and her determination is inspiring!

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  • missdawes
  • Brisbane, Edinburgh, Redding
  • 03-07-19

good

I got this book free as part of a collection of short stories offered to Prime members (First Reads). I didn't know anything about it when I started listening. I don't like leaving negative reviews, so I am sorry to say that this wasn't a topic that interested me. Sometimes a topic can become interesting because of how it's delivered, and it subsequently engages you. That just wasn't me. I felt that the author tried too hard to find the perfect metaphors, and in many places it felt contrived. I'm really glad that she recovered so well, and I thank her for sharing her story.

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A true journey

If reading a book is going on a journey for you, this is a really interesting one that inspires compassion and empathy and gratitude!!! Great read!!!

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an eye-opener

I never guessed the struggle a stroke victim may endure to communicate with those people they care about or the world in general.

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new ways to think..before, during &after a stroke

The story was very informative about the struggles a stroke victim's suffering while recovering from it. most interesting to hear and learn

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Too short

I finished this brief presentation wanting oh so much more. The story of stroke recovery was compelling and informative.

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Excellent and engrossing story!

I really enjoyed listening to this riveting and engaging book while on my daily walk.

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a different perspective

definitely makes you grateful for things you take for granted, such as basic speech. something everyone should read...I listened to it in the time span of making dinner.