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Iron Heart

By: Brian Boyle,Bill Katovsky
Narrated by: Robin Bloodworth
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Robin Bloodworth's gravelly baritone engagingly performs the story of Brian Boyle's miraculous recovery from a car accident that left him with injuries so serious he had to be put into a medical coma. Boyle woke up two months later unable to move or talk and, in this memoir, Bloodworth expresses Boyle's inner voice with charm, revealing the vitality still pulsing within his disabled body. Despite the gravity of his physical condition, Boyle managed to beat the odds and achieve an inspiring comeback in only a few years. Listeners will find themselves moved by Bloodworth, who makes Boyle's every frustration and every joy feel immediate and convincing.

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Iron Heart is the first-person account of his ordeal and his miraculous comeback.

On the way home from swim practice, 18-year-old athlete Brian Boyle’s future changed in an instant when a dump truck plowed into his Camaro. He was airlifted to a shock-trauma hospital. He had lost sixty percent of his blood, his heart had moved across his chest, and his organs and pelvis were pulverized. He was placed in a medically-induced coma. When Brian finally emerged from the coma two months later, he had no memory of the accident. He could see and hear, but not move or talk. Unable to communicate to his doctors, nurses, or frantic parents, he heard words like “vegetable” and “nursing home.” If he lived, doctors predicted he might not be able to walk again, and certainly not swim. Then, miraculously, Brian clawed his way back to the living. First blinking his eyelids, then squeezing a hand, then smiling, he gradually emerged from his locked-in state. The former swimmer and bodybuilder had lost one hundred pounds.

Iron Heart is the first-person account of his ordeal and his miraculous comeback. With enormous fortitude he learned to walk, then run, and eventually, to swim. With his dream of competing in the Ironman Triathlon spurring him on, Brian defied all odds, and three and a half years after his accident, crossed the finish line in Kona, Hawaii. Brian’s inspiring journey from coma to Kona is brought to life in his acclaimed memoir.

©2009, 2011 Brian Boyle (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Amazing, inspirational....

...with such insurmountable odds for so many reasons, here is another life story that proves that some...few... people are able to dig into their deepest depth and grab on to some kind of strength most of us could only wish to find....an amazing family bond, too.

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Very good story , enjoyed this booked , just shows what you can overcome if you are focused and put the work in

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Amazing

What an inspirational story, amazing what the body can survive, as a nurse it was a very interesting read..

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Inspirational

I felt myself overcome with emotion with this very well written biography. Amazing what this young man overcame & conquered. I wonder what he’s doing now …….

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inspirational

I listened to this on my way to either daily and felt every emotion possible. Thank you for an awesome listen.

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Inspirational

Amazing from start to finish. It was not what I expected but blew me away!

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The best book I have ever read

Right from the very beginning this book had me hooked. It’s incredibly descriptive, I felt I was there the whole time, and what a truly inspirational story.

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omgosh I don't have the words. Awe inspiring . Definitely recommend. This book definitely makes you think that you meet people every day and you don't have a clue what they are fighting x

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Unbelievably inspiring story

Wow, what a story. loved it from the first opening lines. I've completed Ironman triathlons and know exactly what it takes. This story is so inspiring.

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What a hero!

What a story, what a hero!! Be warned though, there's a handful of teary moments in there. Recommended!

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