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Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope Hardcover – November 15, 2011
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“A gripping and inspirational memoir…”—St. Petersburg Times
“A picture of a victorious human spirit.”—Publishers Weekly
“Nothing but inspirational.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A story of bravery and perseverance.”—Palm Beach Post --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Mark Kelly is a retired astronaut and US Navy Captain. He flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011.
Jeffrey Zaslow (1958-2012) was most recently the author of The Magic Room. His other books include The Girl from Ames and, as coauthor of The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.
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Top Customer Reviews
This story, of course, is about the shooting of "Gabby" in January 2011 at her first "Congress on Your Corner" gathering after being elected to Congress. Though the book covers is great detail the facts of that day and the subsequent months of her treatment and rehabilitation, it also contains much more.
Mark Kelly uses flashback storytelling to tell the reader how he and Gabrielle Giffords met, dated, and married; the things they had in common and what attracted them to each other. He also tells us about their previous relationships, including his two daughters. The book is very much an autobiography/biography of his life, Gabby's, as well as both of their parents and even grandparents' histories. I found the stories about their parents to be especially interesting.
He describes Gabrielle's hard work ethics and family commitment that had her taking over the family's large tire business at the age of 26 and her subsequent path into politics. He also explains his path into the Navy and subsequently the NASA space program.
He also tells many stories about his flights into military war zones as a Navy pilot and also aboard the NASA space shuttle missions. He explains his decision, or more accurately NASA's decision, that he be permitted to return to the space mission for its final launch in spite of his wife's condition. If you are at all interested in military or NASA flights, you will find all of this pretty intriguing. It's all the little details you never hear.Read more ›
It is about embracing love and not greed, honor rather than expediency and a lasting legacy instead of short-term satisfaction. I recommend this inspirational and enlightening book for anyone ready for a leap in consciousness.
Kelly does not hesitate to share intimate details with us, about both himself and his wife. He takes us through the whole horrible experience of the shooting and afterwards the surgeries, the therapies, the setbacks and the breakthroughs. Over and over again, we're right there in the room with Gabby, her family, her doctors, her friends and visitors.
All my questions were generously answered. I've followed the coverage on Gabby from day one, searching the Internet daily. The shooting was such an outrage, I desperately wanted Gabrielle Giffords to triumph over the attacker by making a miraculous recovery. I could never get enough news. This book is just what I wanted.
The book is satisfying on other levels as well. It's a totally engaging account of two remarkable lives and careers. I found Kelly's combat and space experience, and Gabby's stint at running the family tire company, especially fascinating.
Most of all, the book is a tremendous love story - a declaration of love from beginning to end.
I'm not normally a reader of survival stories or books about public figures. But I was delighted with this book, and I thank the authors for writing it.
While a compelling story, it is unfortunate that Mark Kelly reads much of the text in a sing-song style with a repeating cadence that rises rhythmically in the middle of each sentence and then drops down at the end, whether the text dictates this tone or not. It is worse in some chapters than in others, but overall makes the book very aggravating to listen to.
Also, Giffords herself reads the last short (about four minute) chapter. I found this a bit unnerving because it is obvious, and Kelly confirmed this fact during post-publication interviews, that Giffords' words were very much edited together to make it sound like she was speaking in full sentences when, in fact, she is not able to do so.
Again, this is not a review of the content of the book. This is a review of the unique aspects of the audio book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic all the way through and unexpected love story as well. Poignant and beautiful. Wonderful read. Inspirational - both of them.Published 5 days ago by Emmileigh33
I LOVED reading this book. It gave a great back story on Gabby and Mark along with talking about the shooting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kandis Albertson
Good story, I'm truly sorry for what some knuckle headed, few bricks shy of a load person who pulled this stunt. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Thinliner
Good, inspirational story. Unlike some other reviewers, I did not think her husband stole the limelight. Read morePublished 9 months ago by B. Hepp