Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ron Suskind

Narrated By: Ron Suskind

Publisher: Recorded Books

Date: April 2014

Duration: 13 hours 9 minutes


Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. "A fantasy? A nightmare?" This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood. The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song; until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive.


  • Clifford Beatty

    Excellent book! Touching and informative. Will be listening to it again soon!