"When I first discovered the grainy picture in my mother's desk-me as a towheaded two year old sitting in what I remember was a salmon-orange-stained lifeboat-I was overwhelmed by the feeling that the boy in the boat was not waving and laughing at the person snapping the photo as much as he was frantically trying to get the attention of the man I am today. The boy was beckoning me to join him on a voyage through the harrowing straits of memory. He was gambling that if we survived the passage, we might discover an ocean where the past would become the wind at our back rather than a driving gale to the nose of our boat. This [audio] book is the record of that voyage."
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Special and Moving
I downloaded this book on the recommendation of my dearest friend with only moderate enthusiasm. But there was something truly special about listening to Ian tell his story. More than once I felt deeply moved by the resonance of his candor. As I rode home on the subway tonight listening to the last chapter there were tears streaming down my face. I didn't care who saw.