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Etched in Sand Audiobook

Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island

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Publisher's Summary

In this story of perseverance in the face of adversity, Regina Calcaterra recounts her childhood in foster care and on the streets and how she and her savvy crew of homeless siblings managed to survive years of homelessness, abandonment, and abuse.

Regina Calcaterra's emotionally powerful memoir reveals how she endured a series of foster homes and intermittent homelessness in the shadow of the Hamptons, and how she rose above her past while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together.

Beautifully written and heartbreakingly honest, Etched in Sand is an unforgettable reminder that regardless of social status, the American dream is still within reach for those who have the desire and the determination to succeed.

©2013 Regina Calcaterra (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Stefanie Jensen 05-30-14 Member Since 2013

    I love listening to books and I despise bad narrators.

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    "I love the sound of Regina's voice"
    Where does Etched in Sand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love books that are read by the author. Regina was the only narrator that could have told this jaw dropping history. I love her accent, it made me connect to her story that much more. I wanted to reach back in time and help her. This book is excellent.


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    Jeanne Penney Florida 08-23-14
    Jeanne Penney Florida 08-23-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A wonderfully told story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Etched in Sand to be better than the print version?

    The Audio version was great, did not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was a raw, true, emotional story told by the real character herself.


    Which character – as performed by Regina Calcaterra – was your favorite?

    Regina herself without a doubt.


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

    Yes, I was often angry, afraid, happy and sad.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will hook you from the very start.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-29-14
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    "Amazing story .Could not put it down."
    Would you listen to Etched in Sand again? Why?

    Yes .. the story was voiced in such a way you wanted to reach out and hug those kids and never let them live like that again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Over and over she constantly climb up and out of so much cruelty.And had such unbelievable courage and faith to keep going when a lot of others would have gave up.


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

    No.


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

    Heart went out to kids..babies had such a horrifying mother.very sad.but very encouraging.


    Any additional comments?

    This story will always stay with me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela 04-29-14
    Angela 04-29-14
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    "Inspiring!"
    What did you love best about Etched in Sand?

    The story is so well told, I feel like I know Regina and her siblings!


    What did you like best about this story?

    You will walk away feeling inspired by Regina's heart and determination!


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

    When she calls her little sister Rosie, "Mia bambino", you can hear her heart and love for her sister.


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

    I love that they all have their own individual happy endings but they stay a family.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jo L. 09-14-16
    Jo L. 09-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Big eye-opener about our Foster Care system"

    This non-fiction book was very disturbing in a very
    inspiring way. This story will stay with me a long time.
    We need to pay attention!

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    Amazon Customer 07-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing Tale"

    This was definitely a hard read for me - I'm glad I listened to it instead of read the physical book. I can't imagine the lives of Regina and her siblings. Having this kind of perspective, however, is a necessity for people going into the field of trauma (counseling) or even teaching (me!). I have a new set of eyes to use now ... and it will likely be some time before I can think of this family and not tear up!!

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    C. Crist Maryland 07-21-16
    C. Crist Maryland 07-21-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Heart wrenching yet uplifting"

    What an awesome story that demonstrates the strength of one woman (and her siblings) and her drive to beat the odds. Not a purchase you will regret!! Her next book is about Rosie too and I'm on to that one!!

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    Shannon C. Smith Tucson, AZ USA 03-14-16
    Shannon C. Smith Tucson, AZ USA 03-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Exceptional"

    Truly amazing, startling and brilliant. Throughout this memoir, the main thing I took away was love, pure love.

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    Caren 03-03-16
    Caren 03-03-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Definitely a memorable book."

    A testament to perseverance despite ones circumstances and that we all have a purpose while here.

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    Kyle Isaac 02-27-16
    Kyle Isaac 02-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "amazing"

    loved it.. then I met Regina and it was truly amazing.. when she talked about her story, it moved my heart to action... She is an amazing person and the book is written extremely well.

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