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Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped | [Cissy Houston]

Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped

On the eve of the 2012 Grammy Awards, the world learned of a stunning tragedy: Whitney Houston, unquestionably one of the most remarkable and powerful voices in all of music, had been silenced forever. Over the weeks and months that followed, family, friends, and fans alike tried to understand how such a magnificent talent and beautiful soul could have been taken so early and so unexpectedly. Honest and heartbreaking, this is a mother's story of tears, joy, and her greatest love of all: her daughter, Whitney.
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Publisher's Summary

Honest and heartbreaking, a mother's story of tears, joy, and her greatest love of all: her daughter, Whitney

On the eve of the 2012 Grammy Awards, the world learned of a stunning tragedy: Whitney Houston, unquestionably one of the most remarkable and powerful voices in all of music, had been silenced forever. Over the weeks and months that followed, family, friends, and fans alike tried to understand how such a magnificent talent and beautiful soul could have been taken so early and so unexpectedly. Glamorous and approachable, captivating and sweet, Whitney had long ago won the hearts of America, but in recent years her tumultuous personal life had grabbed as many headlines as her soaring vocal talents. Her sudden death left behind not only a legacy of brilliance, but also painful questions with no easy answers.

Now, for the first time, the beloved superstar's mother, Cissy Houston—a gospel legend in her own right—relates the full, astonishing scope of the pop icon's life and career. From Whitney's earliest days singing in the church choir to her rapid ascent to the pinnacles of music stardom, from her string of number-one hits to her topping the Hollywood box office, Cissy recounts her daughter's journey to becoming one of the most popular and successful artists of all time. Setting the record straight, Cissy also speaks candidly about Whitney's struggles in the limelight, revealing the truth about her turbulent marriage to singer Bobby Brown, her public attempts to regain her celebrated voice, and the battle with drugs that ultimately proved too much.

In this poignant and tender tribute to her "Nippy", Cissy summons all her strength to reveal not only Whitney the superstar, but also Whitney as a sweet girl, a bright-eyed young woman, and a deeply caring mother. Complete with never-before-seen family photographs, Remembering Whitney is an intimate, heartfelt portrait of one of our most revered artists, from the woman who cherished her most.

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©2013 Cissy Houston. Foreword copyright 2013 by Dionne Warwick (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    M. Carpenter Baton Rouge, La 03-15-15
    M. Carpenter Baton Rouge, La 03-15-15 Member Since 2011

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    Where does Remembering Whitney rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    5


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Remembering Whitney?

    Cissy was a strict controlling mother. No woder Whitney turned to drugs.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None in particular.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Very well produced!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Ulrich Kalamazoo, MI. United States 03-04-15
    Elizabeth Ulrich Kalamazoo, MI. United States 03-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent read"

    This book did meet my expectations. It was very nicely narrated and read. It was a very sad and moving tribute.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carla 01-25-15
    Carla 01-25-15
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    "Thanks Ms.Cissy"

    I loved this book, her mother did a remarkable job writing it.Thanks Ms.Cissy Houston for sharing her story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Davis Wilson 04-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Nobody Knows Whitney Better Than Mama"
    If you could sum up Remembering Whitney in three words, what would they be?

    Sad, Eye Opening, Closure.


    What other book might you compare Remembering Whitney to and why?

    I don't compare this to any other book. It was Cissy's Story and obviously we needed to learn who NIPPY was


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Funeral was my favorite scene.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me love NIPPY more than Whitney. It did make me cry.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to really know Nippy as opposed to the persona of Whitney Houston I suggest you listen to this story....it will give you compassion of the True Story of this great Artist....gone to soon ....or perhaps it was her time to go and finally rest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Valarie 09-21-13
    Valarie 09-21-13

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    "Powerful"
    What did you love best about Remembering Whitney?

    The narrator made you feel like Cissy was telling the story of her life.


    What could Cissy Houston have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Absolutely nothing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    God rest her soul, I believe she is soaring now with no weaknesses.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Whitney Austin, TX, United States 01-08-15
    Whitney Austin, TX, United States 01-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I WOULD MOST CERTAINLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE. IT WAS SO MUCH MORE THAN I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE, I TOTALLY ENJOYED IT.


    What did you like best about this story?

    THE WAY MS. CISSY WROTE, SHE WAS HONEST, FUNNY, WITTY AND LOVING.


    What about Robin Miles’s performance did you like?

    ROBIN READ BEAUTIFULLY, I COULD IMAGINE MS. CISSY SPEAKING THOSE VERY WORDS. EXCELLENT NARRATION.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    IT MADE ME DO BOTH, I'M A HUGE FAN OF WHITNEY HOUSTON SO IT TOOK A WHILE FOR ME TO READ THIS BOOK, I HAD TO PREPARE MYSELF FOR WHATEVER I MIGHT READ. I'M SO GLAD I READ IT WHEN I DID IT WAS RIGHT ON TIME, LEARNED SOME NEW THINGS AND ABOUT WHITNEY HOUSTON AND REMEMBERED OLD MEMORIES AND PERFORMANCES. SUPERB BOOK!!!


    Any additional comments?

    THIS BOOK WAS NOT JUST ABOUT WHITNEY HOUSTON'S LIFE BUT HER MOTHER, HER BROTHERS, HER FATHER AND FRIENDS AND CLOSE RELATIVES, IT GIVES A DEEPER INSIGHT ON THE HOUSTON FAMILY AND I'M GRATEFUL FOR THAT.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cine PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 09-07-13
    Cine PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 09-07-13

    married, mother of 1 daughter, and grandson. Love to cook, sew, music buff, hard worker.

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    "Excellent!"
    What did you love best about Remembering Whitney?

    The truth, coming from her mother.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Cissy Houston, talking about her daughter with as much honesty as a mother can give up!


    Which character – as performed by Robin Miles – was your favorite?

    Cissy Houston


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not particularly, I found the entire book to be moving, emotional, truthworthy.


    Any additional comments?

    If you read nothing else about Whitney Houston, read/listen to this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dawn TAMPA, FL, United States 06-18-13
    dawn TAMPA, FL, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Totally loved it!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I am a huge Whitney fan and it was so insightful to hear from her mother what she was truly like.


    Any additional comments?

    The only problem I had with this selection, is that Cisssy Houston spent a fair amount of time talking about her own life. I really did think that this would be exclusively about Whitney.

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    Leisa 04-23-13
    Leisa 04-23-13

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    Oh wow! I couldn't help but cry while listening to this book. I am really struggling to review this personal story of a mother's love and tragic loss! This is truly a beautiful story even though it breaks my heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Magdalena Antioch, CA, United States 04-23-13
    Magdalena Antioch, CA, United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Love the book and the reader Ms. Robin Miles."
    If you could sum up Remembering Whitney in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing, courrageous mother!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ms. Cissy Houston, of course! As a mother of 5 and grandmother of 8, i totally understand what she went through, the pain, the worries, the sleepless nights, the love to her children. The love and worries doesn't end with our children, it continues when we start having grandchildren. It's like starting all over.


    What does Robin Miles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ms. Robin Miles is the lady who read the book, huh? Well, let me tell you. She read that book as if she was Ms. Cissy. She represented Ms. Cissy so well it's just amazing. Ms. Miles should be reading your books if the authors cannot read them. She puts her heart into the story and keeps your interest. There has been books that i buy and then don't read when i hear the booring voice of the reader. Even some authors read so horribly you want to stop reading, example: andy williams. i love his singing voice, but his reading voice is just a no no!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when her son called her to inform her that Whitney was dead. I cried so much at that moment.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Ms. Cissy and Ms. Miles. Two amazing ladies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • lacroix46700
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    5/22/15
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    "Insight of a star's rise to fame & background"
    Would you listen to Remembering Whitney again? Why?

    It's not a story to re-read - more of an account about the background of her parents and her rise to fame. It was interesting (if very slow to pick up pace & not sure where it was going... )and as a fan of Whitney, it was an insight into how her career started and how it's easy to fall into the traps of fame and pressures placed upon one individual.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously Whitney :-)


    Have you listened to any of Robin Miles’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Too long


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Denise Angela Robinson
    11/7/14
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    "Truly an inspiration"
    Where does Remembering Whitney rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    An 8 out of 10 Enjoyed it very much.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole thing was well written.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    It would be difficult to choose.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes defiantly


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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