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Brady Bunch star Maureen McCormick writes and performs this moving memoir about the struggles that have shaped her life beyond the television program that made her a household name.

McCormick is a likable narrator, and her tone is accessibly confidential - listening to her story feels like sitting down with a good friend and getting the whole scoop. She brings a tone of vulnerability to this performance of her own life story, and her thorough, thoughtful self-reflection further introduces an element of raw intensity to this engrossing tell-all audiobook.

Summary

Marcia Brady, eldest daughter on television's The Brady Bunch, had it all. But what viewers didn't know about the always sunny, perfect Marcia was that offscreen, her real-life counterpart, Maureen McCormick, was living a very different - and not so wonderful - life. Maureen tells the shocking and inspirational true story of the beloved teen and the woman she became.

Maureen takes us behind the scenes of America's favorite television family. But the real story begins after The Brady Bunch ended. Maureen found herself tangled in a fast-paced, drug-fueled Hollywood existence that ultimately led to the biggest battle of her life.

There is no question: Maureen McCormick is a survivor. Here's the Story is the empowering, engaging, shocking, and emotional tale of Maureen McCormick's courageous struggle over adversity and her lifelong battle to come to terms with the idea of perfection - and herself.

©2008 Maureen McCormick (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Alycia
  • 29-10-08

Very engaging!

I found myself eager to need to take a car ride so I could keep listening to Maureen's story. I was shocked at the hardships she's faced, and it was very riveting the whole way through. I'm not a big Brady fan, but my curiosity paid off. I recommend this book if you like to hear about how others have overcome obstacles. She tells her story in a very honest, earnest way. Great!

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  • Chris
  • 12-08-14

Gripping

What made the experience of listening to Here's the Story the most enjoyable?

Maureen McCormick has a very nice voice - easy to listen to.

What about Maureen McCormick’s performance did you like?

She came across as being very sincere

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - it really was.

Any additional comments?

I'll be honest in saying that my primary interest in listening to this book was to hear about her days on the Brady Bunch. I, like a lot of guys back in the 70's, had a big crush on her (or more accurately - a crush on her character). What I didn't expect was how the emotional story of her family life had a grip on me from beginning to end. I found myself walking the dog a little longer and taking longer routes home to maximize my time listening to this book. That's when you know you're listening to a good audiobook. Though she had a huge drug problem and a couple of abortions - somehow I felt like she was still Marcia-like. It's hard to explain that statement - I think you'll have to listen to the book to see if you agree.

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  • Traci
  • 26-06-12

Find it unabridged.

Although I enjoyed many aspects of this book, I felt as though it was entirely too condensed. I can't give it a great rating because of this aspect. Her narration wasn't the greatest, but it was something I could look past. I recommend reading the unabridged version, perhaps the story will feel more complete. I was left wondering what was taken out.

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  • Paul
  • 07-11-11

A great story

This was a great book to listen too. Especially for those who are Brady Bunch fans, it is great to get to know another one of the "Brady Kids". Listening to some of the struggles and challenges Maureen has experienced in her life makes me realize what an amazing woman she is.

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  • MEZ
  • 27-09-11

Wow...I will never look at Marsha the same way

This book was difficult to listen to at times but it was a good story. I have never read "Greg Brady's" story but Maureen McCormicks was rough. She battled through a lot of tough times but being a fan of her's, I am glad that she did find some peace.

If you want tons of gossip about other celebrities, this isn't really the book. It does discuss the other Brady Bunch members but it stays true to being her story. Overall it was a good book but definitely a story I can only listen to once.

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  • Alana
  • 13-07-11

An eye opener for a Brady

I did enjoy this book but nowhere near as much as Valarie Bertinelli's, maybe because of the way it was read or the story itself just didn't have the same impact. It was very informative and a worth the listen but at times her reading of it can be over dramatised for want of a better word, slow also comes to mind.

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  • Nicole
  • 14-02-09

Heartwrenching Story

I agree with the other reviews, very heart wrenching and raw.

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  • Jill
  • 14-02-09

Excellent book

If you like celebrity bios, this is great. Maureen had a difficult life. She reads the audio book very well. I enjoyed it. It held my interest from beginning to end!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-04-18

Maureen McCormick truly is a survivor.

This book moved me beyond belief. It's funny how all over the years we all have perceptions of people we got to know through television. Maureen lived to tell her story. I am inspired by her honesty and ability to explain how she got from being a childhood actor to a woman and mother and wife. Maureen, I have profound respect for you. I thank you so much for sharing your story!

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  • kelli mcgourty
  • 15-09-17

meh just so-so expected more

best part was Maureen narrating the book herself, at times you could just hear the difficult emotions on the edge of her voice, the story lacked. I think the details were good but parts felt rushed over as if the surface was only skimmed