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 absolutely loved the history and the honesty of Cissy Houston! I think people think they know someone just to find out they really don't until they sit down to Listen. Robin's delivery of the message was astounding! I felt like Ms. Houston had invited me over for tea and said "Come close and let me tell you about my daughter Nippy." I experienced the highs and lows of every event. Through it all Ms. Houston never gave up on her daughter and she only held her daughter responsible for her life. In today's world it is so easy to place blame on everything except where the responsibility lies. I applaud Ms. Houston for her candor, her resound belief that God is Always in control and most of all for sharing with us, the fans, who looked up to and adored Whitney. They say you can never truly love someone until you see all the ugly that time to time will surface. When it does and you can still say I love you and visa versa, that is the Greatest gift of all! Thank you Ms. Houston.
While reading this book it really captivated me. I cried and at the end I found peace, my heart ached for Whitney's MoM but she is courages for telling her story.
Cissy was a strict controlling mother. No woder Whitney turned to drugs.
None in particular.
Very well produced!
This book did meet my expectations. It was very nicely narrated and read. It was a very sad and moving tribute.
Baddest Chick in the USA
Sad, Eye Opening, Closure.
I don't compare this to any other book. It was Cissy's Story and obviously we needed to learn who NIPPY was
The Funeral was my favorite scene.
It made me love NIPPY more than Whitney. It did make me cry.
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.
The narrator made you feel like Cissy was telling the story of her life.
All of them.
God rest her soul, I believe she is soaring now with no weaknesses.
I am a very cerebral person and a voracious reader. I am usually listening to something while simultaneously reading something on Kindle.
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.
Great read so enjoyable to listen to would recommend to anyone to listen to it
"Excellent Story & even more narration"
when i bought this i thought its gonna be another one of those books that talks about a star history through her music and being a person who listens to whitney, i thought i knew the whole story. i was dead wrong. Excellent story and so much insight into the wonderful life of Cissy herself that kept me on the edge of my seat, so to speak. Cissy has had an amazing life and i know this is gonna be one of those books that i turn to when life gets hard. its very much as Whitney as well as her mother and their background. i loved the voice of the narrator. honestly top class voice and it made the book so enjoyable to listen to. Well done Cissy and to the narrator also. Worth every penny.
"Insight of a star's rise to fame & background"
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.
Obviously Whitney :-)
"Truly an inspiration"
An 8 out of 10 Enjoyed it very much.
The whole thing was well written.
It would be difficult to choose.
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