Soaring into Greatness

  • by Gail L. Hamilton
  • Narrated by Cindy Piller
  • 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Born 10 weeks premature and requiring oxygen to survive, Gail Hamilton spent the first six weeks of her life within an incubator. Six months later doctors discovered that Gail had retrolental fibroplasia (RLF), an eye condition caused by the infusion of 100 percent pure oxygen. By age 11 she was completely blind.
Soaring into Greatness follows Gail's story as her outer visual world merged with her inner vision, forcing her to listen with her inner voice, to follow her heart and tune in to her intuition. Subjected to physical and emotional abuse, ostracized, and oftentimes feeling alone, Gail set out on a journey of the courage and perseverance it takes to find one's way through the darkness and soar.
"I believe my desire to fly must be bigger than my fear of falling. Vision is internal, not external, and is guided by my heart, not my eyes. In order to be free, to fly, I must want my dream, feel my dream, and believe that my dream will come true. Most importantly, I must live my dream. I am the creator of my destiny, the composer of my symphony, and I choose to live a life of greatness." (Gail L. Hamilton)

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What the Critics Say

"A beautiful story of someone who has overcome a physical handicap and changed it into a force that is an inspiration." (President Jimmy Carter)

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Customer Reviews

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Not what I was expecting

What did you like best about Soaring into Greatness? What did you like least?

What I liked most was her courage to say exactly what happened. What I liked least was that there seemed to be no closure to any of it.


What was most disappointing about Gail L. Hamilton’s story?

That she was a victim throughout, and a sore loser after the pageant. The victim card got so old. So much was told about her traumatic experiences but we'll never know if anyone was confronted. It seems the elephant was brushed under the carpet and her family was excused once they saw her on the queen circuit.
On the queen circuit, when she didn't win, she exclaimed that more people were coming up to her to say congrats (etc) than the actual queen.....Not a gracious loser but a Sore loser. That was awful to hear. it cancelled out a lot for me.


Would you listen to another book narrated by Cindy Piller?

Yes. I love her gentle voice.


Was Soaring into Greatness worth the listening time?

In the beginning, yes. After her life of growing up, no.


Any additional comments?

Left me hanging but not wanting for more. I kept listening in the hopes that some justice would be had, or maybe she'd use the degree she worked so hard for, or even learn to stand up to her family and demand to be heard like she deserves. But alas, it wasn't to be. I think this book was written before any resolution happened.

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- Leah

A Soaring Unforgettable Success

Where does Soaring into Greatness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was awe-inspiring and motivating. So I'd say in the top 15 for sure.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Soaring into Greatness?

Just the belief that one can soar as far as the heavens as long as they believe and work towards that goal.


What about Cindy Piller’s performance did you like?

I loved it. It did the amazing story justice!


Any additional comments?

"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom."

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- Daman "A good listen makes for an amazing day!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-14-2016
  • Publisher: Gail L. Hamilton