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Open Book

A Memoir
Narrated by: Jessica Simpson
Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Includes six new songs by Jessica Simpson, available exclusively in the Open Book audiobook. Performed by the author featuring her music throughout.

Jessica reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she's kept since age 15, and brimming with her unique humor and down-to-earth humanity, Open Book is as inspiring as it is entertaining.

This was supposed to be a very different book. Five years ago, Jessica Simpson was approached to write a motivational guide to living your best life. She walked away from the offer, and nobody understood why. The truth is that she didn’t want to lie. 

Jessica couldn’t be authentic with her listeners if she wasn’t fully honest with herself first. 

Now, America’s Sweetheart, preacher’s daughter, pop phenomenon, reality TV pioneer, and the billion-dollar fashion mogul invites listeners on a remarkable journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compassion to help others but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please. Open Book is Jessica Simpson using her voice, heart, soul, and humor to share things she’s never shared before.

First celebrated for her voice, she became one of the most talked-about women in the world, whether for music and fashion, her relationship struggles, or as a walking blonde joke. But now, instead of being talked about, Jessica is doing the talking. Her audiobook shares the wisdom and inspirations she’s learned and shows the real woman behind all the pop-culture clichés - "chicken or fish", "Daisy Duke", "football jinx", "mom jeans", "sexual napalm..." and more. Open Book is an opportunity to laugh and cry with a close friend, one that will inspire you to live your best, most authentic life, now that she is finally living hers.

Includes the songs "Heartbeat", "Practice What You Preach", "Sweet Temptation", "Your Fool" (featuring Willie Nelson), "Party of One", and "Free Will" by Jessica Simpson.

©2020 Jessica Simpson (P)2020 HarperAudio

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Couldn't put it down!

Heartfelt, honest and raw. I cried with her, laughed with her and in many ways understood her pain. A fantastic book. Highly recommended.

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awesome story

i loved this book jessica made me feel like i was a friend sitting i her lounge room talking about her life!!
it made me laugh and cry with her. at the end of the audiobook i listened to her six new songs and am in love with them. i left with a heavy heart❤❤❤

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Didn't want it to end!

Loved this audio book especially when she was talking about her loves.
there are so many big names mentioned in here, inspiring and captivating I felt sad when it was finishing. Glad Jess has found her ever after x

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Amazing. Beautiful. Inspiring.

Loved every moment of the book, I didn’t want it to end. Beautifully written and narrated with such feeling and passion.

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Amazing

Absolutely loved this audiobook. Every aspect of it, the Faith, the growth, the truth, the honesty! I will definitely be going back to listen all over again before the year ends. I loved the narration but Jess herself. Her voice made it all the more real. I felt like my best friend was opening up to me over a cup of tea!

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WOW JESS IS AMAZING.

I will give Jessica's book a full review when I'm fully finished . I'm halfway through.
I'll say this. Jessica is on point with her book. it's more than amazing. Start reading readers. 💖💖👌

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Such a Real look into Jessica's life.

So many beautiful memories,Loved that she got to tell her story,such a true beauty.Hope Jessica writes another book one day.

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  • Johnene
  • 05-02-2020

Narration alert!

"Not all authors should read their own books". I read that on a review once and never understood why not.
That is until this book. Ugh...
I had to increase the speed to 1.10 because she talks as if she's a high valley girl. Speeding it up helped a bit the valley girl style of speaking is such a turn off. I'm not sure if she was trying to be funny and it didn't translate.
But when it was a sad sentence or story that required a cry, she inserted the proper fake tears, voice cracking, perfectly on time. It was like she was running the laugh track on a sitcom. Very forced emotions coming through her voice and sometimes even a lisp came through.
All the highlights of the book have been featured in magazines so no surprises for me.
I've listened to over 200 audiobook and never had I listened to one so badly narrated.
I'd recommend getting this book and reading it rather than listening.
The bad narration also took away from the stories in the book, but I never questioned what emotion I was supposed to feel. Just cue up Jessica's tone of the sentence.

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  • Dawnelle Larson
  • 04-02-2020

Just “opened the book”

I woke up so excited because today was the day I would get to download Jessica’s book on Audible. I started listening to it on my way to work. I already know I am totally in love, obsessed, and going to be able to relate to her story in so many ways. I loved Jessica at the beginning of her career and still love everything about her today. I am hoping to gain some insight on how to be “REAL and OPEN” just as she has done in this book as I venture through her story.

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  • Snootchy Bootches
  • 08-02-2020

Narration is bad

Jessica Simpson should not have narrated her own story. There were times when she would get to an emotional point and she would put on this sad, cracking voice that just sounded fake.

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  • Ally
  • 04-02-2020

Waiting for Years

I’ve waited for years to hear some of these stories. The songs are actually really great. It’s awesome to hear her singing again. This is nice to listen to and very inspiring. I love the fact that this isn’t some quickly written 150 page celeb book. It’s a long, well thought out incredible journey in words. Thank you, Jessica, for this gift!

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  • D
  • 04-02-2020

I Love her even more now

Jessica comes across as real and raw. She did an amazing job! I loved every minute of it.

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  • vannessa
  • 06-02-2020

i wanted to like this

put it down at chapter 6 I just couldn't anymore. I grew up loving her music and show, but this book was a snore fest. her tone was very windy and monotone. I cant

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  • Lauren Wright
  • 04-02-2020

Can’t get more open than this...

The overall story is so good. I’ve been looking forward to the release of this book for a while now so I’m trying to stay objective. Jessica told her stories with such grace and paints a picture as if I’m watching it on TV.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-2020

Your My Bestie!

Love Jessica. Always have. In this book she talks to you like she is having a conversation with her best friend...YOU! She explores her highs and lows and how she overcame all her adversities with GOD at her side. She is vulnerable funny and deep. This book gives me all the feels. Love you Jess. It was worth staying up till midnight anxiously waiting to press play!

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  • S Knox
  • 05-02-2020

Boy you let people into the real world know parts of the real you unvarnished! Beautiful

Thanks for letting us into parts of your life that surely could not have been easy! I’m sure your book will help many. Thanks for your willingness to write unfiltered. I especially loved the constant through your book. God. You’ve demonstrated what a Christian looks like not what others confused view of who Christians actually are. God uses the broken parts of us for his glory! Great job!

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  • Diana
  • 04-02-2020

I love you Jessica!

I’m only 1/3 of the way through this book on audible. Woke up early this morning to start my day and decided to start your book. Growing up a Baptist preacher’s daughter, I can relate to your life so much!!! From covering your body while you sang in church, Olan Mills 😂 and moving around with my dad who was a preacher. Thank you for telling the story of your life so honestly and for putting your self out there. You are an inspiration to all women and I have loved you since day one! Now..... back to your book. Can’t wait to hear the rest:)

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  • MISS SABRINA A SALVATIERRA
  • 16-02-2020

Newlyweds generation

Hearing a totally different side to Jessica. Loved it! She's a great storyteller and you really feel her emotion. Also made me want to go to church!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-2020

Love it

Its warm, full of feelings and I love that she read it herself. Love from Norway

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-2020

I Loved It

Her story is heartwarming, eye opening and relatable... her storytelling ability is so magnificent, I loved everything about the book... oh and the music at the end, WOW!! I will be downloading it today!! Keep it UP Jessica, sending lots of Love from Honduras