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Editorial Reviews

Robin Bloodworth's gravelly baritone engagingly performs the story of Brian Boyle's miraculous recovery from a car accident that left him with injuries so serious he had to be put into a medical coma. Boyle woke up two months later unable to move or talk and, in this memoir, Bloodworth expresses Boyle's inner voice with charm, revealing the vitality still pulsing within his disabled body. Despite the gravity of his physical condition, Boyle managed to beat the odds and achieve an inspiring comeback in only a few years. Listeners will find themselves moved by Bloodworth, who makes Boyle's every frustration and every joy feel immediate and convincing.

Publisher's Summary

Iron Heart is the first-person account of his ordeal and his miraculous comeback.

On the way home from swim practice, 18-year-old athlete Brian Boyle’s future changed in an instant when a dump truck plowed into his Camaro. He was airlifted to a shock-trauma hospital. He had lost sixty percent of his blood, his heart had moved across his chest, and his organs and pelvis were pulverized. He was placed in a medically-induced coma. When Brian finally emerged from the coma two months later, he had no memory of the accident. He could see and hear, but not move or talk. Unable to communicate to his doctors, nurses, or frantic parents, he heard words like “vegetable” and “nursing home.” If he lived, doctors predicted he might not be able to walk again, and certainly not swim. Then, miraculously, Brian clawed his way back to the living. First blinking his eyelids, then squeezing a hand, then smiling, he gradually emerged from his locked-in state. The former swimmer and bodybuilder had lost one hundred pounds.

Iron Heart is the first-person account of his ordeal and his miraculous comeback. With enormous fortitude he learned to walk, then run, and eventually, to swim. With his dream of competing in the Ironman Triathlon spurring him on, Brian defied all odds, and three and a half years after his accident, crossed the finish line in Kona, Hawaii. Brian’s inspiring journey from coma to Kona is brought to life in his acclaimed memoir.

©2009, 2011 Brian Boyle (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Engaging, amazing story.

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I'm not sure the reader was the best one for the story; I felt like he was fairly dispassionate at times, and I think this book needed to convey the passion of the author, especially in his loss and struggles. The story is an amazing telling of his injuries and recovery, and his determination to regain his life after a horrific accident. It draws you in from the first page and is one of those that is genuinely hard to put down.

FREAKING AMAZING

No words besides FREAKING AMAZING! I loved it so much! Best book I have ever read!

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Amazing

I cried for many reasons during this book. I found so much inspiration in the story. What touched my heart the most was the love between parents and their child. The Boyle family is an amazing example of the power of love.

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inspiring

motivational moving story! This story has taught me no matter what happens in life...NEVER GIVE UP!

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Amazing

Really touch my heart and inspire me to be better as a person :) what strong man !! Big fun of this book !

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  • Leslie
  • GLENDALE, AZ, United States
  • 02-12-15

Riveting! Inspiring!

If you could sum up Iron Heart in three words, what would they be?

Extremely inspirational book!

What did you like best about this story?

Brian Boyle overcame such extreme odds and tells his story in such vivid detail, I feel like I was sitting next to him while he was in the hospital room. The book moves quickly, yet he goes in to great detail of what he was feeling and what was happening, as well as revisiting how others felt during this time. He is a very inspirational person.

Have you listened to any of Robin Bloodworth’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. The narrator did a fantastic job.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but due to my schedule I am not able to. I listen on my drive to/from work. It made me hope for traffic so I could listen to more.

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I truly love books that inspire me, and this one did not disappoint. If you are an athlete you will enjoy hearing how he overcame his injuries to become an elite athlete. Even if you are not an athlete, you will enjoy this book for his incredible will to live. This story is well written and it absolutely held my interest. I wish Brian Boyle all the best. I have a feeling, he will continue to accomplish great things.

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  • Daniel Gibney
  • 07-23-15

What a hero!

What a story, what a hero!! Be warned though, there's a handful of teary moments in there. Recommended!