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Why Me?

Narrated by: Tanya Eby
Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
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In the blink of an eye, Mom ran up behind me and pushed me into the fence. Instinctively, I reached out my arms to stop my fall and ended up grabbing the live fence. My hands clamped around the thin wires, and my body collapsed to the ground as the electricity coursed through it. I opened my eyes and saw my mother standing over me with the strangest smile on her face. "Oh, my God, I’m going to die!" I thought in panic.

Imagine never being able to close your eyes and remember the feel of your mother’s arms wrapped around you. Now imagine closing your eyes and remembering your mother’s tears splashing down on your face as she is on top of you, crying as she is trying to choke you to death. My mother left me these memories and many more during my traumatic childhood. After many years of struggling with trying to understand "Why me?" I took back control of my life and started saying, "It was me, now what am I going to do?"

The answer is my book, "Why Me?" It is my childhood journey through the terrors of physical and mental abuse from first grade until the day I moved out. It is my way of letting the world know what was really going on behind closed doors.

©2012 Sarah Burleton (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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sad story but we'll presented

very sad and really opens your eyes would highly recommend this book, it definitely help me wizz through my house work :)

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  • Aaron W.C.
  • 04-04-18

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This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to all victims of child abuse, neglect, and abandonment. The way Sarah Burleton tells her story gives a message of hope, bravery, and resilience. Sarah is truly UNBROKEN!

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  • Michelle Smith
  • 10-11-16

Unsatisfactory Ending

This book is frustrating. It will leave you furious with the mother because there is no real ending. It leaves you wanting to find this woman and hand out justice on behalf of this little kid. The fact this woman was allowed to live out her life without some sort of punishment is outright disgusting!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-10-20

I find the use of the N word highly offensive.

Not at all impressed. Narration could be a lot better. Unnecessary use of the N Word

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  • julesmosco
  • 28-09-20

Wow, what a read.

Way Back when I was in middle school, I remember reading, “A Child Named It”. That book stuck with me for life. This book will do the same. What a painful childhood Sarah endured. This is a Heartfelt read that is a page turner (or quick listen because it’s so tough to hit that pause button. I was a foster parent for 9.5 years for primarily teenagers. My son that I adopted (at age 13) from foster care was abused while in the system. I’m going to share this book with the social-workers I am in contact with, in hope they recommend it to the kids they are assigned to. I know my son is going to enjoy reading this. I recommend this book for ages 12/13 and up. Love the moral of the story....There is hope. Do not give up. Tomorrow will be better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-09-20

Truly heart breaking

the fact that people rate this book lower than a 5 because they are upset with her mother is BS you rate this book a 234 all because the mother upset you... rate this book based on the AUTHOR you know the one endured all this... https://sheblurbs.wixsite.com/sheblurbs/post/book-review-of-why-me

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  • trisha lines
  • 26-10-20

5 stars for the courage it took to write this book

but maybe 3 stars for the listen? I found it not enjoyable to listen to this book because of the pain endured by this child. It is hard to imagine there are such cruel people in this world and to make it worse, they go unpunished for their behavior.

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  • Amber Higginbotham
  • 03-10-20

Heartbreaking

This book is truly heartbreaking, but i admire Sarah and the hope she held on to. She overcame a traumatic, abusive childhood and created a wonderful life for herself. Very inspiring.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-09-20

sad

my heart goes out to Sarah but so too does my respect and admiration for her strength and determination to be who she became stay strong even in your weak moments Sarah and know you're loved even if it's from a complete stranger

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  • Saketha H
  • 19-09-20

Good read

What kind of mother does this to their own child this lady is disgusting and I don’t see how she made it through this

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  • Britny Rice
  • 09-09-20

life changing

I couldn't stop listening to this. i listened to it straight through. it's like looking into a mirror of my own childhood. almost perfectly. its my life story as well. this helped me realize that I do have to remove my mother from my life completely to get better. I highly recommend this. slight trigger warning