Hi everyone. The book which I'm reviewing today wasn't actually recommended to me by anybody. Back in the days when the news was much better and much more upbeat than it has been in recent years, I was a big National Public Radio (NPR) fan. More specifically, I frequently listened to Chicago's NPR member station 91.5 FM WBEZ. This was partly because I tuned in often in my bedroom, but mainly because my parents always had that station on in the kitchen. They still do to this day. I still listen to WBEZ off and on, mainly for the great cultural programming which they offer. So when I saw that this book was available from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, I immediately downloaded and read it. The narrator did a great job with the book.





This one was written by Lisa A. Phillips, and published in 2006 by CDs Books. Ms. Phillips interviewed several public-radio personalities. Those curious about National Public Radio--including how it all started--will certainly want to put this one on your book list. I for one have always enjoyed putting names with voices and vice versa, so I enjoyed this book very much.
Hey everybody. Back here I am with my next book review. This one was authored by Coach K himself and Jamie K. Spatola, who happens to be one of his daughters. This was actually a recording made by Hachette Audio, and then converted into digital format by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Coach K narrated it himself, and did a wonderful job. I was never that much into sports for obvious reasons, but that has started to change. Regardless of whether or not you are a Duke fan, I highly recommend this book. Coach K is very sincere in the book. He talks not only about teamwork on the basketball court, but he also emphasizes leadership skills.
I'm back with another book review. Today I'm reviewing "Electro Shock!: Ground Breakers of Synth Music," written by Greg Rule and published in 1999 by Miller Freeman Books. I also downloaded this one in audio from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and the narrator did a wonderful job. I really enjoy music of all genres, and thought I'd give this book a listen. I'm so glad I did.





The book is basically a survey of keyboard music by different groups. Musician interviews are included too. The only down side for me was that there were no songs included on the recording. But I was nevertheless captivated by all that these musicians had to say about their respective music and about music in general.
Hello everyone. This is a review of a concert recording that I listened to. This will be a bit short but I trust that you will enjoy reading my review of the concert, just as much as I've enjoyed bringing it to you.





This was a concert featuring jazz pianist Bess Bonnier, whom I hadn't heard of before but I like a variety of music so I downloaded and listened to this one. The concert was actually performed back on May 18 of 2006, but it was archived and digitized for everybody's listening pleasure. I hadn't heard many of the pieces which Bess Bonnier performed, but it was an excellent concert. I'm happy to report that the sound quality was in no way diminished either. Judging from the sound of the applause, I could tell that a lot of people were in attendance and that they all enjoyed themselves very much.





Prior to the concert, a few remarks were given by National Federation of the Blind President Emeritus Dr. Marc Maurer. I must admit I'm not a huge fan of the NFB. They have done some good things here and there, but I generally have found myself in disagreement with their views. That said, Dr. Maurer's remarks were very honest and sincere.
Hi everybody. A few friends have asked me to start doing book reviews here on my journal, and I love that idea so here is my first one. Before proceeding any further though I need to mention for those who don't know, that since I am blind with only light perception I read books and magazines in audio format. I also read Braille books and magazines growing up, but my honest opinion is that Braille takes up too much space these days. Sure there are refreshable displays, but those cost a lot and not everybody can afford one of them. Don't get me wrong: I love Braille and I think this Braille crisis is truly sad. However, Braille is not the only means of reading and writing for those of us with low or no vision. Nor will it ever be. Others will certainly disagree with me, and that's all cool so long as there are no personal attacks. So without further adieu, here is my first book review.





In the summer of 2014 I read a book entitled "Out of the Whirlpool: A Memoir of Remorse and Reconciliation." This book was written by Sue Wiygul Martin, who has her own website at http://www.suewmartin.com . This book was published in 2013 by the Working Writer Discovery Group. The book is about her adjustment to blindness as a result of attempting suicide. Before proceeding any further, I want to mention that the suicide attempt had nothing whatsoever to do with me choosing to read this book. I've never been suicidal in the least bit, nor am I suicidal now. I chose her book simply because I was curious to know about the whole adjustment process from someone who went blind later in life. I had a roommate who went blind as a young adult, but he was often quite bitter and never really discussed it openly with anybody. But anyway, I highly recommend this book to anyone curious about the adjustment process for someone who is blind either from birth or later in life. I also know a few so-called vocational rehabilitation professionals who would do well to read it. They probably won't, but that's their problem and not mine.





Anyway, the author begins with a brief discussion of her life prior to the event which resulted in her blindness. She also discusses the reactions of family and friends to her sudden onset of blindness. Then she goes on to talk about her adjustment period, and the many years of vocational rehabilitation which followed. This included learning to read and write Braille, learning to cook again, and learning to travel with a cane and then guide dogs.





I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I thought the author did an outstanding job. She was very honest, and she sprinkled humor throughout her story which is always good. I could relate to pretty much everything which she discussed, with the exception of the guide dogs. I've never worked one before, and I highly doubt at this point whether I'll ever do so. However, I am going to read another book about the whole process of getting a guide dog. So please stay tuned for that review, coming up later on. I downloaded this book in audio format from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and the narrator did an awesome job.

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