True Strength

  • by Kevin Sorbo
  • Narrated by Kevin Sorbo, Sam Sorbo
  • 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On television, as the star of the popular Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Kevin Sorbo portrayed an invincible demi god. He relished living the part—putting in 14-hour days on set, doing his own stunts, and relentlessly working out at the gym. Until one day, it all came to an abrupt end.
Now, for the first time, Sorbo shares what viewers didn’t know: he suffered three strokes from an aneurysm in his shoulder that had been radiating blood clots throughout his body, likely for months. He was left partially blind and entirely incapacitated at just 38 years old. Appearances are everything in Hollywood, so Sorbo and the production studio hid the full details of his condition from the media. After all, how could the strongest man in the world be… fragile?
To continue filming Hercules, the number-one worldwide syndicated TV series at the time, they frantically reworked scripts and revamped production to allow for the star’s severely limited involvement. But as the effects of the strokes persisted—with painful, mysterious, debilitating symptoms—and physicians could offer few answers, Sorbo grew increasingly despondent. What happens when your entire identity vanishes? True Strength is the story of how one man faced the unimaginable and ultimately found the real measure of success.
With tongue-in-cheek humor and an unfailingly candid voice, Sorbo reflects on his childhood in Minnesota, his early modeling and acting days, and his hard-charging charmed life in television. He recounts the onset of his stroke symptoms, the frightening hospitalizations, his battle with depression, and fighting for a recovery that defied medical expectations. And how, through it all, love conspired to save him from missing out on what matters.
With this refreshingly honest account of celebrity, personal tragedy, and the power of letting go, Sorbo aims to blaze a trail for anyone who may have suffered a serious setback in life and is struggling to find their way forward.

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What the Critics Say

"Sorbo is candid about the hopelessness and resentment that characterized his slow recovery, his frustration with contradictory medical advice and holistic therapies of varying effectiveness and the stress his condition placed on his new marriage." (Kirkus Reviews)
"[A] compelling memoir…. Throughout his chatty tale, [Sorbo] drops enough Hollywood names to make any Us Weekly reader happy." (Booklist)

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A real must have for your library

This is without a shadow of a doubt the best book I've listened to since joining Audible.

Kevin and Sam's story should be compulsory listening for anyone who is going through a life changing illness or accident.

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- Adrian

A long road to acceptance and recovery

I love Kevin Sorbos' voice it is calming and rich. well read and made me contemplate my own self/shadow and impact that had on me post a significant medical issue. whilst i have never been an athlete at the same level i too realised i was not immortal in my mid 40's so the account resonated with me on a number of levels. great listen.
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- gizmo66

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-10-2011
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio