Educated: A Memoir

Version: Unabridged
Author: Tara Westover
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: February 2018
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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Overview

#1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW • ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR • BILL GATES’S HOLIDAY READING LIST • FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE’S AWARD IN AUTOBIOGRAPHY • FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE’S JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST BOOK • FINALIST FOR THE PEN/JEAN STEIN BOOK AWARD • FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES BOOK PRIZE

NAMED ONE OF PASTE’S BEST MEMOIRS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • O: The Oprah Magazine • Time • NPR • Good Morning America • San Francisco Chronicle • The Guardian • The Economist • Financial Times • Newsday • New York Post • theSkimm • Refinery29 • Bloomberg • Self • Real Simple • Town & Country • Bustle • Paste • Publishers Weekly • Library Journal • LibraryReads • BookRiot • Pamela Paul, KQED • New York Public Library

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

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her 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. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

“Beautiful and propulsive . . . Despite the singularity of [Tara Westover’s] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?”—Vogue

“Westover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others.”—The New York Times Book Review

Reviews (88)

Written by Leigh Ann R. on July 6th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

best book in 2020!

Written by Anonymous on July 3rd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Very hard to hear but even harder to stop listening.

Written by Jeffrey B. on July 3rd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Incredible story

Written by Silvia S. on July 1st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

An exceptional story. I enjoyed every minute of this audio book. I highly recommend it!

Written by Shana C. on June 17th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

great listen

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Written by MimiKS on June 17th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It was a good book. I did feel like I had to really pay attention so had to back it up a couple of times but I liked it. It would get a little slow at times but would quickly pick up so stay with it! I would recommend it!

Written by Judith G. on June 13th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

What an amazing story!

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Written by Annie A. on June 2nd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This book was very well written and extremely difficult to listen to. It was painful and infuriating and heartbreaking and hopeful and important.

Written by Janice B. on June 1st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really enjoyed this book!

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Written by Susan Rollenhagen on May 26th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I'd recommend this book, interesting and thought provoking. Written well and narrated well.