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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (151 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard M. Cohen Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In an extension of his New York Times bestselling book Blindsided, author Richard M. Cohen depicts one year in the lives of five individuals who are living with serious chronic illness and of their families. Listeners will be carried into the hearts and minds of those who cope with sickness daily and learn about self-determination, courage in the face of adversity and ignorance, keeping hope alive, and finding strength and peace.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Extraordinary.”

    Larry King

  • “The strength of these profiles derives from Cohen’s focus on chronic illnesses that, as he notes, are not ‘sexy’ and generally ‘do not resolve themselves’…These are stories dense with quotidian details.”

    Washington Post

  • “This unusual book gives a voice to the voiceless—the chronically disabled who, in our health-conscious society, are defined by their disease…In this advocacy book, written like a personal journal, Cohen tells their stories…Strong at the Broken Places ends on a note of hope.”

    Providence (RI) Journal

  • “Career journalist Cohen doesn’t flinch from probing for truth about relationships, money, fear, and death…One only hopes that, with their group presentation to a class of Harvard medical students, these five taught young medicos as much as they could teach Cohen and, through him, us.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sandra Strange | 2/6/2014

    " By Meredith Vieira's journalist husband, who knows his subject well as a sufferer of MS, this book examines the lives of five very different people--each of whom suffers from a chronic and destructive illness, from Crohn's to ALS, to muscular dystrophy to bipolar disorder. Each faces his/her illness with courage, one with faith. Excellent insights for any reader. Language and adult subject matter discussed frankly make the book adult or for mature teens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Becky | 1/9/2014

    " I read this for work. I think the students of the disability awareness course will be assigned to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shami | 1/9/2014

    " A good book for understanding disability experiences and paths to self-advocacy. However, the author's drama and interpretation gets in the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by MaryHelen | 12/30/2013

    " The author, Richard M. Cohen, suffers from multiple schlerosis and has had two bouts of colon cancer. In this book, he highlights the lives of five people who fight personal battles with chronic and/or terminal illness: Denise (ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease); Buzz (non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma); Sarah (Crohn's disease); Ben (muscular dystrophy); and Larry (bipolar disorder). Different in age, gender, race, and economic status, they are alike in wanting to live life on their own terms. After forming intense relationships with each and talking with their families and friends, Cohen presents riveting case studies giving details of their setbacks, victories, persistence, and fight to live meaningful lives. I found the book extremely informative, interesting, and inspirational. "

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About the Author

Richard M. Cohen is a former senior producer for CBS News and CNN, a three-time Emmy Award winner, and the recipient of numerous honors in journalism. In his acclaimed memoir, Blindsided, he chronicles his life with multiple sclerosis as well as two bouts with colon cancer. He is a contributor to the Health and Fitness section of the New York Times and lives with his family outside New York City.

About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”