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It's Not What It Looks Like

Narrated by: Molly Burke
Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
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Summary

Close your eyes and get ready to see the world in a new and more positive way. As a child in Toronto, Molly Burke was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa and became completely sightless as a teenager. Now an award-winning YouTube star and global influencer, Molly shares what it’s like to be a purple-haired, pink-obsessed fashion and makeup lover in a seeing world. She speaks with authenticity and candor about how she tackles the preconceived notions we have around blindness; Molly has made it her mission to make us see her - and ourselves- in a wholly empowering way. Learn about her struggles with bullying and anxiety, her quest for inclusivity, how she built a successful influencer business (with more than 1.8 million followers), and what it’s really like to travel with the true star of this audio, her service dog, Gallop.

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Molly helped me as I started my sight loss journey

Love this book by Molly Burke . September 2016 I was told I was going blind and the cause diagnosed About four months later I found Molly’s YouTube channel and started to think maybe I could learn to live my life to the full again. This 50 something learned a lot from the young twenty something on her YouTube channel This book has helped remind me how far I’ve come and reminded me never to give up Thank you Molly for sharing your experience

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Fantastic from a fellow ‘disabled’ woman

I am going deaf in both ears. I’m about 99.999% deaf in one and I am going deaf in my right one now, knowing that she is able to do everything; as a blind woman, I know I can do the same as a deaf woman. Fully deaf one day. She is amazing. Check out her YouTube!!

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amazing story

beautiful story so worth listening to. not only was the story great it also gives people more of and insight into the blind community. I wish it never ended.

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Amazing

I love this book Molly is my favourite YouTuber and her story is amazing and inspiring! Her voice is also so soothing !

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Beautiful Story and Beautifully told and written

I've been a fan of Molly's since I discovered her on YouTube years ago. I admire anybody who has her strength! Such a beautiful true story which is beautifully written and performed.

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Love it!!

I've been a subscriber of Molly's youtuber channel for a couple of years now. I love her for her kindness, her honesty and her passion for life. She's gone through many great hardships in her relatively short life so far and made it through to the other side. This is an audio book is an extention of that beautiful soul and introspective honestly and strength and Its so well written too. Love love LOVE IT!! definitely give it a listen

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a must read

loved it. bring be courage with sight loss and look up to molly. great with or without sight loss. highly recommend

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AMAZING

i loved listening to your story using my trial free credit on this was worth it their was a lot in there that had me cry not in a bad way but because some of the lessons I'm yet to learn to heal to accept myself thankyou for sharing your story

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I absolutely loved this!

I have been watching Molly for a little while now. I loved this book, because I got to read books like her and hear more about her. I would recommend to everyone, she inspired me to fashion and body positivity. Definetly choose this book if you want to be inspired with a little bit of sassy Molly!

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GREAT BOOK

Molly's story has inspired me from the first time I watched her on YouTube. I never could have imagined the impact it would have on my own life. I became visually impaired not long after I discovered her. this book has shown me that becoming visually impaired doesn't need to define me.

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  • B Halliday
  • 02-08-19

Authentic, heart-wrenching, infinitely hopeful

I’m a pretty masculine guy, I ride motorcycles, drive a big truck, shoot guns, etc. I rarely cry. This book had me ugly crying at one point. And welling up with tears as several others. It’s one of the most real, authentic books I’ve read in a long time. Absolutely worth it.

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  • Kathleen Crisman
  • 02-08-19

Very Inspirational

I totally recommend this book! It is such a great book! I feel that more people need to spread the word on breaking stereotypes and learn how to respect people that are different. The world is full of diversity and people need to realize that and respect it. It’s reality. Not only am I a huge fan of Molly but I love her story! I too, was bullied and I think people need to learn to be kind, and not put a target on someone’s back. I feel all bullies out there (you know who you are) need to seek help and not take it out on ‘easy targets’. The way Molly talks about her journey in life so far, is so mature and refreshing. It’s refreshing because, a majority of people look at things negativity and more people need to think of the glass half full! I purchased the book the day it came out! I love it so much!❤️ -Emma. 12 years old

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  • Abagail Blackwell
  • 02-08-19

I’m visually impaired

I’m visually impaired and I found a lot of similarities in myself and Molly’s stories. It made me feel very empowered to follow my dream to do more public speaking. Thank you Molly. Thank you for inspiring me and being an advocate for our community

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  • R. MCRACKAN
  • 07-08-19

3 books with varied results

This book is really 3 books, which is weird to say about something so short - Youtube career trajectory 2/5 stars: this is like hearing a film star talk about their rise to fame over decades, honing their craft, the trials and tribulations, the ups and downs... only replace all of that with how many followers your youtube channel has. - Motivational speaking: 3/5 stars: your reaction to this area will depend on how you feel about positive but fairly generic motivational speaking and affirmations. - Personal memoir: 5/5 stars. This was the most interesting parts and if you get the audiobook it should be for this. Her life story and experiences are interesting and well-told -- both the parts specific to be being blind and the parts which have nothing to do with blindness. I'd love to have heard more about her as a person.

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  • Absolutely Amanda
  • 02-08-19

Loved it so much!

I'm so glad Molly read her book, first of all. I've been a follower for a while now and learned more than I knew previously through this book. It sort of fits many of her different videos into the story of her life in a way that the videos don't because they are just that, videos added at all different times on specific topics. The advice given and lessons learned are something I could go back and listen to again for inspiration because they're that powerful. To me it always seems that Molly's success and confidence came easily because of her attitude and personality, but it's obviously not that simple and I appreciate her sharing her struggles. Love hearing about her support systems and the importance of those. Molly is an amazing person and even though I'm older than her, she's a role model for sure.

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  • DrawWiffWhitney
  • 01-08-19

You must read this book!!

This is a book about Molly's life. Her story is relatable even for a sighted person. I have been watching her YouTube video's for about 3 years now, and I still didn't know about 1/2 the stuff she says in this book. Its really inspirational to go after your dreams. And as someone who struggles with mental health its awesome to know that not everything comes easy for anyone. She really shows her personalty in this book as well, witch I love!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-19

Who knew

Who knew that a 25 year old woman could inspire and teach me as a 44 year old woman. Her stories are not only an inspiration, but have really deep life lessons. I am so grateful to have been inspired by Molly. Keep up the great work that you are doing.

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  • Jill
  • 15-08-19

Interesting

This is not a book I would have chosen had it not been offered as one of the free Audible Originals for this month. I had never heard of Molly Burke. I'm glad I had the opportunity to choose it and listen. I ended up liking it and I even got a little emotional at some of the parts discussing her early years. Then I got really emotional when she talked about Gypsy passing away. It's Not What it Looks Like is a quick listen, only 3 hours and 5 minutes, and is narrated by Molly herself. She sounded as though she was reading it but that didn't bother me at all. She isn't a seasoned audiobook narrator so I got what I expected and honestly, I prefer to hear it in her own voice rather than have a typical narrator. I really liked the little intermission where she discussed Guide Dogs vs Service Dogs vs Emotional Support Animals and fake service animals. I think this is an important issue that needs to be discussed more frequently and should honestly be screamed from rooftops until people get it through their heads that they are creating a disservice to many by lying about their dogs to just bring them along. Don't even get me started or I'll have to get out my soapbox. Now that I have listened to this audiobook, I'm curious to know more about Molly Burke and will be heading over to YouTube to peruse her channel a bit.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-19

Molly really got her point across in her stories ❤

Loved this book with my entire soul. As a disabled teen reading this inspired me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-19

I loved this so much

It gave me a hope for the future not many people manage to give me

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