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Driven: A White-Knuckled Ride to Heartbreak and Back

Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
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A searing memoir about one woman's road to hope following the death of her troubled brother, told through the series of cars that accompanied her on her journey.

Growing up in a blue-collar family in the Midwest, Melissa Stephenson longed for escape. Her wanderlust was an innate reaction to the powerful personalities around her and also came from her desire to find a place in the world where her artistic ambitions wouldn't be thwarted. She found in automobiles the promise of a future beyond Indiana state lines. From a lineage of secondhand family cars of the late '60s, to the Honda that carried her from Montana to Texas as her new marriage disintegrated, the '70s Ford she drove away from her brother's house after he took his life - leaving her the truck, a dog, a few mixed tapes, and the VW van she now uses to take her kids camping - Melissa knows these cars better than she knows some of the people closest to her. 

Driven away from grief and toward hope, Melissa reckons with what it means to lose a beloved sibling. Driven is a powerful story of healing - one for all who have had to look back at pain to see how they can now move forward.

©2018 Melissa Stephenson (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Compelling, heartbreaking beautiful story

I have so much admiration for the author after listening to this audio book. Her story is beautiful and heartbreaking. The way she wove her story together is genius. I don’t typically read memoirs, or books that are sad. I also don’t often write reviews on audible. This book moved me and I encourage you to give it a chance. Even though it is heartbreaking there is something there that makes you unable to stop listening. She has a way of making the sad stuff bearable. Excited to read more from this author.