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 (58)

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Written by Anonymous on January 15th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I wish I had known how traumatizing this book would be. I would not have read it. I found myself curled up in a fetal position after I was done. That does speak to the descriptiveness of the writer. In my opinion, the relentless abuse faced by the author was not balanced with a healing journey of recovery. So even though she emerged from the pit of hell, I felt like I was still covered in her shame and stigma.

Written by Roger C. on January 12th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very interesting how mind control works.

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Written by Harry H. on January 7th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Its as good as they say... I spent the the whole book shouting out loud "when are you going to wake up and smell the coffee?".

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Written by Carol A. on January 3rd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Beautifully written, fascinating story! I’ve loved listening to this narrator before, and she did an excellent job with this book as well!

Written by Jonathan R. on October 15th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Once you start, you WILL NOT be able to stop it. A life we will be discussing for decades to come.

Written by Fredrika H. on October 6th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent narration!!!! Fascinating story and told superbly. It’s one of only a very few I go back to listen to because it’s just that good. The details all the way to the cover of the book are just spot on in getting and keeping ones attention

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Written by Leann M. on September 25th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book! This is an amazing story about the struggles with family beliefs and ones own beliefs. The events told here were shocking, An emotional journey that grapples with loyalty, Love and faith. A must read.

Written by Fernanda M. on August 29th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I thought this would be an inspiring morning read, but it was more a story of struggle with very descriptive physical and mental abuse that doesn’t diminish through the end of the book. An incredible story nonetheless, but I felt I carried the weight of the story with me all day. Not for the lighthearted reader.

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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!