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Editorial Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

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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  • dale shahan
  • 28-05-2021

Uplifting and motivating

I appreciated the story and the way it was presented. Mostly just a recount of Brian’s life and what he went through with little philosophical fluff. Brian takes you through his journey and leaves you at your starting line.

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  • C. K. Harrell
  • 19-03-2021

Resilient

“IRON HEART” is an incredible true story of resilience, courage, determination and love. Brian Boyle had his whole future ahead of him. He had just graduated from High School with plans for college and many athletic events ahead when a dump truck t-boned him while driving to swim practice. This true story reveals his journey while fighting to stay alive in ICU through multiple surgeries .. coming out of a 2 month coma and his rehabilitation to get back on his feet .. it’s a “MUST READ”..

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  • C. S. Morse
  • 02-09-2017

Engaging, amazing story.

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I'm not sure the reader was the best one for the story; I felt like he was fairly dispassionate at times, and I think this book needed to convey the passion of the author, especially in his loss and struggles. The story is an amazing telling of his injuries and recovery, and his determination to regain his life after a horrific accident. It draws you in from the first page and is one of those that is genuinely hard to put down.

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  • Cathy
  • 13-06-2021

inspiring!

Strong family love and a great internal drive kept this young man going. what an inspiration. Great read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-2021

Great listen

Enjoyed going on this journey with Brian. Great listen ! Recommend to several friends and co-workers.

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  • elizabbk
  • 22-03-2021

A Once in Awhile Book

I love to read, and thus consume many books. This book is inspirational on a level far beyond the ordinary. What a blessing it was to read ... right down to the last sentence!

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  • Alina
  • 16-02-2021

Deeply Moving!

I so loved listening to this young man’s experience. It really touched my heart, and inspired me personally. I laughed and cried. Thank you for sharing your amazing story!

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  • Todd blue
  • 02-12-2021

Inspirational true story!!

I loved this book because it was so inspirational and heart touching you will enjoy this book a lot! Go Brian Boyle!!!!

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  • Paula Diaz
  • 22-11-2021

Truly inspirational and touching

The beginning was heartbreaking and hard to listen to, but I found myself unable to stop. I just had to hear what happened. I highly recommend this book. It's very inspiring.

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  • Hanoch Raviv
  • 09-10-2021

Great story but too long

More than 7 hours book that could be done in 2-4 hours. The book start great and continue to unwrap further. But at certain point I lost interest in that book.
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  • Daniel Gibney
  • 23-07-2015

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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