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Once More We Saw Stars

Narrated by: Jayson Greene
Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
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Summary

A moving, transcendent memoir of the loss of a child and the survival of love in the wake of unimaginable tragedy. For listeners who loved Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air.  

Two-year-old Greta Greene is sitting chatting with her grandmother on a park bench in New York when a brick crumbles from a windowsill overhead and strikes her unconscious. As she is rushed to hospital in the hours before her death, Once More We Stars leads us into the unimaginable.  

Her father Jayson and mother Stacy begin a painful journey that is as much about hope and healing as it is grief and loss. Even in the midst of his ordeal, Jayson recognises that there will be a life for him beyond it - if he can only continue moving forward, from one moment to the next, he will survive what seems unsurvivable. With raw honesty, deep emotion, and exquisite tenderness, he captures the fragility of life and the absoluteness of death, and most important of all, the unconquerable power of love.   

This is an unforgettable memoir of courage and transformation - and an audiobook that will change the way you look at the world. 

©2019 Jayson Greene (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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I really wanted to be moved by this...

... But after the first few chapters in become clear that it wasn't for me.
It's a nice way for the author to deal with the grief and loss, but ultimately I didn't feel like I was welcomed to join in this process.
It's moving but rather much a personal account.

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Phenomenal.

This is an incredible piece of writing. Truly inspiring that this much hope and beauty can be born from such a tragedy. I could not stop listening. Squeezed my babies extra tight today.

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The power of love and grief in perfect balance

Greene’s narrative which takes us through the agony of parent grief is so delicately but compellingly written that one feels one has travelled a little of the road these parents have. Through his narrative, the reader's emotions are etched by the agony of the journey. But more importantly, we also experience the miracle of human recovery in the aftermath of such an event. Luminous. A MUST READ. Dont shy away because it is painful. It is a beautiful love story, and hugely uplifting.

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A true and bare reflection of grief and loss

if ever you get to visist the Auschwitz museum in Jerusalem, do it. Jason's story reminds me of the structure and the lay out of this amazing museum. Brilliant architecture and the man behind it is probably a genius. Jason starts his story with Greta, one is immediately trapped in this maze of pain and loss. Despair overshadowing hope and it moves slowly, painstakingly through memories and one knows you have past the point of no return. You will walk through these high dark grey walls, these walls...they are not well aligned-it is intimidating, it feels like one can be suffocated by obscurity of these walls, but yet you move on through the dim, greyness and very sadness of this book/museum and one has this desperate urge to get out of this..just let me out because I need some air and then you notice the exit and when you walk outside you find yourself on this balcony overlooking the openess of the fields across and you see the blue of the sky and you inhale and all you taste is the fullness and sweetness of hope...of love...of Greta. Jason, you took me back to that museum and you guide me to the balcony. Thank you