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Publisher's Summary

Called "Quite simply in a class of its own... the work of a stunningly talented writer who both graces and surpasses her material" (Guardian), this is the frank, harrowing, and true story of one young woman's descent into heroin addiction and prostitution and the long, arduous struggle to redeem her life that made her stronger. A shy, bookish college graduate from a solid middle-class home, Kate Holden was uncertain of her way in life. When she decided to try her first hit of heroin as a one-time adventure with friends, she did not anticipate that the drug would take over. She lost her job and apartment and stole from her family. Desperation drove her first to offer her body on the streets and then in high-class brothels, where she discovered hidden strengths as well as parts of herself that frightened her. With the acceptance and unyielding love of a family that never abandoned her, Kate Holden ultimately defeated the drug and left her netherworld behind.

©2013 Kate Holden (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Poor narrator

The narrator was very hard to understand
I couldn't even make out her words when I slowed it down

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NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING...

So it turns out there's a very different reaction when an attractive, college-educated woman turns to prostitution and heroin addiction in Australia than the one people use where I'm from (U.S.). There is much less shame, much more matter-of-fact acceptance (her parents told the neighbors!) and much more detail provided on her life working in the brothel and her clients than I was prepared for.

The book hooked me though, because I didn't realize there was another way of looking at heroin/prostitution than hopeless/shame/despair. Kate Holden doesn't adopt that tone and I have to admit, it made the book really stand out to me. On the other hand, she doesn't exactly recommend the lifestyle. She's a reporter - here's what I did, here's why, here's how I felt, here's what I did next, etc.

It is written from the addict's point of view and I can see how it might anger some family members or others who've suffered from the addiction of loved ones. But it did make me think. And I never once doubted her story was true (Looking at you sideways, James Frey.)

All in all, if you're looking for a tour through the guts of addiction, here you go. But it wasn't what I expected - in a good way.

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Great book.

Great story; However, the Narrator has an Australian accent which is required effort to understand going at 2.0 X plus speed.

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Hated it

This book was more about being a prostitute not drug addiction. I found it difficult to listen to and skipped the majority of it.

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Appalling narrative voice

Nearly gave up on listening to this audiobook due to the narrator's unintelligible accent; somewhere between a US southern drawl and a Kiwi accent. Very hard to understand. Shame, because the story was interesting.

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Agh!!!

The reader’s voice drove me nuts!!! I don’t know if i can even finish listening.

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I just cant

with this confused aussie fräulein narrating. Did she get the gig just cause shes from Australia too? Giving up on the audible, will read the book and report back.

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She wrote a book but she's not a writer.

Story was not insightful and the book was written in a simple and amateurish fashion. More painful was the staccato reading style of the audio version.

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Distracting narrator

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really tried to get into this book, but the inflection and accent of the narrator just made it too difficult. This one will definitely be getting returned.

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Not Addiction, pride in prostitution

What disappointed you about In My Skin?

I thought this would be a personal journey on a way out of drug addiction. It only briefly touches on it! The story is comprised of how she made a life in prostitution and all the many encounters. Kinda made me sick. She is very proud of the life she made for herself.

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