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Audible narration by Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars)
A genealogy test sparks a woman’s reflection on the two accounts of her life--the real one and the one she’s always told the world--in this poignant short story by Cheryl Strayed, the bestselling author of Wild.

In 1964, teenage Geraldine Waters was sent away by her parents to an unwed mothers’ home, where she gave up her newborn for adoption. Ever since, she’s lived an alternative narrative. Decades later, it’s time for Geraldine to reconcile the telling of her life, to finally grieve, and to discover what happened to that part of her past that slipped away.

Cheryl Strayed’s This Telling is part of Out of Line, an incisive collection of funny, enraging, and hopeful stories of women’s empowerment and escape. Each piece can be listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.

©2020 Cheryl Strayed (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Petya Veleva
  • 29-09-2020

the magic of storytelling - thank you Cheryl

Once again Cheryl uses her superpower, to open our eyes, hearts and minds for the divine beauty and pain in the "secret" universe of every woman.
Never ever have I read (listen to - thank you Kristen) better pictures of feelings, experiences and emotions. Even though I can not entirely relate to every detail of the story, I feel as I can completely relate to the characters and I myself have lived through every moment.
It's not an easy story to tell or listen to, it's not a short one either because it transports you through a lifetime of emotions ... but i couldn't stop listening even for a second (thank you Kristen) and in fact this is technically a short story.
This is the power of one Cheryl Strayed - the women who created - "Tiny beautiful things" - my holly book.

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  • Kyla
  • 05-09-2020

So simple so emotional

Cheryl, your ability to paint a scene through your words is incredible. You’ve told a lifetime of a story in such a short piece and it was as emotional as a full novel. Thank you for offering your writings to the world. We are grateful.

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  • Kathy Campbell
  • 03-09-2020

So tired of foul books and stories

Poorly developed stories and foul language!!! This is the third story from the collection that I’ve turned off today. I’m very tired of authors who cannot write without foul language to express themselves

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-09-2020

Language

First 5 minutes. Language too much. Should have a warning! Doubt I’ll listen to any other “Amazon Original”

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  • Rebecca
  • 29-03-2021

DO NOT download for a road trip

Under an hour... Great story but oh so brief. I love readinf her books tho :)

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  • tm
  • 04-01-2021

Brief/sharp, but so deeply felt!

As ever, Strayed packs a punch and summons an emotional range, even in a small package. This is helped by Bell, who totally nailed the tenor/emotional stakes from every angle with her performance.

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  • Coles Honey
  • 28-12-2020

Common Story

It's a common story for someone who grew up in the 50s/60s, all the high school girls who went out of state to "take care of their sick aunt" but wound up in homes for unwed mothers or hidden at home until the "terrible shame" was over, often leaving a young girl/woman in deep and long lasting depression following forced surrender of her baby. If this is a subject of interest to you I highly recommend the book "The Girls Who Went Away" by Ann Fessler, a sociological analysis of full impact on mothers, children, and families affected by unplanned pregnancies in the days before Roe v. Wade.

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  • buckeyebet
  • 25-11-2020

Underdeveloped Story

The story was underdeveloped never giving the reader a chance to engage with any of the characters.

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  • Michelle P. Adamo
  • 19-11-2020

An Amazon Original Short Story

This Telling is part of a collection of Amazon Original Stories. I chose it because it was authored by Cheryl Strayed (Dear Sugar & Wild).

The story involves a woman who was 17 years old in the 60s and became pregnant by her 19 year old boyfriend. Ultimately she goes to a home for unwed mothers, gives the baby up for adoption and goes on to live a full life. She keeps this part of her life a secret for over 40 years until an on-line genetic testing service makes a match between the ex-boyfriend’s son and a 25 year old young woman. How will Geraldine explain her secret?

I liked this book, but I wanted more from it. Strayed is a great story teller. It has all of the markings of a great book. Unfortunately, as a short story (52 pages on Kindle, 40 minutes on Audible Audio) it was disappointing. Maybe I‘m not a fan of short stories. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 21-10-2020

Short, interesting, not very deep

In 1964, Geraldine Waters gets pregnant, and has to decide how she's going to deal with that. Many years later, she has to decide how to respond when the long-delayed consequences of her decision reach her. It's difficult to say much else without major spoilers. However, this is an interesting look at how social standards and expectations since then have changed.

A short, interesting read or listen, with some room for thought and reflection.

I received this story as part of the Audible Originals program, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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  • Anna B. Perkowska
  • 31-12-2020

well written and read

I have to admit that I really enjoyed listening to that short story. It went in completely different directions than I expected listening first few lines. Surpriseing in good way - proven that Cheryl Strayed mastered not only novel/memoir but also short stories. I recommend it.

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  • Jenny
  • 19-10-2020

Cheryl Strayed does not disappoint

Excellent story and characters. All this author's books are worth reading or listening to.

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