The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne
Read by Stephen R. Thome
From the Publisher:
At first glance, Josh Hanagame seems an improbable librarian. He stands 6'7", competes in strongman contests, and was diagnosed in high school with Tourette's syndrome. But books are his first love - Josh's earliest memories involve fantastic adventures between the pages of Gulliver’s Travels and a passionate infatuation with Fern from Charlotte’s Web. Everything in Josh’s life - from his Mormon upbringing, to finally finding love, to learning to control his tics through lifting - circles back to a close connection with books. Today, Josh is a librarian at the Salt Lake City Public Library, founder of a popular blog about books and weight lifting - and the proud father of four-year-old Max, who has already started to show his own symptoms of Tourette's.
The World’s Strongest Librarian illuminates the mysteries of this little-understood disorder as well as the very different worlds of strongman training and modern libraries. With humor and candor, this unlikely hero traces his journey to overcome his disability, navigate his wavering Mormon faith, spread the word about the wonder of books, and ultimately, find love and create a life worth living.
My Take: I really enjoyed this book about a man learning to cope with his diagnosis of Tourette's Syndrome and his his love of books and a kettle bell lifter. He seemed to take each of his set backs in stride and faced them head on. He had his disappointments and he did get low at times but he always picked himself back up and faced the world. He tells his story in a very engaging way and never asked us to feel sorry for him nor did he say woe is me instead he kind of says to everyone look if I can overcome so can you. This book left with a feeling of positivity
Narration - I felt that Stephen R. Thome did a really good job of narration of this book. There were no voices for the different characters just the straight forward reading of the book but he did a good job of it.
I received a review copy through AudioJukebox reviewer program from Audiogo in exchange for my honest review.