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Still Alice

Lu par : Lisa Genova
Durée : 7 h et 46 min
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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

Description

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.

©2009 Lisa Genova (P)2009 Simon & Schuster

Critiques

"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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  • sunstan
  • 07/12/2014

Please pay for a professional Reader

Would you try another book from Lisa Genova and/or Lisa Genova?

yes

What didn’t you like about Lisa Genova’s performance?

Monotone. The author is a good writer but a horrible reader. I don't understand why a professional reader was not used. The flat and emotionless voice made the book unbearable to listen to at times. I wish that I had purchased this book in book form and not audio. It's a struggle to stay with that flat voice reading this compelling story.

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  • Laura
  • 26/01/2014

Very poor narrator, I returned it

What would have made Still Alice better?

A different narrator, ie: Caroline Lee

What could Lisa Genova have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Have it read by somebody else

What didn’t you like about Lisa Genova’s performance?

Her voice is very monotone and she sounds much younger than the character's age

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I have not finished reading it yet but it seems very interesting so far

Any additional comments?

Thanks Audible for allowing us to return a book!

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  • Amy L.
  • 18/01/2015

Authors-please stop narrating your own books!

Would you consider the audio edition of Still Alice to be better than the print version?

No-This might be the third book that I am having a problem finishing because the actual author is narrating. Please, unless you're Amy Poehler or an actual entertainer, please allow Audible to hire a trained reader.

What did you like best about this story?

This horrible disease runs in my family and I am always interested to read about different experiences.

Any additional comments?

I have been listening to books from Audible for over 12 years and have rarely been disappointed with the readers. This is actually the first time I have written a review because I am compelled to beg Audible to stop having the author narrate their own books. When you are used to exceptional readers, these narrators fall short and almost always ruin the experience!

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  • Bruce A. Agee
  • 13/10/2011

Made for TV Movie ..

I'm ambivalent about this book. The author did a pretty good job of capturing 'key' points about what folks experience with Early Onset Alzheimers - so if you prefer a narrative over dry descriptions of what faces Alzheimer sufferers and their families - this book is for you. Yet the book misses the true challenges that face the rest of us. I titled my review "Made for TV Movie" because that's what it appears to be. Well written but superficial.

My complaint is that the author apparently had a 'check list' of points she wanted to cover, so one-by-one she checked them off. Most problems popped up long enough for the author to tell us about them - and then she moved on. The problem rarely occurred in a significant way again. For someone who supposedly suffered from significant language problems, Alice always managed to be fully articulate when necessary. Yeah, right.

Despite Alice's dark plans at one point (another check mark), she didn't really seem to mind having Alzheimer's. Sure it got in the way - but she was not upset for long about anything. There was no fear, no distrust, no chronic anxiety ... it was just a frustrating experience that could be handled and planned for.

I speak from some experience, since my own wife, Barbara has early onset Alzheimer's, although not the fast-acting genetic variety. Comparing Alice to Barbara: Barbara is three years older than Alice. She had symptoms that go back at least six years before diagnosis. Her first mention to her physician about the problems were passed over the first time she made them. It was only a year later that they took us seriously when I accompanied her to a visit, and nearly a year after that before she was diagnosed; ironically the same week as Alice.

Alice has such a perfect life. Professionally successful. Great doctors. Lightening fast diagnosis. Apparently no financial issues. No crazy legal issues. Grown children. (Barbara's were in high school). Everything was manageable except for that pesky disease and her ambitious husband. Good grief, she even got to see and know her first grandchild.

Like Alice, Barbara is loved and cared for. Unlike Alice, Barbara stays in her original home. Her husband is her full-time caregiver, while still working full time.

So nice try, Lisa. I hope you get your TV movie deal.

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  • Ira
  • 09/08/2010

Incredibly stimulating and thought-provoking

This is my first review after 7 years of membership listening to over 200 books. I am 64 and in good health, but this book raised profound questions for me about mortality, how to leave your family and friends when the time comes, and what to do when the time comes. I laughed and cried throughout, but now I have to figure out what I do when (if) something like this happens to me. I can't remember when a book affected me so profoundly. There are not enought stars in the rating -- it deserves 7.

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  • Sara
  • 02/03/2015

A Disappointing Look at Early Onset Alzheimer's

Flat and monotone narration by an inappropriately juvenile, flip, teenage sounding voice. Really wish the author had not done the narration. The story is technical and told from a cold observing distance. It is a perfect example of being talked at about the story rather than seeing it unfold and develop through plot and character driven detail. The frequent use of the word "she" (almost every sentence starts with she) nearly drove me over the edge. To me the book just did not ring true. I know great numbers of listeners loved the book, I am not one of them. A much better look at the experience of Alzheimer's Disease through fiction is the book Elizabeth is Missing.

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  • Claudia H
  • 28/11/2017

An author, NOT a narrator

The story was pretty good, but she is simply not a narrator. This would have been exponentially better if it had been read by an actual professional narrator or actor. The content was good, and I found myself distracted by the poor narration.

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  • Jean
  • 20/08/2011

Poor narration!!!

The book itself was interesting enough although a little technical in places but the narration was so bad that I was tempted to give up on the book altogether. The author's narration was flat and stilted making the reading of her dialogue especially jarring. Her voice was also too young sounding to be believable as a 50 year old woman. Some authors should simply not narrate their own work.

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  • SF
  • 06/08/2011

Authors (or some of them) shouldn't narrate

The story was brilliant and the writing was excellent. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I had read it myself as the narrator/author really did not do it justice. Unfortunately she had minimal depth, inflection, emotion. At times it was quite mundane to listen to. Excellent story though.

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  • Miranda
  • 14/11/2017

Painfully flat narration

Imagine a court reporter reading back testimony with no emotion or emphasis. I WISH the author had been able to narrate Still Alice that well. l have had this title for a while. I am currently spending a lot of time in the car, so I decided to listen to it again, having forgotten how painful Lisa Genova's performance was the first time I slogged through it. It hasn't improved with time. In fact, it might be worse this time, because I know all the basic plot points and am focusing more on the details. I came back to Audible to see if, given the success of the book and the fact that it was made into a movie, they re-recorded the book with someone (anyone!) better suited to the task. They didn't, and so I'm here to warn you that this is a good book about an emotional subject that sounds like it's narrated by a robot.

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  • Matdog
  • 27/04/2015

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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  • Sil
  • 17/04/2015

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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  • Andy
  • 30/12/2015

A good read for women

The story truly captures the feelings and emotions anyone could encounter they themselves were to ever get diagnosed with such an unforgiving disease. Your memories and intelligence are your biggest treasures.

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  • Hans Reiter
  • 21/05/2015

Great story

The story is touching and interesting, especially when the author describes the effects of Alzheimer's disease on an otherwise healthy and respected professional. Read by the author but as good as any professional speaker.

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  • Chris Holzapfel
  • 25/05/2015

Andere Welt

Wie konnte sich die Schrifstellerin so realistisch einfühlen in die Nöte einer an Alzheimer Erkrankten? Wie Alice manchmal ganz klar ihre Defizite sieht und an in anderen Situationen überhaupt nicht merkt, wie verrückt das ist, was sie sagt und tut. Oder wie sie immer distanzierter ihre Familie betrachtet. Ihr Mann John ist plötzlich nicht mehr John, sondern "der Mann". Oder ihre Töchter "die Mutter" und die "andere Frau".
Nach diesem Buch verstehe ich die Welt dieser Menschen noch einmal ganz anders.
Tragisch fand ich, dass ihr unbedingter Wunsch, sich rechtzeitig (!?) umzubringen, nicht geklappt hat. Auch wenn es liebevoll verbrämt wird.
Die Sprecherin spricht zwar ein schönes Amerikanisch, allerdings ein bisschen unbetont. Kommt man aber nach kurzer Einhörzeit gut klar mit.

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