Iron Heart is the first-person account of his ordeal and his miraculous comeback.
On the way home from swim practice, 18-year-old athlete Brian Boyle’s future changed in an instant when a dump truck plowed into his Camaro. He was airlifted to a shock-trauma hospital. He had lost sixty percent of his blood, his heart had moved across his chest, and his organs and pelvis were pulverized. He was placed in a medically-induced coma. When Brian finally emerged from the coma two months later, he had no memory of the accident. He could see and hear, but not move or talk. Unable to communicate to his doctors, nurses, or frantic parents, he heard words like “vegetable” and “nursing home.” If he lived, doctors predicted he might not be able to walk again, and certainly not swim. Then, miraculously, Brian clawed his way back to the living. First blinking his eyelids, then squeezing a hand, then smiling, he gradually emerged from his locked-in state. The former swimmer and bodybuilder had lost one hundred pounds.
Iron Heart is the first-person account of his ordeal and his miraculous comeback. With enormous fortitude he learned to walk, then run, and eventually, to swim. With his dream of competing in the Ironman Triathlon spurring him on, Brian defied all odds, and three and a half years after his accident, crossed the finish line in Kona, Hawaii. Brian’s inspiring journey from coma to Kona is brought to life in his acclaimed memoir.
Robin Bloodworth's gravelly baritone engagingly performs the story of Brian Boyle's miraculous recovery from a car accident that left him with injuries so serious he had to be put into a medical coma. Boyle woke up two months later unable to move or talk and, in this memoir, Bloodworth expresses Boyle's inner voice with charm, revealing the vitality still pulsing within his disabled body. Despite the gravity of his physical condition, Boyle managed to beat the odds and achieve an inspiring comeback in only a few years. Listeners will find themselves moved by Bloodworth, who makes Boyle's every frustration and every joy feel immediate and convincing.
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Engaging, amazing story.
I'm not sure the reader was the best one for the story; I felt like he was fairly dispassionate at times, and I think this book needed to convey the passion of the author, especially in his loss and struggles. The story is an amazing telling of his injuries and recovery, and his determination to regain his life after a horrific accident. It draws you in from the first page and is one of those that is genuinely hard to put down.
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