Never Say Never

  • by Ricki Lake
  • Narrated by Ricki Lake
  • 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the beloved teen star, talk-show host, and media personality, an uplifting and revelatory memoir about turning 40, losing weight, and reinventing oneself at any age. Readers first met Ricki Lake as Tracy Turnblad in the original Hairspray. They fell in love with her as the spunky, no-holds-barred host of The Ricki Lake Show. And they came to respect her as the executive producer behind The Business of Being Born, a groundbreaking documentary on childbirth in the United States. Now, Ricki’s many fans will get to know her in a whole new way.
In this intimate, bold, and relatable memoir, Ricki takes readers into her childhood home in Westchester County, where her parents—once liberal Jews—became born-again Christians. She’ll reveal the sexual abuse she endured, and the subsequent food issues and weight problems spawned from that trauma. She’ll pull back the curtain on her life as a celebrity, from Hairspray through her decade-long talk show to the reinvention of herself as an author and filmmaker on the subject of alternative childbirth. Along the way, Ricki has weathered near bankruptcy, a brutal divorce, and a string of broken romances, while also giving birth to two sons and raising them as a single mother—circumstances that would knock some of the strongest off their feet. But not this fighter.
Timed to coincide with Ricki’s return to the television screen with a brand-new talk show in 2012, this inspiring memoir gives readers an empowering example of the way one woman learned to take responsibility for her emotions, trust her gut, and turn an unconventional life into an unparalleled triumph.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Okay, but narration kind of rushed

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe. It was fun to hear her story, but no real "takeaways"

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Wrapped things up nicely

Would you be willing to try another one of Ricki Lake’s performances?

Maybe. She needs to slow down and add some emotion to her reading. It really seemed as if she rushed through it

Did Never Say Never inspire you to do anything?

Sorry to say it, but no

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed the story and "no holds barred" approach, but felt she needed to "tell" the story, not just quickly read through it

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- Stephanie

This should be required listening.

If you could sum up Never Say Never in three words, what would they be?

Heartfelt. Real. Fascinating.

Have you listened to any of Ricki Lake???s other performances before? How does this one compare?


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

Yes! I almost did. Listened twice in 24 hrs, the first keeping me awake until after 2am.

Any additional comments?

The messages of this view into the private thoughts of this public personality demonstrate so clearly the impact all of our actions, criticisms and failures-to-act can have on the lives of those close to us. If you listen to this moving account, I assure you names will come to you: you will want someone you know to have a copy. Well done!

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- Pete "OL Pete"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-17-2012
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio