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Still Alice

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Lisa Genova

Narrated By: Lisa Genova

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: January 2009

Duration: 7 hours 48 minutes

Summary:

An extraordinary debut novel about an accomplished woman who slowly loses her thoughts and memories to a harrowing disease -- only to discover that each day brings a new way of living and loving Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty 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 becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease changes her life. As the inevitable descent into dementia strips away her sense of self, fiercely independent Alice struggles to live in the moment. While she once placed her worth and identity in her celebrated and respected academic life, now she must reevaluate her relationship with her husband, a respected scientist; her expectations of her children; and her ideas about herself and her place in the world. At once beautiful and terrifying, Still Alice 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.

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  • Nayeli B

    I really enjoyed this book. The narrators voice was calm and soothing. It brought insight to the thoughts of a person with EOA.

  • Joelle B

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audio book. Loved the narrator's soothing voice - very easy to listen to. Learning about EOD was very interesting but sad also. Very well written. Looking forward now to watching the film. I think Julianne Moore will be perfect for the role of Alice and I pictured her in my mind as I listened to the book.

  • Susan Bath

    Wow, this book is a must read for everyone. It gives amazing insight into Alzheimer's. I loved the simple narration. I felt like I was reading it, only I didn't have to use my eyes.

  • Pooja Shah

    This was an absolute delight to read. The narrator did a great job at narrating the book and for giving life to the characters. I felt a sense of emotional committment- the character's pain was my own. Great read.

  • Marybeth Segars

    Brilliant book! I liked the way it straddled between the storyline and her thoughts. I particularly enjoyed the insight into her mind (and feelings). I quickly grew attached to her. And my heart hurt for her as her mental health declined. The author did a good job narrating. It felt pure and that was appropriate given the style of the book. Well done.

  • Marcia Wicks

    One of my favorite books and narrators. I actually listened to it twice. My father had Alzheimer's and it brought back memories although he became violent and so a very sad time for our whole family.

  • Stacey Rentfrow

    Very insightful book about the reality of EOAD. So grateful for the story. Loved the book as it was so real and heartfelt from every angle.

  • Shona Mason

    Very moving. I actually liked that the narration was not 'acted': I liked the simplicity, I liked that it was more like reading a book when you have to work out how people would have sounded, it allowed me to use my imagination too. I felt Alice's journey through the narration. The growing detachment is poignant. I am glad I have listened to the book instead of watching the film. It is difficult to say I enjoyed the book as it is a challenging subject but I did enjoy the balance between character, story and factual information and the insight into the effect of this condition on the sufferer. The speech was beautiful.

  • Jody Vulk

    Great book. Very thought provoking. However, it lacked character recognition. The author read all of the characters similarly. There were conversations that were confusing at first, figuring out who said what.

  • Elizabeth Gumbs

    Wonderfully written but lacking expression from the narration of the author. Eye opening story to a disease that I have no close relation to.