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Publisher's Summary

The Unbreakable Child, a story about forgiving the unforgivable, is a riveting journey inside the secretive underbelly of the St. Thomas / St. Vincent Orphan Asylum in rural Kentucky. It is the first book in the United States to confront the institutionalized physical and emotional abuse suffered by countless orphans at the hands of Catholic clergy over these last decades. It also documents the historic United States lawsuit and first-ever settlement paid by Roman Catholic nuns in the United States as recompense for decades of brutal institutional abuse of the author, her sisters and 42 other children.

©2012 Kim Michele Richardson (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Kim Richardson went through some horrible things at the hands of the Catholic church. I find it so horrific when a religion uses its power in the name of God to cause such harm. I believe this woman did a service to all to share this story. The reason I gave it a lower rating is the over acting by the narrator. She is over the top on some of the vicious abuse scenes, and makes this story unbelievable. I would still recomend the story, it just could have been so much better.

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AMAZING

Great book!!! Narrator did a very good job. I had to buy head phones so i could listen to it at work

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Every survivor of child abuse must read this book. As a survivor of child abuse myself I can say that Kim Michele Richardson has captured in this book the true nature of child abuse and how it effects victims.

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incredible story, poorly written

The history of this woman's abuse is harrowing, and she tells that part of her story so well. On the other hand, the more recent events involved in the lawsuit are difficult to get through. Whether due to anti-disclosure agreements or the author's unwillingness to share certain aspects of the process, the proceedings of her case are disjointed and vague. She alludes to topics but avoids clarifying her meaning. In the listening, I had to check multiple times to be sure my app hadn't skipped over something. I didn't care for this particular writing technique, if it could be called that.

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Heartbreaking story

This story is heartbreaking but touching. Thank you for writing it. Hearing this perspective from a person who has been involved in something so horrific who has survived and gone on to live such a beautiful life is inspiring. Thanks again!

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Captured me!

Heartbreaking and infuriating! Felt myself questioning why don't the faithful rebel??? For the ages to debate!

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wow

I can't understand how you could send your own children to ANY religious school. with ur past as proof religion is, always has been and will always be fake

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Well written true story

The author did a great job of keep ing the reader engaged in this true life account of daily abuse by Catholic Clergy at an orphanage in Kentucky, USA. incredibly tragic story.

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Beautifully tragic

Beautifully captured story of a childhood in the shadows. Highly recommended! Loved her writing style.