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Educated: A Memoir

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Tara Westover

Narrated By: Julia Whelan

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: February 2018

Duration: 12 hours 10 minutes

Summary:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • O: The Oprah Magazine • Time • NPR • Financial Times • The Economist • The Guardian • Newsday • Refinery29 • Real Simple • Bustle • Pamela Paul, KQED • Publishers Weekly • LibraryReads • Library Journal • New York Public Library  • PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S SUMMER READING • ONE OF BILL GATES’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR • LONGLISTED FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE

An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

“Beautiful and propulsive . . . Despite the singularity of [Tara Westover’s] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?”—Vogue

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Praise for Educated

“Westover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others.”—The New York Times Book Review

“A heartbreaking, heartwarming, best-in-years memoir about striding beyond the limitations of birth and environment into a better life.”—USA Today

“A coming-of-age memoir reminiscent of The Glass Castle.”—O: The Oprah Magazine

“Heart-wrenching . . . a beautiful testament to the power of education to open eyes and change lives.”—Amy Chua, The New York Times Book Review

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  • Mihai S

    Read it or listen to it, doesn’t matter - absorb this superb work one way or another. It’s a brilliant work that will go far - I could easily imagine turning it into a movie to reach even more people. Tara is a writer of great potential with an intelligence that is shining on every page.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Patricia T.

    Wonderful insight into family. Most likely, without intending to, the author helps us understand the crazy policies and fear currently crawling out of our country. The brilliance here is in the writing, each word calculated to offer readers thoughts to ponder.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Cari A

    This is an amazing story that’s well written with a great narration. Highly recommend!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Unknown U.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was haunting and funny and hard to “put down”. Great read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Brandi S.

    Excellent book!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Gary G.

    Frustrating, aggravating, educating--I could not stop listening once I started. It is so well written and narrated that it totally absorbs you. There are many useful insights to be gained by Westover's evaluation of her tragic relationship with her family and her radical religious upbringing. Those relationships affected every aspect of her life for more than 30 years. I am grateful that the author was able to set that tortured life aside to share this with us.I have recommended this book to women of all ages. It should be required reading for everyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Biffy J

    I thought this book was fantastic. There were so many elements to it, I will have to listen again to grasp them all.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Tara S.

    Fantastic. Couldn’t stop listening

  • Justyna B.

    Astonishing story, amazingly told. Thank you Tara for sharing your life with us. I admire you!!! Chapeau bas! Narrator fantastic!!

  • Teresa W.

    An excellent read, goes to show you that no matter how many obstacles you have in front of you, if you work had almost anything is possible. Truly an inspirational read. Totally recommend this book

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