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The Secrets of My Life

A History
Written by: Caitlyn Jenner
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
4 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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The book will cover Caitlyn Jenner's childhood as Bruce Jenner and rise to fame as a gold-medal-winning Olympic decathlete; her marriages and her relationships with her children; her transition; and her experience as the world's most famous transgender woman.

©2017 Caitlyn Jenner (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Vanity Project

I was really looking forward to Caitlyn’s story, about her feelings and experiences. There are parts of this book that hit the mark. The majority, unfortunately, is used as a means to explain how she has been misunderstood and portrayed unfairly. She brags incessantly about what a great person she is, now and especially as Bruce. This tact makes her come off as terribly arrogant. There is no humility here and I could not make myself really care about her or what happens from here, no matter how hard I tried. I am disappointed I contributed to such a blatant vanity project.

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True Honesty

Thank you Caitlyn for sharing your journey. I am certain your story will help individuals who are struggling as they embrace who they are!
**Excellent narrator.**

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loved narrator

Although I loved the narrator it is a pity it is not Caitlyn Jenner herself telling us her true self story.

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  • prettyinparadise
  • 2017-06-10

Let down

This book is rubbish. No family secrets. It's all 'poor me.' Save your audible credit.

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  • candi smith
  • 2017-08-27

Disappointed

Interesting autobiography, but the only thing the book revealed that I already did not know was that Bruce had a brother.
Everything else was was pretty much common knowledge if you follow Bruce/Caitlyn whatsoever.
The book was, at times, confusing by jumping around and leaving out important facts that should have lead up to stated facts. The narrator would many-times change who she was quoting and it was hard to figure out who was "talking."
Certain phrases were repeated over and over (I am sure for dramatic effect) but it was boring, and at times annoying. I just didn't enjoy it because I thought it wasn't written well and it did not flow very well.
This is my opinion, I am just disappointed.

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  • Tracey
  • 2017-05-27

Honest. Real.

A bit hard to follow at times. I found it rather sad that although she admitted she abandoned her children, she did not seem remorseful for doing so. I applaud Caitlyn for being true to herself. It took great courage to make a move such as this while being such a public figure, but I couldn't help but feel this book was written only to make money.

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  • gia c
  • 2017-06-06

Selfish -No secret here...

Unapologetic account of Caitlyn/Bruce's life. His behavior over the years has caused a lot of hurt and pain for his kids and the women he married. He glances over it in an "oh, well" not really my fault because of my internal battle sort of way. I have one word to describe this book and its' author Caitlyn-SELFISH!

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  • David
  • 2017-06-08

Tried to be on her side but she is so selfish

All about her no consideration for anyone else so full of herself it's sad Bruce was a better human being

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  • Dawn
  • 2017-11-03

Anxiety & Addiction NOT Gender-dysphoria

The book is about a man who felt no desire to dress as a woman when he was feeling good about himself, when he was proud of his achievements or place in life. Only during days where he felt especially anxious did he seek solace in disguising himself as a woman. At the age of 10, Bruce began to view the art of not getting “clocked” as his own personal & competitive sport. Once he won the Olympic gold medals thus being catapulted into existential angst as a result of achieving the ultimate achievement in his early 20’s coupled with his brother’s death one month later, did his special dress-up sport re-emerge as a pacifier but like any idol addiction, it came back bigger & stronger. Bruce Jenner does not seem to have a female brain as real gender-dysphoric male to female individuals have. He thinks like a man. He does not seem capable of thinking with both right and left sides of the brain simultaneously as true females brains can do. He reads as an extremely lost & misguided man who’s addiction is probably far less exciting to him now that it’s not a dirty little secret any longer. Makes me wonder if he created a new secret sport since the “final surgery”. If so, what?
DawnC, LPC

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  • Nurture Learners and Able Observers
  • 2017-09-11

Special Interest

What did you like best about The Secrets of My Life? What did you like least?

I am grateful for the author to open up and share a story. But the book is an agenda (that is fair) from an activist (that is fair too). If you do not have a problem with Gay people or trans gender though, all of the preaching doesn't mean anything. It is all about this struggle. Everyone has struggles. I mean, it is ALL ABOUT THESE STRUGGLES. I do not regret reading the book. But if your personal struggles were far beyond his, then the book has little impact.

What could Caitlyn Jenner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Talked more about things everyone can relate to. The efforts for success and becoming "a comeback kid". Human struggles. Not just identity struggles. But I understand why this book will be important for others.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator did not distract from the book so I have no idea why this would be a question.

What else would you have wanted to know about Caitlyn Jenner’s life?

Bruce Jenner was an incredible asset to many, many people. Yet we only hear about the liabilities. From him! Or her! This person has to be one of the most underestimated and under acknowledged people on Earth, not by others. By self.

Any additional comments?

It is not your sex, religion, identity that makes you a better person. It is how you treat others. On many levels the author of this book has a lot of intrinsic humanity with helping others. Being a good provider. Being a decent human being. This all matters a lot more than the identity that houses all of that. It matters all of the ways. Obviously, someone that has been exploited as any celebrity or athlete is. I wish this person the best of luck, love, and happiness. Obviously a sentient, and responsible human being who has made the very best of things. I would have given a higher rating for effort. For good purpose. I believe the book was written with a good purpose. But I am not an audience that needs to be convinced about discrimination or human rights. I was orphaned at three years old, raised in foster care, and homeless at fourteen. I understand challenges. I wanted to know more about the mind set that over came them.

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  • Maricky
  • 2017-05-09

Blah

Blah blah blah, poor me and happy me. Brag book, nothing compelling. End of story. Just not interesting. I don't have a connection or more of an understanding like should after hearing his story.

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  • LWC
  • 2017-05-03

Not Much of a Secret

I applaud Ms. Jenner for her journey and the transition into her life. However her actions throughout her entire life were selfish and self serving. She blames everything in her life on her gender issues. We all have issues, the difference is adults take responsibility for them.

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  • Nancy
  • 2017-10-22

very candid

enjoyable read. feel like I know her personally now. cats recommended this read to several people

1 of 1 people found this review helpful