From the author of Cicada Spring....
Sometimes the wheel of life doesn't spin in your favor, and sometimes there's nothing you can do about it. Brian Lethando knows this firsthand. His mother left him when he was only two years old, and his father died shortly after of a heroin overdose. 20 years later, when the woman who took Brian in and raised him as her own son begins to suffer the effects of Alzheimer's, the two of them set out on one last road trip to discover the true meaning of the word family.
This short story is heavily emotional. Little is as devastating or cruel as Alzheimer's. And as emotional as his reunion with his mother is, it's the Alzheimer's that sticks with me. Especially considering the interaction between the themes of this disease and of the significance of being a parent. The tension leading up to meeting the birth mother was palpable and how it played out is not like any parent child reunion I've ever read.
This was not an easy listen, but it was a rewarding one.
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This is a nice story, emotional and interesting. However... I only gave it 3 stars because it curses God's name almost at the end - (which was not disclosed at the place where I got this audio-book, and there is a place to do it before posting your books for reviews) . A good, well written book doesn't need bad language, you can imply it, or use substitutes. But if you feel you have to write it, please warn those who prefer not to put it in their minds.
The narrator did a great job.
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I really enjoyed this short story. In only 45 minutes there were many different emotions and up and downs. I really enjoyed a lot about this book!
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This short but well-written novel touches the heartstrings of our hearts. The agony of having to deal with a deteriorating mind, becomes the agony of many, not only the person afflicted by the symptoms. The parallels dramas that the protagonist, Brian Lethando has to face in a hopeful and dreaded trip looking for his natural mother who abandoned him when he was only 2 years old, becomes his chance of spending precious time with his adoptive mother who is dealing with the first signs of Alzheimer. Facing a new rejection by a mother who never wanted him, Brian's love for his true mother shines in what might be their last adventure.
There's something about this story that is really compelling, I think it's the care and devotion that is shown between the two main characters.
It's kinda short but there's nothing missing, I was just enjoying it and I wanted more.
A fabulous short story.
The narration was great, good character voices and the emotions of the book were conveyed well.
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Family isn't necessarily defined by blood. When Brian has the opportunity to meet his birth mother, he and his adoptive mother take a road trip. This is their story.
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A very short story but it says a lot.Family is not always blood.Joshua Needham was a good narrator.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
The author was able to pack a whole lifetime of love and loss in a 45 minute story. That is, in my opinion, a masterful skill. Watching the short journey across the country with the woman who raised him, and watching as her mind breaks down stirred up a lot of emotion in me. I don't want to give anything away, but the story takes an unexpected turn and ends on a high note! I would definitely say this is worth 45 mins of your day!
The legal stuff: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Personally: Free copy or not, I don't bs on my reviews, and this was a good one :-)
Siggned up to listen to this book on a whim because it was short and free, I don't think I have ever had such a good experience from such a short story before. The story itself was a simple affair having a handful of scenes within it. Likewise there are only 4-5 main characters depending on how you look at it. Somehow though in a half hour Christian Galacar made me care about and genuinely feel bad for the plight of the protagonist. Its both heartfelt and beautiful in a way that I honestly wasn't expecting.
long story short 10/10, would feel sad again.
Things don't always turn out like you planned, so you make the best of it.
This is a nice little character study of an abandoned child and the mother who took him in who is succumbing to Alzheimer's. They are on a road trip and ...
It was an interesting listen and the narrator did a great job telling the story. I smiled at the end.
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