Still Alice

by Lisa Genova | Audiobooks |
ISBN: 9781442336209 Global Overview for this book
Registered by indygo88 of Lafayette, Indiana USA on 9/14/2010
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9 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by indygo88 from Lafayette, Indiana USA on Tuesday, September 14, 2010
"Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease, written by first-time author Lisa Genova, who holds a Ph. D in neuroscience from Harvard University.
Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer's disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what's it's like to literally lose your mind..."

Acquired through PaperBackSwap.com (Unabridged on 7 CD's; read by the author)

Journal Entry 2 by indygo88 at Lafayette, Indiana USA on Friday, June 03, 2011
This book is somewhat unique in that although it's fictional, it's written from the point of view of a person WITH Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease, rather than of a loved one dealing with the familial affects. I knew going into this that it would be a difficult read, primarily because this is one of those diseases that I think is one of the most difficult for caretakers. Any disease of the mind is difficult, but to see a loved one lose recognition of familiar people is heartbreaking. I've known acquaintances with Alzheimer's Disease in their families & I've heard the stories, and I've always been grateful (if that's the right word) that I've not had a family member of my own in this situation. And yes -- this book is full of emotion & makes you think about your own life & your mortality & the choices you've made.

I probably would've rated this book higher, had it not been that I earread the audio version. Lisa Genova herself was the reader, & while she's a capable reader as far as clarity, her monotone turned me off. I would've expected some more emotion in her voice, but it just wasn't there.

Journal Entry 3 by indygo88 at Lafayette, Indiana USA on Saturday, September 08, 2012
Passing along in booklady's bookbox.....

Journal Entry 4 by olered at Salem, Oregon USA on Thursday, July 04, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed 'Still Alice.' I was sure the subject would put me off...and the reader's voice wasn't the best.....but the story was great and written well. I was really anxious to get to my listening time each day! Have included it in Big John Lefty's book box so someone else can enjoy.

Journal Entry 5 by dabercro at Clinton, Utah USA on Sunday, July 21, 2013
Chosen from Big John Lefty's audiobookbox.

Journal Entry 6 by dabercro at Clinton, Utah USA on Monday, March 30, 2015
A heartbreaking story of Alice's journey with early onset Alzheimer Disease. The story is told through Alice's point of view. So sad to feel yourself slipping away and there is nothing you can do to stop it. The story kept my attention and I was anxious to get back into my car to continue it.

Journal Entry 7 by dabercro at another bookcrosser, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Saturday, May 23, 2015

Released 4 yrs ago (5/23/2015 UTC) at another bookcrosser, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA

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Sending to Aberpeter in WA.

Journal Entry 8 by Aberpeter at Kirkland, Washington USA on Saturday, May 30, 2015
thanks dabercro

Journal Entry 9 by Aberpeter at Renton, Washington USA on Wednesday, May 25, 2016
A very moving book about Alice, a Harvard professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. Although it was sad witnessing Alice's decline, the story was very engaging.

Journal Entry 10 by Aberpeter at Renton, Washington USA on Saturday, June 11, 2016

Released 2 yrs ago (6/11/2016 UTC) at Renton, Washington USA

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adding to BigJohnLefty's Other Audio Bookbox

Journal Entry 11 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Thursday, October 06, 2016
Picked out from (the sadly departed and dearly missed) BigJohnLefty's bookbox. I've heard about this book so am glad to see this in the box. Thanks for sharing.

Journal Entry 12 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Friday, March 31, 2017
Really glad I got to read this, as I've heard about it for a while. It's a sad story as readers follow Alice's decline. The author is very skilled in selecting the poignant moments that so vividly illustrates her deterioration. So many little things we take for grant, this book will make you feel so grateful for all you have.

At one point in the story, Alice can no longer read a book, as she cannot retain the information of what was in the earlier part of the book, or even a few sentences ago. While I know Alzheimer's affects the memory, it didn't occur to me that it could affect reading in such a way. For a reader, this really hits home hard. I gazed around my room at all the books I have, all the books I hope to read one day - hey one day I'll retire and have nothing to do but read, right - and thought, gosh, now I really really don't want to get this disease.

Journal Entry 13 by wingAzukiwing at Bookcrossing Convention Bordeaux 2018 in Bordeaux, Aquitaine France on Thursday, April 19, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (4/20/2018 UTC) at Bookcrossing Convention Bordeaux 2018 in Bordeaux, Aquitaine France

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This beautiful book has been enjoyed by many BCers in the U.S. As there is no longer any audio bookbox circulating around, I'm taking this across the pond, to explore new territories!

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Journal Entry 14 by earthcaroleanne at Bordeaux, Aquitaine France on Friday, April 27, 2018
This was left on the book buffet so I've brought it home to create an audio book box.

Journal Entry 15 by earthcaroleanne at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 22, 2018
An interesting read but the main character doesn't attract sympathy. Throughout this novel I never got to know the characters. They came across as two-dimensional and it was as though I was watching them from a distance. I didn't believe in the way Alice's children behaved or that her husband could be so detached. The whole scenario of the dementia being revealed to the family was presented in a matter-of-fact, somewhat unemotional manner. At one point in the story, Alice can no longer read a book, as she cannot retain the information of what was in the earlier part of the book, or even a few sentences ago. While I know Alzheimer's affects the memory, it didn't occur to me that it could affect reading in such a way. For a reader, this really hits home hard. I gazed around my room at all the books I have, all the books I hope to read one day - hey one day I'll retire and have nothing to do but read, right?
I’ve got to agree with indygo88 Lisa Genova’s voice did nothing to help me enjoy this.

Journal Entry 16 by earthcaroleanne at Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, September 01, 2018

Released 8 mos ago (9/1/2018 UTC) at Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom

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Adding to my 10th Bookiversary bookbox.

Journal Entry 17 by wingPlum-crazywing at Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, September 03, 2018
Rec'd in a lovely box of audio books to celebrate earthcarolanne's 10 years at Bookcrossing :o)

Journal Entry 18 by wingPlum-crazywing at Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, January 17, 2019
I tend to listen to audiobooks when travelling with hubby in the car, & as he doesn't like the sound of this, & I have it as a book, I'll probably offer as a RABCK.

Journal Entry 19 by wingPlum-crazywing at by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Released 4 mos ago (1/23/2019 UTC) at by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases

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On its way to daffodil-2

Journal Entry 20 by daffodil-2 at North Walsham, Norfolk United Kingdom on Friday, January 25, 2019
Received in the post today from Plum-Crazy along with several other e-books, a release bag and several b.c. labels Thanks very much. (I don't use e-books personally but requested this box to pass on to one of two friends who love them due to having sight problems.) However I have read a copy of this book and also seen the film, both of which I really enjoyed so it comes highly recommended.

Journal Entry 21 by daffodil-2 at Wayford, Norfolk United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Released 1 mo ago (4/17/2019 UTC) at Wayford, Norfolk United Kingdom

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This book was given to Snoopy56 today when we met for lunch, and not to one of my visually-challenged friends as previously planned.

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Journal Entry 22 by snoopy56 at Ormesby St Margaret, Norfolk United Kingdom on Thursday, April 18, 2019
Several people have recommended this book to me as being better than the film and I thought the film was brilliant so I am looking forward to listening to this.

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