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 • One of the most acclaimed books of our time: an unforgettable memoir about a young woman who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University
 
“An amazing story, and truly inspiring. It’s even better than you’ve heard.”—Bill Gates
 
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: National Book Critics Circle’s Award In Autobiography and John Leonard Prize For Best First Book • PEN/Jean Stein Book Award • Los Angeles Times Book Prize
 
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 [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

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

Reviews (97)

Written by Anonymous on October 26th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent, we did this true story in our book club, lots of topics to talk about.

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Written by Anonymous on October 15th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent narration and story. Highly recommend!

Written by Robin B. on September 20th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Excellent story and narration

Written by Briana W. on September 2nd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Captivating from start to finish.

Written by Susan L on August 28th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was a really great read. My only criticism would be it felt a bit repetitive at times. However, I did thoroughly enjoy it and the narrator was great!

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Written by Angela P. on August 13th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Fantastic memoir! A MUST read!

Written by Anonymous on August 4th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A Must read for every book club!

Written by LCaldwell on July 26th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

So very good! Wow! What an education in and out of the classroom.

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Written by Anonymous on July 14th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A tragic and mesmerizing memoir of humanity that is occurring right now in modern times. This book will have you grasping to define right and wrong through perspectives beyond your own.

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

  • Book Rating: 5/5

best book in 2020!