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Left Neglected

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Lisa Genova

Narrated By: Sarah Paulson

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: January 2011

Duration: 10 hours 0 minutes


The New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice delivers a compelling and poignant story about a vibrant woman in the prime of her life struck with the crippling disorder of “left neglect.”

Neuroscientist and multiple award–winning author, Lisa Genova has been honored repeatedly for her writing excellence. Her first novel, Still Alice, a haunting and moving portrait of Alzheimer’s patient, was a commercial and critical success, debuting at #5 on the New York Times list and staying there for more than thirty weeks. Now she brings attention to a lesser-known condition, building upon the same kind of humanity that made Still Alice so special.

Thirty-something Sarah Nickerson is like so many women today—driven to succeed at home and at work, multi-tasking all day long, spread extremely thin. The morning that changes her life forever is at first just a typical morning. She’s in her car on her way to work, about to make a business call. But she takes her eyes off the road for one second too long, and she finds herself involved in a terrible accident. Sarah suffers a traumatic brain injury. Her memory and intellect are still intact, but she loses the ability to perceive information coming from the left—as if the left side of everything no longer exists—a condition known as left neglect. In just the blink of an eye, her life has changed. But as she works to recover, she reorders her priorities, and heals a rift with her mother, as well.


  • Anonymous

    As a woman who once was a working mother, I could really relate to this story. Be sure to listen to the prologue at the end, it is very enlightening.

  • Cathy Brennon

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book and learned new things about something I had not heard about before. Fascinating and well written. I could relate to so much of this girls too busy life and the way life brings you to a standstill and you have to listen and get the real message. Very inspiring and challenged some stereo type ideas of 'success'. Good narrator and very enjoyable book. I will look out for more of Lisa Genova's books as a result of reading this one

  • Sundarsingh Amos

    Very well written, with details of hectic life, dreams, all impacted by a life changing crisis and a great ending of readjustment. Well narrated, as well!

  • Anna Kazakova

    I expected a little bit more from this book, but it is still well written as everything by Lisa Genova!

  • Andrea Jones

    A good read. Dragged a bit in the middle and left a couple dangling points without closure. Worth the read though

  • Holly Harrison

    Frightening and heartwarming tale, as it could happen to you at any time. I had very little exposure to the world of brain traumas before this novel and it was interesting to see how one day, one accident, one moment can change your life forever. Definitely a great book that not only exposes inner body function and connection of our minds, but also acts as a reminder to count your blessings along with how being strong and connected through love can get you through life`s most complicated challenges.

Left Neglected

by Lisa Genova

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Left Neglected, Lisa Genova