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Memories, Dreams & Deflections

My Odyssey Through Emotional Indigestion
Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
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A continuation of the serendipitous saga commenced in Raving Violet, Valerie Gilbert’s first non-fiction collection of short stories, Memories, Dreams & Deflections: My Odyssey Through Emotional Indigestion, picks up the sojourn of this sassy, single mystic, mired in her mind and cloistered above the streets of New York City.

This volume explores Valerie’s intrepid and irreverent search for healing inside and out (both medical and mystical), the quest for peace (and quiet) and, as always, true love.

©2014 Valerie Gilbert (P)2014 Valerie Gilbert

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An Odyssey

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This was an unusual audiobook with its strong and unique voice concerning the many aspects of being human. Its writing style flowed with a wonderful sense of humour and insight. A free review copy was gifted by the author/narrator

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  • Jan
  • MKE
  • 05-03-16

Laughter is always best

A memoir, a journaling, an exploration into beliefs and life changes, this book is all of that and more. Related in a snarky, humorous way, Valerie lets us see into her life and how she has managed to come out on top. It is not a bragging recounting of career achievements, but an explorative of reactions, and learning experiences, and the evolution of a personal perspective on certain life events. The best part, for me, is listening to the author, herself, recounting and snarking. She is an excellent writer, and she brings even more depth in her reading.

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Words of Wisdom Through Life Experience ~ Riveting

It’s been a journey with author and narrator Valerie Gilbert with her four books I voraciously consumed! She teaches, yet amuses, with her innate quirky style, have a nod of agreement here or chortle of amusement there. But inevitably I learn something new and appreciate the WAY she teaches.

In this book she discusses issues no doubt touching a reader’s life. Financial woes keep her from getting medical help when needed. How does she cope? Her sensitivity to anything environmentally unsafe has her standing tall on her soap box. In fact, in this book she’s on it a lot! She’s right of course and her passion with her belief shines bright and strong.

Another issue in her life involves men, the wrong men, the desire of the right man, the online dating and her frustration finding the love of her life. Many a reader could relate to this.

I also love the way Gilbert narrates. Who better can narrate her inner turmoil and lessons learned than she? She’s an actor and narrator, having over 100 narrations under her belt.

Gilbert is generous with her life experiences and what has brought her to where she is today. I’ve certainly enjoyed taking the journey with her. She has been extremely influential in my understanding what is truly important in life with her ebullient, effusive narration of life’s well-learned lessons.

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A journey worth hearing.

Humorous storyteller about a real life situation. Valerie's various solutions to save her uterus despite those pesky fibroids. Her melodic voice makes story even more fascinating. I could listen to that voice over and over again.

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  • Sam
  • USA
  • 04-24-16

Another Great Book by Valerie Gilbert!

Where does Memories, Dreams & Deflections rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Within biographies/memoirs, high! I think this is Valerie Gilbert's second best book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Valerie... of course.

What about Valerie Gilbert’s performance did you like?

As always, she has a great voice, kept me engaged and is uncompromisingly herself!

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

At times, I didn't necessarily agree with some of the things that Valerie said, but then again, that's why you listen to someone's biography... to understand their unique point of view. She is a very interesting lady.

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Just like all of the other books in the series, this is a highly interesting read and well worth purchasing. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Valerie's point of view (whether I agreed or not) and think that everyone should take a listen!

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Entertaining

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I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book. I listened to the book on audible and quickly learned that it was more of a journal from the author how she feels some of her past experiences etc. I thought some of the stories were entertaining hearing about her ex husband and realizing their marriage didn't work because he had issues not blaming herself. I struggled with parts of the book hearing about psychic ability, not settling for a blue collar worker and how TV companies excetera are out to harm the world. all in all I found the book entertaining learning about Valerie, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and it's nice to hear somebody that does not waver and believes what they believe without regret. it was also entertaining to hear the book actually told by Valerie.

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  • seelk
  • Ontario, Canada
  • 01-24-15

Awesome

Just as the first book, this one too is very entertaining. I love Ms. Gilbert's voice, such a pleasure to listen to her while talking about her real life experiences. She is hilariously irreverent, has opinions with which I agree on most things. This book made me laugh, think, nod and shake my head, but most of all I find it uplifting. I totally recommend it, as I do the first one, 'RAVING VIOLET". I am looking forward to Swami Soup. Thank you Ms. Gilbert!

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  • Wanda
  • Pretoria, South Africa
  • 09-28-14

At times funny. Always thought provoking.

This is the second book I have listened to by this author.
Although I do not agree with her taken on love, life and misery case in point a contract of souls between murderer and victim I found that in this book in particular much of what she has to say makes sense.
No fluff no sex in the city although in my minds eye I did call up Carry Bradshaw in Manhatten while listening to this. Much of the musings of Carry and Valerie has one thing in common - how life influence us and we it.
I did not listen to this book all in one go. Certain sections like the chapter on tort reform was at first glance not a perfect fit in this compilation until near the end when the authors passion comes out loud and clear and you realize...oh heck. Naturally. Media influence all we do. This particular chapter was facinating.
Other chapters like where the author meets her ex-husband in a park after a few years and loves everything about him, not because he has turned into the perfect man or because she got high..rather because of what she learned from him, took from their time together was sweet and funny.

The narrator and author is one and the same and although this is a thing I would discourage most, this woman has classical training and the clarity and obvious vested interest she brings to the production is clear.

I would not hesitate to listen to more books narrated and or penned by this gifted author.

WaAr

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Liberated

This story is about the author’s, Valery, life journey. Her ups and downs thru life. Losing her father as a child and mother at relatively young age caused a lot of issues and viewpoints she had to live thru. She had to struggle a lot to get to the mental and emotional stability to start to love and respect herself.

I like the comparisons that she makes in this book, how good and bad things that being done by us or to us are returning in unexpected times. She is very observant and spiritual, has a good sense of humor. Even though she does not have blood relatives, she can rely on close friends to be there for her.

It was entreating and somewhat sad to hear her story.

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Serendipitous Indeed and Sage Revealings

MEMORIES, DREAMS, AND DEFLECTIONS was a great listen. I thoroughly enjoy listening to Valerie's viewpoints, musings, and wisdom. She has some amazing stories and I feel that life is made up of stories. Ones like these that are for sharing. Listening to her has given me good things and situations to think about and some perhaps to re-think.

Valerie tells it like it is, no holds barred which I like. She's frank, intimate, and thought-provoking. If you're reading this and considering this audiobook, get it.

I always love hearing an author narrate their own story, especially an autobio. She has a wonderful voice and it's like she's talking right to you. Definitely recommended.

Audiobook received in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Lynanne
  • 06-28-14

Saucy, wise and encouraging all at the same time!

What did you like most about Memories, Dreams & Deflections?

Valerie is a fantastic storyteller with a fresh and honest perspective. She's examined her life inside and out, and reports on wide ranging trials and tribulations with love, wit, heartbreak and hope. She is refreshingly unsentimental, which is my personal hallmark of excellence.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Valerie encounters so many people on this journey, and brings them to life with her observations of what makes these humans tick. The crying woman on the subway, Mr. Black, Yves Volel her Haitian math teacher, the homeless man on the corner. But most of all, Valerie herself shines as the central character who confronts life head on with unapologetic gusto and humor.

What does Valerie Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Valerie puts the emphasis in all the right spots to make a point while making us laugh. I can hear her sharp humor bristle and crackle. Hearing her narrate is both entertaining and thought provoking, the best of both.

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It's great to hear so honestly about things many of us aren't able to articulate. After listening to Memories, Dreams & Deflections, I can laugh a little bit more about the state of the world and, more importantly, have some inspiration to do something about it.