Still Alice

Narrated by: Lisa Genova
Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6,452 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What if every memory you've ever had will be erased from your mind, and you have no choice but to carry on...powerless to stop it?

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

At once beautiful and terrifying, this extraordinary debut novel by Lisa Genova is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer's Disease that is as compelling as A Beautiful Mind and as unforgettable as Ordinary People.

©2009 Lisa Genova (P)2009 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"After I read Still Alice, I wanted to stand up and tell a train full of strangers, 'You have to get this book.'" ( Boston Globe)
"With grace and compassion, Lisa Genova writes about the enormous white emptiness created by Alzheimer's." ( The Improper Bostonian)
"A masterpiece that will touch lives in ways none of us can even imagine." ( Alzheimer's Daily News)

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Please pay for a professional Reader

Would you try another book from Lisa Genova and/or Lisa Genova?

yes

What didn’t you like about Lisa Genova’s performance?

Monotone. The author is a good writer but a horrible reader. I don't understand why a professional reader was not used. The flat and emotionless voice made the book unbearable to listen to at times. I wish that I had purchased this book in book form and not audio. It's a struggle to stay with that flat voice reading this compelling story.

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Very poor narrator, I returned it

What would have made Still Alice better?

A different narrator, ie: Caroline Lee

What could Lisa Genova have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Have it read by somebody else

What didn’t you like about Lisa Genova’s performance?

Her voice is very monotone and she sounds much younger than the character's age

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I have not finished reading it yet but it seems very interesting so far

Any additional comments?

Thanks Audible for allowing us to return a book!

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An author, NOT a narrator

The story was pretty good, but she is simply not a narrator. This would have been exponentially better if it had been read by an actual professional narrator or actor. The content was good, and I found myself distracted by the poor narration.

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Painfully flat narration

Imagine a court reporter reading back testimony with no emotion or emphasis. I WISH the author had been able to narrate Still Alice that well. l have had this title for a while. I am currently spending a lot of time in the car, so I decided to listen to it again, having forgotten how painful Lisa Genova's performance was the first time I slogged through it. It hasn't improved with time. In fact, it might be worse this time, because I know all the basic plot points and am focusing more on the details. I came back to Audible to see if, given the success of the book and the fact that it was made into a movie, they re-recorded the book with someone (anyone!) better suited to the task. They didn't, and so I'm here to warn you that this is a good book about an emotional subject that sounds like it's narrated by a robot.

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Authors-please stop narrating your own books!

Would you consider the audio edition of Still Alice to be better than the print version?

No-This might be the third book that I am having a problem finishing because the actual author is narrating. Please, unless you're Amy Poehler or an actual entertainer, please allow Audible to hire a trained reader.

What did you like best about this story?

This horrible disease runs in my family and I am always interested to read about different experiences.

Any additional comments?

I have been listening to books from Audible for over 12 years and have rarely been disappointed with the readers. This is actually the first time I have written a review because I am compelled to beg Audible to stop having the author narrate their own books. When you are used to exceptional readers, these narrators fall short and almost always ruin the experience!

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Made for TV Movie ..

I'm ambivalent about this book. The author did a pretty good job of capturing 'key' points about what folks experience with Early Onset Alzheimers - so if you prefer a narrative over dry descriptions of what faces Alzheimer sufferers and their families - this book is for you. Yet the book misses the true challenges that face the rest of us. I titled my review "Made for TV Movie" because that's what it appears to be. Well written but superficial.

My complaint is that the author apparently had a 'check list' of points she wanted to cover, so one-by-one she checked them off. Most problems popped up long enough for the author to tell us about them - and then she moved on. The problem rarely occurred in a significant way again. For someone who supposedly suffered from significant language problems, Alice always managed to be fully articulate when necessary. Yeah, right.

Despite Alice's dark plans at one point (another check mark), she didn't really seem to mind having Alzheimer's. Sure it got in the way - but she was not upset for long about anything. There was no fear, no distrust, no chronic anxiety ... it was just a frustrating experience that could be handled and planned for.

I speak from some experience, since my own wife, Barbara has early onset Alzheimer's, although not the fast-acting genetic variety. Comparing Alice to Barbara: Barbara is three years older than Alice. She had symptoms that go back at least six years before diagnosis. Her first mention to her physician about the problems were passed over the first time she made them. It was only a year later that they took us seriously when I accompanied her to a visit, and nearly a year after that before she was diagnosed; ironically the same week as Alice.

Alice has such a perfect life. Professionally successful. Great doctors. Lightening fast diagnosis. Apparently no financial issues. No crazy legal issues. Grown children. (Barbara's were in high school). Everything was manageable except for that pesky disease and her ambitious husband. Good grief, she even got to see and know her first grandchild.

Like Alice, Barbara is loved and cared for. Unlike Alice, Barbara stays in her original home. Her husband is her full-time caregiver, while still working full time.

So nice try, Lisa. I hope you get your TV movie deal.

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A Disappointing Look at Early Onset Alzheimer's

Flat and monotone narration by an inappropriately juvenile, flip, teenage sounding voice. Really wish the author had not done the narration. The story is technical and told from a cold observing distance. It is a perfect example of being talked at about the story rather than seeing it unfold and develop through plot and character driven detail. The frequent use of the word "she" (almost every sentence starts with she) nearly drove me over the edge. To me the book just did not ring true. I know great numbers of listeners loved the book, I am not one of them. A much better look at the experience of Alzheimer's Disease through fiction is the book Elizabeth is Missing.

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Incredibly stimulating and thought-provoking

This is my first review after 7 years of membership listening to over 200 books. I am 64 and in good health, but this book raised profound questions for me about mortality, how to leave your family and friends when the time comes, and what to do when the time comes. I laughed and cried throughout, but now I have to figure out what I do when (if) something like this happens to me. I can't remember when a book affected me so profoundly. There are not enought stars in the rating -- it deserves 7.

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Poor narration!!!

The book itself was interesting enough although a little technical in places but the narration was so bad that I was tempted to give up on the book altogether. The author's narration was flat and stilted making the reading of her dialogue especially jarring. Her voice was also too young sounding to be believable as a 50 year old woman. Some authors should simply not narrate their own work.

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  • 08-06-11

Authors (or some of them) shouldn't narrate

The story was brilliant and the writing was excellent. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I had read it myself as the narrator/author really did not do it justice. Unfortunately she had minimal depth, inflection, emotion. At times it was quite mundane to listen to. Excellent story though.

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  • Solesio
  • 03-21-15

Excellent insight, weak narration

Oh how I wish writers would avoid narrating their own books. Lisa Genova is an excellent writer and offers real insight into Alzheimer's. I am witnessing my own mother's awful crawl towards absolute dementia, so at times it wasn't easy to listen to. Nevertheless I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

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  • Sara
  • 03-30-15

Beautiful

A beautiful story, touching without being over sentimental. An interesting and thought provoking account that brings to life what it must be like to be affected by Alzheimer's.

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  • Rachel Ramage
  • 03-20-15

Amazing

Was extremely moving, realistic and grabbed me with every word. Would definitely recommend.
Heartfelt and devastating at the same time

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  • Cinders
  • 03-20-15

an easy story to listen to

a glimpse into a world of people and families trying to cope. Allows more understanding of how someone with dementia struggles.

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  • Tolliedee
  • 03-02-15

Very moving and impactful....

As a woman of the same age, with many of the same fears about my memory/mental agility and competence, I found Alice's journey powerful and intimate. I was mesmerised by the story and totally immersed in her choices and feelings in relation to others and her family. Very touching story.

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  • Tickledpinknot
  • 02-26-15

Captivating

Compelling listening. Thoroughly enjoyed this book which was sensitively read making all the characters come alive. The interpretation of the debilitating affects of Alzheimer's was plausible and understandable.

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  • Chelsea Powell
  • 02-19-15

Beautiful

Beautifully written book with so many interesting ideas and insightful views into Alzheimer's. Loved that the author read it but could have shown more expression and emotion in parts of the dialogue.

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  • Lock
  • 02-11-15

Incredibly moving

I did not want to stop listening. It was fantastically written. So true to life, very moving and real. Would strongly recommend

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  • Miss
  • 01-17-15

Brilliant

This book is beautiful and inspiring. I loved listening to every word and finished it in but a few days. It is addictive.

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  • Sonia
  • 09-06-15

Alice

Loved it , a great and enjoyable listen which is loving, deep and thought provoking.

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  • Philip
  • 07-17-15

Still Alice promotes understanding and not pity.

I'm not a person with dementia but have met people with dementia including people with Early Onset Dementia—what is known as Younger Onset Dementia (YOD) here in Australia. Lisa Genova's writing of Alice's experience rings so true to me as a mere observer. Brilliantly crafted and honed, this book seems not a fiction but a memoir; it made me think throughout of a friend of mine with YOD and the journey she travels with her husband and family. Genova's novel incites understanding and not pity. It is a must read for everyone who seeks to understand the beautifully complex world around them. Lisa's reading brought a real sense of what she wanted to say to the story, great stuff!

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  • Evelyn
  • 02-27-15

Still Alice

This book was so close to home as my mother had dementia and I wish I had read this story before my mother had died - we could have become even closer by my understanding a little more of what she was experiencing
Please Lisa continue writing your brilliant stories but let narrators like the brilliant Kate Rudd do so much more justice to your book than you did

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  • Cordelia
  • 05-29-15

I didn't like the way she read it.

I felt like she was a reluctant teenager reading a prescribed book. it was a great story though

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  • Lisa Maree Tindale
  • 03-06-15

Still Alice

Great story, well read, very moving, enjoyed every minute. Great to listen to while driving.
Would recommend it to anyone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-20

Beautifully Sad

Couldn't stop listening. Written beautifully and read perfectly. Finishing this book I feel sad I can't continue to read about this family I've grown to love.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-19

Beautifully told, poignant and moving

Still Alice tracks the progression of Alzheimer's disease in the mind and life of a brilliant Harvard professor, whose passion and work revolved around language. In a cruel twist of fate, the story follows Alice from early diagnosis to the point where she is cradling her grandchild and referring to her daughters as "the actress" and "the mother." Narrating this story from Alice's perspective as she struggles to describe and make sense of the world around her, offers a valuable insight into the world of anyone suffering progressive cognitive impairment, and will hopefully create greater understanding and compassion towards them.

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  • Becca
  • 04-30-19

capturing

such an amazing story and told very well. kept me hooked through out the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-23-18

I enjoyed every moment

the book is giving me a sense of empathy towards dementia and alzheimers. I really felt moved during parts of the book.it was very easy to listen to and I loved having the author of the book read it to me.

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  • Twins 2020
  • 10-22-18

just loved it!!

Brilliant story, to me it felt so real knowing loved ones had going though similar experiences.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-14-18

Average

I was looking really forward to this book, it’s not that I’m disappointed in it, I just felt nothing about it. The author reading the book really detracted to this story for me. There’s a reason that there are professionals that do this. I felt like she was always short of breath while reading and I could hear her heavy breathing which was unpleasant. The story, while good, was broken up by dates and often the hard conversations people living with dementia have with their careers and loved ones were just skipped over, we were left to interpret the out come, and we quickly moved on to the next story about her memory loss. There was no real character development beyond Alice and hers seems more of a unravelling then a building. Good story lines were dropped and never picked up again. It’s a tough subject matter and I admire the attempt. Perhaps the movie might actually be better on this one.