Before she was two years old, a scarlet fever destroyed Helen Keller's sight and hearing. At seven, alone and withdrawn, she was rescued by Anne Sullivan, her teacher and friend. She learned to read (in several different languages) and speak so well that she graduated with honors in 1904 from Radcliffe, where she authored The Story of My Life. In addition to her remarkable accomplishment of overcoming such huge disabilities, her other achievements are impressive in their own right. She published 13 books and numerous articles; she devoted her life to social reform; and she campaigned in 35 countries touching the faces, and hearts, of kings, presidents, and movie stars on behalf of the handicapped. Today the foundations she established continue to help the deaf and blind throughout the world.
Enthusiastic and untiring, Helen Keller's life is deservedly inspirational and stands before all of us as an example of what we can accomplish, given fortitude and purpose. Most importantly, she demonstrates that the severely disabled have nothing to be ashamed of.
To say Helen Keller's story is inspiring is an understatement. With not even two full years on this Earth, Helen Keller was stricken with scarlet fever. Her senses of sight and hearing were destroyed, yet thanks to the help of her teacher, Anne Sullivan, and years of hard work, Keller was not only able to learn to read but went on to graduate with honors from Radcliffe College leading a life of political and social activism. The Story of My Life, performed with genuine compassion by Frances Cassidy, is the moving first-person account of Helen Keller's powerful life.
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I Forget Frances Cassidy Wasn't Helen Keller
Definitely. I had first purchased the printed version, and read through several chapters. But I became quickly bored and impatient with the, what I presumed, nit picking details. But it was Miss Cassidy's voice which sparked new-found love into the words, and I forgot multiple times that Miss Cassidy is in fact not Helen Keller.
Since this is an autobiography, I wouldn't say there's necessarily any traditional characters, but in the best way possible Helen Keller is quite the character. She beams love and wonder, curiosity for the world, but like all others she has her flaws. Her love for literature surpasses mine indefinitely (for she sees colors and the such through books, while I have the privilege of sight and hearing) I could still latch onto that love which swept me into picking up some of Helen's personal favorite books myself.
Whenever Helen Keller discussed education, I found great excitement in showing it to my teacher (we are fairly close). She has even considered picking up Miss Sullivan's (Helen Keller's instructor) autobiography for personal and professional reasons. But honestly, with the help of Miss Cassidy's voice, it is hard to not love every scene. It is a mixture of Keller's superb language and craft, with the mix of Cassidy's vintage voice which implies a greater depth among the novel.
"Even though Helen Keller lost two sense, you'll be needing all yours for the next two hours."
If you have not yet started your adventure through classic literature but desperately seek guidance and a push to launch you off into this new realm -- it is strange, but Helen Keller almost recommends you onto this path of books throughout her novel. She discussed her personal favorite books, which are classics in every sense of the word. She discussed language and literature, future, and thoughts with such careful precision I believe anyone would do good care with Keller as a guide through the classics. How much I wish for Miss Cassidy to narrate every classic I read! For then, I could truly live out the fantasy that Helen Keller is reading to me.
Audible Player is Not Computer Compatible
There is little question that anyone who believes in the "five senses" and the certitude of such, needs to listen to this to be jolted to a higher truth. How is it that after proper treatment for having lost her sight and hearing at age 2, Helen Keller was "taught" to use her sense of smell to know the beauty and colors of classical music? Or, to write great poetry-much commorating the best ideas of America? How did she master several languages? In brief she was not only better "educated;" and,most assuredly more truly American than most Congressmen today--as well as recent Presidents. Her life, spanning 1880-1969 spanned times of great diffuculty, as well as the gifts of the Presidencies of President FDR and JFK. While I do not know if she met them, many great people came to meet her,as the tenor Enrico Caruso. And, many lesser men sought to tear her accomplishments--perhaps especially her poetry I believe down. Her poetic genius as an American poet was described by some as 'too colorful. The truth more likely was that it gave fear to those who would destroy the best ideas of America. Braille destroys this extra-sensibility of mind from being developed. We need many teachers of the blind as Helen Kellers' "Annie." A few have employed her method, that I am aware of in one case; but, a 'Gideons Army' of such must be taught. I believe this ought to be part of regular school curriculum: either as read or conveyed verbally verbally and unabridged as in this edition. And I mean general curriculum for all--not just such specialists as neuroscience, doctors, nurses, etc.
I had already heard many of the more delightful ideas of her autobiography; and, the efforts of the best in neuroscience to "statistically explain this phenomenon," which they failed to do within the realm of their method. (See above for other highlights). But, although your Amazon means to listen to this this book promised it might be heard from your computer--it would possibly take a hired expert or home computer "Geek" to know how to enable this, Your choices for listening to this might take an Edward Snowden "technician" to fascilitate this.
- FDR's Scotty