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As her family, friends, and classmates, deep in grief, joined to create a memorial service for Marina, her unforgettable last essay for the Yale Daily News, "The Opposite of Loneliness", went viral, receiving more than 1.4 million hits. She had struck a chord.
Even though she was just 22 when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation. The Opposite of Loneliness is an assemblage of Marina's essays and stories that, like The Last Lecture, articulates the universal struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world.
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By Karen on 04-10-14
Beautiful stories... narration is a lovely tribute
Some news stories one reads and then simply forgets. But when recent Yale grad Marina Keegan was killed in a car accident on Cape Cod in mid-2012, I found her story unforgettable. From all accounts, she was embarking on her adult life full of promise and with pure joie de vivre. So, when I learned her essays had been published, I was eager to read them. I found her essays as vivid and full of life as Ms. Keegan had been portrayed. And while I found the book interesting and enjoyable, I couldn't help but feel an abiding sadness that this talented woman's life had been cut short at such a young age. I found Emily Woo Zeller's narration to be lovely and spot on... a beautiful tribute to a life lost too soon.
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By Joseph on 05-01-14
Young Talent Old Soul
Every once in a while a talent comes along which is prematurely taken from us. Marina Keegan is one such talent. Only 22 years old, she had an uncanny ability to capture the spirit of the young and the wisdom of the old. While listening to her stories, I was transported back in time to a point in my life where I was full of hope and optimism while reflecting on the experience and wisdom that has come with living life's adventures. Her story about her Toyota in "Stability in Motion" made me laugh as it brought back memories about my first vehicle - a 1970 Volkswagen Camper.
Emily Zeller does an outstanding job of narration. It is as if Marina herself is reading the stories to me in my car. Couple great narration with great writing and you get one hell of an audio book!
Marina has truly left her mark on this world through her writing. One sad aspect of Marina's untimely death is that we must live in this world without being able to read another word crafted by her.
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