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Publisher's Summary

An extraordinary memoir - told entirely in near-death experiences - from one of Britain's best-selling novelists, for fans of Wild, When Breath Becomes Air, and The Year of Magical Thinking.

We are never closer to life than when we brush up against the possibility of death.

I Am, I Am, I Am is Maggie O'Farrell's astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. An encounter with a disturbed man on a remote path. And, most terrifying of all, an ongoing, daily struggle to protect her daughter - for whom this book was written - from a condition that leaves her unimaginably vulnerable to life's myriad dangers.

Seventeen discrete encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. In taut prose that vibrates with electricity and restrained emotion, O'Farrell captures the perils running just beneath the surface and illuminates the preciousness, beauty, and mysteries of life itself.

©2018 Maggie O'Farrell (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"How appropriate that this audiobook memoir, an unlikely examination of life through brushes with death, is narrated by the talented Daisy Donovan. Her tone of voice exudes a veneer of vulnerability overlaying a steely strength, and her delivery is ideal for this collection of interconnected remembrances.... Donovan's pacing and appealing accent make the vignettes come alive for the listener." (AudioFile)  

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Her prose is beautiful!

Have you ever listened to a book where the prose is so beautiful that it makes you want to cry? A book in which every sentence astounds you? A book with sentences that make you want to exclaim, “What inspired her to write it like that? Where did those words come from?”
This is that kind of book.

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Heartwarming, heart-wrenching and captivating.

Daisy Donovan does a splendid job of narrating this tragic yet inspiring story. I am moved by the strength and tenacity of Maggie O’Farrell and great full that she has chosen to share her struggles and triumphs with the world.

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  • Timothy
  • Springfield, OR, United States
  • 02-24-18

Unique & interesting

It’s amazing to think that one person can have such an interesting, drama filled life. It was very entertaining. The one thing that I didn’t care for was the abrupt ending. It’s definitely worth the read though.

This book is written differently than any other book I have read/listened to. The author is all over the place when it comes to time frame and, surprisingly, I enjoyed it. She also switches back and forth from 1st person to 3rd person narrative. She is very disruptive in her writing and makes you feel what she felt. It was a nice change up.

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  • El Kil
  • los angeles, ca
  • 02-18-18

Chilling, so great.

I’m off to read everything else Maggie O’Farrell has ever written. No extra words, such precise perfect language.

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So incredibly delicious

This is one book I’m so happy to have picked up audibly. Maggie O’Farrell’s writing is beautiful and paired with Daisy Donovan’s performance this telling is essentially brilliant. I cannot say enough great things about it. Looking forward to more work from both.

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Self indulgent

The tone from both the author and the narrator was aggressively self indulgent. While the subject matter beckoned compassion, the tenor repelled.

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  • Aggman
  • Livonia, MI United States
  • 02-24-18

Amazing and Riveting

What an incredible book. Absolutely beautiful, intense, and unforgettable. Maggie's words in Daisy's voice is the perfect way to share the ultimate meanings of death and life. I wholeheartedly recommend.