The House on Beartown Road
- A Memoir of Learning and Forgetting
- Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
- Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 11-10-04
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Audie Award Finalist, Biography/Memoir, 2005
"Moving yet unsentimental....With splashes of humor and occasional, and understandable, self-pity, Cohen's fluid prose lifts her forceful story to a higher level, making it a tribute to her father and her family." (Publishers Weekly)
"Cohen...captures the irrepressibility of a young child and the poignancy of a man nearing the end of his life in an incredibly touching story that examines aging and family responsibility." (Booklist)
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By Joanne on 07-05-06
Had high hopes
This book was fabulous overall; with one exception.
Subject matter, characters, and settings were captivatingly rich and well developed. Author was sensitively accurate in portraying how difficult it can be to incorporate a loved one with this ugly and devistating illness (alzheimers) into the already full life of a caregiver.
My exception to a complete positive recommendation is the ending.
I found this book ended jawdroppingly abruptly; with an almost complete abandonment of all the glorious developments.
I have heard of books discribed as "the author got tired and phoned in the last few chapters" or "deadline arrived and author sent what they had" but I had yet to experience this for myself; UNTIL NOW! When you are deeply involved in supporting a loved one with Alzheimers the last thing a person needs is a novel that the author FORGOT to finish. After 7 hours of devoted listening I was so disappointed.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Jeffrey on 11-02-05
Sad but Compelling
A very well written novel about Alzheimer's, parenthood and the stress of family. A little slow at the beginning, but picks up towards the middle. Anyone who has dealt with, directly or indirectly, this horrible illness will appreciate the author's sesitive portrayel of living with her father who has Alheimer's. For those who do not have the experience, it is an important education.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful