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Never Stop Walking

A Memoir of Finding Home Across the World
Narrated by: Siiri Scott
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
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Summary

An extraordinary memoir of one woman’s fight to find her true self between the life into which she was born and the one she was given.

Christiana Mara Coelho was born into extreme poverty in Brazil. After spending the first seven years of her life with her loving mother in the forest caves outside São Paulo and then on the city streets, where they begged for food, she and her younger brother were suddenly put up for adoption. When one door closed on the only life Christiana had ever known and on the woman who protected her with all her heart, a new one opened.

As Christina Rickardsson, she’s raised by caring adoptive parents in Sweden, far from the despairing favelas of her childhood. Accomplished and outwardly “normal,” Christina is also filled with rage over what she’s lost and having to adapt to a new reality while struggling with the traumas of her youth. When her world falls apart again as an adult, Christina returns to Brazil to finally confront her past and unlock the truth of what really happened to Christiana Mara Coelho.

A memoir of two selves, Never Stop Walking is the moving story of the profound love between families and one woman’s journey from grief and loss to survival and self-discovery.

©2016 Christina Rickardsson. Translation © 2018 by Tara F. Chace. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Terrible narrator

The narrator spoiled the book for me. She reads the story as if she was reading poetry full of pathos. I found it annoying and disangaging. The story is good although I did not appreciated the constant jumps from the past to the presence and back to the past. I feel that the story is much more interesting when told chronologically.

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  • Susan
  • 30-06-18

A Vent

The writing was poor(although it may have not translated well). So...it was a difficult read which took me days...which is abnormal for me. I persevered because I do know children who have been adopted from orphanages in foreign countries and have been diagnosed with RAD. I thought that Christina's perspective might help me to understand why some of these children rip off doors and seem to want to destroy the new and loving home they have been given. At least, the book, ponderous as it was, has helped me to do that in some small measure. A couple of sentences and her perspective at 32 instead of 8 helped me to have hope for those kids I have met in various places. How do you get over seeing your own father killed?? How do you get over the feeling that you have been ripped from the arms of someone who loves you!

I am sad that Christina still seems to have very little tangible source of strength since she has relegated God to the "fairy tale" realm. It is also sad that she apparently didn't have an editor or perhaps the book may have been more tolerable.

On.a positive note, I would like to introduce this book to some of the people at the church where I go who seem to think that people who are homeless have brought it on themselves...some of us even drive a Lexus!

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  • SunnySD
  • 25-06-18

Needs an editor!

The story is interesting and the performance is good but it covers the same ground many times. The author needs to write the same thing repeatedly to heal but the reader does not.

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  • J
  • 18-09-19

Incredible story

A moving story that makes me grateful for all I have and safe that children have to suffer.

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  • Lizreynolds
  • 17-08-19

An amazing story; I was mesmerized

I loved this book. I couldn’t put it down... it is an amazing account of the resiliency of a young girl. I felt it was living it with her. The narrator Siri did a spectacular job. I thought she was the author.

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  • Ana Perez
  • 07-07-19

LOVED it

Awesome story Christina I can’t even imagine the amount of trauma you went through and the fact that you do keep walking and discovering new things about yourself is amazing and a blessing. God bless you.

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  • K. Klein
  • 15-06-19

Child of the streets tells story

I’ve traveled throughout the world and frequently encountered children who appear to be all alone on the streets begging for food or coins. Sometimes I’ve stopped and given what I had and many times I did not. But I will never be able to look at them again without wondering what is their story, and seeing them in a total different light. I appreciated the writers question and plea at the end to appreciate and value ALL humanity. And think on the question of what can be done to alleviate suffering in the world. Certainly I do have an increased awareness of how much I have and gratitude for the lifestyle I enjoy. But wonder, what would happen if it disappeared tomorrow . . .

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  • Annette
  • 10-04-19

Never stop walking

Very entertaining story. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys light reading and easy to follow.

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  • Shannon
  • 26-02-19

What a story

I’m so awestruck by the strength of Christina. A well told, deeply impactful story. May we all learn to see each other with humble and humane eyes. Thank you for sharing who you are, Christina.

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  • Gina
  • 15-02-19

Kind of repetitive.

Hard to believe that the author could remember all these details. Somewhat interesting story. It did give me an insight to what the homeless children go through.

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  • NMwritergal
  • 18-10-18

Interesting story but the writing (or translation)

...doesn't even rise to the level of "adequate."

I don't like to read books in translation because you never know if the translation improved the writing or made it worse. The writing in Rickardsson's book is so very basic I'm not sure how it got published. There's lots of telling (and very little showing), not an unusual sentence in sight, no interesting metaphors, similes, description, etc. The audio narrator valiantly tried to enhance the story by infusing some emotion into it but alas...

I'm not sure why I kept listening other than the fact that I lived in São Paulo for six months while the author was a child on the streets there--and it was free with KU. So I listened to most of it with half an ear.