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Etched in Sand Audiobook

Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island

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Publisher's Summary

In this story of perseverance in the face of adversity, Regina Calcaterra recounts her childhood in foster care and on the streets and how she and her savvy crew of homeless siblings managed to survive years of homelessness, abandonment, and abuse.

Regina Calcaterra's emotionally powerful memoir reveals how she endured a series of foster homes and intermittent homelessness in the shadow of the Hamptons, and how she rose above her past while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together.

Beautifully written and heartbreakingly honest, Etched in Sand is an unforgettable reminder that regardless of social status, the American dream is still within reach for those who have the desire and the determination to succeed.

©2013 Regina Calcaterra (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Stefanie Jensen
    30/05/14
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    "I love the sound of Regina's voice"
    Where does Etched in Sand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love books that are read by the author. Regina was the only narrator that could have told this jaw dropping history. I love her accent, it made me connect to her story that much more. I wanted to reach back in time and help her. This book is excellent.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jo L.
    14/09/16
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    "Big eye-opener about our Foster Care system"

    This non-fiction book was very disturbing in a very
    inspiring way. This story will stay with me a long time.
    We need to pay attention!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • JPisme
    Florida
    23/08/14
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    "A wonderfully told story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Etched in Sand to be better than the print version?

    The Audio version was great, did not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was a raw, true, emotional story told by the real character herself.


    Which character – as performed by Regina Calcaterra – was your favorite?

    Regina herself without a doubt.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I was often angry, afraid, happy and sad.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will hook you from the very start.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    29/06/14
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    "Amazing story .Could not put it down."
    Would you listen to Etched in Sand again? Why?

    Yes .. the story was voiced in such a way you wanted to reach out and hug those kids and never let them live like that again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Over and over she constantly climb up and out of so much cruelty.And had such unbelievable courage and faith to keep going when a lot of others would have gave up.


    Have you listened to any of Regina Calcaterra’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Heart went out to kids..babies had such a horrifying mother.very sad.but very encouraging.


    Any additional comments?

    This story will always stay with me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Angela
    29/04/14
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    "Inspiring!"
    What did you love best about Etched in Sand?

    The story is so well told, I feel like I know Regina and her siblings!


    What did you like best about this story?

    You will walk away feeling inspired by Regina's heart and determination!


    What does Regina Calcaterra bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    When she calls her little sister Rosie, "Mia bambino", you can hear her heart and love for her sister.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I love that they all have their own individual happy endings but they stay a family.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • wszymo
    7/01/17
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    "Child Abuse with the focus on Successful Adulthood"
    What made the experience of listening to Etched in Sand the most enjoyable?

    The story itself and the writers ability to focus on positivity.


    What about Regina Calcaterra’s performance did you like?

    Honest and direct


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A family's survival against the odds


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DW
    S.W. Missouri
    13/12/16
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    "OMG!! THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ."

    I truly believe if you are a foster parent, OR if you are thinking about being one, you should be MADE to read this book.

    I also believe if you work in social services, you should be MADE to read this book.

    The language does get graphic at times.

    Lastly, if you are a teenager, please, think about your words and actions toward foster children.

    Thank you Regina for this Eye opening book. Wishing you and your family health, peace and happiness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tristen
    8/12/16
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    "Amazing Story"

    Wow I couldn't stop listening to this book. Regina and her family went through so much but in the end they turned out to be amazing individuals. Powerful story with a great message in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia Cavanagh
    4/12/16
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    "Inspiring story"

    What a story, what a life. I highly recommend this book. It stirred many emotions in me; and made me realize how luck I was to grow up in a [mostly] solid household.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • momanna
    3/12/16
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    "You too can succeed"

    This true story shows how, with strength and truth anyone can persevere and overcome any obstacles in ones way.

    A moving and strong story of a family torn asunder and made whole again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jackie
    Gravesend, United Kingdom
    14/12/16
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    "Courage and survival that will humble your heart"
    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to both sister's books and come away a bit ashamed to consider my own life challenges as quite as difficult as before. The ability to survive not only in tact but to have come as far as these sisters and brother have...and with the willingness to share their story has changed my heart forever and i am blessed to have listened to both books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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