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In this inspirational and moving memoir - reminiscent of When Breath Becomes Air and The Bright Hour - activist Ady Barkan explores his life with ALS and how his diagnosis gave him a profound new understanding of his commitment to social justice for all.

Ady Barkan loved taking afternoon runs on the California coast and holding his newborn son, Carl. But one day, he noticed a troubling weakness in his hand. At first, he brushed it off as carpal tunnel syndrome, but after a week of neurological exams and two MRIs, he learned the cause of the problem: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. At age 32, Ady was given just three to four years to live. Yet despite the devastating diagnosis, he refused to let his remaining days go to waste. 

Eyes to the Wind is a rousing memoir featuring intertwining storylines about determination, perseverance, and how to live a life filled with purpose and intention. The first traces Ady’s battle with ALS: how he turned the initial shock and panic from his diagnosis into a renewed commitment to social justice - not despite his disability but because of it. The second, told in flashbacks, illustrates Ady’s journey from a goofy political nerd to a prominent figure in the enduring fight for equity and justice who is "willing to give [his] last breath to save our democracy" (CNN). 

From one of today’s most vocal advocates for social justice, Eyes to the Wind is an evocative and unforgettable memoir about activism, dedication, love, and hope.

Includes an excerpt from the song "Eyes to the Wind" by The War on Drugs!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 Ady Barkan (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Narration could have been better

I really like Bradley Whitford as an actor, and was excited to listen to his reading of Ady's memoir. My disappointment surprised me. I've heard Ady on video, pre-ALS, and what has always been striking about him is his relentless energy. Whitford doesn't convey that; rather, he sounds fatigued. Bradley Whitford shines as an actor when he performs fast-paced dialogue like Aaron Sorkin's West Wing banter; but it seems as if the back-and-forth with his scene partners is what energizes him. When reading on his own, he sounds as if getting through the sentences exhausts him. Given the subject matter, this raises the level of pathos to a degree that, IMHO, detracts from the drive and passion of Ady's message. I understand why Ady and his publisher couldn't pass up a celebrity narrator who is also a personal friend, but I feel as if a voice actor with more strength in this genre could have given the reading a lot more energy.

That said, I'm very glad to have read the book - it strikes a great balance between recounting Ady's personal story, and delivering a real education in progressive organizing and activism. I just think that I might have gotten a truer sense of Ady's tone and energy by reading the Kindle book rather than listening to the Audible edition. Of course, Ady himself is the one to judge whether Whitford captures his intent - perhaps he feels the performance is perfect. I just felt like it came off a bit more listless than Ady's driven activism deserves.

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Tears of joy, sadness and hope

Get. This. Book. I was first introduced to Ady via Pod Save America and his story is one that we all should hear. His life is a blueprint for activism and his dedication to the causes he supports is truly admirable. Loved it

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Inspiring!

This is well narrated by Bradley Whitford. I absolutely recommend this. I’ve listened the past 2 days on a solo road trip. I have teared up a few times, but it’s mostly inspiring. It’s reinforced a lot of what I’ve recently been grappling with regarding civic action and political resistance as well as humanity in general.

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Inspirational!

Ady-Your memoir was touching, candid and inspirational! Thank you for sharing your passion for human rights and democracy and for sharing the tribulations you face with ALS. You have touched me forever.

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A MUST!

Statues should be built in Ady's name. In only a few years, he has made such a deep impact for civil rights and left a huge imprint on me. I cried a few times because he is SO inspiring. If you care about humanity - this book will only deepen that for you, or at least I hope it does. This is the only book I finished within 2-3 days. And I will probably listen again.

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Honestly no words.

"With every hardship comes with it ease" I honestly have no words other than that may God bless Ady Barkan and his family and always allow them to have meaningful lives. Ameen.

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Author spends too much time talking about politics than his journey with ALS. Not what I expected

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Father's beware

This is a story about a father's personal actionamd conviction, in the face of a gut-wrenchingly early disease, while he aims to leave a legacy for his newborn son.

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Inspirational and beautiful Memoir

Being a RN in California and part of NNU has kept me active in the Medicare for All struggle for many years. Ady is the most inspirational warrior in this fight and I’m grateful he has shared his personal life story with the world to motivate us to continue fighting for a Single Payer Universal health system in America!

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A lot of back and forth.on the timeline. Very informative about the inner workings of politics.

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