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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
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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.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jo L. 09-14-16
    Jo L. 09-14-16 Member Since 2017
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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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JPisme Florida 08-23-14
    JPisme 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.

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angela 04-29-14
    Angela 04-29-14 Member Since 2017
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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Annie Butcher turion 10-18-17
    Annie Butcher turion 10-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Overcoming unbelievable odds"

    This is a story that will break your heart and then lift it to the stars.
    Cookie Calcaterra was hard to take because she spoke and acted so violently all the time and with constant cussing. But I believe it served it's purpose and demonstrating what a violent atmosphere the children were subjected to, and I'm not a fan of glossing over real facts in a true story. Is there anyway to fix such a broken system? Thank you Regina for this eye-opening story.

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    Lori Souza 09-12-17
    Lori Souza 09-12-17
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    "Life of child in foster care & her resilience!"

    When the author reads a book, it brings so much more intimacy to her story. Listening to this book helps me understand the insight of a child in foster care. Knowing that some people failed her but also helped her succeed is also important. As a child welfare worker, I feel like this book gave many parts of the full story a family goes through when they are involved in Child Protection Services.

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    Kindle Customer 09-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "bravo"

    loved it, so glad to see how a sibbling group made it and beat the odds. would and will recomend book to others

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    Jeanne Luma Camarillo, California USA 08-17-17
    Jeanne Luma Camarillo, California USA 08-17-17 Member Since 2013
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    "A must read of hope and determination!

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    This book grabbed me from the beginning. Anyone who has suffered rejection from a parent and is forced to raise themself and their siblings will find
    strength, courage, and most of all hope in this beautifully narrated true story.

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    Nana x 3 08-14-17
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    "*Against All Odds*"

    One would never guess from looking at the successful adult that Regina Calcaterra is, that her childhood was a wretched life of abuse and neglect at the hand of an alcoholic mother. She and her sisters and brother suffered endlessly, going without food or a place to live and being beaten often. They were tossed in and out of foster homes throughout their childhoods. But somehow the bond of love held them together through it all. Regina, who has the heart of a pit bull: loyal, stubborn, fierce, and determined, fought her way out of that life of tragedy so that she could someday help others like her. I have had numerous foster children in and out of my home, but none with a story so tragic as Regina's. With all the odds stacked against her, Regina was still able to pull herself out of that wretched life and cross the street to the other side, where the grass is greener and life is good. I applaud you Regina!

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    "Courage and survival that will humble your heart"
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    I have listened to both sister's books and come away a bit ashamed to consider my own life challenges as quite as difficult as before. The ability to survive not only in tact but to have come as far as these sisters and brother have...and with the willingness to share their story has changed my heart forever and i am blessed to have listened to both books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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