• Unbound

  • My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement
  • By: Tarana Burke
  • Narrated by: Tarana Burke
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the founder and activist behind one of the largest movements of the 21st century, the Me Too movement, Tarana Burke debuts a powerful memoir about her own journey to saying those two simple yet infinitely powerful words and how she brought empathy back to an entire generation.

Tarana didn't always have the courage to say me too. As a child, she reeled from her sexual assault, believing she was responsible. Unable to confess what she thought of as her own sins for fear of shattering her family, her soul split in two. One side was the bright, intellectually curious third generation Bronxite steeped in Black literature and power, and the other was the bad, shame-ridden girl who thought of herself as a vile rule breaker, not of a victim. She tucked one away, hidden behind a wall of pain and anger, which seemed to work...until it didn't. 

Tarana fought to reunite her fractured soul, through organising, pursuing justice and finding community. In her debut memoir, she shares her extensive work supporting and empowering Black and Brown girls, and the devastating realisation that to truly help these girls she needed to help that scared, ashamed child still in her soul. Tarana has found that we can only offer empathy to others if we first offer it to ourselves. 

Unbound is the story of an inimitable woman's inner strength and perseverance, all in pursuit of bringing healing to her community and the world around her, but it is also a story of possibility, of empathy, of power and of the leader we all have inside ourselves. In sharing her path toward healing and saying me too, Tarana reaches out a hand to help us all on our own journeys.

©2021 Tarana Burke (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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"Searing. Powerful. Needed." (Oprah)

"I will never stop thinking about this book." (Glennon Doyle)

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just buy this book. Period.

it is hard to say I "loved" a book that is written about a subject so horrific and excruciating. But dispite the subject, I listened to Tarana's story over a single weekend. Her honesty and clarity will change forever the way I speak to my daughters about abuse and sexual violence. I am a better mother and human for listening to her life experiences.

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  • 10-14-21

Amazing!

I love reading but I've only ever listened to a few audible books and I never finish them. I listened to this from start to finish and finished it within a few days. Tarana Burke writes from the heart and I felt every word. I had tears in my eyes at many points in the story. How amazing that someone can endure so much but still come out fighting not just for herself but for all women who have gone through what she went through. When you listen to this you start to reflect on all the bad in the world and wonder how people can be so cruel. But then you pause take a breath and realise that there are beautiful people too and Tarana Burke is one of them. What a courageous and talented woman.
Thank you for sharing your story.

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  • dan g.
  • 09-23-21

Fantastic book

Where to start…not much I write could do this book justice. It feels so important to have Tarana’s personal story out in the world. As a survivor myself, with more than just a few parallels, this resonated profoundly but I think everyone will come away richer for knowing it and not just survivors. It’s unflinching and unwavering and bold. It’s courageous, honest and dripping with empathy. Thank you Tarana xx

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  • Sigrin
  • 04-02-22

What a lady


Thank you Tarana for sharing your life.

You are courageous to allow us in and know your pain. You however have not let that mar the person you are now.

What a wonderful woman you are.

I hope that the many women who need to read this will, and find their own solace.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-01-22

Not enough superlatives to praise this book and performance

I don’t listen to many audiobooks because I rarely enjoy the narration. However, Tarana delivers her own words with such colour, power and humanity, I was utterly gripped, deeply moved and whole heartedly inspired. It’s such an important book for the world to read, my God what a woman and what a story, and such an incredible gift to hear her reading it herself. I just can’t recommend it enough.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-17-21

Phenomenal!!!

I couldn't stop listening to it! It was worth every second. Thank you Tarana.
I felt an array of emotions - happiness, anger, hope, shock, surprise, compassion...
all ingredients of a well written book.
It's an emotional story that I could totally relate to.
Tarana doesn't hold back in sharing about her experiences, the good, the bad, and ugly. Her candidness and courage are very refreshing. I feel emboldened to share my story too as a survivor. It's definitely going to stay in my library for a very, very, very long time.
In summary, it's a must read!

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  • Mrs B
  • 05-23-22

VERY MOVING

Thank you sis. This was so moving. I really felt like I was travelling through your life with you. such a story of pain and resilliance. Helped me to connect to parts of my own story as a survivor and reminded me of how the Creator can redeem our pain and bring purpose through it all.

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  • BeaBop
  • 04-23-22

True talk

Tarana speaks her truth with style and a punch. Written fabulously and with such grace. I learned how to be braver in my stance as I smash attitudes towards Global Majority women. What a great book to listen to and the cover design is da boom!

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  • Katita
  • 04-01-22

Touching, powerful and full of radical love

This is Tarana's biographical journey to #metoo movement and her liberation. Herstory of survival is strong, brought me to tears so many times. I'm happy to have a book like this. Listening to her telling Herstory was like having her holding my hand through my own, as I find the words and strength towards my liberation. Brilliant. Thank you, Tarana!

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  • Bunga Soetoko
  • 03-28-22

I love how she delivered her own story

I read this beautiful piece alongside listening to the audiobook that is also narrated by Tarana so I can feel the strong emotion through all the chapters. I was moved by her memoir to find liberation from her old wound and started the remarkable #MeToo movement. I would suggest this reading to every girl, everywhere in the world.

Through the lens of Tarana, I learned how to centre the role of empathy and compassion as a tool for the victims of sexual violation to heal. It's rarely told, but when it comes to sexual violence, we, as a victim, need to empathise with ourselves first, right before we expect the other ones to deliver their empathy to us. We are our true healers. Our first listeners.

Unbound beautifully captures the message of how radical community healing will then be a possibility. After all, we need a place to be seen and heard. We need a safe space that ensures us that we're in this together. I truly admire how Tarana put all her love, energy, and bravery into her sacred work that not only bring light to so many women but also escalated a massive digital movement in this cause.

Through her life story, Tarana promotes the beauty of appreciating our true light and finding our purpose in life. She highlights the importance to connect, making a great move, leaving the toxic environment, and creating the life we truly want. Not only for us but also for our future generations.

Reading this liberates me. I feel so much peace, joy, and hope at once. And yes Tarana, me too.

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  • T. Chuah
  • 03-12-22

I loved it

This book is heart renching but also completely uplifting through Tarana's story and how she tells it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-14-22

Prepare yourself for beauty

Just this moment I finished Ms. Burke’s remarkable story. Everyone should read this book to remind yourself what sincere grace is about. #metoo.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-18-21

Brilliant from start to finish

It had me with all the feels, I recommend to anyone and everyone, a really great listen.

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  • Caroline Guillemain
  • 12-14-21

What a leader!

Such an inspiring story. To hear the journey of Tarana and how she has stepped into her leadership is simply incredible. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

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  • Tara Sargent
  • 11-09-21

A must listen to

This book is powerful and beautiful, a must listen. I absolutely loved this book. A story that needed telling.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-21

powerful read

Highly recommended. This is an exceptionally powerful story. Thank you for sharing your story, miss Tarana.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-21

Absolutely life changing

This book has changed the trajectory of my life. Her poetry and her vulnerability flow like water. Thank god for her.