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The Meaning of Mariah Carey

Written by: Mariah Carey
Narrated by: Mariah Carey
Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
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Publisher's Summary

It took me a lifetime to have the courage and the clarity to write my memoir. I want to tell the story of the moments - the ups and downs, the triumphs and traumas, the debacles and the dreams - that contributed to the person I am today. Though there have been countless stories about me throughout my career and very public personal life, it’s been impossible to communicate the complexities and depths of my experience in any single magazine article or a 10-minute television interview. And even then, my words were filtered through someone else’s lens, largely satisfying someone else’s assignment to define me. 

This book is composed of my memories, my mishaps, my struggles, my survival, and my songs. Unfiltered. I went deep into my childhood and gave the scared little girl inside of me a big voice. I let the abandoned and ambitious adolescent have her say, and the betrayed and triumphant woman I became tell her side. 

Writing this memoir was incredibly hard, humbling and healing. My sincere hope is that you are moved to a new understanding, not only about me, but also about the resilience of the human spirit. 

Love,

Mariah   

About the author and narrator: 

Mariah Carey is an American artist of Black and Irish ancestry. 

She is an award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, actress, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. She has recorded 15 studio albums and holds numerous industry records, including the most number-one singles of any solo artist in history. 

She has received many accolades, honors, and distinctions throughout her career, including the Congressional Award for her charitable work with youth through the Fresh Air Fund's Camp Mariah. She is an inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Carey remains forever thankful and fiercely loyal to her global family of fans. 

Ms. Carey is the mother of two children, Moroccan and Monroe.    

©2020 Mariah Carey (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Exceptional Writing of an Exceptional Story

This is a fantastic literary work of art that discusses some major themes in life. Race, identity, delicate family relationships, abuse and overcoming. Mariah’s reading makes the experience very intimate and is necessary for this audio. It is her story, no one else could have read it and, sang it in parts, like her. Whether for a fan or not, this is a very enjoyable and utterly fascinating material.

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LOVE MC BABY!

This book is some great insight to Mariah Carey’s life and songs that she was writing take in her beautiful memories darling’

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amazing

I have waited this book for my entire life. I can't believe mariah actually perform the whole book herself

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THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

I laughed, cried, giggles and cried some more along the way with you Mariah Carey! This was everything and more for all of us Lambily. It tugged at my heart strings whenever you mentioned us (your fans), and how much you adored us. Now I'm going to listen to this entire book again while reading along with the book!! Hearing you read, and sing along the way felt like you were right there with me on the couch having a few splashes while you regaled me with your stories. gosh, what a feeling. THANK YOU, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH for giving us this wonderful gift, YOU. we love you forever. -marian

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Huge fan

As a life long fan of Mariah Carey, I so appreciate her honesty and inspiration in this book. as she narrates her own story, I have great admiration for her truly gentle and kind heart

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A Diva Defined

I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels less-than, lonely, not good enough, an outcast... (and many other adjectives). I especially enjoyed Mariah’s humility. As a lamb (die-hard Mariah fan) it’s wonderful to hear her be so open about things she never really expanded on previously. The audio version of this book is amazing. Mariah includes many a cappella moments of songs she’s preformed thousands of times and songs she had rarely or never performed live. I believe this book did everything that Mariah had intended it to do. I now know the meaning of Mariah Carey.

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Perfect book

This is the best on Audible, can't believe its Mariah Carey's voice reading the whole book.

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Love it!

Loved hearing her story, her songs. She's the best! Any Lambs will enjoy this memoir.

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Wow

I had always enjoyed her music but when I saw her book on audible I thought why not I’ll give it a try I didn’t expect much from it I have been so taken back by her book it is absolutely phenomenal I am now obsessed with her as an artist and as a person reading this book let me see how much depth she has to her as a person and I am just in all of her definitely an amazing listen and I’ll definitely be listening to it again I love the fact that no matter how many times she was knocked down she always got up again she always kept fighting an always believes in herself I think that’s what this generation needs to hear

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A Masterpiece of truth

Mariah Carey is so open and honest in her book. It makes me love a appreciate her even more with her truths. She is a true inspiration with her strength to pull through her hardships

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  • Zakkry Walls
  • 2020-09-29

Phenomenal

Mariah... we may have thought we knew her but until you have completed this book, you do not know her. The glitz and glam have covered up years of hurt and betrayal but with the help of good friends, her faith, family, and fans, Mariah overcome many obstacles. I’m proud to be a Lamb. Mariah, thank you for allowing us into your life. This is a beautiful book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-09-29

Holy Crap it's Really Her!

I can't believe she's reading it herself! I will own a physical copy but until it arrives I thought why not use a credit to have it on my phone 🤷‍♀️ I never thought it would be her actually reading it herself but boy what a surprise and a treat! No one holds a flame to Mariah and could never tell her story they way she would/ can /did! I feel like I have the best of both worlds, a tangible book to cherish and the author, & my favorite person of all time, reading it to me on the go! This project was a long time coming and will crush all the little "unofficial" biographies I used to buy as a kid so I'm ready to have my wig snatched! Thank you God for small miracles in the midst of one of the globally agreed worst years of the century! 🙏❤🐑

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-09-29

Legendary and tantalizing!

Mariah is just an incredible woman and human being! Her voice is timeless just like her personality. I love her so much, thank you for letting us in your private life. This book is astonishingly written. Ms. Carey's songwriting is applicable to anything she puts in writing. Love you❤️

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  • Anthony M.
  • 2020-09-29

A+mazing!

she really outdid herself, very open and vulnerable I love her even more now! Queen!! 👑

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  • FRED
  • 2020-09-29

Amazing

Thank you mariah for allowing us to be part of your amazing and brave story, you are truly unique and your lyrics have always been what keeps me going ever since I became a fan in the 90s, this is getting to know you better and I love this book

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  • Lupe
  • 2020-09-29

Amazing!

I ordered the hard copy & to my I Book but I’m so glad I got the audible! Hearing Mariah read her memoir & her voice makes the book so much better! Mimi is one of the greatest & glad she released this amazing book

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  • Kiri
  • 2020-09-30

The Emancipation of One Mariah Carey

Mariah The Carey, or Mimi as her closest friends call her delivers a gripping tale but not one of two cities. No, in fact, The Meaning of Mariah Carey takes you a journey of her most personal moments and her most public hour. She regales the life of a wayward biracial child who never knew how to fit in and perhaps never needed to fit in because she, was meant for far greater isles. From racists children to possessive manchilds, from having nothing and no one to having all she wanted for Christmas, this scared little girl just wanted to sing and be free to play in her musical sandbox. Mariah is at her most vulnerable and most POWERFUL as she unravels and upends all that we (well the media) thought they knew about who and what she is. In undergoing this road long travelled, you will gain a fair bit of acknowledgment, sympathy, and remorse of who she is but do not get it twisted, Mimi does not need your tears or pity. Afterall she's a born DIVA, an Aries Dahling! This book is a true gift to the Lambs (her fans) and even to those who may not have thought she had much depth and nuance behind that fiery persona; she's so much more! Mariah will undoubtedly go down as one of the Greatest Vocal legends of our time, eh of several decades. What's a decade again?

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  • Susan Palmer
  • 2020-09-29

The Meaning Of Mariah Carey

I haven’t finished yet, but this is beautifully written. If Mariah wasn’t a singer, I could definitely see her as an author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-09-29

BRAVO!!

What an incredible woman who has lived an incredible life. Phenomenal storytelling and we finally get to see ~The Meaning of Mariah Carey~ in all its brilliance

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-09-29

Everything!!

I am so filled with inspiration to be able to hear her story! so far its so beautiful and I'm so proud of her for performing her book herself!!! Queen Mimi!

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  • cherymood
  • 2020-10-25

Fragile, forte, talentueuse et humaine !

Mariah Carey nous livre une performance exceptionnelle après 30 ans d'une fabuleuse carrière. Oubliez les interviews, ragots, écoutez Mariah exprimer SA vision, ses souvenirs, cette force qui l'a conduite à tant de succès. Une artiste à part entière qui n'oublie pas d'où elle vient, et qui honore ses fans à chaque moment. Comme les chansons qu'elle écrit, ce livre inspire et même si l'on ne se sent pas proche de sa musique, avec ce livre, on ne peut que se rapprocher de l'artiste, de l'humain.

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  • BLANCHARD
  • 2020-10-25

Wonderful, deep, touching.

The one and only Diva standing around us this book touch anyone being fan or not . I’m a fan and admire her even more is full of ups and downs, we laugh, cry with Mariah trough her book . Amazingly done her voice is so good to hear .

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  • Juliette Malaterre
  • 2020-10-17

Wonderful Strong Woman

You have to listen to her. She sings, cries, imitates, scream, laugh with you. Tellin her hard stories. How strong she is through her big hair and champagne, flowless gowns and tricks..As a hard core lamb, Ï love her more as if it was possible !

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  • cambriels jonathan
  • 2020-10-13

Daaaahhhling !

Je connaissais la vie de Mariah Carey, j’ai toujours été fan de sa musique, mais certainement pas au travers de son propre prisme qui reflète sa propre histoire, sa véritable et personnelle identité. Un vrai plaisir de l’entendre conter sa propre existence. J’ai adoré !

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2020-10-06

Discovering Mariah

Love her music but didn't know a lot about her journey. Very insightful, honest and i have a lot of empathy for her. Truly one of the greatest singer and person.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-10-04

Top quality book

Such an introspective body of work. Completely heart wrenching but at the same time exciting. Beautiful story telling and funny as well. Overal, just an excellent book

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  • Jean Yves Van Voordt
  • 2020-10-04

What a book!

Thanks for sharing to us the real story behind those headlines. Your story is an inspiration

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  • lamine tangara
  • 2020-10-03

Sad, Uplifting and inspiring

An amazing and beautiful written book that needs To be listened ( because Mariah sings some parts in it). I am still waiting for the physical book though that i had preordered on Amazon. Thanks Mariah for inspiring us To never give up on our dreams. A devoted Lamb from Paris, France.#MeAndMariahGoBackLikeBabyWithPacifier

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  • Alexis
  • 2020-09-29

A masterpiece🦋❤

i love this book.Mariah delivered a true masterpiece. you can truly understand the meaning of Mariah Carey. What she's been through and how she managed to break through and be the Superb Mariah. LOVE HER even more i really recommand this book to every single lamb but to people who doesnt know Mariah's story.