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Brutally Honest

Mel B’s tell-all memoir
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
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Please note that this audiobook contains explicit language and content some listeners may find distressing.

The memoir from the real woman behind the leopard print, for real women everywhere. 

As one-fifth of the iconic Spice Girls and judge on X Factor and America's Got Talent, Melanie Brown, aka Scary Spice, has been an international star since the age of 19. And yet there are sides of Mel that no one has ever seen or really known. 

Brutally Honest is an exposé of the struggles and acute pain that lay behind the glamour and success. With deep personal insight, remarkable frankness and Melanie’s trademark Yorkshire humour, this audiobook removes the mask of fame and reveals the mother, wife and daughter behind the Spice Girl everyone thinks they know. 

The audiobook edition features narration from Melanie, her daughter, Phoenix, and her mother, Andrea.

©2018 Melanie Brown and Louise Gannon (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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i didnt know!

tks 4 being honest! i enjoyed the book BUT would never want no one to go thru that shit! what a horrible asshole CONTROL FREAK ex he was THE THING THAT F UPSET ME THE MOST WAS HOW COULD SHE OR ANYONE ALLOW THERE BELOVED DOG TO EVEN BE KICKED OR BEATEN ONCE HES A ANIMAL ABUSER WOMAN ABUSER A HEARTLESS HUMAN ASSHOLE! he deserves jail n to not he his kids and to never be allowed pets or be by animals!

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Wow!

Highly recommend!

Open my eyes to some really hard but needed topics. Great relatable read.

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powerful book

great book! even more proud to be a fan of hers🙂 Its just that some of the timelines got confusing bc they went so back an forth. other then that- good read. very powerful!

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Not Enjoyable

Sorry try as I might I could not get interested enough to continue reading this book. Boring

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Awesome!!!

Loved this book. An easy listen. Hard to listen to at times but good on her for showing people who she really is

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Riveting!!!

This story was so raw, honest and unexpected. As a Spice Girls fan, I have always loved Mel B. Hearing her story, her struggle and her truth made me admire her all that much more for what she has had to overcome. I could not stop listening to it. Though it wasn't her who narrated it, after a while I actually believed the narrator was her, she performed it so well. A definite must listen!

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thank you thank you

I was emotionally and mentally abused too. I got out 30 years ago for my son. However, I am realizing now that I have been living with PTSD and didn't realize before your book.

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Wow!

What an experience to listen to. I found myself so emotionally invested all the way through. The book title truly stands up

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Mind blown

I didn't really follow the Spice Girls in the 90s but I got to know Mel B from watching AGT. Then all the tabloids about her being abused and I recall thinking "she seems to together". This book came up as a Deal of the Day and I figured I give it a shot.

It's amazing what a work ethic can do for you. What happened in front of cameras vs behind her closed doors is nothing short of amazing how she made it through with a sound mind.

I finished this book with a great deal of respect for Mel B and admire her strength to (Girl) Power on. Would recommend.

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Real honest

Mel B, it's hard to imagine what you experienced I your life. You have been trampled upon many times but you always popped back up to the top...how resilient. I like your Gene's, 🙂

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  • SheGlitterz
  • 2019-04-04

Awesome book!

This book surprised me, it was so in depth and raw. I admire Mel for her strength and courage. I never listened to a book that broke me down to tears. However, this book did that multiple times. Once Phoenix spoke I heard my story come out of her mouth. I sobbed uncontrollably in my kitchen. I'm 47 and I wanted my mom to hear just that part. I wish Mel B. and her children the best and happiest life here on out. Thanks Mel for this book. I really enjoyed the end once the author spoke as well..So eye opening. She is an amazing writer and captured everything needed to make this book great.

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  • 2018-11-29

I'm touched

Incredible story Melanie. I finished the book a day after it was released. For two straight days I didnt mind sitting in traffic to & from school & work. There wasn't a dull moment. It felt as if I was living your life struggle with you. Very detailed information. I also struggle with Dyslexia & shamed myself for not being smart enough. Slowly your book has given me the confidence to believe in myself. Thank you for sharing your story Gemini sister.

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  • 2019-04-05

True to the Title

OMG!!! The secrets we keep to uphold the image the world expects of us. Mel B, aka Scary Spice, tells all. In this book, she opens up about her loves and her failures. But she is especially open and honest about the pain she experienced due to an extremely emotionally and physically abusive marriage. She talks about how and why she stayed and how she is recovering. As a therapist, I appreciate her honesty. Many times the family and friends of the abused can see it happening and don't know what to say to help the person and often feel betrayed when the abused returns to the abuser. Melanie opens many eyes to her why. NO ONE, woman or man should suffer this kind of abuse and it should be a crime to gain financially from that abuse. I am glad she is healing and that she is away from this individual, though she is still fighting him in court.

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  • Jon Pettigrew
  • 2019-04-17

A Gift<br />

Melanie Brown and Louise Gannon have given the world a gift! This book is engaging, funny, horrifying, validating, and so very valuable. This isn't so much a tell-all in the way we typically think of one; it is an honest, real, illuminating tale about the unexpected paths we sometimes can wander down that cause us to lose our sense of self and how one woman, pushed to the brink of desperation, reclaimed her sense of self.














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  • Alison
  • 2019-01-12

Respect and admiration. Rater R

Her life was a real Hollywood movie. Something that needs to be told. Rated R because of her brutal honesty:). My respect to Melanie, her daughters and family.

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  • JoJo
  • 2018-12-01

Really raw and gripping!

This book is everything thing promised - brutally honest. She owns her flaws and mistakes. I am sure many will identity with her situation. I saw someone gave a 1 star review a few minutes after it went on sale. I think that was personal and not truly reflective of the book.

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  • gemma
  • 2019-04-09

Awesome

The structure is phenomenal, it’s as though you’re in a room with your friend privately reminiscing over their life; the good, the bad and the hideously ugly. An incredibly honest and open insight into the complex life of a super star survivor. - just wow.

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  • Megan Zavala
  • 2019-04-16

love it

great book is really open. I was surprised with some things but, in a way it helped me relax before bed. listening to the story. thank you mel b for being so honest.

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  • Nkechi O.
  • 2019-03-21

Beautiful, heartbreaking, honest, empowering

Thank you Mel B, this was a very difficult story to listen to. I stopped many times but went back and I am so glad I did. Highly recommended.

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  • Cathy Wiggins
  • 2019-02-25

A crazy truthfully absorbing ride!

The truth is never pretty but absolutely necessary to survive. Clearly you've made it the other side. No way but up from here. No chains that bind. Brava Mel B!!

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