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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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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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    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
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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.


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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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    Sharon Crawfordville, FL, United States 02-28-13
    Sharon Crawfordville, FL, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Touching Story"

    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.

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    JaguarMom2 Oklahoma City 02-27-13
    JaguarMom2 Oklahoma City 02-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very respectfully, well-written book!"
    What did you love best about Remembering Whitney?

    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.


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

    Hearing about her childhood days!


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

    No, she was an excellent.


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

    The entire book! I could barely put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book to others who loved Whitney Houston.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Detroit, MI, United States 02-26-13
    Jamie Detroit, MI, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book"
    Where does Remembering Whitney rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The entire Houston family played a pivotal role in the entire book.


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

    Cissy Houston


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    Crystal Shreveport, LA United States 02-22-13
    Crystal Shreveport, LA United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2015

    "I listen to learn"!

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    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.

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    Amazon Customer Northern California 01-31-13
    Amazon Customer Northern California 01-31-13 Member Since 2014

    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.

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    If you could sum up Remembering Whitney in three words, what would they be?

    A very balanced and well written account of a mother's loving yet candid view of her daughter's life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    Yes.... it captured my attention from start to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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