Dead mothers, missing husbands, disgusting dates, perverted "reverends" seductive gurus, infamous ingrates, and cheese thieves. These are just a few of the cast of characters that pepper Valerie Gilbert's true tales in Raving Violet.
Enter the world of a solitary but intrepid New Yorker. Orphaned as a young adult, this divorced, smartass metaphysician has sought solace and insight from philosophers, seances, channels and mediums: a path that has, inevitably, led her back to her formidable fortress within.
Join Valerie as she scales the castle walls on her journey for love, sex, sass, a chuckle, and really good chocolate. Love and Loss! Love and Glory! Love and Nausea! Raving Violet has it all.
©2013 Valerie Gilbert (P)2015 Valerie Gilbert
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
The narration and delivery was incredible!
Miss Sassy herself...and i totally went right t her blog for more!
She was good...laugh out loud funny!!!
I LAUGHED A LOT..., and I could totally feel how she felt in certain situations...
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
I like a good spiritual perception, I feel there is not enough of that in today's society...and this definitely fit that for me...plus it was funny, touching and super interesting...I completely recommend! well worth my time and a credit!! LOVED IT!!!
Yes...it took two. :)
I loved this book. Yes, it’s loads of fun…it’s all that the Publisher’s Summary says that it is. But it’s so much more.
Valerie bares her soul while recounting her life’s journey and the stories that have shaped who she perceives herself to be. But these are more than “stories”—all good books are. They are treasures pulled out of hiding places and laid out in the sun; they are sparkling with life and promise and wisdom of times past and futures coming. They are gems conveying our very human shortcomings and imperfections, but allowing us to see life as beautiful, full of potential, and bursting with soul-stretching possibilities. Ultimately, that is what this book is—an outlet for a soul to share its very human self with others who walk similar paths. With others who struggle to live their truths in this linear world... who seek, who falter, and who continue to wonder of what they are truly capable.
Valerie’s book is indefinable in such a perfect way, much like the city from which she hails. Her stories are entertaining in and of themselves—I laughed and I cried and I wanted more. But perhaps more importantly, they are imbued—quite naturally—with challenges to expand ourselves, with metaphysical teachings and lessons, and with gentle guidance to find a new way. Through Valerie’s willingness to share herself and her perspectives, I experienced my own “aha” moments. What could be better? Bravo, Valerie! (And on your audio recording, too. The theater is lucky to have you.)
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. First of all, it is narrated by the author… something I love (no narrator can inflect the thoughts and emotions quite like the person who wrote it). With that being said, the narration was flawless. Valerie is well spoken, clear and engaging throughout the whole performance.
With regards to the content of the book, I loved the stories. As they were real life stories, I found them captivating. Some were hilarious, some made you annoyed (because you will no doubt have had the same experience), but all of them were excellent!
Overall, this is a great book that you should definitely read. In the words of the author – “Don’t postpone joy.” Pick up this book!
It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing.
I enjoyed listening to RAVING VIOLET so much that I had a hard time turning it off to go to sleep. It was filled with life experiences with people she knew, exploring spirituality and the metaphysical. I also always love when I find someone else who reads the Sedona Journal of Emergence. Much, rather ( ALL) of Valerie's book resonated with me at that level. I love the way she calls out the phony psychics. I especially loved the part at the end where she meets with the medium who DID communicate with her mother.
VALERIE GILBERT is an Awesome writer and I suspect she's a pretty cool person. I agree that the other world is right here alongside us. Perhaps not visible but they let us know in their own way.
A few places I bookmarked were where she talked about love being our new baseline, how the heart chakra will be the new root, and above the heart, there'll be a turquoise truth chakra. Also, don't talk about it; be about it, and that she's a spiritual adventurer.
She hands down does a great job narrating her own book. I'd definitely recommend listening to her.
Audiobook received for my honest review.
I haven't listened to any of this caliber nor genre. My other listens were in the historical or contemporary romance genre.
Valerie is pure spunk and sarcasm when needed. Her sense of humor lightens the listen. It really was quite enjoyable.
No, I haven't. This is the first, but not the last.
Since these were a collection of thoughts written as essays and spoken as if across the table or sitting in a couple of cozy chairs, I wouldn't want to listen to it all at once. In fact, it was one that I wanted to relisten to be able to absorb the collection of great positive energy.
What a listen! This hell-of-a-woman entertains with her autobiographic thoughts, full of comedic sass, vulgarity and make-sense reverence of who we are and how we can be better AND enjoy living.
Quotes from her essays:
” Don’t postpone joy.”
“Edit your life.”
“Be yourself. We are not our resumes.”
“Confusion is a terrific state of mind to be in.”
“Don’t buy fear, drink water of life, not death.”
My Thoughts: This book was so powerful, that I immediately turned around and started listening to it again. There are so many gems of wisdom that strike a resounding chord within me. I came away with many uplifting and potent thoughts and ideas that it necessitated a second listen.
The author says not to buy fear, but drink the water of life, not death. Just that thought alone makes us realize that so much of our lives are directed by fear.
This woman has grabbed the world, shaken it and never said no, continually searching for her path. I’m now following her blog, eager to hear what other gems of wisdom she spews. Her words and voice are unique. She’s full of sarcasm and symbolism which requires me some deep pondering.
In some of her essays she rants most vehemently, poking a finger where poking is well deserved. Her narrator, with its ever-present sincerity or sarcasm, kept me listening, highly entertained, following her train of thought most tenaciously. I actually snorted several times during the listen. The woman has guts with unbelievable experiences in her continual search of truth.
I have never listened to a book with the writer and narrator one and the same. I was surprised at the excellent quality of the narration, her capability in not only expressing her feelings in words, but narrating them in such an appealing manner.
Her essays touch upon many issues and many had me smirking with a nod of agreement or laughing out loud with her outlandish remarks. I’m most pleased that I won this book as a giveaway on a blog.
books are my drug of choice :D
The first thing that drew me to this is the narrator's voice! I usually stay away from female narrators, but Ms. Gilbert's voice spoke to me. So much passion, very well spoken, articulate. I started listening out of curiosity, nothing like I listened to before, except Erma Bombeck yeons ago. The stories told by the author from her real life experiences are captivating. Some made me think, some made me laugh out loud and some made me shake my head and what they have in common is that most of us can relate to these. The accents and temperament of the different people she introduces are so wonderfully executed. I loved it all. I am listening to the next one, the Memoirs!
When I started to divulge into this book I thought it was just going to be a series of rants, and in some cases it was. However, more than anything it is a snapshot of a real woman's life as she grows and navigates through herself in the world. It's funny, it's humble, it's humiliatingly honest, and it was a joy.
Life and losses are serious business until one turns it on it's ear and learns to deal with it all with wry wit. There are lots of laughs here, and a lot to learn from the author's spiritual journey. I was fortunate to be able to have it on audio, read by the author (truly fantastic this way). Besides giving you a lot of laughs, this book will give you a whole lot to think about.
It is a well written essays, with many areas of the author's life, her spiritual and metaphysical leanings. Her great personality quite literally jumps straight off the page at you I kept listening till the end
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