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The Woman I Was Born to Be: My Story Hardcover – Oct 12 2010


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (Oct. 12 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451609256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451609257
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16.1 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #152,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marietta on Oct. 22 2010
Format: Hardcover
Susan Boyle's book, The Woman I Was Born To Be, reads like Susan is in your living room talking with you. It is personal, funny, wise, brave and honest. You're taken first into her childhood world, the world of a large Catholic family in a small, poor Scottish village, but you end up on a huge stage with an 80 piece orchestra, in front of 10,000 people in Tokyo, Japan - the journey is heart-warming and heart-breaking - and not to be missed.

The press who fawned over her and then turned on her. The family who struggled to adapt to the changes. The fears Susan faced and still faces today............

Susan's determination to turn 'disability' into 'ability' keeps her going, along with her Faith in God, her family, and the people who help her most along the way. You'll meet them all - but the person you'll never forget - is Susan Boyle.

Highly recommended - a Must Read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Louise Jolly TOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 17 2010
Format: Hardcover
On April 1st, 2009 Susan Boyle spent a lonely birthday in her West Lothian home in Scotland. There were no cards, no presents, no parties, no phone calls with people singing happy birthday. Nope, for Susan, it really wasn't a "birthday" but just any other ordinary day.

On April 1, 2010 Susan Boyle was known around the world!! She had become an overnight sensation singing with the voice of an angel. The range, the pitch and notes this woman can hit literally leave you quaking in your boots. You are literally awed, stuptified, your mouth won't move and all you can do is cry tears that come from the very innermost, deepest parts of your soul. Wow! What a difference a year can make!!!!

Susan's autobiography is HER story and she tells it well. People are so quick to judge others who are not like themselves but I'm here to tell you, this woman is one smart cookie, a heck of a lot smarter than many folks would have given her credit for. Her story is touching, happy, sad and will make you laugh, shake your head, cry, want to jump up and down and might even propel you to try the 'Susan wiggle', it worked for me! LOL

The quilt pictured in the book..."I" was one of those quilters and my "Angel" square is in the top RIGHT corner looking at the photo and I couldn't be prouder as I like to consider myself Susan's number one fan in Canada!!!

Susan, congratulations on your book and a story well told. You deserve all the riches and blessings this world has to give you.
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By Bonnie Glass on July 11 2014
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I really enjoyed getting to know the story behind that voice and that personality.
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I really enjoyed this book. It is very well written and gives an insight into what Susan went through to get where she is today.
Very well told story.
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I loved this book, we saw her sense of humour,her love for her parents, overcoming the challenges of her life, dealling with sudden fame, yet trying to lead a half normal life. Admitting her trouble with that but always finding humour & a few trusting friends & family to help her. today was her Birthday & I have never purchased her CD though love her music but reading her booked just endeared her more to me.
The only disappointment was when it ended & I no longer could find humour in my day reading her book.
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By billybob on Nov. 21 2010
Format: Hardcover
Like many others, since Susan catapulted into public view around the world, I have been interested in her circumstances, her strong drive, and wonderful musical gift, and her eagerness to share. the book, very easy to read, is a reliable companion to her CDs. By reading her story from her perspective, he music becomes all the more meaningful. by the time you have read it, you feel as if you've been visiting with a good neighbour who is willing to share what life is like from her side of the fence.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mistletoe on Oct. 15 2010
Format: Hardcover
THE WOMAN I WAS BORN TO BE reviewed by CanadianBill

On April 1, 2009, Susan Boyle's 48th birthday came and went without notice. Susan had no money, there was no party, no cards, no anything. It was just another day.

On April 1, 2010 Susan Boyle stood in the Famous Nippon Budokan in Tokyo Japan, in front of an 80 piece orchestra with which she had just sung several songs. She was wearing a diamond and gold bracelet, a gift from Simon Cowell and a beautiful gown designed especially for her. Susan stood there and listened as the 10,000 strong audience sang Happy Birthday while the orchestra played. In the audience were members from her fan site that had travelled from all over the globe just to hear her sing.

The difference a year makes! With humor, humility, wit and great honesty, Susan Boyle shares her incredible journey. The tears and the fears are there - but so too are the joys and the triumphs.

Reading Susan's story, one finally understands how her world was turned so upside down in one brief moment. Instant worldwide fame. The reader can't help but suffer with her as the press beseiges her unrelentingly and then turns on her at the most challenging time in her life - the week leading up to the BGT Final.

In the book, perhaps her former singing teacher and now long-time friend, Fred O'Neil says it best: "Susan Boyle is not an 'ordinary woman'. She is an extraordinary person who's got a different kind of voice and a different personality. She is not like any other person in the world."

I laughed out loud. And I wept. Courage is not being without fear. Courage is being afraid but going on anyway.

Susan Boyle's story is a story of courage.
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