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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (143 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kevin Sorbo Narrator: Kevin Sorbo, Sam Sorbo Publisher: Oasis Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On television, as the star of the popular Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Kevin Sorbo portrayed an invincible demi god. He relished living the part putting in 14-hour days on set, doing his own stunts, and relentlessly working out at the gym. Until one day, it all came to an abrupt end.

Now, for the first time, Sorbo shares what viewers didn't know: he suffered three strokes from an aneurysm in his shoulder that had been radiating blood clots throughout his body, likely for months. He was left partially blind and entirely incapacitated at just 38 years old. Appearances are everything in Hollywood, so Sorbo and the production studio hid the full details of his condition from the media. After all, how could the strongest man in the world be fragile?

To continue filming Hercules, the number-one worldwide syndicated TV series at the time, they frantically reworked scripts and revamped production to allow for the star's severely limited involvement. But as the effects of the strokes persisted with painful, mysterious, debilitating symptoms and physicians could offer few answers, Sorbo grew increasingly despondent. What happens when your entire identity vanishes? True Strength is the story of how one man faced the unimaginable and ultimately found the real measure of success.

With tongue-in-cheek humor and an unfailingly candid voice, Sorbo reflects on his childhood in Minnesota, his early modeling and acting days, and his hard-charging charmed life in television. He recounts the onset of his stroke symptoms, the frightening hospitalizations, his battle with depression, and fighting for a recovery that defied medical expectations. And how, through it all, love conspired to save him from missing out on what matters.

With this refreshingly honest account of celebrity, personal tragedy, and the power of letting go, Sorbo aims to blaze a trail for anyone who may have suffered a serious setback in life and is strug... Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kim | 2/14/2014

    " Wow. That is all I can say. Wow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Catherine | 2/6/2014

    " Truly inspiring. I read it at a time when I sorely needed inspiration, so thank you Kevin for putting yourself out there in this way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carol | 1/29/2014

    " Ok, I didn't read the book. I listened to it in audio format. Glad I did! Both Kevin Sorbo and his amazing wife, Sam, took turns reading chapters. Not only are they both actors (Kevin portrayed Hercules in the late 1990s TV series of the same name; he met his wife on set when she guest-starred in a role) but they make excellent audiobook readers. Kevin, the consummate actor / body-builder / always-on-the-go guy was dealt a wild blow when he developed an aneurysm in his shoulder, which produced hundreds of blood clots, 3 of which traveled to his brain and caused strokes. Suddenly everything about who he was, his career and his future hung in the balance. Kevin was a likeable guy before his bout with blood clots and strokes. His brush with death allowed him to reprioritize his life and appreciate the common, everyday "ordinary-ness" of life that mighty, mythical men like Hercules charge right past. This book is better in audio format than in print. Just my humble opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susan Cox | 1/25/2014

    " True strength is a great book! It reminds us all that life is short and fragile and that all isn't always as it seems. And how greatly the choices and sacrafaces that we as individuals make effect our lives. Kevin does a great job relating to the reader his feelings, pain and suffering. The book takes you though Kevin's life in interveals as they relate to him dealing with his illness. It also opens your eyes to the fact that stardom is not all glamour & glory & how quickly we as outsiders forget that & expect our TV/movie heros to walk in "character" at all times. A MUST READ!! "

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