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Brutally Honest

Mel B’s tell-all memoir
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Please note that this audiobook contains explicit language and content some listeners may find distressing.

The memoir from the real woman behind the leopard print, for real women everywhere. 

As one-fifth of the iconic Spice Girls and judge on X Factor and America's Got Talent, Melanie Brown, aka Scary Spice, has been an international star since the age of 19. And yet there are sides of Mel that no one has ever seen or really known. 

Brutally Honest is an exposé of the struggles and acute pain that lay behind the glamour and success. With deep personal insight, remarkable frankness and Melanie’s trademark Yorkshire humour, this audiobook removes the mask of fame and reveals the mother, wife and daughter behind the Spice Girl everyone thinks they know. 

The audiobook edition features narration from Melanie, her daughter, Phoenix, and her mother, Andrea.

©2018 Melanie Brown and Louise Gannon (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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hadn't kept up with media, very interesting

great voice performance, story did jump around a lot but if you listen to the end interview it makes more sense. I didn't realise all this was going on so it was very eye opening and I can only imagine the internal struggle she would have gone through to share her story. very brave of her but I appreciated hearing it.

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This book is very interesting and informative.

It sheds light on issues that should not be in dard but always are. All teenages through to adults should read this without prejudice.

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What a woman!

Loved it and great narrator.
Shes an inspirational woman well done Mel for getting you life back!

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WOW!!! JUST WOW!!!

Beautifully honest, beautifully sad, beautifully brave, beautifully written, beautifully read & I couldn't stop listening to it. Amazing story of a survivor. With honesty, came that a hero & a fighter. Very informative. 10 out of 10!!!!!

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Highly recommend

Absolutely loved this book. Mel B was so raw and honest revealing the struggles both her and her family had to go through.

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Not a fan

I was intrigued to read Mels story, but I’m afraid to say that I lost some respect for her after listening to the book. I totally agree she was a victim of her disgusting ex husband but I think outside that square she never put the kids first even though she claims they’re the most important thing to her.. Very divided read..

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A mind blowing and raw insight. Superbly narrated

An incredible insight to a larger than life ... life. It starts off with an unknown attempted overdose that only occurred recently... who would have known?! The narration was absolutely spot on and a story that will hit you in many different ways.

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A revealing story worth hearing

The content of the book, showing warts and all painted a colourful picture of a warm, caring and at times conflicted woman. I felt for Melanie’s mistakes and suffering and quickly felt connected with her flawed and vulnerable character.
I must say I did not find the book well written which was a disappointment. Perhaps there was no intent for it to be a literary masterpiece.
Nonetheless I’m left with insight and greater understanding into a woman I previously knew little about.

Thank you Melanie

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Structure of book was distracting...

Not knocking her journey but the way the book was written and structured was chaotic. This might be a reflection of MB but not helpful when trying to lose yourself in it. I think this impacted on the fact it was repetative in places. Reiterates the mask that social media allows and encourages. Hopefully someone listening will be encouraged to bolt from their abusive partner.

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Eye opener

Well worth the money to listen too
What a journey
Spoiler alert......and what a prick of man to take all your hard earned money?
Spoiler alert ...How the hell did he get monthly payments with the top lawyer
That u paid for..... mind blowing works fail me

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  • 29-11-2018

I'm touched

Incredible story Melanie. I finished the book a day after it was released. For two straight days I didnt mind sitting in traffic to & from school & work. There wasn't a dull moment. It felt as if I was living your life struggle with you. Very detailed information. I also struggle with Dyslexia & shamed myself for not being smart enough. Slowly your book has given me the confidence to believe in myself. Thank you for sharing your story Gemini sister.

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  • Neko
  • 15-01-2019

Meh

Sounds super repetitive...didn’t delve into certain things that were briefly touched upon. I went from like her to disliking her and found myself yelling at my phone! That rough northern accent I could only take in small doses. Perhaps the book version would have been better.

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  • Alison
  • 12-01-2019

Respect and admiration. Rater R

Her life was a real Hollywood movie. Something that needs to be told. Rated R because of her brutal honesty:). My respect to Melanie, her daughters and family.

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  • WhosYourChubby
  • 27-12-2018

Three sides to every story, yours, mine, and the truth.

I myself am a survivor of domestic abuse and childhood abuse. So I was very interested to read this book and see what insight Melanie had to give.

It is a very interesting book, and it was interesting to find out about her childhood and life with the Spice Girls. It was also interesting to find out the story behind her and Eddie Murphy’s relationship.

Like all children that come from a not so great childhood, Mel only picked men that were abusive, cold, and distant in hopes that she could get them to love her because if she could do that she would prove to herself she was a lovable person. We from that sort of childhood do that.

What did surprise me however, is the choices Melanie would make, for instance, when she decided to publicly say F you to Stefan by showing up for the X factor without her wedding ring and then she seem shocked that he retaliated by leaving the country with their child. Really? That’s surprised you? You describe what a monster he is but then that shocks you? Needless to say, there were several times that this book set off my bullshit to tactor’s

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  • Nkechi O.
  • 21-03-2019

Beautiful, heartbreaking, honest, empowering

Thank you Mel B, this was a very difficult story to listen to. I stopped many times but went back and I am so glad I did. Highly recommended.

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  • Deborah
  • 18-03-2019

you should not have left eddie murphy

things would have been different, you made the wrong decision. but excellent book. i will share.

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  • Cathy Worrell-Wiggins
  • 25-02-2019

A crazy truthfully absorbing ride!

The truth is never pretty but absolutely necessary to survive. Clearly you've made it the other side. No way but up from here. No chains that bind. Brava Mel B!!

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  • eric gallegos
  • 07-02-2019

Great Book!!!!

She is such a train wreck it’s makes for such a good book....you won’t be disappointed!

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  • Paul
  • 06-02-2019

Great inspiring story, loved it!

Mel B’s story is alarming, eye opening and inspiring. The book is narrated by an actress from Melanie’s local area of Leeds, who reads the story very well. I got through this book very fast, finding myself looking for extra minutes in the day to plug in my earphones and listen. She does not talk too much about her days in the Spice Girls, rather, her challenges growing up, and her struggles in her relationships with her lovers, family and friends (including the four other famous Spice Girls).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-01-2019

good read

i love the book, if you fanatic of mel b you should purchase this book

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  • Mr M Randell
  • 28-11-2018

Excellent book

First of all, Zara Abrahams has done an AMAZING job narrating!

This is soooo honest, no stone is left unturned, I have never read/ listened to a celebrity autobiography that goes this in depth in to the subject’s private life. I am so pleased Mel and family are safe/ happy now!

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  • Reading Rose
  • 08-12-2018

Heart renching but brilliant book

I felt like she was talking directly to me. This book has given me the strength to start my journey of escaping from my coercive & abusive husband. Thank you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-11-2018

It lives up to the hype!

A true page-turner and even more captivating in the audio form! Well done Audible on this great production!

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  • Maz
  • 05-12-2018

Fab

A true read /listen
It is brutally honest
Nothing else to say
It’s a 10 from me

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-01-2019

waste of credit

Truly awful book to listen to, not written well at all and her story isn't put across well, it comes across as whiney,poor me and pity me when it was really suppose to show her life and help stop abuse happen to someone else.

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  • Carol
  • 28-11-2018

Brilliant

This sets a benchmark for celebrity autobiographies. We want to know the real story not a list of accomplishments. Sorry but anything less than Brutally Honest is boring and not worth paying for. A fantastic listen and thank you to Mel B and Audible for this great addition to my library.

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  • Kelly
  • 29-11-2018

Unbelievably proud of you Mel B

Literally gobsmacked at your story so sad so frustrating so angry every emotion felt listening to your story but ultimately so so proud of you well done. Amazing story so well told every girl needs to read this

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  • mrs
  • 28-12-2018

A soul on show

I was riveted with this biography from beginning to end. Mel B is just so honest and still sounding so raw. I really hope that getting her true self out there has been a cathartic experience for her.
This book made me laugh and cry in equal measure.
The narration was fantastic. I thought it was great that Mel’s mum and daughter also gave their point of view. The end interview was also a bonus and gave more insight into the book.
This book has made me question things around me and realise how easily people of all walks of life can become ghosts in their own lives. Very brave and beautifully written.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-12-2018

This was my first audio book.. Brilliant!

I really loved this book made me really think about relationships.

Just shows that what you see of celebrities is not what is really going on behind closed doors!

I was really impressed with Audible. Have just downloaded my next book.

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  • 29-11-2018

Brutally honest

I knew I was going to love this book within minutes of listening to it. The narrator is brilliant and straight away I forgot that it’s not Melanie talking, really enjoyed listening to this book even though it’s sad and emotional. So brave of her to be so open.

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