The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir Audiobook [Free Download by Trial]

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The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir by Maude Julien

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For readers of Room and The Glass Castle, an astonishing memoir of one woman rising above an unimaginable childhood. Maude Julien's parents were fanatics who believed it was their sacred duty to turn her into the ultimate survivor - raising her in isolation, tyrannizing her childhood and subjecting her to endless drills designed to "eliminate weakness." Maude learned to hold an electric fence for minutes without flinching, and to sit perfectly still in a rat-infested cellar all night long (her mother sewed bells onto her clothes that would give her away if she moved). She endured a life without heat, hot water, adequate food, friendship, or any kind of affectionate treatment.



  • Man, this book was a tough one. It's just mind-boggling to think about what Maude went through at the hands of her parents. The way the author describes the events is quite intense, especially when animals are brought into the mix (just a heads up for sensitive readers). The story itself is definitely intriguing, but I can't deny that I felt somewhat indifferent about it by the time I reached the end.
  • If you're into hearing half an hour straight of a detailed account of cruelty towards a dog and other instances of animal abuse sprinkled throughout...this book is absolutely awful, beyond words.