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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,597 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bob Woodruff, Lee Woodruff Narrator: Bob Woodruff, Lee Woodruff Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9781436126939
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The crude homemade bomb changed everything, instantly. ABC's World News Tonight co-anchor and his wife share their story about the attack in Iraq that left Bob seriously injured. A love story of how they have recovered and renewed their lives. Winne Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The Woodruffs reveal both the strengths and weaknesses that they brought to coping with Bob’s crisis. Their frankness heightens the book’s impact, as does its wider subject: the increasing frequency in Iraq of explosion-induced head injuries like those Bob suffered. This book means to draw compassion and attention to those casualties, and it surely will.”

    New York Times

  • “An inspiring story and one that reminds us that there are countless families facing similar tragedies. The narration by both Bob and Lee enhances the listening experience and brings an added poignancy to the events they describe.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 2/18/2014

    " Sadly, I love a good TBI story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 2/16/2014

    " one of the best books!!! very inspiring! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 2/13/2014

    " Great book about his tragic war accident, and the recovery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Stotler | 2/12/2014

    " This book has personal significance to me since my 24 year old son had a traumatic brain injury last November. I found so many parallels in this book to our situation, and it reinforced the hope that we have for my son's full recovery. It's a good read even if you don't know someone who has faced this incredibly difficult situation though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/9/2014

    " An amazing story of a family recovering from the effects of a traumatic brain injury. Very touching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Todd Hagen | 1/30/2014

    " I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. I laughed, I cried, and I found the information on traumatic brain injury and the recovery from it very interesting. It was a book that I could have read straight through from start to finish if I'd had the time to do so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madres | 1/28/2014

    " This is a must read. A very touching story about love and over coming something someone should never have to go through. This man is lucky to be alive "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefania | 1/20/2014

    " Love to read of people's journeys "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 1/14/2014

    " Wow-In January 2006 Bob Woodruff as con-anchor of ABC's World News Tonight suffered a traumatic brain injury that nearly killed him while embedded with the military in Iraq.In An Instant is the frank account of Bob and Lee Woodruff's lives after this event. I couldn't put this one down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 1/11/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I generally like biographical stories anyway. It brought back to the surface many feelings of when my son was stationed in Iraq from 2004 - 2005. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen | 1/10/2014

    " What a great story. A must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 12/7/2013

    " Amazing account of their experience after Bob Woodruff was wounded in the war... including the history of their relationship. Pretty inspiring... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carly | 11/16/2013

    " Read this book--it's beautiful and heart wrenching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mayde | 10/27/2013

    " I absolutely loved this book. What a gripping story. It really made me appreciate my family. I highly recommend it!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 8/28/2013

    " I read this book in 3 days! Lee is a remarkable woman! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noreendenton | 4/10/2013

    " Interesting and courageous story about how one copes with serious brain trauma. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marsha | 3/22/2013

    " Mildly interesting due to subject matter (TBI) but I sure can't like these people or their writing style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelley | 1/9/2013

    " This book was amazing. Since my dad suffered an anoxic brain injury (quite different from traumatic) it was comforting to read from Lee Woodruff's perspective. It reminded me of everything my mom went through. I really connected to this book and have given it to my mom to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 10/22/2012

    " Bob and Lee Woodruff share their story of recovery following an IED explosion near the vehicle Bob, an embedded ABC reporter, and his crew were in with troops in Iraq. He suffered a number of wounds as well as a severe traumatic brain injury. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 10/1/2012

    " Amazing story of brain trauma recovery, but I thought the author, the wife, is a bit annoying and high maintenance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 8/22/2012

    " This was more about how Bob Woodruff became an anchor than it was about living with a brain injury. Not what I expected or needed. It wasn't bad but it wasn't terribly interesting either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 3/19/2012

    " A true story depicting the devastating effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries and the war in Iraq written eloquently and simutaneously between a husband and wife. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S. | 11/29/2011

    " Inspiring...not just Bob's survival and ultimate recovery but Lee's commitment to him and their family. She is real and honest about their experience. Listening to them narrate made it very easy to get wrapped up in their story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 9/19/2011

    " Good book what a remarkable recovery and the family with him all the way "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/14/2011

    " Amazing story of brain trauma recovery, but I thought the author, the wife, is a bit annoying and high maintenance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noreendenton | 5/7/2011

    " Interesting and courageous story about how one copes with serious brain trauma. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 2/20/2011

    " Very interesting and what a strong couple to overcome his injury. The good news is that Mr. Woodruff is doing special reports for NBC TV again!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/16/2011

    " Sort of a dual memoir of love and courage by Lee and Bob Woodruff. An inspirational story of coping with tragedy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandria | 2/15/2011

    " Fabulous book. I never knee Bob and Lee had such a wonderful love story! I really feel like this book was worth reading. They let you inside their heads and hearts, leading you through their hardships as a family overcoming a TBI. Truly Inspiring is the love of this family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 2/1/2011

    " WOW...couldn't put this book down. An amazing story of recovery. The way it is written with each person, Bob and Lee, his wife, each writing their own parts is very well done. The book gives you insight into the profession of an international journalist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nona | 1/16/2011

    " Good approach to the story from both Bob and Lee's viewpoints. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 12/12/2010

    " Loved this book!! A heartwarming story of Bob & Lee's life together and how they navigated the waters of TBI as a couple and a family. A must read for anyone struggling with a hard time in their lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefania | 12/11/2010

    " Love to read of people's journeys "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 12/4/2010

    " This was more about how Bob Woodruff became an anchor than it was about living with a brain injury. Not what I expected or needed. It wasn't bad but it wasn't terribly interesting either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 11/12/2010

    " A real story of bravery, courage and love after a well known journalist is embedded with us Troops in Afghanistan and survives an IED explosion, and incurred a head injury that even five years ago, he probably would have died from. The couple and their family is to be admired for their grit. "

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About the Author

Bob Woodruff was named coanchor of ABC’s World News Tonight. While reporting on US and Iraqi security forces, he was seriously injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle near Taji, Iraq.

About the Narrator
Lee Woodruff is the life and family contributor for ABC’s Good Morning America and a freelance writer. She is on the board of trustees of the Bob Woodruff Family Foundation (Remind.org), a nonprofit organization that provides critical resources and support to our nation’s injured service members, veterans, and their families. Lee Woodruff lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, and their four children.