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The Woman in Me

By: Britney Spears
Narrated by: Michelle Williams,Britney Spears - introduction
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Editorial review


By Madeline Anthony, Audible Editor

IN HER OWN WORDS, BRITNEY SPEARS RECLAIMS HER POWER WITH THE WOMAN IN ME

In her recently released essay collection Black Friend, comedian and satirical talk show host Ziwe says it best regarding Britney Spears's infamous conservatorship: "What does it say about a society when one of its most famous women is held captive in plain sight as a result of our collective objectification and dehumanization?" The delicate question has been the subject of much discussion, from the New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears to the Hulu-hosted TMZ Investigates: Britney Spears: The Price of Freedom and more.

With the release of her memoir, Spears finally weighs in on her own life, and she sets the record straight about everything from her days of early fame to life under conservatorship control, and all the ups and downs in between. Fans everywhere have been waiting for Britney’s take, and finally, at long last, it is here. The emotion in Britney’s voice is palpable as she reads the introduction herself, telling listeners that writing her story has been so "exciting and heart-wrenching" that she decided against narrating the entire work.

Instead, Spears turns over the mic to award-winning performer Michelle Williams who makes her audiobook debut and brings her incredible acting chops to the challenge of depicting one of America’s most famous women. Her narration is clear and calming, bringing a sense of serenity to Spears's incredible story. No stranger to portraying complexity, Williams is known for the depth, gravitas, and sensitivity she brings to her roles including her expert performances in My Week with Marilyn, Brokeback Mountain, and Shutter Island.

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Publisher's summary

“In Britney Spears’s memoir, she’s stronger than ever.” —The New York Times

The Woman in Me is a brave and astonishingly moving story about freedom, fame, motherhood, survival, faith, and hope.

In June 2021, the whole world was listening as Britney Spears spoke in open court. The impact of sharing her voice—her truth—was undeniable, and it changed the course of her life and the lives of countless others. The Woman in Me reveals for the first time her incredible journey—and the strength at the core of one of the greatest performers in pop music history.

Written with remarkable candor and humor, Spears’s groundbreaking book illuminates the enduring power of music and love—and the importance of a woman telling her own story, on her own terms, at last.
©2023 Britney Spears (P)2023 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Lack of transparency

This book is really poorly written, almost as if a juvenile wrote it. The whole book seems to be based on blame towards everyone in her life. I guess if you are a die hard Brittany fan you will read this book differently, but her minimal accountability and not speaking about mental illness (besides her postpartum depression after her second child) really added to my dislike. She could have really helped a lot of people who has struggled with mental illness by really being honest about that part of her life that obviously contributed to her life problems. She skips right over why she was hospitalized numerous times, why and what medication they had her take. Listen, I am not saying she had great parents but she tries to BS her way through the book to make it seem like everyone are monsters and she is innocent, like she does not suffer from mental illness. Horrible job, it could have been so much better if there was complete transparency.

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No Depth… No Real Insight… Surface Level Stories

I am totally on the Britney bandwagon of support. However, this book was terribly written and lacked all depth. It would have been interesting to learn more details on showbiz and learning more about who she is. Book is totally about how she is a victim in every single possible way. She owns nothing… she could improve nothing. Everyone else is awful. That’s not reality.

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Iconic

I have never read a book and cried as much as I have. What was done to Britney by her family, her first love, her ex husband, the paparazzis, and the media (especially the multiple host interviewing her is absolutely gut wrenching. A must read.

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Little insight

Britney’s retelling of her life story is shallow at best. Although she touches on iconic moments in her pop culture, she goes very little into the madness going on behind the scenes. There is simply not a lot of substance in this book.

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Powerful and Inspiring

I've supported Britney since the very beginning of her career, and my life has been touched by substantial family-related trauma. This book resonates with me on a deep level, allowing me to genuinely connect with her pain and her remarkable resilience, mirroring my own challenges. As someone who has taken on the scapegoat role in a dysfunctional family, despite my significant success, I intimately understand the overwhelming emotions of anger and isolation. I have great admiration for her, using her sword (voice) to inspire those who can relate to her story and recognizing her as a true survivor. This book is incredibly moving. 🌹

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Not worth it

Not well written and contradicts itself. Not recommended at all. Don’t waist the money or the credit.

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Diary entries from the edge of reality

I really felt that, hoped that, was optimistic that, I would like this autobio. The problem becomes that while Britney experienced some truly horrible things, she takes no accountability for her part in anything. A lot of her decisions were made out of immature spite. Yes, the conservatorship is and was wrong and her family really needs to do some soul searching but, overall, very much felt like I was sitting with a child who was telling me why it is everyone else's fault that they broke a window.

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Beautifully written, it humanizes an icon

Britney’s book is beautifully written by herself with a mixture of formal, deep introspection, as well as humorous light hearted conversational style. Britney invites you in and shares her heart in a way she has never done before. Beyond the icon there’s a beautiful human soul that has endured so much and keep surviving and thriving.

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A very troubled and troubling narrative

If you are reading this book to better understand Britney’s mental illness, it offers a solid picture of disorder.

Whether or not that has always existed or brought on by excessive lithium, I do not know. All I know is that the conflict between what is said from chapter to chapter, complete lack of self awareness, and glass half full view of everything/everyone has left me in a state of profound sadness.

Sad that anyone wakes up and looks for darkness in all things. Sad for the loved ones who tried to help. Sad for Britney’s brain which, apparently, has suffered the consequences of lithium. Sad for Britney to have strangers cheering her on when, in fact, she is deeply troubled. Sad that when strangers who do not know all of what is happening, weigh in so loudly, the person who needs help will not receive.

Britney’s Father’s conservatorship was problematic and conflicted to be sure, but that did not mean she had the capacity to manage outside of a conservatorship. There are competent conservators who could make life better for Britney, but there’s no way with the environment fans have facilitated.

All very, very sad.

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Written in a low lexile

Story is good. I’m glad she got to tell her story;however, It reads like a fourth grader could read it. I still recommend it. Great for a drive.

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