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The Woman I Was Born to Be: My Story [Hardcover]

Susan Boyle
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Oct. 12 2010
In April 2009, a modest middle-aged woman from a village in Scotland was catapulted to global fame when the YouTube video of her audition for Britain’s Got Talent touched the hearts of millions all over the world. From singing karaoke in local pubs to a live performance with an eighty-piece orchestra in Japan’s legendary Budokan Arena and a record-breaking debut album, Susan Boyle has become an international superstar. This astonishing transformation has not always been easy for her, faced with all the trappings of celebrity, but in the whirlwind of attention and expectation, she has always found calm and clarity in music. Susan was born to sing. Now, for the first time, she tells the story of her life and the challenges she has struggled to overcome with faith, fortitude, and an unfailing sense of humor.

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"Sweet... incredibly touching" Observer "A heartwarming story and a reminder that in the crazy world of showbiz, anything is possible ... one of the most incredible showbiz tales of our time" Heat " A refreshing revelatory and spirit-moving memoir which reads as beautifully as she sings..." Irish Independent "Hard to put down" The Sunday Times "A revealing portrait of an often misunderstood woman" OK! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Susan Boyle was born, and still lives, in Blackburn, West Lothian. She shot to global fame on April 11, 2009, when she appeared on Britain’s Got Talent, singing "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical Les MisÉrables. This is her first book.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Woman We ALL Love!!! Oct. 17 2010
By Louise Jolly TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting reading May 17 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Insight to Susan Boyle April 30 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars personable! Nov. 21 2010
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Oct. 15 2010
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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4.0 out of 5 stars I was pleasantly surprised at the book
Good day - this was actually a good read! I was one of the many touched by Susan and her voice and story. Read more
Published on April 2 2011 by T. L. Thomsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent ! ! !
A must read for all Susan Boyle fans. She tells it like it is in her own way. Excellent !!!
Published on Jan. 5 2011 by Richard D. Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Susan Boyle..The Woman I was meant to be. My Story
Was impressed with Susan's singing voice and her background as noted in the media and wanted to know more about this woman. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2010 by Jeanmac
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
This is an excellent read. I could not put it down when I started it; a very good story about overcoming adversities in life, a very good story about hope and faith. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2010 by Reinaliz
4.0 out of 5 stars `So I opened my mouth and showed them what I could do..'
Susan Magdalane Boyle was born on 1 April 1961, the ninth child in her family. On 1 April 2009, she observed her 48th birthday quietly. Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2010 by Jennifer Cameron-Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Susan's Story
Reading Susan Boyle's autobiography made me wish that I had been able to help defend her from all the pain she has had in her life; she seems to have this sort of effect on... Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2010 by Joan Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! The Woman I Was Born To Be: My Story
Susan's journey is frank, honest, warm, funny, heart-breaking, and triumphant, just like Susan herself. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2010 by 1susanfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Susan Boyle The Woman I Was Born To Be
Susan's book was a joy to read. It is written with honesty, wit and humour. Her years of bullying are detailed and a must read for all young people going through this same thing... Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2010 by retiredgran
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