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Better Than New Audiobook

Better Than New: Lessons I've Learned from Saving Old Homes (and How They Saved Me)

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Publisher's Summary

A New York Times and USA Today best seller.

For the first time, Nicole Curtis, the star of the megahit HGTV and DIY Network show Rehab Addict, reveals her private struggles, her personal victories, and the inspiring lessons we can all learn from them.

Nicole Curtis is the tough, soulful, charismatic dynamo who, for the past 20 years, has worked tirelessly to restore historical houses, often revitalizing neighborhoods in the process. And also in the process drawing millions of fans to her television show, Rehab Addict, where they follow each step of the hard work and singular vision that transform the seemingly lost cause of a run-down building into a beautifully restored home.

But there is so much more to this self-taught expert and working mom. With her signature irresistible honesty and energy, Curtis writes about a project that every listener will find compelling: how she rehabbed herself. Better Than New reveals what's not seen on TV - Curtis' personal battles and her personal triumphs, her complicated relationships, her life as a single mother, the story of how she got started remodeling houses, and the consuming ins and outs of producing a megahit television show while keeping up with two kids, two rescue dogs, and countless tasks on her home renovation punch lists. Followers of the show will get an inside look at some of her most famous restorations, including the Dollar house, the Minnehaha house, the Campbell Street project, and the Ransom Gillis mansion.

Part inspirational memoir and part self-help guide, Better Than New is a journey in eight chapters - each pinned to the story of a house that Curtis has remodeled, each delivering a hard-fought lesson about life - that takes listeners to the place we all want to be: home.

As fans of her show can attest, Nicole is totally unscripted, and this audiobook - featuring extensive new material exclusive to the audio edition - is no exception.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2016 Nicole Curtis (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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    Alli S 05-09-17
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    "Great story, great woman, great narration"

    A story of rebuilding yourself, with a twist of restoration tricks. Nicole is an inspiration, and I have been profoundly impacted by her perseverance.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    WhosYourChubby Rancho Cordova, CA. USA 10-16-17
    WhosYourChubby Rancho Cordova, CA. USA 10-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Really loved this book"

    I have seen her show a couple of times and so when I saw this book I thought I would give it a try and see if anyone as young as Nicole could really have the insight of an older person. I was shocked to find out yes! She has had a very interesting life and the lessons she has learned are engrossing, to say the least.

    It was also fun to hear about the show and the houses she worked on. The backstage gossip was fun and the way Nicole reads the book to you, you feel like she is right there in the room with you just talking about her day, house, job, kids, family and love life. When Nicole's grandmother is sick you can hear her fight back the tears and again, it is like you are right there with her the whole time.

    This is a book I know I will listen to again and I really do hope she will write more books as she has a talent for it. I now want to go back and re-watch the shows she talks about in this book to see the things she told us about LOL.

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    Patricia K. Deckert 10-16-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing!!"

    Love her and loved her story. Great job writing and reading it! Thanks for sharing your life.

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    Lila 10-11-17
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    "Loved this book!"

    I have never seen her show, but loved this book. Nicole is so real and transparent about her life. You feel like your listening to a friend. I loved hearing about the homes she restored, her family and friends and the clients she has worked with. She came across as a genuine person.

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    Missy_G 10-11-17
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    "just ok. maybe different if I was a groupie"

    I thought the story was just, ok. Maybe a fan would enjoy her narrating, but I think she should have left it to the professionals.

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    Dayna Vango 10-11-17
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    "Real story, Real life!"

    Thanks for sharing your life story! GREAT listen. This was an awesome story of her struggles and like so far!

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    Michelle G. Dunn 10-10-17
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    "Lovely honest authentic"

    Good love book about life.

    Good bones

    Recommended read that will not bore, nice narration too.

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    Jen P 10-09-17
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    "Very conversational..."

    Nicole says she has no talent for reading this aloud, and I have to agree. This is not Nicole reading a book (at least I hope not, considering all the grammatical errors and misspeaks - there could not have been an editor involved if so).

    If you like her and the show, you'll undoubtedly like this. I liked it well enough, myself, but I'm really glad I got it as a Daily Deal.

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    ItsJustJon Ft. Collins, Colorado 10-09-17
    ItsJustJon Ft. Collins, Colorado 10-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Feel-good Rah Rah"

    So, this is on me for not reading carefully the review before I ordered this audiobook, but I was expecting something about tips and tricks and what to look for when renovating houses, as well as distilled anecdotes about her experience (I've never seen her show). Instead, it's basically just an autobiography about someone that I don't particularly find that interesting. This might be good for a fan of the Nicole Curtis or her show (apparently, there are many), but don't expect much more than vanilla otherwise.

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    Kelly D. Mooney Chattanooga,TN 10-09-17
    Kelly D. Mooney Chattanooga,TN 10-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    Great book. A tribute to all of us " strong women " , who won't let hardships keep us down. Thanks Nicole for sharing your story !

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