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Born with Teeth Audiobook

Born with Teeth: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, Narration by Author, 2016

Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew "how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil", Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones. But in her mother, a would-be artist burdened by the endless arrival of new babies, young Kate saw the consequences of a dream deferred. Determined to pursue her own no matter the cost, at 18 she left her small Midwestern town for New York, where, studying with the legendary Stella Adler, she learned the lesson that would define her as an actress: "Use it," Adler told her. Whatever disappointment, pain, or anger life throws in your path, channel it into the work.

It was a lesson she would need. At 22, just as her career was taking off, she became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter. Having already signed the adoption papers, she was allowed only a fleeting glimpse of her child. As her star continued to rise, her life became increasingly demanding and fulfilling, a whirlwind of passionate love affairs, life-saving friendships, and bone-crunching work. Through it all Mulgrew remained haunted by the loss of her daughter until, two decades later, she found the courage to face the past and step into the most challenging role of her life both on and off screen.

We know Kate Mulgrew for the strong women she's played - Captain Janeway on Star Trek; the tough-as-nails Red on Orange Is the New Black. Now we meet the most inspiring and memorable character of all: herself. By turns irreverent and soulful, laugh-out-loud funny and heart-piercingly sad, Born with Teeth is the breathtaking memoir of a woman who dares to live life to the fullest, on her own terms.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2015 Kate Mulgrew (P)2015 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Mulgrew's strong stage presence and genuine emotions will make listeners want to experience this audiobook all in one go." (AudioFile)

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    Dan O'Byrne 04-17-16
    Dan O'Byrne 04-17-16 Member Since 2017
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    "If you're a fan of Kate Mulgrew . . ."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    a fan of Kate Mulgrew


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kate Mulgrew again?

    I'm not sure there would occasion for her to write anything else. No.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was fine. She's an actress, just not a writer.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Not much of one. I was intrigued by her killing her infant sister, which is why I picked up the book. When the book turned into an account of an acting career with which I was unfamiliar, I struggled to find reason to persist.


    Any additional comments?

    Kate Mulgrew tells the story of touching and intimate moments in her life. I applaud her candor and devotion to her Catholic faith. I have been looking for literary memoirs. While this is an interesting tale of the actress coming of age in the '70's and 80's, it was not subject matter I found compelling enough to finish the book. I bailed out about two-thirds of the way through. I have no personal connection to Kate Mulgrew, her work, or her causes. As such, I was not finding sufficient reason to carry on.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    audrey.o 04-28-16
    audrey.o 04-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good until the very end"
    What about Kate Mulgrew’s performance did you like?

    I loved that Kate narrated her own book.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was a great read, up until the very end. It seemed to end so suddenly and unceremoniously that I found myself saying, "really? That's how it ends??"

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Thaddeus Ryker 05-26-17
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    "Excessively annoying melodrama"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wish Ms Mulgrew didn't feel a need to romanticize and over dramatize every aspect of her life. She seems to need everything aspect of her life to be an epic event of great emotional impact. This level of over-the-top melodrama becomes really obnoxious after a while.


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

    Her extreme acting.


    Did Born with Teeth inspire you to do anything?

    Find a book with less melodrama.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Kate Mulgrew's acting but she seems quite eccentric with an extreme need for ridiculous levels of drama in her life constantly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sterling Splendor 04-16-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Couldn't get into it"

    I just couldn't get into this book. I didn't like the narration at all and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-15-16
    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-15-16 Member Since 2009
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    "GACK!!!"

    GEEEOD, what a self-important woman! I agree with Colleen's review 100%. To quote Colleen - "... I found this one shallow, egotistical and strikingly unaware. If you enjoy reading a portrait of how a narcissistic actress deals with her life then this book is for you."
    There didn't seem to be any caring for other's feelings nor their interactions.
    I do like her as an actor, but I think I'd dislike the woman personally.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Brown 05-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Captivating! One of my favs this year!!"

    What a life! What a journey to follow! To listen to the stories of Kate Mulgrew has taught me how to face my life with teeth and overcome my obstacles with courage and authenticity! Entertaining, ostentatious, dreamy and intoxicating, her words held my intrigue all the way through!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ntron Austin, TX 05-06-16
    Ntron Austin, TX 05-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A divine read for a big fan."

    This book was a joyful glance into the history and life of one of my favorite actresses, who paints with words so effortlessly that I couldn't stop listening. I may be biased, but I could listen to Kate Mulgrew's voice all day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lorry Sorgman 04-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Born With Teeeth no! Born Free!"

    This is the story of personal sacrifice and truly personal achievement of a female actor who faces life's hurling challenges. Repeatedly reminding us, in her struggle to be the best at everything; acting, lover, mother and daughter. She exemplifies what it means to be a female human in this male dominated world of double standards.
    I've been a fan for years and found her stage presence in Betty Davis so captivating I forgot she was acting. She was a natural as Captain Janway and I still watch the reruns. Her memoir was a mosaic of life's unpredictability and the spiritual gift that carries us all forward.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda san jose, ca, US 04-17-16
    Linda san jose, ca, US 04-17-16
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    "Pleasantly surprised"

    Loved this book. It was hard to stop listening at times. Both laughter and tears. Thanks

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nik 04-10-16
    Nik 04-10-16
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    "What a LADY, what a LIFE and what a great AUDIO."

    Fell in love with the cover but when I heard Ms. Mulgrew's voice, I could not stop. Looking to more from her, which I am sure She has and will deliver.

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  • Lokious
    Stoke-on-Trent, UK
    5/26/15
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    "Honest and sincere, what an exceptional author!"

    Absolutely enthralling, what a life Ms Mulgrew has lived. From the romance and success of voyager to the horrors of rape and the loss of loved ones, this book is a roller coaster of emotions. The delivery is exceptional, I could listen to her all day. My only gripe would be the sudden ending, which leaves a lot open ended. Here's hoping for a follow up soon :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • AMWG
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    "Exceptional!"

    Never have I been so very sad to finish a book. I feel like an abandoned child who knows she will never hear her mother's warm voice. Damn, it was good! Thank you, Ms Mulgrew.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • catherine bailey
    Newcastle upon Tyne United Kingdom
    4/25/15
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    "A 5 star book"
    If you could sum up Born with Teeth in three words, what would they be?

    Inspirational, moving, thoughtful


    What about Kate Mulgrew’s performance did you like?

    Such a wonderful voice, full of passion and drama, you could hear the emotion


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Best of its kind I have ever read. Not at all what I expected

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • R Mac
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    4/20/15
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    "Absolutely stellar!"

    If you don't like strong, charismatic women with interesting lives speaking openly, honestly and poetically about their difficulties, trials, tribulations, successes and talents - you'll hate this. But then that's your problem!

    Kate Mulgrew just reiterates what a complete treasure she is and even if you'd never heard of her or she hadn't got famous it's just a bloody good well written memoir and absolutely brilliantly performed! What an audiobook. Can't praise it enough.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • mr s j w dax
    7/14/16
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    "A consuming read from beginning to end."

    This book is at points heart wrenching but beautiful in its emotion. We are privileged that the author allows us into such a personal aspect of her life I feel privileged that she shared such sorrow and joy and to let you into her memories. I hope there is a follow up because I was left wanting much much more

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    6/28/16
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    "Frank, refreshingly honest and entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    One of the best biographies I've 'read', and would not hesitate to recommend to anyone.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Born with Teeth?

    When Kate got that call towards the end, no spoilers here!


    What does Kate Mulgrew bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Kate has such a wonderful voice and energy, which brings the story alive. You couldn't experience this reading the book, although it is such a superb memoir you would be pulled in nevertheless.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Roar quietly, cry sweetly and bare those teeth when you laugh fully


    Any additional comments?

    I would not hesitate to purchase anything else by Kate Mulgrew, or was read by her. If I could have given a higher rating I would have. My only complaint, it wasn't longer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    UK
    10/11/15
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    "Kate Mulgrew has a talent for writing!"

    This already interesting story of Kate's like is made that much better by the fact that she narrates it herself. A must listen all the way through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jack Quann
    Dublin, Ireland
    9/23/15
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    "Honest & riveting"

    A great read from such a well-spoken woman. Refreshingly frank, honest & compelling in all the right places. I didn't want it to end. It taught me that there is so much more to this versatile actress. Bravo!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • RG
    7/26/15
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    "I love her"

    I adore you Kate. You inspire me to be a better human being. Thank you. :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Scotland
    6/22/15
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    "Loved it."

    An amazing story full of emotion and excitement. I was hooked. The story only made better by the telling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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