Raving Violet

  • by Valerie Gilbert
  • Narrated by Valerie Gilbert
  • 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dead mothers, missing husbands, disgusting dates, perverted "reverends" seductive gurus, infamous ingrates, and cheese thieves. These are just a few of the cast of characters that pepper Valerie Gilbert's true tales in Raving Violet.
Enter the world of a solitary but intrepid New Yorker. Orphaned as a young adult, this divorced, smartass metaphysician has sought solace and insight from philosophers, seances, channels and mediums: a path that has, inevitably, led her back to her formidable fortress within.
Join Valerie as she scales the castle walls on her journey for love, sex, sass, a chuckle, and really good chocolate. Love and Loss! Love and Glory! Love and Nausea! Raving Violet has it all.


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What made the experience of listening to Raving Violet the most enjoyable?

The narration and delivery was incredible!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Miss Sassy herself...and i totally went right t her blog for more!

What about Valerie Gilbert’s performance did you like?

She was good...laugh out loud funny!!!

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

I LAUGHED A LOT..., and I could totally feel how she felt in certain situations...

Any additional comments?

** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

I like a good spiritual perception, I feel there is not enough of that in today's society...and this definitely fit that for me...plus it was funny, touching and super interesting...I completely recommend! well worth my time and a credit!! LOVED IT!!!

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- anne

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Where does Raving Violet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?


Which character – as performed by Valerie Gilbert – was your favorite?


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

Yes...it took two. :)

Any additional comments?

I loved this book. Yes, it’s loads of fun…it’s all that the Publisher’s Summary says that it is. But it’s so much more.
Valerie bares her soul while recounting her life’s journey and the stories that have shaped who she perceives herself to be. But these are more than “stories”—all good books are. They are treasures pulled out of hiding places and laid out in the sun; they are sparkling with life and promise and wisdom of times past and futures coming. They are gems conveying our very human shortcomings and imperfections, but allowing us to see life as beautiful, full of potential, and bursting with soul-stretching possibilities. Ultimately, that is what this book is—an outlet for a soul to share its very human self with others who walk similar paths. With others who struggle to live their truths in this linear world... who seek, who falter, and who continue to wonder of what they are truly capable.
Valerie’s book is indefinable in such a perfect way, much like the city from which she hails. Her stories are entertaining in and of themselves—I laughed and I cried and I wanted more. But perhaps more importantly, they are imbued—quite naturally—with challenges to expand ourselves, with metaphysical teachings and lessons, and with gentle guidance to find a new way. Through Valerie’s willingness to share herself and her perspectives, I experienced my own “aha” moments. What could be better? Bravo, Valerie! (And on your audio recording, too. The theater is lucky to have you.)

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- bolacherries

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-12-2015
  • Publisher: Valerie Gilbert