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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.
©2013 Valerie Gilbert (P)2015 Valerie Gilbert
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4 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 04-27-18

Gonna take a spiritual journey

Gilbert both writes and narrates Raving Violet, which looks to be a collection of her own blogs that went online around 2011 and ended in 2012. In this, like a blog, so talks about different aspects of her life, and is all encompassing in what it includes. The funny thing is, you can literally see how she improves as a writer in that short span of time. Her earlier works were interesting, but not as developed as they could have been. Either way, she injects humor into a lot of areas, and freely discusses her thoughts.

One thing that kind of annoyed me was the stron g focus on positivity. Some of her best writing came from her personal letdowns or things that aggrivated her, like a certain Irish guru. She really needs to vent a bit more, and allow that sometimes it is ok to be negative. Now, for my honest part. I don't read blogs. If Jesus had a blog I wouldn't read it. I'd listen to him, but reading about someone else's trevails, trials, and tribulations is not my bag so I wasn't as in love with this as I could have been. Also, collecting what has been out there for a while doesn't sit well with me. Do a book based on the blog and I'd be cool, flesh it out, cherry pick the best and focus on that. Then, I can go to the blog if interested. That's me being nitpicky.

What I did like was her stories about the seances and things like that. Her spiritual insight was interesting, too. The best part is Gilbert's humor. She infuses it throughout the book, and it really makes it work. If that was gone it would not be nearly as interesting or thought provoking.

This isn't a book I would have normally picked up on my own, but I am glad that I got it and enjoyed some good laughs with her. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.


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5 out of 5 stars
By Annie The Audible Addict!!! on 04-10-16

I AM NEW TO MEMOIRS, AND I AM GLAD I TRIED THEM!

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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