Life, Animated

  • by Ron Suskind
  • Narrated by Ron Suskind
  • 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. "A fantasy? A nightmare?" This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood. The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song; until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive.


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Life, Animated ... is Love, Animated *****

Would you consider the audio edition of Life, Animated to be better than the print version?

You should be so lucky to get stuck on a long trip with Ron Susskind doing the talking.This isn't a Pulitzer prize winning writer simply reading his book ... it's a father sharing his family's story revolving around his autistic son Owen.

Who was your favorite character and why?

At the center of the story is Owen, an autistic boy, trapped in his own mind with the only door the Wonderful World of Disney animation.

Which character – as performed by Ron Suskind – was your favorite?

Susskind breathes life into his son Owen and takes us on a journey revealing the hidden world of autism.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This book will make you laugh ... and cry ... but hearing Owen tell his own story at the conclusion is profound.

Any additional comments?

5 stars ***** ... a gifted writer tells an intimate family story about a very special son and an army of sidekicks who hold on to him as he fights to connect with life outside his mind ... "Life, Animated" ... is Love, Animated. 5 Stars *****

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- Tom T. Rumble "Tom T. Rumble"


I cannot use language strong enough to describe how amazing the insights are within this book. I was encouraged through tears and forced to look truthfully within myself and my family and face the realities of living with and raising an autistic child. If your in my situation or are any way aquatinted with an autistic person, you owe it to them and yourself to read this.
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- Drew Gliebe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-01-2014
  • Publisher: Recorded Books