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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sally Hobart Alexander Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 1994 ISBN: 9781464044717
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At twenty-four, Sally Hobart was a schoolteacher, engaged to be married, and living a happy, active life in Southern California. Waking up one morning, she discovered that a gray cloud had descended upon everything around her. A trip to the ophthalmologist office revealed that she was suffering from a retinal hemorrhage. Several treatments later, her sight steadily deteriorating, Sally began to understand that soon she would be completely blind.

With courage and conviction, Sally has struggled to overcome her visual impairment, and her story is one of great inspiration. With Suzanne Toren’s sensitive narration, Sally’s story overflows with emotion and determination.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An honest, sometimes heart-wrenching, story.” 

    Horn Book Guide

  • “Alexander’s story of her adjustment to blindness reads like a gripping suspense novel.”


  • “Alexander’s moving and eloquent story is skillfully read by Suzanne Toren, whose voice is soft and understated. Her considerable experience presents the listener with a natural sounding reading, as though one were listening to the author herself.” 


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tera | 2/4/2013

    " This was a super quick read. Read it in one sitting. It was an interesting read as she documents what happened, how she felt and what it was like going blind at 25yrs old. "

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About the Author

Sally Hobart Alexander teaches literature and writing in the MFA program at Chatham University and is well known for her books about her experiences as a blind person. She and her husband have two adult children and live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren has recorded hundreds of audiobooks and has earned more than twenty-five Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She has received the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas.