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.
©2013 Cissy Houston. Foreword copyright 2013 by Dionne Warwick (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
I didn't have to read it.
It was just a good enjoyable book. It's a book you want to keep listening to.
Wow, Robin Miles did a great job. She had me thinking for a minute that she was Cissy Houston.
Never thought of that.
Love the book!!!
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!
This Audio Book was just very well done, what more can I say!
I did not listen to this book all at once but I did fine it hard to put down.
You will enjoy this book even it you were not a big Whitney fan.
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!
Made me teary.
It ranks pretty high due to narrator and flow on the story. There was nothing surprising or shocking in this audio.
Mommie dearest because it is a trying to explain the tragedy of life when your foundation is not solid and everyone depends on you
No. Her performance was very passionate and felt like she understood the intended feeling the author was expressing
Yes due to the way the story flowed. The pace kept the read interested.
This is a very touching story told from a mother's perspective. I was surprised at how much information Mrs. Houston shared in the book about her daughter; she held nothing back. I have much respect for Mrs. Houston and I am still sorry for her loss.
The class contained in Cissy's written word. She told what appeared to be the TRUE story about her beloved daughter which was really interesting: how she was raised, how her weaknesses (or feelings of inadequacy?) perhaps led to her drug use. Coming from a middle class working home with 2 supporting parents, it's amazing how drug use became bad habits of all 3 children.
Hearing about her childhood days!
No, she was an excellent.
The entire book! I could barely put it down.
I recommend this book to others who loved Whitney Houston.
This is my first audiobook I have listened to and the experience was remarkable. The emotion expressed made me feel like I was listening to Mrs Cissy Houston describe her life with her family and her remarkably gfted daughter.
The entire Houston family played a pivotal role in the entire book.
"I listen to learn"!
This book really gave me a look into the life of Cissy Houston, which then gave me a different perspective about Whitney. It is truly written from the heart, with no regrets or excuses. I really enjoyed it.
J.F., CA. I am a voracious "bookaholic" who enjoys many different genres. I am often listening to/reading multiple books at the same time.
A very balanced and well written account of a mother's loving yet candid view of her daughter's life.
This is not the type of book where one ends up having a favorite character. Cissy, Whitney and all the people Cissy wrote about are viewed objectively. The listener does not even leave disliking Bobby Brown. The listener is able to remain detached and learn more about Whitney, which is the point of listening to the audiobook.
Robin Miles is simply the best. Her narration is always suited to whatever she narrates. Although she did not try to mimic Cissy's voice or speech pattern, she captured all the nuances and emotions intended.
Yes.... it captured my attention from start to finish.
You definitely will not be disappointed. Whitney had a disease called addiction that she just was not able to overcome. Cissy never made excuses for Whitney, she merely told her story. It seems Whitney started dabbling in drugs at a time when entertainers did not realize the potential negative effects.
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