Dad of Divas' Reviews: Audiobook Review - Unforgettable: A Mother and Son's Final Days

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Audiobook Review - Unforgettable: A Mother and Son's Final Days

Unforgettable: A Mother and Son's Final Days---and the Lessons that Last a Lifetime

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About the Audiobook
"I'm getting a life's lesson about grace from my mother in the ICU.

We never stop learning from our mothers, do we?"

UNFORGETTABLE is a son's spirited, affecting, and inspiring tribute to his remarkable mother and the love between parent and child.

When NPR's Scott Simon began tweeting from his mother's hospital room in July 2013, he didn't know that his missives would soon spread well beyond his 1.2 million Twitter followers. Squeezing the magnitude of his final days with her into 140-character updates, Simon's evocative and moving meditations spread virally. Over the course of a few days, Simon chronicled his mother's death and reminisced about her life, revealing her humor and strength, and celebrating familial love.

UNFORGETTABLE, expands on those famous tweets to create a memoir that is rich, deeply affecting, heart-wrenching, and exhilarating. His mother was a glamorous woman of the Mad Men-era; she worked in nightclubs, modeled, dated mobsters and movie stars, and was a brave single parent to young Scott Simon. Spending their last days together in a hospital ICU, mother and son reflect on their lifetime's worth of memories, recounting stories laced with humor and exemplifying resilience.

UNFORGETTABLE is not only one man's rich and moving tribute to his mother's colorful life and graceful death, it is also a powerful portrayal of the universal bond between mother and child.

My Take on the Audiobook
This was a powerful story that really brings together the relationship and love that Scott Simon had for his mother across the last days of her life. Throughout the audiobook you are able to hear and experience the love that the author has for his mother, it is tangible. Throughout the book you can see the many ways that his devotion is put to the test, and you are drawn into their lives too.

One of the things that I was most impressed with is that even though the author knows that his mothers' life is coming to a close you do not feel negativity and anger that I am sure that crept into the authors' life. That being said the story really is about holding onto the love that you have for the ones that you love, not only when they are alive, but beyond their life as well.

For anyone that has ever cared for someone that was facing death this book is one that will bring understanding and solace. This book will definitely bring comfort to others and you will find that you will be challenged to let go of the heartbreak that you may be feeling and to instead embrace the real love that is there to help yourself move forward in life in general.

This is a memorable story that you will not want to miss!

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