Audiobook Review: SWAMI SOUP by Valerie Gilbert

Swami Soup coverTitle: Swami Soup
Author: Valerie Gilbert
Genre: Memoir, Biography
Pages: 294
Published by: Black Opan books
Published Date: November 30, 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1626942127

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??

valerie (2)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:


About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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9 Responses to Audiobook Review: SWAMI SOUP by Valerie Gilbert

  1. Paul W says:

    I always enjoy your reviews, Eileen! Now I want to listen to Ms. Gilbert’s book! I’d already been familiar with her as a fellow narrator, but now I want to sample some of her writing, narrated by her, of course. 🙂


  2. Hey, Paul. Happy to see you here. Ms. Gilbert has done quite a few narrations. I’ve heard one of her romance stories and two of her own books. She’s done vampires story, etc. I’ll get you a code. This particular book is really funny and you’d like her struggles of setting up her own studio. I’ll PM you with the code.


  3. seelkfireice says:

    Love the review Eileen! I am a fan of Ms. Gilbert too. I recently met her in person, great lady.


  4. Hello, everyone, and thank you, Eileen! This is a wonderful review and I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. “Swami Soup” just “came to me”, as did the title for “Raving Violet”, oh, and “Memories, Dreams & Deflections”. If you want to know what it means, it refers to the fact that I make fun of sacred cows in all 3 of my books (I’m writing my 4th now) from gurus to swamis to rules and regulations. If you mix em all in a soup, it takes the seriousness away. And by putting a head wrap on (photoshopped, of course) and turning myself into a guru, it continues the attitude of play. Thank you, Paul, for your interest!


  5. Hello, Paul! I understand that Eileen kindly gave you a free audio book code. If you’re interested, I can offer you more for my other two books (authored) and those that I’ve narrated for other authors. Thanks for your interest, and have a great day! Valerie


  6. My offer stands for others interested in free audio book codes for my 3 titles on Audible (authored, narrated) as well as many more I’ve narrated for other authors. Just say the word. 🙂 Valerie


  7. I won’t be long until I catch the next one. Your books are quite uplifting.


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