By: Helen Keller
Narrated by: Frances Cassidy
Listening Length:4 hours
Audio Published: January 5th 2009
“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” —Helen Keller
Before she was two years old, scarlet fever destroyed Helen Keller’s sight and hearing. At seven, alone and withdrawn, she was rescued by Anne Sullivan, her teacher and friend. She learned to read (in several different languages) and speak so well that she graduated with honors in 1904 from Radcliffe, where she authored The Story of My Life.
In addition to her remarkable accomplishment of overcoming such huge disabilities, her other achievements are impressive in their own right. She published thirteen books and numerous articles; she devoted her life to social reform; and she campaigned on behalf of the handicapped in thirty-five countries, touching the faces—and hearts—of kings, presidents, and movie stars. Today the foundations she established continue to help the deaf and blind throughout the world.
Enthusiastic and untiring, Helen Keller is deservedly inspirational and stands before all of us as an example of what we can accomplish, given fortitude and purpose. Most important, she demonstrates that the severely disabled have nothing to be ashamed of.
I first learned about Helen Keller in grade school. And seriously what’s not to be impressed with. But I really couldn’t tell you anymore than I knew she was deaf and blind. That she learned to speak and write despite the challenges.
So when the opportunity came to enhance my knowledge I took it. And I took it by listening to the autobiography she wrote herself.
I found out more than I thought I would have. It was read almost you instead of at you. A diary formatting while not actually being a diary.
I was impressed with the narration as it the voice was positive and uplifting. As always though I bumped the speed up to 1.5x. That seems to be the ideal speed for me to listen to audiobooks in.
While I found parts of the books to be remarkable (the first 50%) others dragged. Towards the ends it became more mundane, everyday liking or activities. I wanted more though. I wanted the key points not what became a daily schedule.
Still none the less it did provide a new insight one of more of a personal level that isn’t taught in school.