Educated (audiobook)

A Memoir

Read by Julia Whelan
12.2 hrs • 10 CDs • Unabridged
Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 02/20/18
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 02/20/18 9780525528050
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A Time Magazine Pick of the Best Memoirs of 2018 (So Far)

An Elle Magazine Pick for February 2018

A USA Today Pick of New and Noteworthy Books

An Entertainment Weekly Pick of Most Anticipated Books

A Vogue Pick

A USA Today bestseller

An Amazon Best Book of the Month selection

A Kirkus Reviews Pick of 9 Women Writing Bold Memoirs

A February LibraryReads Pick

A BookPage Top Pick for March

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week

An Apple iBooks bestseller in Biographies & Memoirs

An unforgettable memoir in the tradition of The Glass Castle about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

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Westover’s one-of-a-kind memoir is about the shaping of a mind. . . . In briskly paced prose, she evokes a childhood that completely defined her. Yet it was also, she gradually sensed, deforming her.The AtlanticWestover’s extraordinary memoir is haunting in the best way, delivering a powerful coming-of-age saga.PasteA subtle, nuanced study of how dysfunction of any kind can be normalized even within the most conventional family structure, and of the damage such containment can do.Financial TimesWhether narrating scenes of fury and violence or evoking rural landscapes or tortured self-analysis, Westover writes with uncommon intelligence and grace. . . . One of the most improbable and fascinating journeys I’ve read in recent years.NewsdayThis gripping coming-of-age story shows a woman’s world being opened through education.Refinery29At its heart, her memoir is a family history: not just a tale of overcoming but an uncertain elegy to the life that she ultimately rejected. Westover manages both tenderness and a savage honesty that spares no one, not even herself.BooklistAn astonishing account of deprivation, confusion, survival, and success.Kirkus ReviewsRaw and unflinching . . . lyrical and literary.Library JournalPropulsive . . . Despite the singularity of her 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?VogueHeart-wrenching . . . a beautiful testament to the power of education to open eyes and change lives.Amy Chua, The New York TimesIf [J. D.] Vance’s memoir offered street-heroin-grade drama, [Tara] Westover’s is carfentanil, the stuff that tranquilizes elephants. The extremity of Westover’s upbringing emerges gradually through her telling, which only makes the telling more alluring and harrowing. . . . By the end, 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

“Narrator Julia Whelan’s performance is outstanding. She expresses author Tara Westover’s naïve trust in her father…Whelan conducts a master class in the fear, dread, and self-doubt wrought by domestic violence as Westover recounts her older brother’s terrorizing all while spewing religious righteousness. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


Living proof that some people are flat-out, boots-always-laced-up indomitable . . . a heartbreaking, heartwarming, best-in-years memoir about striding beyond the limitations of birth and environment into a better life.USA TodayRiveting . . . Westover brings readers deep into this world, a milieu usually hidden from outsiders. . . . Her story is remarkable, as each extreme anecdote described in tidy prose attests.The EconomistIncredibly thought-provoking . . . so much more than a memoir about a woman who graduated college without a formal education. It is about a woman who must learn how to learn.The Harvard CrimsonA coming-of-age memoir reminiscent of The Glass Castle.O: The Oprah Magazine

“A memoir that is fit to stand alongside classics…A compelling and ultimately joyous account of self-determination.”

Sunday Times (London)

"[A] searing debut memoir…Westover’s vivid prose makes this saga of the pressures of conformity and self-assertion that warp a family seem both terrifying and ordinary.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)