Big as All Hell and Half of Texas : Memoirs of Marlayna Glynn Brown

  • by Marlayna Glynn Brown
  • Narrated by Abby Elvidge
  • Series: Memoirs of Marlayna Glynn Brown
  • 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Following the author's wildly beloved award-winning Overlay and City of Angeles memoirs, Big as All Hell and Half of Texas continues the author's story. This final volume candidly explores the pertinent societal question: how does an ill-equipped adult child of alcoholics navigate life after a childhood fraught with abuse, scarcity, and neglect?
Continuing her engrossing journey from the moment City of Angeles ends, the author shares the vignettes of her life - replete with enlightening mistakes, edifying consequences, forgiveness and personal redemption. Big as All Hell and Half of Texas is an honest and inspirational account of the author's ultimately successful battles with depression, divorce, single parenting, and ill-fitting love affairs.
"This memoir is a journey in self-examination lived not as a victim but as a searcher always hoping that the universe will smile the next day. The author asks several questions of herself. Perhaps the most searing query is, 'Why am I not enough?' The answer suggested is that finding someone who sees any one of us as enough is a challenge that may consume a lifetime. And, perhaps, even more critically, is that moment when we find that we are more adequate than we believed, that those who reject are more deeply wounded or lost than we imagined.

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A remarkable person

Where does Big as All Hell and Half of Texas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is definitely one of my favorites


What was one of the most memorable moments of Big as All Hell and Half of Texas?

The heartbreak of a mother unwilling to help her gravely ill daughter


Which character – as performed by Abby Elvidge – was your favorite?

Definitely the protagonist, Marlayna. I found her honesty and vulnerability to be deeply moving


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes-I was very touched by her story, and it helped to remind me to treat others well!


Any additional comments?

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review

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- EP

Makes me want more

I love real people's stories and journeys. This book is refreshingly honest and worth sticking with until the end. Highly recommend and am seeking out Brown's other works.

*I received this audiobook free in exchange for an unbiased review from audiobookblast dot com.
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- Marian L. Ward

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-01-2015
  • Publisher: marlayna glynn brown