The Awakening of H. K. Derryberry by Jim Bradford audiobook

The Awakening of H. K. Derryberry: My Unlikely Friendship with the Boy Who Remembers Everything

By Jim Bradford , with  Andy Hardin
Read by Milton Bagby

5.80 Hours 09/13/2016 Unabridged
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The inspiring story of how one man was willing to step out of his upper-middle-class world into the life of a young, disabled boy with a dismal future. Little did Jim Bradford know the transformational potential of that friendship—for HK and himself. H. K. Derryberry came into the world with the odds stacked heavily against him. He was taken from his unmarried mother’s womb three months prematurely when she was killed in a car wreck. After ninety-six days of seesawing between life and death, HK’s grandmother took him home. One Saturday morning, Jim Bradford, a successful businessman in his mid-fifties, happens into Mrs. Winner’s Chicken and Biscuits and sees a nine-year-old’s head pressed down against a black plastic boom box with a crooked antenna and three strips of silver duct tape stretched across the battery cover. He can’t help but notice the long, white plastic braces on each of the child’s legs. Mr. Bradford learns that HK’s grandmother is forced to bring him to the fast-food restaurant where she works, leaving him to sit alone all day at a small table, with only his boom box for company. On subsequent Saturdays Jim feels drawn back to the restaurant to meet with HK and begins spending every weekend with him. Eventually it becomes apparent that buried beneath HK’s severe disabilities is one spectacular ability. He is diagnosed with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM), which involves superlative powers of recollection that enable him to remember everything that has happened to him since the age of three. Less than one hundred people have been diagnosed with HSAM, but none of them have the physical disabilities of H. K. Derryberry.

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Summary

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Audie Award Winner for Best Faith-Based Narration

AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

The inspiring story of how one man was willing to step out of his upper-middle-class world into the life of a young, disabled boy with a dismal future. Little did Jim Bradford know the transformational potential of that friendship—for HK and himself.

H. K. Derryberry came into the world with the odds stacked heavily against him. He was taken from his unmarried mother’s womb three months prematurely when she was killed in a car wreck. After ninety-six days of seesawing between life and death, HK’s grandmother took him home.

One Saturday morning, Jim Bradford, a successful businessman in his mid-fifties, happens into Mrs. Winner’s Chicken and Biscuits and sees a nine-year-old’s head pressed down against a black plastic boom box with a crooked antenna and three strips of silver duct tape stretched across the battery cover. He can’t help but notice the long, white plastic braces on each of the child’s legs. Mr. Bradford learns that HK’s grandmother is forced to bring him to the fast-food restaurant where she works, leaving him to sit alone all day at a small table, with only his boom box for company. On subsequent Saturdays Jim feels drawn back to the restaurant to meet with HK and begins spending every weekend with him.

Eventually it becomes apparent that buried beneath HK’s severe disabilities is one spectacular ability. He is diagnosed with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM), which involves superlative powers of recollection that enable him to remember everything that has happened to him since the age of three. Less than one hundred people have been diagnosed with HSAM, but none of them have the physical disabilities of H. K. Derryberry.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Milton Bagby narrates this amazing story with excitement and eagerness. It’s as though he can’t wait to catch the listener up on all God has accomplished through this relationship. Bagby’s seasoned vocal inflections and varied pace cue the listener to the many jovial, sometimes concerning, and often surprising twists and turns of this remarkable friendship. Bagby delivers the memorable story in a way that keeps the listener hanging on every word. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Jim Bradford

Author Bio: Jim Bradford

Jim Bradford began a successful sales career with the Xerox Corporation in 1968. In 1985, at the invitation of the British Trade Council, he had the honor of presenting a new line of English tailored clothing to HRH Prince Charles and Princess Diana as part of their royal visit to Washington, DC. He now works in the industrial uniform industry as a senior national account executive for UniFirst Corporation. He has a BS degree from the University of North Alabama.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 5.80
Audience: Adult
Language: English