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.
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.
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.
Definitely!! Such a great story and amazing narrator. I was addicted to it and did not want it to end.
There was a bit of everything...humour, sadness, suspense....
Great expression to all of Cupcakes adventures. A lot of humour and made things very realistic. BEST narrator I have ever heard!!
All of her adventures moved me. She was a very tough child and women - to say the least. Everything about this story was so interesting and kept me on edge the whole time.
One of the best books I have ever read. Everything about it was perfect!! I am VERY impressed and was sad when I finished it.
This story is the true depiction of faith, dedication, and perseverance. I read the book many years ago but the narration really brought it to life! Bahni Turpin did an awesome job!
It kept me fully amused from the moment I started listening to it - so that's saying something!
There were a few that brought tears to my eyes.
I really enjoyed this book - it kept me interested from the minute I started listening to it. It wasn't dull in any way. I enjoyed every moment! Why not 5 stars I hear you ask? Well.... it's not the best book I've ever read - but I am very happy that I've read it!