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4.00001346783208 out of 54.00001346783208 out of 54.00001346783208 out of 54.00001346783208 out of 54.00001346783208 out of 5 4.00 (74,251 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Genova Narrator: Lisa Genova Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9780743581486
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Can you imagine a world in which you spend your entire life working to be successful only to have your memories slowly deteriorate? In the Still Alice audiobook, by Lisa Genova, we get a unique look into the life of a prominent and prosperous Harvard professor who falls victim to the horrors of early-onset Alzheimer's Disease.

Alice Howland is a 50-year-old professor of cognitive psychology at Harvard University. In addition, she's the wife of a loving and successful husband and mother to three adult children. Alice is esteemed by her colleagues, loved by her friends, and adored by her family. However, she is unprepared for the tragedy that strikes when the sharpness of her mind, which she has depended on for years as a defining characteristic of her character, begins to dull.

The news from Alice's doctor regarding her diminishing memories isn't good. In fact, it's a shock for the family that they were unprepared for - especially given that Alice is still relatively young. As the unwanted diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's Disease is made, Alice comes face to face with experiencing a condition she has lectured on many times in her career. She never thought it would become her own reality. As her memories fade, and her world becomes more disoriented, Alice remains... through the pain and anguish that grips her and everyone she holds dear.

Lisa Genova offers us a painful, yet insightful view into the life of a beloved woman who is victimized by early-onset Alzheimer's Disease in her novel, Still Alice. Her other works, Left Neglected and Love Anthony also demonstrate her unique insight into raw human emotion when faced with life-changing diagnoses such as Alzheimer's Disease and Autism. Lisa continues to travel the world to raise awareness about Alzheimer's, and has appeared on CNN, Fox News and The Dr. Oz Show, among many others.

Fifty-year-old Alice Howland, a Harvard professor of cognitive psychology, is at the top of her game. Her kids are grown, her marriage secure, her career on fire when suddenly, after mere months of forgetfulness, she finds herself in the rapidly downward spiral of early onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

With no cure or treatment, Alice struggles to find meaning and purpose in her everyday life as her concept of self gradually slips away, leaving her unable to work, read, take care of herself, recognize her loved ones—even understand that she has a neurodegenerative disease. Without memory or hope, she is forced to live in the moment, which is in turns beautiful, terrifying, and maddening.

Genova uses the successful, articulate, and independent Alice as the perfect vehicle to capture what it feels like to literally lose your mind. You’ll admire Alice’s strength and resourcefulness even as you cry over her losses. Still Alice brings new understanding for all those affected by this terrible neurological disease.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Heartbreakingly real…So real, in fact, that it kept me from sleeping for several nights. I couldn’t put it down…Still Alice is a story that must be told.”

    Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader

  • Heartbreakingly real.... So real, in fact, that it kept me from sleeping for several nights. I couldn't put it down....Still Alice is a story that must be told. Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader
  • After I read Still Alice, I wanted to stand up and tell a train full of strangers, 'You have to get this book.' Beverly Beckham, The Boston Globe
  • This book is as important as it is impressive, and will grace the lives of those affected by this dread disease for generations to come. Phil Bolsta, author of Sixty Seconds
  • With a master storyteller's easy eloquence, Lisa Genova shines a searing spotlight on this Alice's surreal wonderland. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to read this book. It will inform you. It will scare you. It will change you. Julia Fox Garrison, author of Don't Leave Me This Way
  • A work of pure genius. Charley Schneider, author of Don't Bury Me, It Ain't Over Yet
  • A masterpiece that will touch lives in ways none of us can even imagine. This book is the best portrayal of the Alzheimer's journey that I have read. Mark Warner, Alzheimer's Daily News
  • With grace and compassion, Lisa Genova writes about the enormous white emptiness created by Alzheimer's. The Improper Bostonian
  • Heartbreaking. The Cape Cod Chronicle
  • “After I read Still Alice, I wanted to stand up and tell a train full of strangers, ‘You have to get this book.’”

    Boston Globe

  • “This book is as important as it is impressive, and will grace the lives of those affected by this dread disease for generations to come.” 

    Phil Bolsta, author of Sixty Seconds

  • “With a master storyteller’s easy eloquence, Lisa Genova shines a searing spotlight on this Alice’s surreal wonderland. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to read this book. It will inform you. It will scare you. It will change you.”

    Julia Fox Garrison, author of Don’t Leave Me This Way

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An Indies Choice Book Award Debut Book of the Year nominee
  • Selected for the January 2009 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esther Spadzinski | 2/15/2014

    " Excellent read. Moving. A look inside the life of brilliant woman who falls victim to early onset Alzheimer's disease. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Roswarski | 2/15/2014

    " Fantastic book!! again, I highly recommend this for anyone who is in contact with someone with Alzheimer's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany Long | 2/12/2014

    " Great story! Emotional but gives you an insight of what people with Alzheimer's goes through. I'd recommend this book to all my friends! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie Bamford | 2/1/2014

    " Love this author. Such a thoughtful book about how Alzheimer's affects everyone! It was hard to put down as the characters were fascinating especially Alice. It was wonderful to what it might be like for the person affected by Alzheimer's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Clark | 1/29/2014

    " Having dealt with whis insidious disease more than once,I found it remarkable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley Diemart | 1/29/2014

    " This book altered my perception and changed the way I viewed this disease. Powerful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 1/27/2014

    " Great author, great, clean book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KrisTina | 1/26/2014

    " Reading about early onset Alzheimer's is rough. Rough. While reading this if it would take me longer than 2 seconds to think of something I can't help but wonder - am I a genetic carrier of the gene? I liked this book alright but the ending was dissatisfying and I felt like it failed in that sense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine Walgren | 1/21/2014

    " Absolutely one of my favorite books. Hits home since my grandmother died of Alzheimer's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Kvam | 1/11/2014

    " Fantastic book! Couldn't put it down. Wish there was 100 more pages! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Lamberty | 1/6/2014

    " This is particularly hard to read if you have a loved one with any form of dementia. I would still recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg Grande | 1/6/2014

    " This book is so well written....I read it after my Moms battle with Alzheimer's . Cried through whole book but it was still a must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 linda Sardisco | 1/3/2014

    " I suggest everyone read. A bit sad but very informative about Alzheimer's. a real eye opener! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krguy | 12/18/2013

    " This was an amazing story about a woman diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanne | 12/17/2013

    " Great book. I got in three fights with my husband because I was upset that he would have to help me through my imagined Alzheimer's days in the future, poor guy, this book gave me more mood swings than PMS. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 12/7/2013

    " Such a sad story.. but very good and interesting at the same time. It gives a perspective on Alzheimer's that I haven't really gotten in a book before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/6/2013

    " If you know anyone with Alzheimer's this book is a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 6/24/2013

    " Still Alice was gripping and heartbreaking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy Zone | 5/22/2013

    " Fascinating account of the progress of Alzheimer's through a person's life. Written in first person by a woman who works with Alzheimer's patients, after you read this book you will know that forgetting your keys is NOT the first sign of Alzheimer's... forgetting which street you live on is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mackenzie Wheatley | 5/10/2013

    " Wow. This book kept me reading constantly, until the wee hours of the morning.. Twice. I finished it this morning at 3, and I couldn't stop thinking about it until I was able to get back to reading. I highly recommend this book. It gave me incredible insight that I did not have previously. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Wagner | 3/28/2013

    " Hit a little close to home for me, but it was good at understanding the effects of Alzheimer's from the point of view of the patient. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bev Manning | 2/25/2013

    " The scariest book I have ever read. A woman writes about her decent into the fog and frustration of Alzheimers. SO very realistic it is frightening. Fantastic book! I've recommended it to several friends and they all loved it as I did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan Reuther | 8/14/2012

    " Powerful and heart-wrenching book. Alzheimers is such a cruel disease, that pulls no punches. The family has been in my head all day and I found myself trying to remember all the details of the tests the main character was being administered to evaluate the disease's progression. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Armstrong | 8/2/2012

    " Loved this book - is from the patients point of view! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Stearn | 6/12/2012

    " This story is so depressing. That said, it is a fast read and a very moving story. If you want to know more about the early onset of Alzheimer's, then this is your book. It was well written and the characters are memorable. The story is still haunting me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca Watterworth | 3/21/2012

    " Fantastic book. I couldn't put it down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 12/30/2011

    " Powerful - can't stop thinking about it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexandra Smith | 10/29/2011

    " a fascinating book about someone suffering from Alzheimer's Disease - very uplifting and a brilliant read, I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Passow | 10/23/2011

    " Very enlightening and difficult to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Pura | 6/25/2011

    " I loved that this book was written from the perspective of Alice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christal | 5/24/2011

    " This book was amazing. I can't imagine the difficulty of writing from a dementia patients point of view. It was beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dollie | 5/24/2011

    " Heartbreaking, heartwarming and compelling. I could not put this book down. It's perspective is unique and necessary. I will never look at people with Alzheimer's they same way ever again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey | 5/23/2011

    " I loved this book. Perhaps because I'm getting older, but the question of how much of your faculties do you need to have to still be you is a great question, and it really showed the struggle from the point of the view of the person with alzheimers.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Despain | 5/23/2011

    " I really love books that I feel help me be more understanding of situations or life circumstances I have not experienced. This was easily one of those. Tragic and well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monika | 5/23/2011

    " I couldn't put this book down. I highly recommend it, especially if you work with or love someone who has Alzheimers. It presents a human, heart-wrenching view of the disease that makes me feel much more compassion for anyone with dementia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 5/21/2011

    " I thought it was very interesting how the author wrote from the perspective of the person with the alzheimers disease. It is a quick read and a page turner. It definitely game me more insight into this horrible disease. I highly recommend the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shereekjohnson | 5/21/2011

    " I think this book is almost flawless. Heartbreaking and very real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelle | 5/20/2011

    " What an amazing book! I was drawn in right away, and could feel the emotions of Alice. "

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About the Author
Author Lisa Genova

Lisa Genova is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Love Anthony, Left Neglected, and Still Alice. She graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in biopsychology and holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard. She travels worldwide speaking about Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and autism. She has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, the Diane Rehm Show, Chronicle, CNN, Fox News, and is featured in the Emmy Award–winning documentary film To Not Fade Away. She lives with her husband and three children in Cape Cod.