Born Eilleen Regina Edwards in 1965 in rural Canada, Shania Twain has lived a life rife with triumph and tragedy. By the time she was two, her parents had divorced, and by early childhood, her family of seven was often without food, at times living in a filthy one-bedroom apartment. But when her mother and stepfather were tragically killed in an automobile accident when she was 22, Shania knew that the only way to lift her family out of poverty was to use her God-given singing talent. At an age when most young people have only themselves to think about, Shania moved her entire family to a nearby resort where she began performing, supporting her younger brothers and sisters.
In riveting and often heartbreaking prose, Shania takes the listener back to these pivotal moments, revealing the difficulties she and her family faced. Shania writes of being discovered, time spent performing in Nashville, and her sudden, dramatic rise to stardom. She also spares no details about her recent personal struggles and heartbreaks - struggles she's never discussed publicly. This remarkable book is the story of a brave, honest, entirely genuine woman who faced odds most people never experience, yet has succeeded beyond anyone's expectations.
©2011 Shania Twain (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
Shania's life has been hard for the most part and really good at times. The underlying theme here in her book is that she doesn't think people are responsible for their actions. I wish Shania much love on her journey. I do feel this book might be helpful to others are starting their journey to healing past wounds.
I rank this book very highly, it almost reads like a novel yet the truth can be stranger than fiction, and more inspiring.
The sheer triumph of determination forged in a thirteen year old girl who finally has had enough. She by force of nature pulls her mother from her depressed bed and leaves the world of abuse and sadness which had plagued her little family for so many years. This was the turning point, and it was accomplished by a small, adolescent girl against all odds.
This was the moment when the audience stands and cheers.
Steven King said that audiobooks give us the original intent of storytelling. We forget that the printed word was created as a substitute, a second hand artificial way of communicating.
I love bios, they give you a glimpse into worlds you would never have known otherwise. I was "moved" so many times in this book it would be impossible to pick just one thing. When children endure and then thrive it is always epic. It is the essence of our human existence this maternal/paternal drive found within the youngest.
We had some young chicks once, and one was perhaps two weeks old and the other a few days. But the younger would struggle to get under the wing of the older and the older would act a protector to a degree. This is what our dna does.
The saddest example is self love, when there is no other "chick". As in the case of orphan babies rocking their own cribs which I've heard stories of from Russian nurseries.
It is both sad but also the blazing hope of victory within us that we can be our own parents when necessary.
I love bios, they give you a glimpse into worlds you would never have known otherwise. Shania's world is amazing, amazingly told, and beautifully concluded. I highly recommend this audio book.
Not time well spent. Shania gives the impression she is the only person to ever have been cheated on in marriage. Best friends cheat with spouses all the time. I didn't learn anything new about her except that she seemed to protect her ex-husband by not saying how she felt about his part in the cheating, she constantly raged about the woman whom he cheated with. I felt that she was not facing up to reality by placing so much focus on the other woman and not sharing blame equally between the two. But, I understand she has suffered a great deal of pain and the story is to help her work through the pain the best way she can.
No. I found the narrator's voice annoying and that didn't help at all considering the repetative content of the book.
Love Shania's voice and I disliked Sherie's annoying, whinny voice .
I loved this book and I related to a lot of the struggles. I will definatly listen to this book again!
This was an amazing story and very engaging. There is nothing special about the reader but like all good audio books you forget the reader very quickly and just get absorbed in the story.
This book caught my interest while viewing the Oprah Winfrey show. I heard parallels in Shania's (Ilene's) life story that really struck my interest. I listen to R&B and Jazz so I do not own any Country CDs .. etc. If I enjoyed this book (and I did) Shania's fans will/should love it.
Carol Deming Casey
As I approached this book, I thought I would give this autobiography a chance. Alas, I couldn't even make it through the first 1/3 of the book. The writing rambles. Twain encourages everyone to write their life story, whether it is published or not. It is clear that in this case it should not have been published. Although there were sprinkles of expertly written descriptive short passages, on the whole I found her writing boring. Not only boring, but a tale of "oh whoa it me." Whether it was her goal to elicit sympathy from the reader and public or not - the part that I was able to make through this book - her goal was accomplished to some degree. This sympathy is folded into feelings of Twain whining and having her own pit party. This could have probably have been more of an entertain autobiography, and perhaps it gets more interesting as you continue on with the book, but I won't discover that because I won't go back to this book unless I absolutely have nothing else to entertain myself.
I commend Shania Twain for coming out with this deeply personal memoir of the betrayal she went through at the hands of her best friend and husband but it was just and ok listen for me.
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