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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

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Gonna take a spiritual journey

Gilbert both writes and narrates Raving Violet, which looks to be a collection of her own blogs that went online around 2011 and ended in 2012. In this, like a blog, so talks about different aspects of her life, and is all encompassing in what it includes. The funny thing is, you can literally see how she improves as a writer in that short span of time. Her earlier works were interesting, but not as developed as they could have been. Either way, she injects humor into a lot of areas, and freely discusses her thoughts.

One thing that kind of annoyed me was the stron g focus on positivity. Some of her best writing came from her personal letdowns or things that aggrivated her, like a certain Irish guru. She really needs to vent a bit more, and allow that sometimes it is ok to be negative. Now, for my honest part. I don't read blogs. If Jesus had a blog I wouldn't read it. I'd listen to him, but reading about someone else's trevails, trials, and tribulations is not my bag so I wasn't as in love with this as I could have been. Also, collecting what has been out there for a while doesn't sit well with me. Do a book based on the blog and I'd be cool, flesh it out, cherry pick the best and focus on that. Then, I can go to the blog if interested. That's me being nitpicky.

What I did like was her stories about the seances and things like that. Her spiritual insight was interesting, too. The best part is Gilbert's humor. She infuses it throughout the book, and it really makes it work. If that was gone it would not be nearly as interesting or thought provoking.

This isn't a book I would have normally picked up on my own, but I am glad that I got it and enjoyed some good laughs with her. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.


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I AM NEW TO MEMOIRS, AND I AM GLAD I TRIED THEM!

What made the experience of listening to Raving Violet the most enjoyable?

The narration and delivery was incredible!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Miss Sassy herself...and i totally went right t her blog for more!

What about Valerie Gilbert’s performance did you like?

She was good...laugh out loud funny!!!

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

I LAUGHED A LOT..., and I could totally feel how she felt in certain situations...

Any additional comments?

** 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!!!

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Raving Violet

If you could sum up Raving Violet in three words, what would they be?

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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So much more...

Where does Raving Violet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

#1

Which character – as performed by Valerie Gilbert – was your favorite?

Valerie!

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

Yes...it took two. :)

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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.)

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Loved it!

This book is a masterpiece! This was the first Audible book I ever listened to. It made me both laugh, and cry as I followed Valerie's spiritual journey throughout her life. The fact that Valerie is not only the author, but also the narrator of her book gives you a deeper emotional connection to her stories of love, loss, healing, and hope. Valerie has a beautiful voice, and a delightful sense of humor. I highly recommend this book!

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A great memoir

Loved this memoir.

Having the story narrated by the author added another level of connection to the listener. The use of emphasis and voices, made it even more real. I love how honest and raw this book is. I had no idea what it was about going in, but the reviews and the sample intrigued enough. What an great surprise. I can relate to so many things in this story. It was like talking to an old friend, I hadn't seen in a long time.

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Close to perfection !

I haven't read any book from the author before ! I completed this book in just a day .The short stories were great . It;s humorous as well as inspirational ! Some people would think that ts an standard autobiography but it isn't . This book touches all parts of a person's life ! And hats off to the narration by the author ! It was great . I never expected it to be that great when i started . I would recommend this one to all !! Its a must read

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Raving Violet Rocks the World

Wow. Thank you all so much for opening and helping to heal my heart. Your stories voice and experiences shook the stone from in front of my heart. It's lovely to finally hear real news about my life. About what is real and what is fake. What I need to take care of as long as I am on this wheel of suffering as I like to say, EXCEPT when I hear stories that rock my world with light, laughter and fun. Thank you....
Valerie Gilbert...

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Stunning

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.

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Her journey just might inspire yours

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.

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