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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,186 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly Narrator: Mark Kelly, Jeffrey Zaslow Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781442348639
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As individuals, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, showed Americans how optimism, an adventurous spirit, and a call to service can help change the world. As a couple, they became a national example of the healing power to be found in deeply shared love and courage. Their arrival in the world spotlight came under the worst of circumstances. On January 8, 2011, while meeting with her constituents in Tucson, Arizona, Gabby was the victim of an assassination attempt that left six people dead and thirteen wounded. Gabby was shot in the head; doctors called her survival “miraculous.” As the nation grieved, Gabby remained in private, focused on her against-all-odds recovery. Mark spent every possible moment by her side, as he also prepared for his final mission as commander of the space shuttle Endeavour.

     Now, as Gabby’s health continues to improve, the couple shares their remarkable untold story. Told in Mark’s voice and from Gabby’s heart, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope chronicles the lives that brought these two extraordinary people together and provides an unflinching look at the overwhelming challenges of brain injury, the painstaking process of learning to communicate again, and the responsibilities that fall to a loving spouse who wants the best possible treatment for his wife.

     Gabby and Mark made a pledge to tell their account as honestly as possible, and they have done so in riveting detail, taking listeners behind many closed doors—from the flight deck of the space shuttle to the cloakrooms of Congress to the hospital wards where Gabby struggled to reclaim herself. Questions are answered with unvarnished candor. How do Gabby and Mark feel about the angry political discourse that was swirling in America at the time of the shooting, and that remains prevalent today? How do they see government living up to the highest possible ideals? And how do they understand and mourn the loss of the people who did not survive that day?

     Intimate, inspiring, and unforgettably moving, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope is a reminder of the power of true grit, the patience needed to overcome unimaginable obstacles, and the transcendence of love. In the story of Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly, we all can see the best in ourselves. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Giffords herself, in simple, coherent language, provides a final page about her ongoing recovery to conclude this picture of a victorious human spirit.

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kelly shares their story with a controlled depth of emotion and experience no other reader could match.” 

    AudioFile

  • “A welcome and heartfelt effort.” 

    Kirkus Reviews 

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 2/10/2014

    " Inspiring and interesting....I learned not about brain injury and about this woman's courage in facing it. But also about what a real marriage could mean. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don Mamone | 1/22/2014

    " This books should be mandatory reading for anyone that needs a reminder of the strength of the human spirit and the power of love. Mark masterfully recounts Gabby's story of perseverance with emotion and conviction all the while leaving out the politics and rhetoric that would only serve to bring the book down. If you have not read it...read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marisa Gonzalez | 1/18/2014

    " The amazing story of Gabby Giffords and her recovery after the tragic shooting in Tucson. I highly recommend this book. I did, however, take off one star because I skimmed over some of the parts that described life at NASA which I felt took away from the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin Levine | 1/16/2014

    " Intriguing, engaging and inspiring, this same-year tell-all from Congresswoman Gifford's husband Mark Kelly is an, at times, painful but ultimately uplifting look Gifford's shooting, recovery and therapy. Personal and straight-forward, although repetitive at times; a great, quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 1/13/2014

    " I started listening to this book today, 1-17-2012, after work. So far it is interesting. I had never heard of Gabrielle Giffords until she had been shot. I'm sure it is that way for a lot of people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge | 1/13/2014

    " I now know so much more about Gabrielle Giffords inspiring story. B.C. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dede | 1/5/2014

    " I am not a political person. However, this is the best book that I have read in years. I could not stop reading. Absolutely amazing story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/24/2013

    " This was by far one of the best books I have ever read! It was an inspirational book, as well as a beautiful love story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy Plonka | 12/10/2013

    " This book is mostly written by her husband, Mark Kelly, a former astronaut,. Though it focuses on the incident which occurred in January of 2011, where she was shot by an unstable constiuent, he does tell of her years growing up in Tucson and her devotion to public service "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 12/10/2013

    " Very good story. An amazing woman who fought to survive. Also a love story and the test of marriage vows for better or worse sickness and in health "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 11/21/2013

    " Without doubt the most heart wrenching book I have ever read. But the close of the book - reading Gabby's own words of "I will return" - left me inspired. This book will take you on a journey of many emotions. God speed, Gabby. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Pitcher | 10/1/2013

    " Loved this book! Very touching & heartwarming I would recommend this book to any one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 8/2/2013

    " This is an easy read and brings in some interesting info about NASA along with Gabby Gifford's challenges as she continues her amazing recovery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 5/19/2013

    " This is quite a touching and inspirational book. I hope Gabrielle Giffords continues her amazing recovery! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh Mcguire | 7/31/2012

    " it was a good book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine Williams | 7/27/2012

    " An interesting read and a compelling story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 5/30/2012

    " It is a very moving story. I feel inadequate to fully express my admiration for both of these people in their ongoing struggles since the Congresswoman was shot last year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bb | 2/21/2012

    " This book was just okay. Learned a few things but most of it had already been featured in the news. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ♡ Kristina | 2/4/2012

    " 5 stars for sure ... I just love this story. Love, tragedy, hope, success, triumph. Rarely am I hooked in the first few pages of a book but I was with this one. I had tears in my eyes within the first 5 pages and they didn't stop there. READ IT! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 12/17/2011

    " I'm so excited to read this book! What a miracle! This is just and extraordinary story of hope and the will to survive!! I can't helped but be moved by this story and am just really looking forward to reading this book! "

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About the Author

Gabrielle Giffords is known across the country for her resilience in the face of violence, and for her consensus-building leadership in Congress. The youngest woman ever elected to the Arizona State Senate, Giffords served in the Arizona Legislature from 2000–2005 and in Congress from 2006–2012.

About the Narrator

Mark Kelly is a retired astronaut and US Navy Captain. He flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011.