• Karamo

  • My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing and Hope
  • By: Karamo Brown
  • Narrated by: Karamo Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $15.70

Buy for $15.70

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

An insightful, candid, and inspiring memoir from Karamo Brown - Queer Eye’s beloved culture expert - as he shares his story for the first time, exploring how the challenges in his own life have allowed him to forever transform the lives of those in need.

When Karamo Brown first auditioned for the casting directors of Netflix’s Queer Eye, he knew he wouldn’t win the role of culture expert by discussing art and theatre. Instead he decided to redefine what 'culture' could - and should - mean for the show. He took a risk and declared, 'I am culture'.

Karamo believes that culture is so much more than art museums and the ballet - it’s how people feel about themselves and others, how they relate to the world around them, and how their shared labels, burdens, and experiences affect their daily lives in ways both subtle and profound. Seen through this lens, Karamo is culture: his family is Jamaican and Cuban; he was raised in the American South in predominantly white neighbourhoods and attended an HBCU (historically black college/university); he was trained as a social worker and psychotherapist; he overcame personal issues of colourism, physical and emotional abuse, alcohol and drug addiction, and public infamy; he is a proud and dedicated gay single father of two boys, one biological and the other adopted. 

It is by discussing deep subjects like these, he feels, that the makeovers on the show can attain their full, lasting meaning. Styling your hair and getting new clothes and furniture are important, but it’s also important that you work out why you haven’t done so in 20 years - doing that can truly change your life.

In this eye-opening and moving memoir, Karamo reflects on his lifelong education. It comprises every adversity he has overcome as well as the lessons he has learned along the way. It is only by exploring our difficulties and having the hard conversations - with ourselves and one another - that we are able to adjust our mind-sets, heal emotionally and move forward to live our best lives.

Karamo shows us the way.

©2019 Karamo Brown (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

More from the same

Author

What listeners say about Karamo

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    8
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    6
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Charlotte
  • Charlotte
  • 06-11-19

What an honest insightful story of Karamo’s life so far.

I picked this audiobook because I love watching Queer Eye with my two girls. I love the diversity of the show and also instilling in my children that they can be whoever they want to be in this life and I’ll be proud of them. This book exceeded all my expectations. Doesn’t matter how bad your past life was, how much you feel you got wrong - there is ALWAYS time and reason to turn things around. If anyone is having a hard time in life, found themselves on the wrong path, this book is for you. It will leave you feeling you can achieve anything you put your mind towards.
Karamo Brown, thank you so much for your honesty, openness and just for being you.

12 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-07-20

Amazing Story

I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect from this, part of me thought it was going to be a sappy self help book but the more I learned about Karamo the more I wanted to know. I had never seen or heard of The Real World so knew nothing about him prior to Queer Eye. After listening to this I now know that he is a real inspiration. To go from the person he was to the person he is is the ultimate qualifier for his current and any future job he has. His story of personal growth is truly one to be admired. Highly recommend this book.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Nozipho
  • Nozipho
  • 06-02-20

Very Inspiring

this book taught me to forgive myself regularly, actively work for my dreams and to have hard conversations with myself and those around me

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jace Halstead
  • Jace Halstead
  • 05-30-19

Wouldn't have expected more from Karamo

Love it. Loved Karamo from the beginning of Queer Eye. How he explains his story from being a child to an adult in the media shows what kind of person he is. Selfless and fundamentally good. He speaks of his past with fondness but also remorse, candor and genuine understanding. Brilliant.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Nimble M
  • Nimble M
  • 03-23-19

My soul feels like it’s been wrapped in a warm jumper.

Brilliantly insightful, pure and brutally honest.

A wonderful insight into a man who is seemingly driven by love.

Thank you Karamo.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Blake Eden
  • Blake Eden
  • 01-13-22

My life coach

I loved this book it's so honest, so meaningful. I have no doubt this extrodinary man is changing the world already. if I could start a slow clap in a comment I would. 👏 👏 👏

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anna
  • Anna
  • 04-23-19

Honest and heartfelt

I appreciated Karamo for his honest account of his life, there was some things that he wasn’t proud of but he goes to show the readers how any one is able to turn their lives around.

He talks about some of the difficulties people face in life but at the end of each chapter puts a positive spin on things, I felt it was a very uplifting book.

I would recommend to anyone!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Elizabeth Lewis
  • Elizabeth Lewis
  • 07-20-22

Karamo definitely caused me tears

Karamo took me on a journey of his life I never expected to go on. His honesty, his ability to take ownership and responsibility for everything within his life, the experiences he has been on, and his endless and boundless desire to give back make for a compelling and definitely teary eyed read.
I now understand where his almost super hero like empathy comes from and I look forward to seeing his dreamed about talk show when it airs in the UK.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Lorraine
  • Lorraine
  • 02-28-22

Surprising and enjoyable

I loved this. it was an enjoyable listen with lots of relatable parts. It also had humour and emotion. Karamo really made his own world come alive. I did not realise it would be such an interesting listen as I was expecting more of a self help book. I recommend for all fans of the show and Karamo's smooth voice.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kaz A
  • Kaz A
  • 01-21-22

Inspirational

Absolutely love this book. Karamo openly, honestly, tells us about his life forming experiences.



Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 09-14-22

You Are My Hero

There is only one other man in my life who is my hero. My son, for 28 years.

After listening to Karamo (which I still can't help but pronounce in te reo Maori), Karamo has earned 'My hero' status and its not given lightly.
I am so proud of you for telling your story, and saying it loud, proud and with brutal honesty....yet, not brutally honest. I salute you!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-20

An insight I never knew

I loved hearing Karamo's story. He presents himself so well and seems to have his life together. However after listening to this book I got to know a Karamo I never would have thought existed. He's worked hard and his storytelling and performance in the audio version is very well done.
Definitely recommend a listen.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 01-31-20

I really enjoyed this one

An amazing inspiring man with gorgeous stories to tell. I really do recommend this book.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jackson Rostagno
  • Jackson Rostagno
  • 11-18-19

Disappointingly repetitive.

I love Karamo and his many projects, however this book was too repetitive and lacked a deeper look into his life. Throughout the book he goes over the same things in a way that leaves much to be desired. It was unfortunate as I was looking forward to this book. Just one man's opinion though, I'd say listen to it for yourself and make your own judgement.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for zenihama
  • zenihama
  • 09-22-19

Inspiring "warts and all" memoir

Parts of Karamo's story are shocking but his choice to put it out there "warts and all" makes it all the more authentic and inspiring.

Love your work, Karamo - can't wait to see what else is in store for you!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Cassandra Grame
  • Cassandra Grame
  • 04-27-19

Inspiration

I loved this book so much, more so that it was read by the amazing Karamo Brown himself. Thank you for sharing your amazing story and positivity. A truely inspirational human being

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for L1N5
  • L1N5
  • 04-01-19

Fascinating, authentic and positive

The time just flew by for me as I listened to Karamo share his amazing story and his vision of a better, richer life for everyone.