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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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    Kimberly Davis Wilson Amityville, NY 04-20-14
    Kimberly Davis Wilson Amityville, NY 04-20-14 Member Since 2005
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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.

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    Valarie Duncanville, TX, United States 09-21-13
    Valarie Duncanville, TX, United States 09-21-13 Member Since 2013

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    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.

    0 of 0 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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    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 2012

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leisa United States 04-23-13
    Leisa United States 04-23-13

    Music Mom

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    "Tears"

    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 2005
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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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    crystal Memphis, Tennessee, United States 03-11-13
    crystal Memphis, Tennessee, United States 03-11-13
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    What made the experience of listening to Remembering Whitney the most enjoyable?

    I didn't have to read it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was just a good enjoyable book. It's a book you want to keep listening to.


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

    Wow, Robin Miles did a great job. She had me thinking for a minute that she was Cissy Houston.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Never thought of that.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the book!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Palm Springs, CA, United States 03-11-13
    Rick Palm Springs, CA, United States 03-11-13
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    "Very Well Done!"
    Would you listen to Remembering Whitney again? Why?

    I would like to listen to this book again because I am sure I will pick up things I did not hear the first time. Also this book is very nice to relax and listen to!


    What about Robin Miles’s performance did you like?

    This Audio Book was just very well done, what more can I say!


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

    I did not listen to this book all at once but I did fine it hard to put down.


    Any additional comments?

    You will enjoy this book even it you were not a big Whitney fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda UPPER MARLBORO, MD, United States 03-04-13
    Rhonda UPPER MARLBORO, MD, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "OMG!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book, reading and story was AWESOME! I felt like I was sitting with Cissy and wanted to just give her a hug. I LOVED IT!


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

    Cissy


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

    Made me teary.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 03-04-13
    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 03-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    Where does Remembering Whitney rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks pretty high due to narrator and flow on the story. There was nothing surprising or shocking in this audio.


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

    Mommie dearest because it is a trying to explain the tragedy of life when your foundation is not solid and everyone depends on you


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

    No. Her performance was very passionate and felt like she understood the intended feeling the author was expressing


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

    Yes due to the way the story flowed. The pace kept the read interested.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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