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A master at building relationships, Jim is charming, funny, and a great listener. His success in life and business was based on his ability to connect with others, from people recovering in 12-step groups in upstate New York to those living in the rarefied air of Martha's Vineyard. But after more than 20 years of being sober, one slip-up triggered an active addiction that threatened his relationships with his then-wife, singer-songwriter Carly Simon; his recovery friends; his severely disabled son; and - as he began to confront his own sexuality - even with himself. With profound clarity and thoughtful language, Jim weaves together the beautiful and all-too-often heartbreaking events of his life into an inspiring tale of bravery, healing, and, above all, love.
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By Chris R on 05-22-17
A heartfelt examination of a man's life
What made the experience of listening to Lucky Jim the most enjoyable?
His candor and honest self-appraisal as he sees it.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The author. He had a lot to say and didn't pull punches.
Did Pete Cross do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
Pete did a good job narrating and differentiating, but, and this is subjective, I couldn't picture Jim Hart in my mind.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
Well written book, a cri de coeur. Jim's going inward and examining who he is and who he is becoming was not an easy write, nor done to garner sympathy. What he found out about himself in his life experiences and how he shared about this marks a courageous man. I also found that recovery... even after some 21 yrs is fragile. Also, once again it is pointed out to me the road to perdition via opioids is much easier for some than others. Finally, the old saw about an "unexamined life" once again demands attention. One's life can be examined, but one needs do this w/a deep degree of honesty and an understanding that this examination is a continuous endeavor. In analyzing life, feelings must be recognized, examined, felt, articulated... even prayed over before being acted upon. Jim shows this and articulates it well. He has learned a great deal about himself and relationships; I felt this book was really more an ongoing chapter in his life and more, much more will continue to be revealed.
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