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The Awakening of HK Derryberry - My Unlikely Friendship with the Boy Who Remembers Everything-logo

The Awakening of HK Derryberry - My Unlikely Friendship with the Boy Who Remembers Everything

Jim Bradford

The Awakening of HK Derryberry is 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. HK 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 HK Derryberry.

The Awakening of HK Derryberry is 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. HK 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 HK Derryberry.
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The Awakening of HK Derryberry is 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. HK 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 HK Derryberry.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Andy Hardin, Not Yet Available, Milton Bagby

Length:

5h 48m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:59


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:49


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:20


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:40


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:50


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:27


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:33


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:26


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

11:15


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:53


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

11:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

14:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

14:31


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

13:28


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:07


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

16:57


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:29


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

13:10


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

11:26


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:29


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:58


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:49


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:32


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

13:31


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

10:37


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

14:59


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

16:24


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

12:23


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

15:20


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:50