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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:
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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!


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.” 


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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