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The book will cover Caitlyn Jenner's childhood as Bruce Jenner and rise to fame as a gold-medal-winning Olympic decathlete; her marriages and her relationships with her children; her transition; and her experience as the world's most famous transgender woman.

©2017 Caitlyn Jenner (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Let down

This book is rubbish. No family secrets. It's all 'poor me.' Save your audible credit.

29 of 34 people found this review helpful

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Selfish -No secret here...

Unapologetic account of Caitlyn/Bruce's life. His behavior over the years has caused a lot of hurt and pain for his kids and the women he married. He glances over it in an "oh, well" not really my fault because of my internal battle sort of way. I have one word to describe this book and its' author Caitlyn-SELFISH!

22 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed

Interesting autobiography, but the only thing the book revealed that I already did not know was that Bruce had a brother.
Everything else was was pretty much common knowledge if you follow Bruce/Caitlyn whatsoever.
The book was, at times, confusing by jumping around and leaving out important facts that should have lead up to stated facts. The narrator would many-times change who she was quoting and it was hard to figure out who was "talking."
Certain phrases were repeated over and over (I am sure for dramatic effect) but it was boring, and at times annoying. I just didn't enjoy it because I thought it wasn't written well and it did not flow very well.
This is my opinion, I am just disappointed.

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Tried to be on her side but she is so selfish

All about her no consideration for anyone else so full of herself it's sad Bruce was a better human being

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  • Maricky
  • Lake Elsinore, CA
  • 05-09-17

Blah

Blah blah blah, poor me and happy me. Brag book, nothing compelling. End of story. Just not interesting. I don't have a connection or more of an understanding like should after hearing his story.

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Honest. Real.

A bit hard to follow at times. I found it rather sad that although she admitted she abandoned her children, she did not seem remorseful for doing so. I applaud Caitlyn for being true to herself. It took great courage to make a move such as this while being such a public figure, but I couldn't help but feel this book was written only to make money.

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  • Nancy
  • LA MESA, CA, US
  • 10-22-17

very candid

enjoyable read. feel like I know her personally now. cats recommended this read to several people

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Special Interest

What did you like best about The Secrets of My Life? What did you like least?

I am grateful for the author to open up and share a story. But the book is an agenda (that is fair) from an activist (that is fair too). If you do not have a problem with Gay people or trans gender though, all of the preaching doesn't mean anything. It is all about this struggle. Everyone has struggles. I mean, it is ALL ABOUT THESE STRUGGLES. I do not regret reading the book. But if your personal struggles were far beyond his, then the book has little impact.

What could Caitlyn Jenner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Talked more about things everyone can relate to. The efforts for success and becoming "a comeback kid". Human struggles. Not just identity struggles. But I understand why this book will be important for others.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator did not distract from the book so I have no idea why this would be a question.

What else would you have wanted to know about Caitlyn Jenner’s life?

Bruce Jenner was an incredible asset to many, many people. Yet we only hear about the liabilities. From him! Or her! This person has to be one of the most underestimated and under acknowledged people on Earth, not by others. By self.

Any additional comments?

It is not your sex, religion, identity that makes you a better person. It is how you treat others. On many levels the author of this book has a lot of intrinsic humanity with helping others. Being a good provider. Being a decent human being. This all matters a lot more than the identity that houses all of that. It matters all of the ways. Obviously, someone that has been exploited as any celebrity or athlete is. I wish this person the best of luck, love, and happiness. Obviously a sentient, and responsible human being who has made the very best of things. I would have given a higher rating for effort. For good purpose. I believe the book was written with a good purpose. But I am not an audience that needs to be convinced about discrimination or human rights. I was orphaned at three years old, raised in foster care, and homeless at fourteen. I understand challenges. I wanted to know more about the mind set that over came them.

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Not Much of a Secret

I applaud Ms. Jenner for her journey and the transition into her life. However her actions throughout her entire life were selfish and self serving. She blames everything in her life on her gender issues. We all have issues, the difference is adults take responsibility for them.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Jenner is sweet, funny and honest...good person!

What did you love best about The Secrets of My Life?

Like most complex stories, it's not like Jenner just decided to become a woman one day. It was an issue that was intertwined throughout his life but--since he grew up in the 50s, 60s and 70s--there were no words or precedent for what he was feeling. Instead, he did his best to create traditional families and be a good person. I don't know a lot about this issue, so I thought it was interesting to hear about Jenner's desires (we all have them, in various forms) and efforts to first stay busy to avoid them and then find ways to hide them. The book's message is: "Don't do that; live your true life."

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the behind-the-scenes glimpses of Jenner's very interesting life, from the Olympics to the Playboy Mansion. I remember the first time I flipped to "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and thinking, "Wait, is that Bruce Jenner? Why is he wandering around this crazy house?" Haha. But, in the book, Jenner has nothing but good things to say about his ex Kris (I think I read that she is upset, but I don't know how she could be). He said that she was social in a special/intimate way, organized, great mother, terrific in business...she gets the most compliments in the book.

What about Caitlyn Jenner - exclusive introduction and Erin Bennett ’s performance did you like?

I like Jenner's voice and was hoping that she would do the audio, but I thought it was nice that she explained that it would have been difficult because of dyslexia.

Any additional comments?

When the Vanity Fair cover came out, I thought, "Wait, no 'K' in Caitlyn?" In the book, Jenner said spelling it with a "K" would have been "creepy." Good point.

13 of 19 people found this review helpful