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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling solo R&B artist finally opens up about her rocky past and her path to redemption.

While Toni Braxton may appear to be living a charmed life, hers is in fact a tumultuous story: A tale of personal triumph after a public unraveling. In her heartfelt memoir, the six-time Grammy Award-winning singer and star of WE tv's hit reality series Braxton Family Values is unapologetically honest in revealing the intimate details of her journey.

Toni and the entire Braxton clan have become America's favorite musical family, but what fans may not know is the intense guilt Toni once felt when she accepted a recording deal that excluded her sisters. That decision would haunt Toni for years to come, tainting the enormous fame she experienced as a popular female vocalist at the top of the charts. Despite her early accomplishments, Toni's world crumbled when she was forced to file for bankruptcy twice and was left all alone to pick up the pieces.

Always the consummate professional, Toni rebuilt her life but then found herself in the midst of more heartache. The mother of an autistic child, Toni had long feared that her son's condition might be karmic retribution for some of the life choices that left her filled with remorse. Later, when heart ailments began plaguing her at the age of 41 and she was diagnosed with lupus, Toni knew she had to move beyond the self-recrimination and take charge of her own healing - physically and spiritually.

Unbreak My Heart is more than the story of Toni's difficult past and glittering success: It is a story of hope, of healing, and, ultimately, of redemption.

©2014 Toni Braxton (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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I love the content and story, but not narration...

Toni's story had me at hello. I wish there was better narration though. The narrator speaks well, but her inflection at times falls flat.

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Loved the story, but the narrator...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this book to anyone and you don't even have to be a Toni Braxton fan to enjoy it. The book takes you through her parents first meeting to her awkward childhood to being signed by LA Reid and Babyface and even gets into the Braxton Family Values, her health issues and her sons Autism. I can't imagine that she held anything back with all that was shared in this story. It was excellent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Toni of course, but not just because it's her story, but because I found quite a few similarities between she and I that I would never have guessed.

Would you be willing to try another one of Robin Eller’s performances?

Absolutely not. I feel she did not do the book justice. She mispronounced simple words and her attempts to emote sounded like a teen in a school play. I would love to hear the book read by another narrator.

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

I found it to be a very emotional book and did laugh in places, but no actual tears.

Any additional comments?

It's definitely worth a read and/or listen even with the narrators deficiencies.

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  • Robbie
  • United States
  • 11-19-15

Great book - Audio suffers from poor narration

I've long been a casual fan of Toni Braxton, and enjoyed her music throughout the years. I've watched her family reality shows a few times. I was very interested to read her memoir to hear her side of some of the more scandalous details of her past.

The book was candid, fascinating, and told in a way that seemed like friendly conversation. She seemed honest, even in rehashing tough times. The book flowed well, though you probably won't confuse the author for a literary master, she also doesn't sound like an idiot.

While I enjoyed the book, I was tremendously underwhelmed by the narrator. She was flat, unenthusiastic, and monotone. What took me WAY out of it were the mispronunciations. Like Toni Braxton, I come from Maryland, so every time the narrator mispronounced MD cities like Severn & Bowie, I knew it and couldn't stop the eye roll. Then there were the mispronunciations of other artists’ names, world-famous locations, and other words that just came out wrong. I tend to avoid audio memoirs not read by the author, and this narrator is a prime example why. What a letdown!

Still, it was an interesting read, and was well-paced, so I eagerly kept listening in spite of the narration.

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Unbroken

What made the experience of listening to Unbreak My Heart the most enjoyable?

I loved Toni's story. I grew up in a similar way so I related well.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Toni because she is being real, vulnerable and open.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I did not enjoy the narrator. Her voice was flat and I do not think that she deliver the content well. She was 'just' reading a book. There was no connection.
To me, you have to connect to the content so that your voice reflects the correct emotions.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I felt for Toni as she was constantly pressured to open the door for her sisters lives. It was so unfair that her parents were angry at her for taking the deal and starting her career.

Any additional comments?

I love Toni Braxton's book. It allowed me to see her as a 'person' not a celebrity.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Toni should have narrated!

Wish Toni would have narrated, her voice is distinct and loved and the story would’ve sounded so much better coming from her. Since Lived in Maryland for a while, I knew the narrator pronounced Bowie incorrectly and some other terms. I also think Toni should have included more about her sisters being on tour with her. Lastly a lot has happened since the book ended, including a Grammy after she wanted to retire. I want another book!!! This time Toni please narrate!!

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Great Content/Poor Narration

I'm a big Toni Braxton fan so I loved the insight she provided regarding her life. The content in the book is great. It kept me listening although the narration was bad.

I would've loved for Toni to narrate the book herself. I listened to another memoir last week that was read by the author and being able to imagine what she went through made it much better because you could hear the emotion. It wasn't the case here.

I initially thought this was being read by a robot and considered not even getting into the book. I'm glad I changed my mind but there was no emotion in the narrator's voice. She is very dull. She also mispronounced quite a few words and took random pauses mid-sentence. It was weird. I can imagine Toni singing certain parts or imitating Tamar's voice but you don't get that here.

Again, it's a wonderful memoir but at this point I will pass on any book narrated by this person.

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Breathing Again!

I love Toni Braxton EVEN MORE now! ! She is AMAZING! BRAVO TONI BRAXTON! BRAVO!

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Narrator can irritating to listen too at times

Good insight into Toni Braxton's life and explanations of what you have heard about her in the media. Ok, read

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Amesome

I love her honesty the most, I had totally attention until the end and I thought it was amazing regarding the song unbreak my heart.

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I loved it!!!

Toni Braxton is my absolute favorite artist!!! great read. This is my second time reading it!!! awesome

1 of 1 people found this review helpful