Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
Length: 8 hour, 5 minutes
Release Date: January 26, 2015
Published by: Valerie Gilbert
About the Memoir: Tap dance with Valerie on her raucous journey up steep inclines and down sudden drops with pedophiles, weird witches, day court, night nurses, and plain old crazy New Yorkers at her side. Her insight and silliness will tickle your funny bone while lightening your load with irreverent and magical perspectives on the sad, the wonderful, and the inexplicable.
My Thoughts: You would think a biography/memoir would be semi-boring, right? Not with Valerie Gilbert. I’ve never been to New York, but I must say she leads an unusual life.
I got her pain when her animals died. I see it all the time when I read comments on Facebook. I, too, have lost a dog. Animals are the most wonderful, loyal creatures and find a place in your heart nothing replaces. Valerie talks about her animals, her friends, and losing them –heart-wrenching pain.
She also spoke of a obdominal operation she had. If you’ve ever had one, you’ll relate to all she says, and she’s so irreverent about the whole process. She had me smiling about her pain. I loved the fact she asked her senior neighbor for help from walker to laxatives. Funny girl, Valerie!
I got a real kick out of her deciding to do audios and the frustation in sound proofing her apartment on a street which never is silent. I laughed right along with her when she described some of her experiences with production. I would never do it justice talking about it. Quite the comedian, she is. Shortly after, I was listening to a romance, smirking at some of the things she mentioned. This girl is a hard-core New Yorker and lays it on the line with just about everything. She can be a bit crude, but then she says something to melt your heart, leaving you smiling.
I also enjoy her mystic and magical attitude and approach to life. She always finds the silver lining to a painful experience and she gives us some wonderful words of wisdom which resonate on my heart-strings.
When listening to Valerie’s voice, you feel you’re sitting in an easy chair, listening, sipping a glass of wine. Her monologue, rambles at times with thoughts, people she meets and what goes on in her mind, yet she has a purpose, and you receive the message.
Ordinarily, I don’t read memoirs, let alone listen to them. But truly, Valerie has a talent and attitude entertaining and memorable. Love her work and I’m so happy to have met her.
Valerie, just a word to you, your prince charming better be good to you. You deserve someone special to share your life. Oh, if you read this, WHERE did you get the title of this book and why??
About the Author and Narrator: I’m a native New Yorker, passionate mystic, and introspective seeker of expansive and explosive fun. I believe the spirit world and physical world dovetail perfectly. They are designed to, and are flip sides of the same coin. We don’t leave the physical world behind in order to “ascend.” We raise our vibration physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually in order to bring Heaven down to Earth and meld the two spheres. We, the Human Adventurers, are the secret ingredient to create this Alchemy. And whoever has the most fun wins. Happiness heals. Joy is sacred. That’s who I am, and that’s what I write about!
Valerie Gilbert’s blog: http://ravingvioletvalerie.blogspot.com/