Word Blind

  • by Victoria Olsen
  • Narrated by Genevieve Sibayan
  • 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

May and Annie are sisters living on the Isle of Wight at the end of the nineteenth century, but they couldn't be more different. May is a great reader while Annie is "blind", or dyslexic. After their mother dies these Victorian girls are forced to pool their skills in order to understand the gaps in their family history. An encounter with a mysterious uncle in London puts Annie in charge for a change, and leads to a surprising reconciliation.

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A Lovely Story About Two Close Knit Sisters

"Word Blind" was a lovely short story about two sisters, Annie and May whom one could read very well and the other had trouble with words. Annie was frustrated that she had trouble with words and her father thought that perhaps she was slow or lacking something. In those days there wasn't a word for dyslexia.

This was a beautifully told double narrative from each sister's point of view. I love how this audiobook was presented and I felt that it was thought-provoking as well as a delightful listen. Definitely recommended.

Genevieve Sibayan did a fabulous job narrating this book. She has a soft voice which was perfect for the story. She differentiated the sisters, one having a slightly younger voice than the other and her voice inflections were terrific. A great match of author/reader.

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."
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- Teresa "It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing."

Dyslexia, Childhood, Sisters

If you could sum up Word Blind in three words, what would they be?

Draws you in!


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It warmed my heart! Can't think of anything else to say that wouldn't spoil it.


What does Genevieve Sibayan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Oh, I absolutely LOVED the quality of her voice! It's a voice that you really want to keep listening to. I'd likely keep listening to a book I didn't like, just to listen to her. I love how she says the name Annie.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The part when Annie overhears her father telling someone how she was stupid made me think deeper about an issue that I do not have. It helped me understand better.


Any additional comments?

Very enjoyable listen! Wonderful voice, and a nice and short story. This book is very instrumental in educating people on what dyslexia is and how it can affect
a child and their family.

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- Sharon Rigsby

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-10-2015
  • Publisher: Victoria Olsen