Finding Me: A Memoir Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Finding Me is the deeply personal, brutally honest account of Viola's inspiring life, from her coming of age in Rhode Island to her present-day career.
In my book, you will meet a little girl named Viola who ran from her past until she made a life-changing decision to stop running forever.
This is my story, from a crumbling apartment in Central Falls, Rhode Island, to the stage in New York City, and beyond. This is the path I took to finding my purpose and my strength, but also to finding my voice in a world that didn't always see me.
As I wrote Finding Me, my eyes were open to the truth of how our stories are often not given close examination. They are bogarted, reinvented to fit into a crazy, competitive, judgmental world. So I wrote this for anyone who is searching for a way to understand and overcome a complicated past, let go of shame and find acceptance. For anyone who needs reminding that a life worth living can only be born from radical honesty and the courage to shed facades and be...you.
Finding Me is a deep reflection on my past and a promise for my future. My hope is that my story will inspire you to light up your own life with creative expression and rediscover who you were before the world put a label on you.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 15 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||26 April 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 149 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
3 in Biographies of Women (Audible Books & Originals)
3 in Black & African American Biographies
4 in Biographies of Women (Books)
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Reviewed in Australia on 19 June 2022
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By Kristie-Lee Cooley on 19 June 2022
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 April 2022
I am in awe of the strength it must have taken Viola not just to survive her early life, but to retell it. This story goes deep into the unimaginable terror, pain and darkness she faced daily throughout childhood, and her immense years long struggle to transform herself and her life into one of love and light. It's so inspiring, so beautiful. It makes me see my own life very differently.
Thank you for sharing your "hero's journey" Viola. You should be so proud.
When the book was announced months ago it was a nice surprise. The woman we love to love in the screen will tell her life. And now, down to matters, how good is the book?
It is good, sincere, shocking and well written. Ms Davies has pulled no stops and she does tell the poverty (or "po" i.e. below poverty, as her family called it), the sexual abuses, the family dramas and a painfully slow ascent to Hollywood stardom. The first half of the book is the best. The appalling conditions of a household plagued with violence, alcohol abuse and incest are sometimes a hard read, but the author keeps us in line. There's always an anecdote to lighten the text - the ‘bullfrogs’ and some characters around the family; and these are very welcome.
Then comes the "call" to the stage and a slow progression to the top. Ms Davies never ceases to be star-strucked (as when she 's invited to George Clooney's house in Italy) or when she acts merely silly in front of Meryl Streep. This part, the ascent, is good, but a tad conventional - there’s less passion. However, the text progresses well and in the end we finish the read closer to the author and at the same time wanting to know more of her.
On the bad side? Too many references on money and salaries. Ms Davies tells us how much she made at every single step of the ladder. Also, the book is written by an actor (and a very good one) and often producer, but we read little of the process of the movies beyond the audition (and the salary), and many important pictures and directors and fellow actors are not even mentioned. We expected a bit more than gossip or superficial comments from inside the movies.
But in the end, it is a good book by a wonderful actor and a better even human being.
A note. Apart from an autobiography, this book is, to these eyes, a cry to the Governments and specifically to that of the USA. It is appalling and unjust and simply inadmissible, that a family of six children has to suffer as Ms Davies did: at sub-zero temperatures in a small and deranged flat, without electricity, warm water and often without water at all because the pipes froze and blocked. And this did not happen in Dickensian days but in the mid-seventies and only a handful of miles away from the New York of Wall Street and Park Avenue. Capitalism is the only economical system that works. Fact. But not everything can be left to the "invisible hand" and the powers of the market. The States, starting by the more powerful ones cannot have people, whole families, living in those conditions and must have in place a social security system effective enough so parts of their populations do not starve. Viola Davis’ story is that of her family as well as of many families suffering the same today.
Not only is she such a gifted actress, but she has to be by far one of THE most eloquent public speakers, with such a natural gift for words. I could listen to her all day long.
When I found out she was going to write a memoir I couldn’t wait as I knew she would write something special.
Now, dear reader, in biographies there is honesty (where there is an element of gloss to make you look good) and there is HONESTYY (no holds barred to the point you are putting your soul on the floor). Viola is the latter. My jaw literally hit the floor many times.
I feel awful, as there must of been many young people like Viola that I went to school with who looked practically neglected, but they are the ones who triumphed as they were exposed from a young age to the struggles and hard-knocks of life.
I want to say thank you to Viola for sharing your gifts so generously with the world, and showing a side many don’t see. Thank you for your vulnerability, as there are many people out there struggling, and you have shown there is a way out.
This book is for anyone who wants to be more, who wants to live and thrive. It's for people of all races but especially for black girls/women, you are beautiful, you are worthy, you are desirable, you are smart, you are YOU. Viola encourages you to find yourself.