Still Alice

  • von Lisa Genova
  • Sprecher: Lisa Genova
  • 7 Std. 51 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch

Beschreibung

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.

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Beschreibung von Audible

The heart-wrenching tale of 50-year-old Alice Howland and her early onset Alzheimer's diagnosis is narrated eloquently by author Lisa Genova. Alice, a successful linguistics professor at Harvard, is married to John, an equally esteemed Harvard professor, and together they have three grown children. Her biggest worry in life is her youngest daughter's move to L.A. to pursue acting — until Alice starts forgetting things. It begins innocuously enough: misplacing her BlackBerry, missing unimportant appointments on her to-do list, searching her mind for tip-of-the-tongue phrases. But when she goes on her familiar daily run through Cambridge, and becomes disoriented just one mile from home, Alice knows something is terribly wrong.
A battery of tests and multiple doctor visits later, her worst nightmare is confirmed — she is in the first stages of early onset Alzheimer's disease. Told from Alice's perspective, it's a frighteningly keen insight to the slow deterioration of a debilitating disease. Every nuance of pain, frustration, fear, and sorrow is captured in Genova's voice and she expertly utilizes the pregnant pause, and short, choppy sentences to convey the confusion and pain of Howland's thoughts during testing and diagnosis.
Genova's slight Boston accent lends authenticity to the story, and she doesn't oversell the emotion behind the words. Her transitions between character dialogue are smooth and subtle, but she so embodies the main character Alice, it's hard to remember that it is Genova, and not Howland herself, telling her story. Knowing its being read exactly as it was intended by the author creates an even stronger connection to the work. Equally present is the devastating effect this illness has on Alice's husband, children, and coworkers. And while there's obviously no happy ending in sight, Genova still manages to paint a story of hope, reminding listeners that even in the midst of great loss and suffering, love remains. —Colleen Oakley

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Kritikerstimmen

"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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Hilfreichste

The worst Audio-Book-Speaker ever!

Würden Sie es noch mal mit einem anderen Hörbuch mit Lisa Genova versuchen?

Never ever.


Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Maybe a great novel... maybe a real good movie... but Lisa Genova is the worst audio-book-speaker I've heard before. So emotionless that I really don't know if I can make it through the whole audiobook without falling asleep every 10 Minutes. Sorry, a great story in a really worse audiobook.

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- Matdog

Eine andere Welt - unbeschreiblich informativ

Wer noch nicht viel ueber Alzheimer wusste, ist nach der Lektuere ein kluegerer Mensch. Lisa Genova oeffnet den Lesern die Augen und fuehrt sie in eine ganz neue, noch nie betretene Welt. Die Figur der Alice ist mitfuehlend und teils ergreifend geschildert, man kann verstehen, in welchen Schritten ein Patient sein "mensch-sein" verliert. UND man versteht die Noete der Angehoerigen!
5 Sterne dafuer.
Es gefaellt mir aber nicht, dass uns Lesern der koerperliche Verfall von Alice erspart wird. Er gehoert aber dazu, in all seiner Grausamkeit. Genauso wie die Wut und Verzweiflung der Patienten, die damit auch ihre Umwelt terrorisieren. Alice bleibt stets geduldig und lieb. Hm.

Ganz grosser Minuspunkt: Auch wenn Lisa Genovas Geschichte von mir 5 Sterne bekommt, Ihr Sprechen derselben bekommt nur traurige 2. Ihr Erzaehlmodus ist monoton, fast gelangweilt, Emotionen sind nicht zu erkennen. Waere die Story nicht so interessant, ich haette das Zuhoeren abgebrochen. Das ist schade.
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- Sil

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 21.01.2009
  • Verlag: Simon & Schuster Audio