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Breaking Night Audiobook

Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard

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Publisher's Summary

Liz Murray was born to loving but drug-addicted parents in the Bronx. In school she was taunted for her dirty clothing and lice-infested hair, eventually skipping so many classes that she was put into a girls' home. At age 15, Liz found herself on the streets when her family finally unraveled. She learned to scrape by, foraging for food and riding subways all night to have a warm place to sleep.

When Liz's mother died of AIDS, she decided to take control of her own destiny and go back to high school, often completing her assignments in the hallways and subway stations where she slept. Liz squeezed four years of high school into two, while homeless; won a New York Times scholarship; and made it into the Ivy League.

Breaking Night is an unforgettable and beautifully written story of one woman's indomitable spirit to survive and prevail, against all odds.

©2010 Liz Murray (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Murray tells an engaging, powerfully motivational story." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Amazon Customer Prague, Czech Republic 03-17-12
    Amazon Customer Prague, Czech Republic 03-17-12
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    "unbelievably inspiring"
    Would you listen to Breaking Night again? Why?

    After listening to this detailed autobiography, one has to simply ask oneself: After all, are my circumstances really that bad? Am I really gonna blame my parents' divorce, mum's illness, my brothers stupidity for loosing all our family's saving...am I really really gona blame them for the mental state I am in? Or should I just look, like Liz Murray did, at what possibilities I have and to chose every moment another empowering choice?

    The story made me rethink my own opinions and it let me question my own capability.

    I would def. recomment this book to everyone who simply seeks for inspiration and hope that things can turn well, despite all your difficulties.

    Hope this makes sense.


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    Rodney 08-22-16
    Rodney 08-22-16
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    "Simply phenomenal!"

    I loved ever minute of this book. The poverty Liz experienced brought back memories but most off all, her resilience is paradigm shifting!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Reuven Nisser Garfield, NJ United States 11-03-11
    Reuven Nisser Garfield, NJ United States 11-03-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Lovely And Thought Provoking"

    Liz is a wonderful author. She doesn't only wright of her life, she gives insight into her feelings. She lets you understand her. This book kept me transfixed from the first sentence. She is also one of the best narrators I have ever heard. Her voice is soft, warm and ful of emotions. Yes, I did feel for her, though I knew the ending all along. No, this is not an easy listen. However, it's worth it. If you look at the summary and think it is intersting, go for the book. If you liked The Glass Castle, this is the book for you.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    K. Labidi Los Angeles 08-04-11
    K. Labidi Los Angeles 08-04-11 Member Since 2015

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    "inspiring story, very good writing"

    This book - the writing and the story it tells - is remarkable. I was inspired by the author and look forward to learning more about and from her in the future.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bree 08-03-16
    Bree 08-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Book I Have Ever Listened To!"

    This book is narrated by the author and she does an absolutely amazing job! Her story is so heartfelt and compelling. I am surprised she wasn't crying while recording. This book was so inspiring to me, that I ran my 1st marathon after listening to her book. It is beyond motivational. Her true life story is so unfortunate and her outcome is so magical for a lack of better reference. I cannot do this book justice. A MUST LISTEN for everyone. A great family book. Really puts life into perspective. I wish I could go on and on! I am so proud of her, she is the epitome of a fighter! What a wonderfully courageous human being!

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    Faye 07-12-16
    Faye 07-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "well told story"

    loved this book. she did a great job telling her story. gives a great inside understanding to teen homelessness. recommending this book to others.

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    Amazon Customer 03-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Unbelievable"

    This story is amazing and I could not imagine anyone reading it but her. If you feel like you have it or had it rough... Listen to her story.

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    Shannon C. Smith Tucson, AZ USA 02-20-16
    Shannon C. Smith Tucson, AZ USA 02-20-16
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    "Outstanding!"

    Loved the beautiful writing. The love in the face of so m any horrible adults. What amazing perseverance. Remarkable.

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    John F DePalma 08-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very inspiring story!!!"

    Very inspiring story....I was very impressed with how Liz overcame so many obstacles and untimely graduated from Harvard. I plan to share with others.

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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 07-06-12
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 07-06-12
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    Where does Breaking Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was an incredible read. Liz pulls no punches about the realities of her life, but does so in a way that expresses sympathy and compassion for the people in her life who have hurt her.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breaking Night?

    Liz's determination to get back to school. I could just hear it in her voice


    Any additional comments?

    I think Liz Murray reading her own book both added to and took away from the listening experiences. Liz is quite obviously not a trained narrator, but no one can tell their own story better than they themselves can. While the narration lacks polish, the autobiography itself carries this one through.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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