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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (295 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Makin Narrator: Coleen Marl Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A moving, funny, tongue-in-cheek, and deadly serious story about how one woman lost and found herself by going online.

Nancy Makin weighed an astounding 703 pounds in May 2000. She was forty-five years old and had diabetes and heart disease. Thanks in equal parts to shame and logistics, she’d been homebound for a dozen years.

But all that changed after a gift from her sister: a computer. A technophobe, Nancy ignored it for months, until finally boredom and curiosity pushed her into cyberspace. And there, in a chat room, she found the friendliness, the support, and even the love she’d been missing for so long. Nobody flinched when Nancy spoke up; people treated her with the same respect accorded to everybody else. Thanks to these emotional connections, Nancy’s life was transformed.

She followed no diet plan; no pills, potions, or ab-crunching exercises played a part. There was no silver bullet, no magical, elusive ingredient—yet Nancy has lost more than 530 pounds. Nancy’s tale is one of redemption, a story of reevaluating her worth and insisting she had value simply because she was human. It will show a growing America that life is sweet and always worth living.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by M J | 2/18/2014

    " Thought this was a fascinating memoir about Nancy's life. It's fascinating to look into another person's life, especially when it can be so different from anything you can imagine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura | 2/5/2014

    " Interesting read about a woman who loses hundreds of pounds -- except the book isn't really about losing weight, as much as it is a detailing of her abusive childhood and eventually finding affirmation in her adult life. It reminded me of The Glass Castle, except not as well written, since this book didn't have a solid theme. I scanned some reviews before I read the book, and some people were upset that she didn't give details as to her weightloss, which didn't bother me at the time -- I mean, who wants a chronicle of every squat, lunge, and broccoli stem? Except this book didn't have details at all. So this woman lost 500 pounds because she starting chatting with people online? Just seemed confusing that it wasn't really touched upon in the book. Nonetheless, the book is still enjoyable as the author's style is pleasant (minus the part where she describes Joe Biden's hairplugs as "debonair" -- eww), if a bit unfocused. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christine Grant | 2/3/2014

    " If you've ever wondered how someone could gain a few hundred pound without realizing it then this is the book for you. Really interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Linda | 2/3/2014

    " Just picked this up while browsing through our local library's audio books section. Actually, I got obsessed with listening to it while cooking meals, doing exercises, etc. A fascinating story of how a woman got to be 703 pounds and then the unexpected event that got her on the road to losing it. Slimmer Nancy has been interviewed on many national TV talk shows to tell her heart-warming story. "

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About the Author

Nancy Makin went from being on disability and homebound in subsidized housing to becoming a motivational speaker. She has appeared on Oprah and Good Morning America. Nancy lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.