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Three Little Words

A Memoir
Narrated by: Ashley Rhodes-Courter
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (501 ratings)

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Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in 14 different foster homes. As her mother spirals out of control, Ashley is left clinging to an unpredictable, dissolving relationship, all the while getting pulled deeper and deeper into the foster-care system. In this inspiring, unforgettable memoir, Ashley finds the courage to succeed - and in doing so, discovers the power of her own voice.
©2008 Ashley Rhodes-Courter (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Annie
  • Boulder Creek, CA, USA
  • 02-03-09

Wow! Haunting, riveting, memorable!

What a bright young girl who was passed from foster home to foster home and happened to be a gifted writer and grow up to tell it all.

If you ever wanted to be in the heart and mind of a child living a life very different from the norm, Ashley provides an articulate recounting. From her early days with her troubled mother to all the stops along the way to adulthood and a family who (finally!) loves her and adopts her, this story is irresistible.

The voice of the young narrator is perfect -- you feel as if Ashley is sitting next to you, wistfully sharing the truths and realities of her unbelievable life.

Highly recommended.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Been there, done that

This is just one of those stories that breaks your heart, but then puts it back together when you realize that this kid, with every imaginable strike against her, has made something of her life. She is an excellent writer, and although she likely had a ghost writer, I would not be surprised to learn that she did the whole thing on her own. That is the kind of person she is.

Having an adopted daughter who went through a lot of trauma in the foster care system, and having a lot of residual problems because of everything that went on in her young life and with her adoptive parents, this story really struck close to home. So many times I found myself thinking, "Yup, been there done that," "Oh yeh, I sure know how THAT feels," "Uh-huh, you did the right thing," and on and on. I am so happy for Ashley and admire her strength so much. Not being a professional narrator, she did an admirable job of telling her story.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Moving, heart felt and very real.

As a social worker this audio book really hit home. Our children are our future and they sometimes need to be protected. If we are their protectors then we need to make sure that we are doing our job. Ashley is a remarkable young woman and is a reminder of when systems go wrong there ARE people affected. Her, her birth family, her adoptive family and the many of thousands of children in foster care.

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Incredible Story

This is a cohesive, well-told, and incredibly lived story. It's hard to believe that the author was so young when she wrote it.

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Excellent Listen

This is an excellent audiobook. Heartbreaking though!

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Heartbreaking with a happy ending

As a foster parent this is a heartbreaking story. This book gives a voice from the child’s point of view of her journey through such a broken system. A happy ending reminds me that good can come from brokenness.

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A must read

great book, but be ready to have your heart broken, and then put back together...

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Too Sad to be true

If you love children you can do more.CASA NEEDS VOLUNTEERS YOU C AS N MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A CHILD'S LIFE.

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Love it

This book will touch your heart and it’s a sad representation of what happens to kids in the system .

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  • Nancy
  • Coupeville, WA, United States
  • 04-16-19

A must read.

I would highly recommend this book to foster parents, teachers social workers. To help in understanding a children's point of view. It takes a lot more then love to heal and trust after neglect suffered.