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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, Narration by Author, 2016

Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew "how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil", Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones. But in her mother, a would-be artist burdened by the endless arrival of new babies, young Kate saw the consequences of a dream deferred. Determined to pursue her own no matter the cost, at 18 she left her small Midwestern town for New York, where, studying with the legendary Stella Adler, she learned the lesson that would define her as an actress: "Use it," Adler told her. Whatever disappointment, pain, or anger life throws in your path, channel it into the work.

It was a lesson she would need. At 22, just as her career was taking off, she became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter. Having already signed the adoption papers, she was allowed only a fleeting glimpse of her child. As her star continued to rise, her life became increasingly demanding and fulfilling, a whirlwind of passionate love affairs, life-saving friendships, and bone-crunching work. Through it all Mulgrew remained haunted by the loss of her daughter until, two decades later, she found the courage to face the past and step into the most challenging role of her life both on and off screen.

We know Kate Mulgrew for the strong women she's played - Captain Janeway on Star Trek; the tough-as-nails Red on Orange Is the New Black. Now we meet the most inspiring and memorable character of all: herself. By turns irreverent and soulful, laugh-out-loud funny and heart-piercingly sad, Born with Teeth is the breathtaking memoir of a woman who dares to live life to the fullest, on her own terms.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 Kate Mulgrew (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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"Mulgrew's strong stage presence and genuine emotions will make listeners want to experience this audiobook all in one go." ( AudioFile)

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Beautifully written

Kate Mulgrew paints a vivid portrait of her life growing up Irish Catholic, becoming an actress and giving up her child. Her voice is soothing and so pleasant to listen to. Very well done.

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This book is a Love Letter to Tim Hagan

Published in the year of their divorce, this book is entirely a Love Letter from Kate Mulgrew to Tim Hagan.

And they have one of the truly great romances for the ages. (Give me an hour with both of them and I'll get those two lovebirds back on track!)

Brilliantly and dramatically written and spoken, this utterly charming Love Letter comes with a side order of STAR TREK and massive dollop of regret and joyful reconciliation flowing from a young Kate Mulgrew's decision to put her daughter up for adoption.

One also senses that Ms Mulgrew's entire life is a stage -- with quite a cast of characters -- and that she lives her extraordinary life through a dramatic lens; not to say that she is dramatic in the pejorative sense of creating unnecessary turmoil and emotion but rather that her dramatic lens allows her to savour poignant moments exquisitely and with a rare and wonderful grace, poise, and humour that her family, friends, and fans around the world have come to admire.

Engage!

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Great autobio of a favorite actress and yet......

I love Kate Mulgrew. Ryans Hope, Voyager and OITNB. Never had the honour of seeing her on stage, but she's a great TV actress to me. The stories of her family, her life and how they intertwine are interesting yet.....even though this is HER story and read by Kate herself, I felt like she was disengaged from her own tales. Like she was again performing the story of another person. It didn't feel like she was connected and honoring her life with feeling for the characters in it (including herself) Maybe as a trained actress, she was performing...but I would have preferred a reading with more 'feels'.

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  • Jasmine
  • 2015-07-23

Beautiful Memoir

Given that I have never watched Star Trek and that I just began watching Orange is the New Black, I hate to admit that I did not recognize who Kate Mulgrew was. When I read the synopsis of the memoir, I was intrigued however. Even though I did not have much of an idea of who she was, her life seemed fascinating. I was not disappointed.

She had a colorful life - that she could only narrate. Her voice is beautiful and listening to her read her own words was like drinking honey. It was very soothing. At times, she did seem to overperform the narration but it made me appreciate her talent. Her narration solidified the fact that she is indeed an actress (as if her accolades don't already prove that).

Mulgrew's memoir comes with an authenticity that others seem to miss. She doesn't hesitate to discuss her failed romantic relationships and the strained relationship that she had with her sons as they were growing up. Surprisingly, she even discusses an event in her life that hardly anyone knew about until now (my, how the times have changed!). Without a doubt, this was a fascinating listen!

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  • Dorin Alexander
  • 2015-04-15

Wow, a magnificent life.

I dont read books and I have barely gotten through the 3 audio books I have. when I started this book I listened all day. I have started it over again just to get the tidbits I may have missed. I found the last chapter leaving me wanting for more.

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  • Margaret
  • 2015-09-16

Fabulous Kate

I dithered for some time over listening to this book, but I have always admired Kate Mulgrew, so I finally gave in. She did not disappoint in the slightest. I found her to be warm and loving and funny and strong. All the best things an Irish girl can be. I am absolutely overwhelmed at the beauty of her writing. She has a powerfully evocative, and fearless writers voice. She has said she will continue to write, and I look forward to reading whatever comes next.

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  • Anna
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  • 2015-06-29

A life well lived!

What a fascinating woman! I hated that it ended, and look forward to a sequel. Keeping leading the way, strong beautiful Kate!

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  • Lita
  • 2015-11-09

Captivaing story delivered with verisimilitude

Usually I only listen to audio books on long car rides, but when my ride was over—I could not stop. I burned my car battery listening to her on Bluetooth. I burned out my iPhone listening to her on my bedroom’s sound bar. I laughed at times, and I cried as she described her anticipation talking to her daughter for the first time. It is a captivating story presented with verisimilitude. Now I want to go back and watch everything she has ever acted in. I respect her.

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  • Shelly ~
  • 2015-06-19

Just right

Loved this memoir! Filled with wit, humor, honesty, and heart. The narration by author made me feel as if I knew her.

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  • cupoflizard
  • Oakland, CA
  • 2015-05-08

I can taste the words and they are delicious.

The story is compelling and her life very interesting, and what really makes this book is her reading of it. Never before have I had the experience of feeling like I could taste the words in her mouth as she read them. I know that sounds strange, but she is so intense and so real and so exact in every choice of every word. It's like mindfulness writing and reading. Five stars all around!

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  • cpennels
  • 2015-06-19

exceptional

Best biography I've ever read. Her writing style is more like fiction than real life but I loved that and was engrossed from the beginning.

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  • Domenick
  • Lindenhurst, NY, United States
  • 2015-06-29

What a amazing audiobook.

Kate mulgrew book really was hard to stop listening to it. Everything flowed and kept me wanting more. I was upset when the book was over plus I am always a sucker for a happy ending. It touched on relatable life events such as adoption to boyfriends. Hope she keeps writing fiction or nonfiction.

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  • JustRosy
  • 2015-04-15

Bravo!!! More!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All verry excellent!!!! No complaints, I want to hear more in the near future! Worth every penny & so much more! Thank you for the life lessons & your strength, inner beauty, & wisdom <3

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