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When celebrated writer Joan Didion’s life was altered forever, she wrote a new chapter. In this adaptation of her iconic memoir, Didion transforms the story of the shattering loss of her husband and their daughter into a one-woman play performed by Tony Award winner Vanessa Redgrave, who originated the role on Broadway in 2007. Written with Didion’s trademark style of cool observation, The Year of Magical Thinking weaves back and forth in time, taking listeners on a poignant journey through heartbreak, grief, and resilience. It’s an unforgettable theatrical experience that resonates with anyone who has ever loved.

©2005 Joan Didion (P)2020 AO Media LLC

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Maya
  • 2020/08/07

Difficult story, but worth it

I saw Vanessa Redgrave do the first run of The Year of Magical Thinking in 2007 on Broadway.
She entered the theater looking really bad. The evening before she had not been well and had
canceled. I flew from Florida to NYC that morning so I was worried after hearing she had let
the understudy take her place the night before. I know now she was getting into character.

The play was excellent. It was Ms. Redgrave sitting on the stage as if just telling us the story.
It was very difficult to hear the pain and confusion. I think people often do not understand what
magical thinking is. It was the perfect title for this book. In the early part she says she thinks
he is still alive in California due to the time difference. That is a good example of magical thinking.
Sentences that begin with "if" are often magical thinking. There is a difference in the play and
the recording. Ms. Redgrave was 70 when she was in the play and now is 83 so there is a bit
of a difference in her voice. I really wish they had recorded the original play for video and audio.

The part I remember feeling so emotional about was at the end when she is asking if she lied
to her daughter about the medical tests and care making her well. Every mother tells a child
they are going to be ok unless they know for certain the child is dying and some do it even then.
That was a hard bit of the story for a mother.

A very good performance of a best seller.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Eddison
  • 2020/08/08

Trigger warning

The reading is amazing and due to experiencing a recent lose totally has the vibes of lose. It is heartfelt and wrenching. Be careful. It can destroy you.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • barbara
  • 2020/08/07

The Year of Magical Thinking

A strange and haunting book, I am not sure if it portrays grief or a mind not accepting grief. It certainly makes you think . The narration was very good.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sandy Bovard
  • 2020/08/07

How long will the impact last?

The narration was moving, the story did and is still making me think and wonder.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Epiphany Forbes
  • 2020/08/04

I Really Enjoyed This Book

I'm thankful the Author chose to share her experience in this book. The narration really helped give the story it's tone.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sonia Holland
  • 2020/08/08

Breathtaking

I cannot recall a short story that dug and hit me so deep. Read it.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Aloha Jersey Girl
  • 2020/08/12

I Had Difficulty Relating

People have been recommending this book to me for a number of years, and I finally got around to listening to it.

Let me first say that Vanessa Redgrave's performance is spectacular. She embodies the narrator to the bone. This is not a reading. It's a performance, and it's brilliant.

The narrator's denial of reality--what she calls "magical thinking" is somewhat compelling. I was most engaged with the parts where it was clear that she was trying to "rewrite" her husband's death in the same way she'd rewrite any story she had created from her imagination. This idea that she could somehow change the course of a death by backing up and changing a particular detail captivated me--undoubtedly because I am a writer myself. And of course, it's well written--it's Joan Didion, after all. So, it got off to a good and compelling start, and I was even thinking about recommending it to someone.

But as it continued, so much of this story sat with me as the complaints of the exceedingly and excessively overprivileged, told with an apparent blindness to that privilege. I had difficulty relating, despite the universality of the loss itself or even the fact that I myself only recently lost someone close to me. I am normally an overly compassionate person, reduced to tears easily, but something about this written narrator--whom I assume is Didion herself--was just so off-putting to me, I haven't even felt compelled enough to see how it ends, and I have only 13 minutes left.

Perhaps reading the original, unabridged book would have been a different and better experience for me; I can't say. Like I said, I enjoyed the way Vanessa Redgrave brought it to life--though I wonder if something got lost in the adaptation, which shortened the original.

NOTE: I did finally listen to the ending--only because Audible turned it on when I started the car--and I'm glad I did. Didion's words at the end reflecting on her process of magical thinking and the nature of grief were pretty exquisite. So, I'm adding a star to my review and editing it slightly.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • trina clark
  • 2020/08/08

Poignant and beautifully heartbreaking

What a beautiful and poignant look into grief. This journey through her thoughts is captured so well I feel I must have stood beside her watching this unfold. Captivating, heartbreaking, yet somehow hopeful. “I love you more than one more day.” We should all love this way fully and complete! I will be thinking of the writing and the performance for a long time to come.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Keith Hopper
  • 2020/08/08

beautiful; sad

Brilliantly written. Redgrave is amazing. I had the sense that we hear Didion's voice through narrator.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lucy
  • 2020/08/10

Moving

Incredible narration and writing.
This book wasn’t quite what I’d imagined but it was absolutely stunning and captivated me from the beginning.
It touches deeply into parts of the human experience that are rarely so poetically expressed.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Ms. S. Smith
  • 2021/05/05

Poignant and heartbreaking

Vanessa Redgrave gives an amazing performance here of Joan Didion‘s unimaginable heartbreak when she lost both her husband and daughter within a short space of time. Highly recommended.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • mosses farmhouse
  • 2021/04/23

A tough listen ... but extremely well narrated

This is no easy listen.

It is wonderfully well written and beautifully narrated.

I was glad it was short though!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • ABraun
  • 2020/10/29

Beautiful

I’ve read this beautiful book a couple of years ago and have been deeply moved by the preformance of V.R.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Billy Bunter
  • 2020/10/22

Excellent

You wouldn't think anyone would 'read' this more than once as its about the death of Joan Didion's family; her husband, and shortly after, their only child, their daughter who'd just got married, but it's so honest, so real in the denial and the awareness of the truth that you are full of understanding. It's one of the best pieces I've ever heard.
Vanessa Redgrave reads it marvellously well.
On the Netflix film these two woman are old and fragile and I forgot Vanessa had also lost her daughter, Natasha Richardson, until she mentioned losing 'Tash'.
Very sad but oh so human. I am in awe of it.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020/10/16

heart wrenching and beautiful

it feels almost morbid to review this as “beautiful” given the subject matter, but it is, and it will break your heart