Never Broken

  • by Jewel
  • Narrated by Jewel
  • 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling poet and multiplatinum singer-songwriter Jewel explores her unconventional upbringing and extraordinary life in an inspirational memoir that covers her childhood, rise to fame, marriage, and motherhood.
When Jewel's first album, Pieces of You, topped the charts in 1995, her emotional voice and vulnerable performance were groundbreaking. In the tradition of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell (she has been compared to both), a singer-songwriter of her kind had not emerged in decades. Now, with over 30 million albums sold worldwide, Jewel tells the story of her life and the lessons learned from her experience and her music.
Living on a homestead in Alaska, Jewel learned to yodel at age three and joined her parents' act, working in hotels, honky-tonks, and biker bars. Behind a strong-willed and independent family life, with an emphasis on music and artistic talent, was also instability, abuse, and trauma.
At age 15 Jewel was accepted into the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, where she began writing her own songs as a means of expression. She was 18, homeless, and living out of her car in San Diego when a radio DJ aired a bootleg version of one of her songs. It was requested in the top-10 countdown, something unheard of for an unsigned artist. By age 21, her debut album went multiplatinum.
There is so much more to Jewel's story, one complicated by family and financial woes, by crippling fear and insecurity, by parents who forced a child to grow up far too quickly, and by the extraordinary circumstances in which she became a world-famous singer and songwriter. Here Jewel reflects on how she survived and how writing songs, poetry, and prose have saved her life many times over. She writes beautifully about the natural wonders of Alaska, about pain and childhood trauma, and about discovering her own identity years after the entire world had discovered the beauty of her songs.


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I am never broken.

When a book makes you laugh out loud, cry, curse in frustration, or lay awake in bed thinking about your own life, it is a special book indeed. Never before have I been so emotionally tied to a story. Never Broken is the embodiment of a self help novel. If any of Jewel's songs have spoken to your heart, you will certainly find this book fascinating, heartwarming and helpful.

In this audio recording we get to hear Jewel's entire story unabridged and in her own words. I think hearing her tell her own story makes it more authentic. Another bonus to this recording is that when she references a song, not only does she read the lyrics, she sings a beautiful a cappella version as well.
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- G. Brooks

This is a Self-Help Book Cloaked in a Biography

...and that is fine, if that is what you're after. I'm not criticizing Jewel for wanting to share the hard-taught lessons she's learned, to help others. That is, on its face, a good thing. But, when I buy a biography, I'm expecting a complete, truthful account of someone's life. I thoroughly enjoyed this book until about halfway in, which is when it became and stayed a new-agey how-to-fix-yourself guide, complete with references to materials and other authors to help you on your journey. The hard truths and wrinkles in her life were smoothed out and made almost pretty. She sings a cappella...A LOT...and that was another feature I didn't care for (I'm sure there are plenty of Jewel fans who will disagree). At the end, I felt mislead.

There is no doubt Jewel is a scrappy, get-it-done woman, who overcame adversities and obstacles most cannot comprehend. In fact, I'd want her on my team in a fight. She brought herself up and had to rely on luck to find the people who would help her on her journey, rather than her kin. She acted fearlessly and courageously (even though she didn't feel she was either) and wielding those tools is what brought her success, repeatedly, and in spite of a family who seemed determined to stunt her.

My favorite of her many life's mottos is "Hardwood Grows Slowly", as acting impulsively is dangerous to body, mind and soul. I just wasn't prepared, nor did I intend to purchase, a book about how to learn from mistakes and be a better person.

Her voice is heavenly, so I forgive her.
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- Hilary "avoiding road rage one book at a time..."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-15-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.