I think it's completely possible to live a life of extreme abuse, neglect and addiction, and not survive to be a great writer. Kudos to Cupcake for her journey to sobriety - she is clearly a person of tremendous inner strength - but the outcome of her writing is repetitive and hard to get through. This seems a bit odd, because the events themselves are pretty outrageous, so I guess the problem could be the writing style. The book reads like an expanded first step (of the famous 12), with exhaustive recounts of the rape, crime, beatings, loss, and excessive quantities of drugs and alcohol, endless missed opportunities for change, and the, FINALLY, minutiae of recovery, all using the same 3 adjectives. Perhaps it should be a required listen for people new to recovery, but as a memoir it's not so compelling. I found the book by searching for Bahni Turpin, since she was such an excellent narrator in The Help, and she did try to enliven the "negative behaviors" and events of Cupcake's life, but it still doesn't work for me.
This is one of the best I've heard. Cupcake Brown shows amazing courage in sharing her story. It's definitely a story I will recommend to others.
This book is inspiring without being preachy. I really appreciate the authors honesty. It was a great read but painful in places because of her horrible life situations. The narrator is one of the best I've heard (I heard a sample of the one read by the author and it didn't sound as good, go with the unabridged read by Bahni Turpin and you'll have a better experience). Well worth the money and time.
Love books on tape! It's all about the narrators for me though. No matter how good the story, if the narrator doesn't cut it...
Absolutely the best most inspirational heartfelt story I've ever listened to. The narrator, as usual, does an amazing job. Hands down the best! Nothing will be able to compare after this.
Imagine my disappointment when the book turned into religous propaganda at the last part.
I loved the book and Cupcake the first 14 hours (or thereabout), but then the last 7 hours she tried to convince me it was god who saved her.
Why would a person go through all this and at the end be thanking god? I truly do not understand it.
Would have gotten a five star all the way without the religious crap.
Audible: You need to let people know about the religious content in the description of the book. I'm an atheist, and I have wasted a LOT of money in here on books who turned out to be filled with god this and god that.
Addicted to Audible!
Yes! It was very inspiring.
Cupcake of course.
She did a very good job!
great read for anyone that has experienced any adversity in life.
It was an interesting story from the first page to the end. However, I doubt all of it to be true. Why would a judge give Cupcake to her father and then the father put her in foster care? She never overdosed from all the drugs she was taking with alcohol? All of her co-workers on the night shift were drugs users?
Although I didn't like any of the characters, I liked how Cupcake's sponsor helped her get where she is today and remained good friends with her.
Bahni Turpin did an EXCELLENT job as narrator. Her voice and tone made the story worth finishing.
No matter where you are in life, you can get where you want to be.
Interesting story. Great example of how someone can turn their life around and live a life with purpose.
Cupcake is my hero! I can't tell you how many time I checked to make sure that this really was a memoir. Sure, enough, there is her pic w/ Oprah. How could she go through so much and still rise above it all?
I don't think my mom would enjoy all the swearing & I wouldn't recommend it to young readers because of all the drugs & violence.... Please, someone, tell me that the foster system has improved since Cup was a kid.
The narrator was fabulous too.
Yes, A Piece of Cake is a wonderful read and I would gladly listen to it again.
Cupcake's journey, growth and self-redemption.
Bahni Turpin brought realism to the story.
"A Piece of Cake"
Absolutely one of the best books/read books I've ever read!!