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 (64)

Written by Tiffany B. on February 10th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, but this book reads like fiction. It’s great and unbelievable that it’s true.

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Written by Sussan C. on February 8th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book and captivating and the narrator was amazing. Tara’s story gave a great insight to her (and probably many others) struggles with religion and family dynamics. I’m sure it was a painful journey to tell her story and I thank her for sharing it.

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Written by Cyn K. on February 1st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Gripping story that held me beginning to end even if I found the ride a little exhausting. I got emotionally wrapped up in Tara's story and more than once caught myself holding my breath. I even got angry at her for her repeated efforts to make it work with her family as I'd have given up long ago. Terrific book. Highly recommend. I do tend to not like it when narrators affect the tone of their opposite gender. It usually sounds comical to me and I'd rather just hear the reader's voice.

Written by Anonymous on January 25th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great writing, narrating and a gripping story. It’s a fascinating rags to riches ethnography and I highly recommend.

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Written by Daniel S. on January 23rd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book! Definitely recommend!

Written by Jessica H. on January 23rd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Most captivating and emotionally moving memoir I've read in a long while. Couldn't stop listening.

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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!