• It's Not What It Looks Like

  • By: Molly Burke
  • Narrated by: Molly Burke
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (11,351 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Close your eyes and get ready to see the world in a new and more positive way. As a child in Toronto, Molly Burke was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa and became completely sightless as a teenager. Now an award-winning YouTube star and global influencer, Molly shares what it’s like to be a purple-haired, pink-obsessed fashion and makeup lover in a seeing world. She speaks with authenticity and candor about how she tackles the preconceived notions we have around blindness; Molly has made it her mission to make us see her - and ourselves- in a wholly empowering way. Learn about her struggles with bullying and anxiety, her quest for inclusivity, how she built a successful influencer business (with more than 1.8 million followers), and what it’s really like to travel with the true star of this audio, her service dog, Gallop.

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About the Creator and Performer

As a motivational speaker, Molly Burke has traveled the world sharing her story with youth, families, and corporate organizations. She has spoken on stages across North America and the UK in front of audiences as large as 20,000. Molly has shared stages with some of entertainment’s biggest names including Demi Lovato, Macklemore, Martin Sheen, and Magic Johnson. She has collaborated with activists like Martin Luther King III, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Malala Yousafzai, and the Kielburger brothers. Molly loves glitter, eating sushi, and cuddling with her guide dog, Gallop. Alongside her successful career as a motivational speaker, she releases weekly YouTube videos to a worldwide audience of over 1.8 million subscribers.

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Authentic, heart-wrenching, infinitely hopeful

I’m a pretty masculine guy, I ride motorcycles, drive a big truck, shoot guns, etc. I rarely cry. This book had me ugly crying at one point. And welling up with tears as several others. It’s one of the most real, authentic books I’ve read in a long time. Absolutely worth it.

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Very Inspirational

I totally recommend this book! It is such a great book! I feel that more people need to spread the word on breaking stereotypes and learn how to respect people that are different. The world is full of diversity and people need to realize that and respect it. It’s reality. Not only am I a huge fan of Molly but I love her story!
I too, was bullied and I think people need to learn to be kind, and not put a target on someone’s back. I feel all bullies out there (you know who you are) need to seek help and not take it out on ‘easy targets’. The way Molly talks about her journey in life so far, is so mature and refreshing. It’s refreshing because, a majority of people look at things negativity and more people need to think of the glass half full!
I purchased the book the day it came out!
I love it so much!❤️
-Emma. 12 years old

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3 books with varied results

This book is really 3 books, which is weird to say about something so short

- Youtube career trajectory 2/5 stars: this is like hearing a film star talk about their rise to fame over decades, honing their craft, the trials and tribulations, the ups and downs... only replace all of that with how many followers your youtube channel has.

- Motivational speaking: 3/5 stars: your reaction to this area will depend on how you feel about positive but fairly generic motivational speaking and affirmations.

- Personal memoir: 5/5 stars. This was the most interesting parts and if you get the audiobook it should be for this. Her life story and experiences are interesting and well-told -- both the parts specific to be being blind and the parts which have nothing to do with blindness. I'd love to have heard more about her as a person.

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I’m visually impaired

I’m visually impaired and I found a lot of similarities in myself and Molly’s stories. It made me feel very empowered to follow my dream to do more public speaking. Thank you Molly. Thank you for inspiring me and being an advocate for our community

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You must read this book!!

This is a book about Molly's life. Her story is relatable even for a sighted person. I have been watching her YouTube video's for about 3 years now, and I still didn't know about 1/2 the stuff she says in this book. Its really inspirational to go after your dreams. And as someone who struggles with mental health its awesome to know that not everything comes easy for anyone. She really shows her personalty in this book as well, witch I love!

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Who knew

Who knew that a 25 year old woman could inspire and teach me as a 44 year old woman. Her stories are not only an inspiration, but have really deep life lessons. I am so grateful to have been inspired by Molly. Keep up the great work that you are doing.

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Loved it so much!

I'm so glad Molly read her book, first of all. I've been a follower for a while now and learned more than I knew previously through this book. It sort of fits many of her different videos into the story of her life in a way that the videos don't because they are just that, videos added at all different times on specific topics. The advice given and lessons learned are something I could go back and listen to again for inspiration because they're that powerful. To me it always seems that Molly's success and confidence came easily because of her attitude and personality, but it's obviously not that simple and I appreciate her sharing her struggles. Love hearing about her support systems and the importance of those. Molly is an amazing person and even though I'm older than her, she's a role model for sure.

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Don’t Bother. It’s free for a reason.

If I had paid for this I would have asked for a refund. Imagine sitting next to a high school valley girl while she tells her life story. Got it, she’s blind - but not everything is THAT dramatic. And although she scolds you for applauding people with disabilities for doing normal things - the 5 star across the board reviews wouldn’t be here if people didn’t feel bad for giving bad reviews to the blind girl.

Also, since she berates you for an entire chapter about how recent “service” dog owners are taking away from the legit ones (a good point that she wears out), maybe she should reconsider how her self diagnosis of PTSD from falling off of a 5ft stage resonates with survivors of a truly traumatic event. Just something to consider...

No real substance other than the recounting of bullying which is useful to let children hear so they can see it from the victim’s view. But if that’s all you’re after, read/listen to/watch Wonder.

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Molly really got her point across in her stories ❤

Loved this book with my entire soul. As a disabled teen reading this inspired me.

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I loved this so much

It gave me a hope for the future not many people manage to give me

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  • Lynne Nicholson
  • 08-01-19

Molly helped me as I started my sight loss journey

Love this book by Molly Burke . September 2016 I was told I was going blind and the cause diagnosed

About four months later I found Molly’s YouTube channel and started to think maybe I could learn to live my life to the full again.

This 50 something learned a lot from the young twenty something on her YouTube channel

This book has helped remind me how far I’ve come and reminded me never to give up

Thank you Molly for sharing your experience

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  • Larabaker
  • 08-20-19

amazing story

beautiful story so worth listening to. not only was the story great it also gives people more of and insight into the blind community. I wish it never ended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-16-20

GREAT BOOK

Molly's story has inspired me from the first time I watched her on YouTube. I never could have imagined the impact it would have on my own life. I became visually impaired not long after I discovered her. this book has shown me that becoming visually impaired doesn't need to define me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-20-19

Amazing

I love this book Molly is my favourite YouTuber and her story is amazing and inspiring!
Her voice is also so soothing !

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  • Rebbie
  • 08-19-19

Beautiful Story and Beautifully told and written

I've been a fan of Molly's since I discovered her on YouTube years ago. I admire anybody who has her strength! Such a beautiful true story which is beautifully written and performed.

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  • Laura Spoonie
  • 01-19-21

Beauty & Boldness

I love this autobiography.

Molly's voice is also very easy to follow and listen to. Her story as a young disabled woman navigating through this very ableist society hits home for me. Recommend this audible even for non-disabled people.

I love how Molly touches on; inspiration, Disability-Porn, Achievements and struggles that she's gone through since young till now. 10/10 for delivery and using her strength of description to draw the listener in.

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  • Jasmine
  • 08-22-19

If you’re a frequent Viewer of her channel.... there’s not that much new information about her life

Good performance but the story is basically all her YouTube videos merged together... not that much new stories/information.

Good if you’re looking for an inspirational book but not as a semi-biography.

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  • Dayzie
  • 09-14-22

unreal! I love this and this audio book will stick in my heart forever

I love mollys book. I have only just propley started listening to audio books as a hobbie and not just a chore. I love this book i started listening to this book on monday 12th of september 2022 and i have just finished it on wednesday 14th of september 2022. 3 days in a variety of size chunks i have been listening to this book! Buy it now you won’t regret it im gonna re listen to this again and its like 2/3/4 hours long! great book

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  • H. Swann
  • 08-17-22

Delightful

Molly's bright uplifting voice exudes enthusiasm and positivity. Her journey through struggle to a triumphant end makes a compelling story, which is skilfully told. The advice she imparts at the end is rich and valuable. Thank you xox

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  • Ant Richards
  • 05-09-22

A story to put things in perspective

As someone who suffered a BRVO in my left eye, with its residual impact on my general sight, I know the feeling, even though my situation is in now way close to what the author went through. Listening to it - besides enjoying the bubbly style of Miss Burke - helped put things into perspective for me. A beautiful listen. Well done Molly!

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  • Robert Griffiths
  • 08-20-19

Really enjoyed

Thank you Molly for being willing to share your journey. I think it's pretty obvious to all what an amazing person you are. I love that I can keep following you and your life through your videos.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-19

What a wonderful story!

I am so glad I listened to your book Molly, this was such a great way to summarise and add to all the stories and messages I have gained from watching you on YouTube. Such an entertaining book along with being so educational at the same time. Thank you for being you and sharing you with the rest of the world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-19

Amazing!!

This audio book is amazing and Molly is a genius. I love that Molly also loves the summer I turned pretty cause it’s an amazing book and I recommend it to everyone.

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  • Paul M.
  • 05-10-22

Multiple read for sure!

Loved the book and it is something I would enjoy reading again and will definitely recommend to others.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-21

this book is the best

this book is so good I think that it so be read in school. thanks for writing a book that rilly tells your story in such a beautiful way.

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  • Ciara
  • 06-22-20

LOVED

had so much fun with this !!! as someone who struggles with a visual impairment i often need audiobooks to listen to so this was perfect for that. i’m a big fan of Molly’s and getting to learn more about her and her life being blind was really interesting and enjoyable!!! some of the things she went through i’ve dealt with too and it helped me feel less alone, and the things i haven’t been through were just very insightful to hear about !! i definitely recommend if you are a fan of Molly’s or just want to learn more about the life of someone who is blind!

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  • Tash
  • 04-22-20

loved it

loved it! voice of the narrator was great, well done Molly. Great insite into the world

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-20

keep on shining sparkly soul ♡

I listened to your book in 2 days and loved every minute. you've come so far through life's ups and downs and I can't wait to see what the future holds for you! because it's bright like those fireworks of yours xx Ali

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