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Educated

A Memoir
Written by: Tara Westover
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
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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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  • 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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Phenomenal

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

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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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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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Excellent listen!

Very well-written. Tara’s story is so incredibly intriguing, and kept me wanting to know what happens next. #Audible1

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Fantastic

Loved it! It is a great read and the story flows well. It kept me interested and wanting to know what happened next. #Audible1

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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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Intriguing story

I really enjoyed this story. It was involving enough that you came I found myself emotionally tied to the protagonist.

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A learning experience.

What an amazing look into parts of my own life. This book forced an acceptance in me of parts of my own childhood, making this read painful and illuminating. Beautifully written.

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  • 2019-01-13

captivating!

Loved it from start to finish! Storytelling at its best! Human resilency makes for an amazing story!

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  • Hans P. Heinrich
  • 2019-01-06

Compelling, enthralling narrative that holds you

Character development was terrific, the storyline was a great narrative of a unique life in small town Idaho

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  • Catherine
  • 2019-01-06

Once you starts listening you just cannot stop.

Listening to this memoire is eye-opening and shocking. At the same time it is also emotional and thought provoking. One of the best books I have listened to in years.

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  • Corktown11
  • 2019-02-05

Avoid this Audible - Just read the book

This was painful to listen to. I’m convinced it’s an electronic, Siri-like voice. I couldn’t get past the first 3 minutes. I’m buying the book. Total waste of time.

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