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What It Is

By: Sarah Burleton
Narrated by: Tanya Eby
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"I am a survivor of horrific physical and mental abuse inflicted on me by the one person in my life that was supposed to love and protect me and teach me right from wrong. I am a fighter because I did not allow my past to dictate my future and I fought for years to successfully overcome the demons left over from my childhood. I spent my entire life punishing myself for the acts of my mother. I spent years trying desperately to figure out why she was the way she was and what I could have done so wrong to make her hate me so much. My journey to overcome my childhood demons was difficult and painful; but in the end, I realized that my past is what it is and it was up to me to decide my future.

"I wrote my first book, Why Me?, in an attempt to open the world's eyes to the abuse I endured as a child. It was my hope that just one person would get something positive and inspirational out of my story and realize that there are many of 'us' out there.

"I was overwhelmed by the response to my first book; I couldn't believe that so many people got something out of my little story, and the emails I got from readers were just amazing. I realized that I needed to tell the rest of my story and show everyone what I endured to finally be able to sit back and say, 'It is what it is.' I thank you all for sharing my life with me. I pray for all of you suffering and I love you all."

©2012 Sarah Burleton (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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This book is highly recommend to victims of child abuse. This book does a good job at helping readers who are victims of child abuse to move on.

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The amazing human spirit…

This is a a horror story of unspeakable abuse, but also one of fortitude, strength and survival. I’m always mind blown and sickened when I read of mothers out there with the inclinations and capabilities for inflicting unspeakable abuse on the children they’ve brought into this world. There’s simply no words.

With that said, I at times while listening to this found myself wondering what happens to abused girls/women who are not gifted with the same beauty, charm and intellect of the author, those who can’t so easily surround themselves with support or a handsome husband who will gush compliments and validate all they do and accomplish at every turn to aid in the healing. Just a thought.

As for the less than perfect rating, it was only because the narrator didn’t sit well with me at times, the inflections sometimes seemed fake and overly dramatic, something I often had to try to ignore. I found the same issue with her first book, ‘Why Me’… same narrator. I much prefer a memoir read by the author. Other than that, this was a worthy listen.

I’m SO sorry Sarah. I celebrate your survival and that you have come so far.