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Summary

Audie Award, Narration by Author, 2016

Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew "how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil", Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones. But in her mother, a would-be artist burdened by the endless arrival of new babies, young Kate saw the consequences of a dream deferred. Determined to pursue her own no matter the cost, at 18 she left her small Midwestern town for New York, where, studying with the legendary Stella Adler, she learned the lesson that would define her as an actress: "Use it," Adler told her. Whatever disappointment, pain, or anger life throws in your path, channel it into the work.

It was a lesson she would need. At 22, just as her career was taking off, she became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter. Having already signed the adoption papers, she was allowed only a fleeting glimpse of her child. As her star continued to rise, her life became increasingly demanding and fulfilling, a whirlwind of passionate love affairs, life-saving friendships, and bone-crunching work. Through it all Mulgrew remained haunted by the loss of her daughter until, two decades later, she found the courage to face the past and step into the most challenging role of her life both on and off screen.

We know Kate Mulgrew for the strong women she's played - Captain Janeway on Star Trek; the tough-as-nails Red on Orange Is the New Black. Now we meet the most inspiring and memorable character of all: herself. By turns irreverent and soulful, laugh-out-loud funny and heart-piercingly sad, Born with Teeth is the breathtaking memoir of a woman who dares to live life to the fullest, on her own terms.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2015 Kate Mulgrew (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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"Mulgrew's strong stage presence and genuine emotions will make listeners want to experience this audiobook all in one go." ( AudioFile)

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  • Lokious
  • Stoke-on-Trent, UK
  • 26-05-15

Honest and sincere, what an exceptional author!

Absolutely enthralling, what a life Ms Mulgrew has lived. From the romance and success of voyager to the horrors of rape and the loss of loved ones, this book is a roller coaster of emotions. The delivery is exceptional, I could listen to her all day. My only gripe would be the sudden ending, which leaves a lot open ended. Here's hoping for a follow up soon :)

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Exceptional!

Never have I been so very sad to finish a book. I feel like an abandoned child who knows she will never hear her mother's warm voice. Damn, it was good! Thank you, Ms Mulgrew.

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A 5 star book

If you could sum up Born with Teeth in three words, what would they be?

Inspirational, moving, thoughtful

What about Kate Mulgrew’s performance did you like?

Such a wonderful voice, full of passion and drama, you could hear the emotion

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

yes

Any additional comments?

Best of its kind I have ever read. Not at all what I expected

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  • R Mac
  • Manchester
  • 20-04-15

Absolutely stellar!

If you don't like strong, charismatic women with interesting lives speaking openly, honestly and poetically about their difficulties, trials, tribulations, successes and talents - you'll hate this. But then that's your problem!

Kate Mulgrew just reiterates what a complete treasure she is and even if you'd never heard of her or she hadn't got famous it's just a bloody good well written memoir and absolutely brilliantly performed! What an audiobook. Can't praise it enough.

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A consuming read from beginning to end.

This book is at points heart wrenching but beautiful in its emotion. We are privileged that the author allows us into such a personal aspect of her life I feel privileged that she shared such sorrow and joy and to let you into her memories. I hope there is a follow up because I was left wanting much much more

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Frank, refreshingly honest and entertaining

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

One of the best biographies I've 'read', and would not hesitate to recommend to anyone.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Born with Teeth?

When Kate got that call towards the end, no spoilers here!

What does Kate Mulgrew bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Kate has such a wonderful voice and energy, which brings the story alive. You couldn't experience this reading the book, although it is such a superb memoir you would be pulled in nevertheless.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Roar quietly, cry sweetly and bare those teeth when you laugh fully

Any additional comments?

I would not hesitate to purchase anything else by Kate Mulgrew, or was read by her. If I could have given a higher rating I would have. My only complaint, it wasn't longer.

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Kate Mulgrew has a talent for writing!

This already interesting story of Kate's like is made that much better by the fact that she narrates it herself. A must listen all the way through.

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Honest & riveting

A great read from such a well-spoken woman. Refreshingly frank, honest & compelling in all the right places. I didn't want it to end. It taught me that there is so much more to this versatile actress. Bravo!

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I love her

I adore you Kate. You inspire me to be a better human being. Thank you. :)

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Loved it.

An amazing story full of emotion and excitement. I was hooked. The story only made better by the telling.

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  • Jasmine
  • 23-07-15

Beautiful Memoir

Given that I have never watched Star Trek and that I just began watching Orange is the New Black, I hate to admit that I did not recognize who Kate Mulgrew was. When I read the synopsis of the memoir, I was intrigued however. Even though I did not have much of an idea of who she was, her life seemed fascinating. I was not disappointed.

She had a colorful life - that she could only narrate. Her voice is beautiful and listening to her read her own words was like drinking honey. It was very soothing. At times, she did seem to overperform the narration but it made me appreciate her talent. Her narration solidified the fact that she is indeed an actress (as if her accolades don't already prove that).

Mulgrew's memoir comes with an authenticity that others seem to miss. She doesn't hesitate to discuss her failed romantic relationships and the strained relationship that she had with her sons as they were growing up. Surprisingly, she even discusses an event in her life that hardly anyone knew about until now (my, how the times have changed!). Without a doubt, this was a fascinating listen!

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  • Dorin Alexander
  • 15-04-15

Wow, a magnificent life.

I dont read books and I have barely gotten through the 3 audio books I have. when I started this book I listened all day. I have started it over again just to get the tidbits I may have missed. I found the last chapter leaving me wanting for more.

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  • Margaret
  • 16-09-15

Fabulous Kate

I dithered for some time over listening to this book, but I have always admired Kate Mulgrew, so I finally gave in. She did not disappoint in the slightest. I found her to be warm and loving and funny and strong. All the best things an Irish girl can be. I am absolutely overwhelmed at the beauty of her writing. She has a powerfully evocative, and fearless writers voice. She has said she will continue to write, and I look forward to reading whatever comes next.

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  • Anna
  • 29-06-15

A life well lived!

What a fascinating woman! I hated that it ended, and look forward to a sequel. Keeping leading the way, strong beautiful Kate!

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  • Lita
  • 09-11-15

Captivaing story delivered with verisimilitude

Usually I only listen to audio books on long car rides, but when my ride was over—I could not stop. I burned my car battery listening to her on Bluetooth. I burned out my iPhone listening to her on my bedroom’s sound bar. I laughed at times, and I cried as she described her anticipation talking to her daughter for the first time. It is a captivating story presented with verisimilitude. Now I want to go back and watch everything she has ever acted in. I respect her.

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  • Shelly ~
  • 19-06-15

Just right

Loved this memoir! Filled with wit, humor, honesty, and heart. The narration by author made me feel as if I knew her.

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  • cupoflizard
  • 08-05-15

I can taste the words and they are delicious.

The story is compelling and her life very interesting, and what really makes this book is her reading of it. Never before have I had the experience of feeling like I could taste the words in her mouth as she read them. I know that sounds strange, but she is so intense and so real and so exact in every choice of every word. It's like mindfulness writing and reading. Five stars all around!

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  • cpennels
  • 19-06-15

exceptional

Best biography I've ever read. Her writing style is more like fiction than real life but I loved that and was engrossed from the beginning.

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  • Domenick
  • 29-06-15

What a amazing audiobook.

Kate mulgrew book really was hard to stop listening to it. Everything flowed and kept me wanting more. I was upset when the book was over plus I am always a sucker for a happy ending. It touched on relatable life events such as adoption to boyfriends. Hope she keeps writing fiction or nonfiction.

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  • JustRosy
  • 15-04-15

Bravo!!! More!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All verry excellent!!!! No complaints, I want to hear more in the near future! Worth every penny & so much more! Thank you for the life lessons & your strength, inner beauty, & wisdom <3

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