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Educated

A Memoir
Auteur(s): Tara Westover
Narrateur(s): Julia Whelan
Durée: 12 h et 10 min
5 out of 5 stars (3 312 évaluations)

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Number-one New York Times best seller

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 

Book Club Pick for Now Read This, from PBS NewsHour and The New York Times 

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

“Tara Westover is living proof that some people are flat-out, boots-always-laced-up indomitable.” (USA Today

“The extremity of Westover’s upbringing emerges gradually through her telling, which only makes the telling more alluring and harrowing.” (The New York Times Book Review

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. 

Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The 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. 

Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. 

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes and the will to change it. 

©2018 Tara Westover (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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A Memoir

Educated is one of the best books I have read in a very long time.
When I finished it I immediately listened to it again. It was like I couldn't believe some of the details described and wanted to confirm that was what I had heard.
A story of sadness but also happy times in the family, physical abuse by a brother who sounds like he too suffers from some form of mental illness and not just the father. A mother who tells her daughter she believes her stories of abuse but then denies them as she refuses to go against her husband.
Tara's life is one of triumph against all odds. A person who was denied an education in her youth and yet took herself farther than most people who have all the benefits of growing up in a normal family.
I would love to hear of what this lady is able to accomplish in the coming years. I look forward to a second book.
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Phenomenal

Educated provided an education and insight into the world of Mormonism. Well worth the time.

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  • EW
  • 2018-08-22

Great writing, great true story

While education is undoubtedly the hero of the story, the characters from the author's life are all heroes, although some are sad or lost. There is a warmth rather than an accusation as she retells her life. Although at first the reader wasn't for me, I now can't imagine a different narrator, she embodies the voice of the author. Do yourself a favour and listen to this.

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Amazing story of life beyond abuse

Couldn't put it down Its a story about growing and developing into your own person

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Dissappointing

The story is too long and just drags on and on. After reading all the positive reviews I was looking forward to listening to an interesting story but I was truly disappointed. I kept on listening believing something would bring around to a climax but nothing happens to Sean nor the father and we didn’t even learn what Tara did with all that education. The narrator does a good 4 star job but the story only deserves 3 stars.

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Incredible biography

This shows just how resilient human beings are. From the depths of poverty and abuse some people manage to rise above and this is one of those stories. It’s just a great listen. Seems like it was meant for audible.

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Excellent

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narrator does an excellent job and the story itself is fascinating.

CW: Abuse and gas-lighting.

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Hard to listen to at times

I had to put this book down for a month about halfway through before I could pick it up again. It was hard to listen to the author's recollections of the same violent manipulations and careless accidents over and over again, and even harder to listen to the author's endless attempts to justify or rationalise the violence. This isn't a criticism of the author, exactly, but it was just too much for me. The narration and performance was amazing, though; probably one of the only reasons I gave it another try.

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Jaw Dropping!

This book is incredible. I applaud Tara Westover for telling her story in such a raw yet heartfelt way. There were so many jaw dropping moments in this book. It’s hard to believe that there are those who live a life unlike anyone else. I highly recommend this book!

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A very engaging read

It was an extremely well-written book that provoked thought. It gave me insight into my relationship with my parents and I continue to process the material. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Kaylin
  • 2019-07-13

a must read

loved this book. it is a must read memoir! the performance ia gripping and the story keeps you wanting more.

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  • Jennifer
  • 2019-03-09

Full of admiration for the author

Really really good. Gives an insight into a life that is so different from my own - but with so many similarities. I wish the author all the best in her future life, and I think she is one of the strongest people I have ever "met" through literature. Recommended.

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  • B. Borrowman
  • 2019-07-18

Fascinating and difficult to put down.

I couldn't put this book down. Fascinating story that makes you think.
Reader tells the story very well.
The youngest girl in a family tells of growing up in a survivalist family. She doesnt go to school like the others in her family. She tells the story of growing up. Sad in places, but inspiring too.

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  • Sanchia
  • 2019-07-12

Enlightening

I finished this book in a week. i couldn't stop listening. this story, memoir is so powerful. it's truly amazing to hear where Tara came from and what she overcame to become who she is. excellent book.

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  • JuliaPer
  • 2019-03-31

Slow start but great overall

I found it difficult to get into this book at first and if it wasn’t my only entertainment on a four hour plan ride, I’m not sure I would have stuck with it, but I’m so glad I did. It’s an unbelievable extreme example of what happens when we live in cloistered echo chambers and what the result can be when we get out from it - very apt for this time and place. For those comparing it to the Glass Castle, I totally agree, although Educated lacks some of the charm of that book, not because the Glass Castle is a better book but because father in Castle is simply mare charming.

I will say, if you have any experience with physical or emotional abuse, this book can be triggering but also provides some good tools to ultimately manage that trauma (through counselling).

Regarding the performance, I didn’t love when the narrator changed voices for the brother Sean and the father. It was more caricature than character to me.

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  • Meghan Smith
  • 2019-03-24

I have no words.

An incredible and unbelievable story. The best book I’ve read/listened to this year. A must read!

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  • Karen W. Lam
  • 2019-05-25

Unrelenting, Utterly Hynoptic

A good friend whose taste I trust implicitly recommended this book wholeheartedly. She said the writer was Mormon but did not mention that she was raised as a survivalist, with a use and gas-lighting as part of her entire life. The book is harrowing, painful and yet I could not turn away. It felt so deeply personal and affected me in how I look at so many of my own relationships,albeit my life has little in common with hers. Highly recommended.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-12-09

Incredible!!!!

All I can say is wow this book blow my mind it inspired me and made me cry it made me laugh I recommend it to anyone

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  • TM
  • 2019-10-20

I enjoyed it tremendously!

Overall, I enjoyed this memoir. At times when the memour went from past to future and back to past was confusing but I quickly got used to it.

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  • jansly
  • 2019-08-13

Don't fall for it

This book came highly recommended. There must have been something to the writing, because I kept reading even though I was swearing at the author. How the fuck could you stay here? I kept on going. The writing was very good....the story was annoyingly intriguing. Then it ended with a slam, bam, thank you mamm. Don't spent the money. If you want to read this try Libby!

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