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Love Your Sister Audiobook

Love Your Sister: A Searingly Honest and Inspiring Memoir of Family, Love and Unicycles

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Publisher's Summary

How far would you go for someone you love...on a unicycle?

Brothers and sisters often dare each other to do things – it's what siblings do. However, when Connie Johnson dared her brother, Samuel, to embark on a one-wheeled odyssey around Australia, she knew it was a big ask. But Connie knew exactly what she was doing and was sure he wouldn't say no. Not this time.

Born a year apart, Connie and Samuel Johnson have always been close. Sam was by Connie's side when she found out she had cancer at age 12 and again when she was diagnosed at age 22. Then, at 33, Connie was diagnosed with breast cancer, but this time she was told she would not recover. As a young mum faced with her own death, Connie wanted to find some meaning in the chaos. And so she dared Sam to help her.

Officially there were three aims: promote breast cancer awareness, raise more than $1 million for research - and break the world record for the longest distance travelled on a unicycle. However, Connie had a secret fourth aim: to fix Sam. She had no idea if any of it would work out. Neither did he.

Part memoir, part travel diary, part conversation, Love Your Sister is Connie and Sam's inspiring, moving and unforgettable journey, told in their own distinctive voices. It's a story of love, family, cancer - and the generosity of ordinary Australians.

About the authors: Samuel and Connie Johnson are the powerhouse brother-and-sister team who established the Love Your Sister charity. Samuel is an Australian actor with 20 years' experience, best known for his work on The Secret Life of Us, Crackerjack, Underbelly II and Rush. In recent times he is more proud of his work as a breast cancer advocate and determined unicyclist.

Connie Johnson is a wife and mother of two beautiful young boys. She has worked in the disability sector for ten years and since her most recent diagnosis spends her time with her family and advocating for breast cancer issues...when she's not busy seeing how much torture her brother will endure before he says no.

Warning: This audiobook contains some moderate coarse language.

©2014 Connie Johnson and Samuel Johnson (P)2015 Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

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    Jacqui 26/09/2016
    Jacqui 26/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Lovin Your Sister"

    What an incredible inspiring story. Thank you for sharing your intensely personal stories and giving us an insight into how truly amazing you both are! I didn't want it to end. Sam you need to write another book about your own story. Connie you are an amazing woman and I am totally in awe of you. Your strength, determination and humour in the face of what you have been through and what you are going through is absolutely mind-blowing. What a great "read". I listened while I was working away in my studio and felt every emotion possible. Goosebumps, tears, laughter and joy. You guys rock my world! A must read everyone - you will not be disappointed! Love you guys.

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    Joanne 21/09/2016
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    "Brilliant"

    A truly touching book about love, loss and family and how one family goes to extremes to educate and raise money for Breast Cancer Research. Sam & Connie you are an inspiration to us all.

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    Aml3012 31/08/2016
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    "Inspiring, story of love and family"

    Wonderful honest story of Connie & Sam's lives. Feel like I know you well. "Off to check my boobs!"

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    Brooke Australia 09/06/2016
    Brooke Australia 09/06/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing true story"

    What a story! More than just an adventure of a lifetime. Love your sister is about the special bond between siblings. Fabulous book!

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    "Poignant, inspirational, honest...this has it all."

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    Poignant, inspirational, honest...this has it all.

    Remarkable lives; remarkable courage, honesty, strength and love. This is a wonderful story of family, love and inspiration. Multiple tragedies inspire unselfish goals and such wonderful acts of individual heroism.
    This family deserves….a long life together and to see their goal of financing the science that will help find a cure for breast cancer come to fruition. Unfortunately that long life together is most definitely not going to happen but that has not stopped this family from their journey to raise the funds to help this dream come true. Over two million dollars thus far and counting… Along the way Connie and Sam make memories that their families, friends and colleagues will never forget.

    A poignant and very personal honest story that will leave you in awe of the strength of this family bond. I wish you all the very best as you continue to make the most out of every day.



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    Tim 17/02/2016
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    "Great Aussie story, read by the heroes themselves"

    A great story, especially if you've been following Connie and Sam's shenanigans.
    Sam's narration is great and although Connie isn't a professional, no one else could have done the story justice.
    I listened to all the acknowledgments, as boring as they are, because I felt it was my duty. they are there for a very good reason.

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    aenea ross 21/08/2015
    aenea ross 21/08/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Love it"

    I HATE thinking about death & dying so this was a strange pick for me...but I really enjoyed it.
    It's not sad & depressing, it's mostly uplifting, interesting and entertaining.

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    rachelle 09/05/2015
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    "Wow"

    Such a wonderful journey to be taken on by these inspiring siblings. Thanks a bunch Connie and Sam. You rock

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    jacqui 26/03/2015
    jacqui 26/03/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspiring."

    What an amazing duo!
    Connies strength and determination is inspiring and Sam love for his sister is infectious.
    Loved this book.
    All the best Connie and Sam. You and your team are incredible.

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    h 08/03/2015
    h 08/03/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspirational"

    Such an inspirational book. Thank you Connie and Sam for making us feel like we were on your journey. Narration was fantastic, very heart wrenching in places. Well done and keep up the awesome work :).

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    18/06/16
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    "Love Love Love Your Sister"

    How more inspirational could two people be. I love both Connie and Sam and I hate cancer and I hate Henry. I cried I laughed. I felt like I was part of the story. Keeping fighting you guys xxx

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  • Susan
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    7/04/15
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    "Inspiration Personified"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Love Your Sister to be better than the print version?

    A million times better because the reading by brother and sister made the book alive and very real. Great idea!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is hard to pick one favorite. Connie is the star in many ways, but the support of her family and others, not even personally acquainted, was the real inspiration taken from this book. We have come to believe, in this age, that one person or small group of people can not make more than a little ripple in a very small pond. Em and Hilda are just as bright in the realm of stars although they had supporting roles.


    Which character – as performed by Connie Johnson and Samuel Johnson – was your favorite?

    I can not choose. They were both spectacular and honest. This book should be mandatory reading for everyone in the world.


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

    I can not even imagine Sam going along a path of gravel for miles on a unicycle. I hope he continues to do better even after his sister dies.


    Any additional comments?

    As a Christian, I obviously was dismayed at the lack of spiritual clarity of the people in this group coalesced by the threat of mortal death. It is rare to know you will certainly die, shortly, and I think that preparation for the eternal life that surely must come after the demise of our mortal tents would certainly be foremost in my mind, if faced with the same circumstances. I can not think of how it would be to live without reliance on the God, our maker and the ruler of the world. I hope maybe that they do have faith in God and His promises for the hereafter.

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    TENAFLY, NJ, United States
    23/02/15
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    "beautiful and heart wrenching"

    Incredibly written. Beautifully narrated. I cried a lot throughout
    Such a beautiful and heartwarming story about families and love and pain and loss. But love perseveres and prevails

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