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Publisher's Summary

Whilst suffering from a condition whereby he was unable to speak and his only movement was the blinking of an eyelid, Jean-Dominique Bauby devised a code for each letter of the alphabet and dictated this book about his experiences and feelings. He died just after it was published. This moving, extraordinary book is read by Richard Derrington.

©2012 Jean-Dominique Bauby (P)1997 AudioGO Ltd

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  • RC
  • 08-17-16

Thought provoking

This was recommended by my GP colleague since it details the struggles and life of a man who to some people shows minimal signs of life. It shows how even the smallest thing can be important and that life should not be taken for granted since it is only when you've lost something that you realise how privileged you are.

It is well read and easy to listen to. It can elicit sadness and then laughter as you travel through some of this mans thoughts. I listened to this whilst driving and it made me reflect on how I approach life.

It's a story I will remember!

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  • Brianako
  • 01-22-20

inspirational

One of those short books that you have to stop everything to listen in wonder. And just marvel. life is precious.

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  • Anna French
  • 02-27-17

Truly beautiful

Every word in this book is thoroughly thought out and has it's place. Life affirming and powerful, yet immensely enjoyable.

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  • Samantha
  • 09-24-14

A must-read for all healthcare professionals!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

As a nurse, really opened my eyes to everything that we do matters to our patients and how its the little things that can make all the difference.

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A lovely well written book and well read by speaker.

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  • Andreas Ergatoudes
  • 04-16-21

Appreciation for life

A great mind held captive by the body. Well written and well narrated, this little audiobook managed to captivate me. I found this really interesting.The author paradoxically had a zest and appreciation for life that was well transmitted to me

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  • Elena C.
  • 02-03-21

One of my favourites

Incredible, just incredible. Poetic, painful, this short book was finished in one stint.. it’s that good!

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  • Big H
  • 11-16-20

Thought provoking

An amazing account of what life is like for someone in this position. Who new that an active mind was behind this stroke. The pain he feels the vulnerability of his situation. The good and bad staff. Every little detail is magnified in this book. Powerful reading and what a great accomplishment Mr Bauby.

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  • Hunor
  • 10-26-20

Lovely read !

I really enjoyed it. and I loved the narrator's voice, He reminds me of Anthony Hopkins :) Highly recommended 👌

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-16-18

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Very interesting but ultimately sad read. This is my first audio book and looking forward to my next.

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  • Lauren
  • 04-06-21

Eloquently written

The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly is one man’s recount of what his life with “locked-in syndrome” is like. Bauby’s choice of words paints a beautiful and raw picture of his experiences in vivid detail, made even more incredible through the adversity required to write it. Through its reading, you will develop a deeper gratitude and wonder for the life you have.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the human story, or enjoys a read about character development of strength through adversity.

Captured by Bauby’s eloquence of language throughout, I rate this book 4.5/5.

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  • Jessica A.
  • 01-16-21

Short and Sweet

This story is very interesting to listen to, I had to listen to it as apart of a university unit. For the length of it, its super easy to get through.

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  • Peter Bancroft
  • 08-16-19

A journey worth exploring.

Beautifully written from an experience I'd rather not share. But then again, life doesn't always go to plan.

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  • Julia Robertson
  • 01-19-18

Astounding

A fabulous account of the experience of living with locked in syndrome, beautifully portrayed by an astounding author wrote by blinking out each letter of each word. A monumental effort!