This is what Donna Seaman, from Booklist Magazine, has to say about Eavesdropping:
Kuusisto stunned readers with his unique first memoir, Planet of the Blind (1998), and now, following a poetry collection, Only Bread, Only Light (2000), he continues his inquiry into the consequences of blindness in scintillating linked essays that chronicle his learning to live life by ear. Kuusisto reveals more of his disturbing childhood, during which his brooding grandmother became his first “guru of listening.” The future writer spends hours alone enthralled to birdsong, rain, the radio, and vintage recordings of Caruso. As Kuusisto recounts further seminal moments and improbable adventures, he presents exquisitely rendered soundscapes that capture aspects of the world most of us barely register, from the storm of traffic to the cacophony of our myriad machines to the songs of trees. As he goes “sight-seeing by ear” in places as diverse as Iceland and Venice, and celebrates the music and literature that sustain him, Kuusisto foregrounds the aural realm, and evinces great tenacity and trust in his candid tales of life as an acute and contemplative listener in a loud and hectic world. ––Donna Seaman, Booklist Magazine
YA/S: Kuusisto’s accounts of his childhood are haunting, his sense of sound revelatory, and his approach to disability inspiring. DS.
Thank you Donna.