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 

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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 (50)

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Written by Angela G. on August 19th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Couldn’t get enough of this memoir! Brilliant writing. A story that truly touches upon so much. Powerful.

Written by Anonymous on August 16th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

An epic true story of triumph and the power of the human soul!

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Written by Nicki C. on August 3rd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This memoir was compelling, heart wrenching and enlightening all at once. It brought to light a whole different way of life that many of us can’t even imagine. Tara is a superb writer and a strong person who found her way through all her family abuse and strong beliefs and followed a different path to become a scholar. I love strong women characters and Tara is certainly one. The narrator is amazing as well. Loved this book. If you don’t read it, you’ll miss out...

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Written by Hope B. on July 20th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was very interesting. In the climate of advancement and technology who would think that there are some children out there not receiving an education due to having zealots for parents. Great topic and written beautifully.

Written by Kelley S. on July 1st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very good read/listen. Very heavy, had to listen in sections and listen to something else in between, but a very good book!

Written by Maria Y. on June 18th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Captivating and inspiring story. Couldn’t stop listening.

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Written by David S. on May 28th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent all around.

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Written by Tracy C. on May 27th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really enjoyed the book and the narration was great. The story is compelling. If you enjoyed The Glass Castle, you'll like Educated.

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Written by Kelley S. on May 14th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Stunning book! Narrator is gripping in style and tone.

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Written by Sérgio M. on April 19th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Inspirational life story