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Editorial Reviews

The heart-wrenching tale of 50-year-old Alice Howland and her early onset Alzheimer's diagnosis is narrated eloquently by author Lisa Genova. Alice, a successful linguistics professor at Harvard, is married to John, an equally esteemed Harvard professor, and together they have three grown children. Her biggest worry in life is her youngest daughter's move to L.A. to pursue acting — until Alice starts forgetting things. It begins innocuously enough: misplacing her BlackBerry, missing unimportant appointments on her to-do list, searching her mind for tip-of-the-tongue phrases. But when she goes on her familiar daily run through Cambridge, and becomes disoriented just one mile from home, Alice knows something is terribly wrong.
A battery of tests and multiple doctor visits later, her worst nightmare is confirmed — she is in the first stages of early onset Alzheimer's disease. Told from Alice's perspective, it's a frighteningly keen insight to the slow deterioration of a debilitating disease. Every nuance of pain, frustration, fear, and sorrow is captured in Genova's voice and she expertly utilizes the pregnant pause, and short, choppy sentences to convey the confusion and pain of Howland's thoughts during testing and diagnosis.
Genova's slight Boston accent lends authenticity to the story, and she doesn't oversell the emotion behind the words. Her transitions between character dialogue are smooth and subtle, but she so embodies the main character Alice, it's hard to remember that it is Genova, and not Howland herself, telling her story. Knowing its being read exactly as it was intended by the author creates an even stronger connection to the work. Equally present is the devastating effect this illness has on Alice's husband, children, and coworkers. And while there's obviously no happy ending in sight, Genova still manages to paint a story of hope, reminding listeners that even in the midst of great loss and suffering, love remains. —Colleen Oakley
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Publisher's Summary

What if every memory you've ever had will be erased from your mind, and you have no choice but to carry on...powerless to stop it? Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.
At once beautiful and terrifying, this extraordinary debut novel by Lisa Genova is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer's Disease that is as compelling as A Beautiful Mind and as unforgettable as Ordinary People.
©2009 Lisa Genova (P)2009 Simon & Schuster
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Critic Reviews

"After I read Still Alice, I wanted to stand up and tell a train full of strangers, 'You have to get this book.'" ( Boston Globe)
"With grace and compassion, Lisa Genova writes about the enormous white emptiness created by Alzheimer's." ( The Improper Bostonian)
"A masterpiece that will touch lives in ways none of us can even imagine." ( Alzheimer's Daily News)
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Customer Reviews

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3 out of 5 stars
By sunstan on 12-07-14

Please pay for a professional Reader

Would you try another book from Lisa Genova and/or Lisa Genova?


What didn’t you like about Lisa Genova’s performance?

Monotone. The author is a good writer but a horrible reader. I don't understand why a professional reader was not used. The flat and emotionless voice made the book unbearable to listen to at times. I wish that I had purchased this book in book form and not audio. It's a struggle to stay with that flat voice reading this compelling story.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Laura on 01-26-14

Very poor narrator, I returned it

What would have made Still Alice better?

A different narrator, ie: Caroline Lee

What could Lisa Genova have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Have it read by somebody else

What didn’t you like about Lisa Genova’s performance?

Her voice is very monotone and she sounds much younger than the character's age

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I have not finished reading it yet but it seems very interesting so far

Any additional comments?

Thanks Audible for allowing us to return a book!

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34 of 36 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Solesio on 03-21-15

Excellent insight, weak narration

Oh how I wish writers would avoid narrating their own books. Lisa Genova is an excellent writer and offers real insight into Alzheimer's. I am witnessing my own mother's awful crawl towards absolute dementia, so at times it wasn't easy to listen to. Nevertheless I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 03-30-15


A beautiful story, touching without being over sentimental. An interesting and thought provoking account that brings to life what it must be like to be affected by Alzheimer's.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Evelyn on 02-27-15

Still Alice

This book was so close to home as my mother had dementia and I wish I had read this story before my mother had died - we could have become even closer by my understanding a little more of what she was experiencing
Please Lisa continue writing your brilliant stories but let narrators like the brilliant Kate Rudd do so much more justice to your book than you did

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Philip on 07-17-15

Still Alice promotes understanding and not pity.

I'm not a person with dementia but have met people with dementia including people with Early Onset Dementia—what is known as Younger Onset Dementia (YOD) here in Australia. Lisa Genova's writing of Alice's experience rings so true to me as a mere observer. Brilliantly crafted and honed, this book seems not a fiction but a memoir; it made me think throughout of a friend of mine with YOD and the journey she travels with her husband and family. Genova's novel incites understanding and not pity. It is a must read for everyone who seeks to understand the beautifully complex world around them. Lisa's reading brought a real sense of what she wanted to say to the story, great stuff!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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