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Remembering Whitney

My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
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Summary

Honest and heartbreaking, a mother's story of tears, joy, and her greatest love of all: her daughter, Whitney

On the eve of the 2012 Grammy Awards, the world learned of a stunning tragedy: Whitney Houston, unquestionably one of the most remarkable and powerful voices in all of music, had been silenced forever. Over the weeks and months that followed, family, friends, and fans alike tried to understand how such a magnificent talent and beautiful soul could have been taken so early and so unexpectedly. Glamorous and approachable, captivating and sweet, Whitney had long ago won the hearts of America, but in recent years her tumultuous personal life had grabbed as many headlines as her soaring vocal talents. Her sudden death left behind not only a legacy of brilliance, but also painful questions with no easy answers.

Now, for the first time, the beloved superstar's mother, Cissy Houston—a gospel legend in her own right—relates the full, astonishing scope of the pop icon's life and career. From Whitney's earliest days singing in the church choir to her rapid ascent to the pinnacles of music stardom, from her string of number-one hits to her topping the Hollywood box office, Cissy recounts her daughter's journey to becoming one of the most popular and successful artists of all time. Setting the record straight, Cissy also speaks candidly about Whitney's struggles in the limelight, revealing the truth about her turbulent marriage to singer Bobby Brown, her public attempts to regain her celebrated voice, and the battle with drugs that ultimately proved too much.

In this poignant and tender tribute to her "Nippy", Cissy summons all her strength to reveal not only Whitney the superstar, but also Whitney as a sweet girl, a bright-eyed young woman, and a deeply caring mother. Complete with never-before-seen family photographs, Remembering Whitney is an intimate, heartfelt portrait of one of our most revered artists, from the woman who cherished her most.

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

©2013 Cissy Houston. Foreword copyright 2013 by Dionne Warwick (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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unflinching look at the life of Whitney Houston

Great book! I literally finished it in 2 days. It provides a background to who Whitney was and where she came from. I thank Cissy for her honesty, it can't have been easy for such a private woman to reveal this much about something so painful. If you're a Whitney/ Cissy fan then this is a must read.

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great book a little slow on Whitney at 1st lol xx

brilliant listen.. a little slow on Whitney 1st cupl chapters but cissy done great with this..i would love to hear about Robyn and Whitney's life 2gatber but Robyn cared to much to share..loved loved loved it 5☆

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Fantastic

Great read so enjoyable to listen to would recommend to anyone to listen to it

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Excellent Story & even more narration

when i bought this i thought its gonna be another one of those books that talks about a star history through her music and being a person who listens to whitney, i thought i knew the whole story. i was dead wrong. Excellent story and so much insight into the wonderful life of Cissy herself that kept me on the edge of my seat, so to speak. Cissy has had an amazing life and i know this is gonna be one of those books that i turn to when life gets hard. its very much as Whitney as well as her mother and their background. i loved the voice of the narrator. honestly top class voice and it made the book so enjoyable to listen to. Well done Cissy and to the narrator also. Worth every penny.

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Insight of a star's rise to fame & background

Would you listen to Remembering Whitney again? Why?

It's not a story to re-read - more of an account about the background of her parents and her rise to fame. It was interesting (if very slow to pick up pace & not sure where it was going... )and as a fan of Whitney, it was an insight into how her career started and how it's easy to fall into the traps of fame and pressures placed upon one individual.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Obviously Whitney :-)

Have you listened to any of Robin Miles’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

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

Too long

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Truly an inspiration

Where does Remembering Whitney rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

An 8 out of 10 Enjoyed it very much.

What did you like best about this story?

The whole thing was well written.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

It would be difficult to choose.

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

Yes defiantly

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  • Kimberly Davis
  • 20-04-14

Nobody Knows Whitney Better Than Mama

If you could sum up Remembering Whitney in three words, what would they be?

Sad, Eye Opening, Closure.

What other book might you compare Remembering Whitney to and why?

I don't compare this to any other book. It was Cissy's Story and obviously we needed to learn who NIPPY was

Which scene was your favorite?

The Funeral was my favorite scene.

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

It made me love NIPPY more than Whitney. It did make me cry.

Any additional comments?

If you want to really know Nippy as opposed to the persona of Whitney Houston I suggest you listen to this story....it will give you compassion of the True Story of this great Artist....gone to soon ....or perhaps it was her time to go and finally rest.

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  • Neicy
  • 09-09-16

Greatest Love of All

I absolutely loved the history and the honesty of Cissy Houston! I think people think they know someone just to find out they really don't until they sit down to Listen. Robin's delivery of the message was astounding! I felt like Ms. Houston had invited me over for tea and said "Come close and let me tell you about my daughter Nippy." I experienced the highs and lows of every event. Through it all Ms. Houston never gave up on her daughter and she only held her daughter responsible for her life. In today's world it is so easy to place blame on everything except where the responsibility lies. I applaud Ms. Houston for her candor, her resound belief that God is Always in control and most of all for sharing with us, the fans, who looked up to and adored Whitney. They say you can never truly love someone until you see all the ugly that time to time will surface. When it does and you can still say I love you and visa versa, that is the Greatest gift of all! Thank you Ms. Houston.

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  • Lolita
  • 19-05-17

Cissy's perspective brings full circle closure!

i cried so much through out this book. the reader, robin miles sounded like it was cissy herself. you felt every emotion in her voice; sad, happy, worried, proud; the exact way cissy intended you to feel as you read about a mother's love for her daughter. I'll always miss Whitney, but reading this helped bring some full circle closure. for those wanting more of Whitney, read this book! even my 12 year old son was captivated with her life as told by her mother. there was also some sage and wise advice. cissy also included lyrics to songs and how they literally resonated with their lives. thank you cissy, for putting your love and life in words. i could read (listen) this again and again!

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  • Pam Pam
  • 19-07-16

Heart felt

While reading this book it really captivated me. I cried and at the end I found peace, my heart ached for Whitney's MoM but she is courages for telling her story.

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  • Valarie
  • 21-09-13

Powerful

What did you love best about Remembering Whitney?

The narrator made you feel like Cissy was telling the story of her life.

What could Cissy Houston have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Absolutely nothing.

Which scene was your favorite?

All of them.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

God rest her soul, I believe she is soaring now with no weaknesses.

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  • Eddie Howard
  • 11-07-16

Revealing

The book is a representation of strength, truth, pain and healing. Great job Ms. Houston!

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  • Chacewilson1998
  • 02-01-16

More about Cissy's career than Whitney's life.

The name of this book should be Remembering the Sweet Inspirations and the career of Cissy Houston. It finally gets to Whitney, but only after many chapters about how Cissy's career started and how poor her had to give it up for her children. She was the one supporting everyone you know, no one would have made it without her.

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  • M. Carpenter
  • 15-03-15

With a Mom like Cissy.......

Where does Remembering Whitney rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

5

What was one of the most memorable moments of Remembering Whitney?

Cissy was a strict controlling mother. No woder Whitney turned to drugs.

Which scene was your favorite?

None in particular.

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

yes

Any additional comments?

Very well produced!

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  • Elizabeth Ulrich
  • 04-03-15

Excellent read

This book did meet my expectations. It was very nicely narrated and read. It was a very sad and moving tribute.

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  • Carla
  • 25-01-15

Thanks Ms.Cissy

I loved this book, her mother did a remarkable job writing it.Thanks Ms.Cissy Houston for sharing her story.

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