In A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope Tom Brokaw, the incomparable newsman, recounts his struggle with multiple myeloma, an incurable form of blood marrow cancer. He describes how his once active life of fly fishing, horseback riding, camping, and hiking came to a sudden halt in 2013 when constant back pain led to the cancer diagnosis. Ever the reporter, Brokaw recorded his experience while battling cancer and based the memoir off of those notes. While the book centers around the diagnosis, Brokaw does an excellent job of reminiscing on his experience reporting world changing events, such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Tiananmen Square massacre, and 9/11. He also showcases a profound love for his wife, children, grandchildren and extended family. Throughout the memoir Brokaw comments on the issues with health care in America, coming to terms with aging, and his own mortality.
The one disappointment with the audiobook was that it was not read by the author. Having watched Brokaw for years on the Nightly News and seen many of his stand alone news pieces, including his wonderful work on the greatest generation it was jarring to hear a voice other than his recount the story. However, Mark Bramhall is an accomplished reader and after the first few tracks his booming voice draws the listener in. It is a poignant memoir from one of America’s most well-known and beloved newsmen.