The Story of My Life (Version 2)

Read by George Cooney

(4.7 stars; 55 reviews)

An autobiography of Helen Keller published when the author was still in her early 20's. The narrative reveals how her mind developed and matured until she began her studies at Radcliffe College (Summary by George Cooney) (3 hr 59 min)


01 - Chapter 1 10:04 Read by George Cooney
02 - Chapter 2 14:27 Read by George Cooney
03 - Chapter 3 6:11 Read by George Cooney
04 - Chapter 4 7:04 Read by George Cooney
05 - Chapter 5 6:25 Read by George Cooney
06 - Chapter 6 6:30 Read by George Cooney
07 - Chapter 7 13:20 Read by George Cooney
08 - Chapter 8 3:49 Read by George Cooney
09 - Chapter 9 7:14 Read by George Cooney
10 - Chapter 10 4:38 Read by George Cooney
11 - Chapter 11 9:01 Read by George Cooney
12 - Chapter 12 4:42 Read by George Cooney
13 - Chapter 13 9:03 Read by George Cooney
14 - Chapter 14 17:22 Read by George Cooney
15 - Chapter 15 8:29 Read by George Cooney
16 - Chapter 16 3:56 Read by George Cooney
17 - Chapter 17 5:27 Read by George Cooney
18 - Chapter 18 11:34 Read by George Cooney
19 - Chapter 19 10:02 Read by George Cooney
20 - Chapter 20 15:53 Read by George Cooney
21 - Chapter 21 24:29 Read by George Cooney
22 - Chapter 22 23:58 Read by George Cooney
23 - Chapter 23 16:13 Read by George Cooney


The Story of My Life

(5 stars)

<br /><i>The Story of My Life</i> (1903) is the "miracle worker" Hellen Keller's autobiography. It is the primary source used in most of the films about her, by which she is most widely known, which is ironic since she can not see or hear. The first 4 chapters are about her transition from the state of a feral child under the guidance of "teacher" who gives the unruly Hellen her first word "wha wha" (water). This scene has mythic power, as she discovers language, she is able to express herself and make a connection with others, a fundamental human need. It struck a chord, a <a href="" rel="nofollow">Gallop pole</a> ranked her the 5th most admired person of the 20th century, behind only Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Einstein and Martin Luther King. She wrote her autobiography when only 22 years old; this has the benefit of a youthful energy, close enough to her childhood to remember it, but the final chapters lack the substance of a life yet fully lived. I found the chapter about her favorite authors and books fascinating, a life of the mind unhindered by disability. I listened to the LibriVox recording, <a href="" rel="nofollow">version 2 by George Cooney</a>, which is excellent. [STB, 5-2010, 259]

The Story of My Life(Version 2)

(5 stars)

I really enjoyed this book. Makes you think! Thank you George Cooney, for your lovely reading voice.

(4 stars)

Beautiful story written by Helen Keller herself. Cant imagine myself fulfilling my life the way she has with so many limitations in life. Thanks to the reader who has read the story with a perfect voice to listen to.

Vivid and Moving

(5 stars)

This story is reminiscent of those greatest romantic writings that fill every person with passionate delight, while always she minimizes the extraordinariness of her unique life. The reader could not be better. As he reads you feel it is not only the words she would use, but the way she would use them.

(4 stars)

One of my favorite books. Thank you for this.

One of Finest Memoirs Out There

(5 stars)

I have read many excellent memoirs. The best of them are honest. Helen Keller was a naughty child. She does not gloss over that. Her keen sense may be attributed, not just to innate intelligence, but to the compensation of some faculties to the loss of others. "My dullness," she says, "would have exhausted the patience of Job." She knew many persons of note at an early age, including Alexander Graham Bell and Henry Drummond. In spite of her limitations, she traveled a fair bit as well. She was blessed to have been born to a family that had the resources to help her meet the challenge of her infirmities. Her personal teachers and their wise ways deserve more recognition. Their patience, wisdom, and dedication are remarkable. Both her teachers and her parents were wise to not discipline Helen for being naughty, for she often was not able to understand her naughtiness until later. We can be taught to appreciate little things much more than we do by considering how someone who is deaf and mute reaches out with other senses in order to understand. For example, how many of us would remember the smell of cloves from the breath of a horse? It is easier to understand why dogs are afraid of thunder by how Helen Keller relates how she experienced noises. There is not a lot of religion in the narrative. But the end of chapter seven will remind the Christian of the association he should feel with Jesus. The passage is a beautiful word of praise to her teachers. It seems that Helen Keller was not a Christian, though, at least not when she wrote this memoir. She confesses to liking the thought, for example, of "filling old skins of dogma with the new wine of love." The 'fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man,' moreover, is the heresy that everyone is alright so long as they do good. Given the body's need for water, it is interesting that this was the word by which the light of language broke into her life. I was in suspense about some allusions to the 'water of life' being made. But I was disappointed. The courses that a person had to take and the subjects that a person had to be proficient in before being accepted for college in her day is astonishing. It shows what a retrograde has happened since. What kid preparing for college today would have the fortitude to learn French, German, and Latin first, not the mention geometry and other hard subjects? Even in her day, though, college was about learning more than thinking, which is a fault. Helen Keller's composition is more brilliant and animate than anything being written today: "ideas that flit across the mental sky, shaped and tinted by capricious fancy." The reader has a sympathetic, pleasant voice, with an attractive accent. It is not an issue at all that he is a man reading a woman's memoir. No one could do this better.

Mostly good

(3 stars)

Four stars for the first three quarters of the book, which was very interesting, but three stars for the rest which was rather dry and tedious. Many thanks to the narrator for his excellent reading.

(5 stars)

The voice of the reader was excellent; I wish he read more books on LibriVox. On the other hand, Keller wrote beautifully; I love her prose. She gives the reader a sense of love and courage.