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Etched in Sand Audiobook

Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island

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Publisher's Summary

In this story of perseverance in the face of adversity, Regina Calcaterra recounts her childhood in foster care and on the streets and how she and her savvy crew of homeless siblings managed to survive years of homelessness, abandonment, and abuse.

Regina Calcaterra's emotionally powerful memoir reveals how she endured a series of foster homes and intermittent homelessness in the shadow of the Hamptons, and how she rose above her past while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together.

Beautifully written and heartbreakingly honest, Etched in Sand is an unforgettable reminder that regardless of social status, the American dream is still within reach for those who have the desire and the determination to succeed.

©2013 Regina Calcaterra (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Jackie Gravesend, United Kingdom 14/12/2016
    Jackie Gravesend, United Kingdom 14/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Courage and survival that will humble your heart"
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    I have listened to both sister's books and come away a bit ashamed to consider my own life challenges as quite as difficult as before. The ability to survive not only in tact but to have come as far as these sisters and brother have...and with the willingness to share their story has changed my heart forever and i am blessed to have listened to both books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Stefanie Jensen
    30/05/14
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    "I love the sound of Regina's voice"
    Where does Etched in Sand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love books that are read by the author. Regina was the only narrator that could have told this jaw dropping history. I love her accent, it made me connect to her story that much more. I wanted to reach back in time and help her. This book is excellent.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jo L.
    14/09/16
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    "Big eye-opener about our Foster Care system"

    This non-fiction book was very disturbing in a very
    inspiring way. This story will stay with me a long time.
    We need to pay attention!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • JPisme
    Florida
    23/08/14
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    "A wonderfully told story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Etched in Sand to be better than the print version?

    The Audio version was great, did not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was a raw, true, emotional story told by the real character herself.


    Which character – as performed by Regina Calcaterra – was your favorite?

    Regina herself without a doubt.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I was often angry, afraid, happy and sad.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will hook you from the very start.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    29/06/14
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    "Amazing story .Could not put it down."
    Would you listen to Etched in Sand again? Why?

    Yes .. the story was voiced in such a way you wanted to reach out and hug those kids and never let them live like that again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Over and over she constantly climb up and out of so much cruelty.And had such unbelievable courage and faith to keep going when a lot of others would have gave up.


    Have you listened to any of Regina Calcaterra’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Heart went out to kids..babies had such a horrifying mother.very sad.but very encouraging.


    Any additional comments?

    This story will always stay with me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Angela
    29/04/14
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    "Inspiring!"
    What did you love best about Etched in Sand?

    The story is so well told, I feel like I know Regina and her siblings!


    What did you like best about this story?

    You will walk away feeling inspired by Regina's heart and determination!


    What does Regina Calcaterra bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    When she calls her little sister Rosie, "Mia bambino", you can hear her heart and love for her sister.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I love that they all have their own individual happy endings but they stay a family.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    California
    14/07/17
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    "A non-adoption book every SW must read"

    I spent my teenage years in foster care, put myself through college in my 30's to become an adoption social worker, and am blessed to be an adoptive parent. This should be a MUST READ for every social worker. The lessons about sibling bonds, the resilience of children, and the critical importance of our work towards permanency for children in foster care, are woven into this tale of horror and hope. I will NEVER forget this book. After 14 years of working with children in care, this book just renews my passion to be a voice and an advocate for the vulnerable little humans I work with. This story is a story of survival and resilience and you will never be the same after hearing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • barb
    new mexico
    03/07/17
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    "What a wonderful book on survival"

    I totally enjoyed this book from start to finish. It was so inspirational and heartbreaking

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • cathy
    Ramsey, IN, United States
    30/06/17
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    "Admiration"

    I admire this author and all her siblings. They went threw a lot but made it threw a horrible childhood which no child should have to go threw.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    19/06/17
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    "Moving. Emotional. Fantastic."

    Fantastic. Very moving. Well written. I Enjoyed the recorded version very much. Starting Unbroken next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • deborah jernigan
    31/05/17
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    "Beautiful"

    This book was beautifully written and read. It is well worth a credit ! I highly recommend it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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