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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.

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

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Really Good Listen!!

Would you listen to Better Than New again? Why?

I would definitely listen to this again! Nicole is a strait shooter and she reminds us the most important thing in life is our family!

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

She made me laugh at times and cry at others. I rode the emotional roller coaster with her from her early naive life in Florida, her struggles to make money while making lots of mistakes, and on to her pain when she knew it was the last time she would see her grandmother. I'm actually tearing up writing about that.

Any additional comments?

I loved her honesty and fast talk. She's knows how to sit back, take some time and figure out the problem when most of us would quit. I shared this book with family to inspire them to never give up.

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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.

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Amazing

Great job Nicole! I was hooked. This was a half day almost continual listen. You have inspired me more than you know. Blessings to you and your boys!
They hold your hand for a while but your heart for a lifetime! Great book.

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Refreshing and real!

This book was just what I needed while I was going through my divorce. No, it's not a book about relationships, but hearing Nicole talk about her own life, relationships, and getting back on her feet time and time again was inspiring!

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A great behind the scenes of Nicole Curtis

I laughed and cried as I listened. Nicole says over and over that she doesn't have a voice for audio books, but no one else could have done this justice.

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  • DDMarie
  • OH United States
  • 11-21-17

Full of Heart <3

It was wonderful learning more about Nicole and the events that helped make her who she is. I love memoirs and hearing all of the the realities of personal successes and struggles. Her story is so touching, and I could hear the emotion in her voice. I found myself in tears several times and also cheering for her successes. She is a fantastic narrator - it feels like you are in a conversation and she is just talking to you, as opposed to reading words off a page. I am so glad I got the audio version of this book.
Definitely recommend this book!

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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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Not an Interesting read

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story was about a person that made bad choices with her heart again and again and again. There was no lesson learned.
Then it abruptly ends.

Has Better Than New turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nicole Curtis?

No one Nicole did fine.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes, Even though Nicole keeps making the wrong choices in her love life she is a very charismatic and I do love her show!! She is great on TV!!

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I don't know why - but I really liked this book

There were so many reasons why I shouldn't have liked this book by a pretty blond whose thyroid is clearly set too high (I'm jealous) and who appears to be a workaholic. But I really did like it! I'm glad she read her own book - nobody else could have delivered the honesty and emotion behind those words.

This book was a real upper! No matter what happened, she tackled the next job with an optimism bordering on foolhardiness and no matter what pressures were placed on her she always put her child first. She also freely talks about the important support and contributions from her friends, family, co-workers, and random people she meets. I am also glad to have read even the hard parts, because they led me to finally understand how women can get themselves into - and out of - a truly abusive relationship.

As advertised in the publisher's blurb, throughout the book she describes the life lessons she learned. I'm very glad not to be her but her bubbly optimism and blind faith were exactly what I needed to hear. (And I also like old houses but this is not a book about houses.)

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  • Bryan
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 10-28-17

A Work In Progress

After listening to this autobiography of Nicole Curtis, what really struck me about her is that she's a very headstrong, stubbornly independent, foolish, angry, confrontational and a foul-mouthed woman. I think most of her problems were brought on by her own foolishness and shortsightedness. But at least she has the humility to admit these in her book. She's a work in progress like the rest of us.

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