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It's Not What It Looks Like

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Listening Length: 3 hours and 5 minutes

In an audiobook like none you’ve ever heard before, blind YouTube star Molly Burke speaks with authenticity and candor about being a purple-haired, pink-loving fashion and makeup lover in a seeing world.

Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, Burke has been legally blind since age five, and became completely sightless as a teenager. Her
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Published August 1st 2019 by Audible Original
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Maryalene It is an Audible Original, but it comes with a .pdf of the text that can be accessed through the chapters view on the Audible app. (I know that doesn'…moreIt is an Audible Original, but it comes with a .pdf of the text that can be accessed through the chapters view on the Audible app. (I know that doesn't help you since you don't have Audible, but just an FYI for anyone else who might be wondering.)(less)

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Erin
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
An Audible original selection for August; Audiobook narrated by the author 3hours 5mins 28sec

Funny, animated and completely honest, YouTuber Molly Burke offers a glance into the ups and downs of life with retinitis pigmentosa, her battle with mental illness, and a very blunt look at what people really need to know about people with disabilities and their service animals (specifically dogs). I certainly enjoyed Molly's bubbly personality.

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Kim
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
very good audiobook! If you only get one thing out of this book.....remember, there's a difference between service lead dogs, and therapy dogs....and respect the disabled by not petting the lead dog.....you're only hurting the disabled person and making the training of that dog all the harder.
I was very humbled by Molly.....
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Anna lost in stories *A*
I recently discovered that this gem is exactly the kind of non-fiction books I really like reading :) an own voices story about someone who either is going through something or went through something in the past and is now sharing their own experience about it… in this case we have Molly, who was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a kid, among other things, and lost her sight… she shares how her life looked so far and how she found her own voice and calling in life ;) she talks very openly a ...more
Diane
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks, 2019
Being neither a millennial nor someone who watches much YouTube, I am the first to concede that I am not Molly Burke's target audience. I read this because I was interested in Molly's experiences with living in today's world while dealing with blindness. Unfortunately, on that subject I found the book to be superficial and lacking. To me, the story felt primarily like any millennial telling the story of how she built her YouTube presence, with little flashes of Molly's personal story of how that ...more
Cathleen
Sep 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
I seem to be the only person who absolutely HATED this book. This young woman has been through a lot, and I was really hoping for a motivational story about how she made a major difference in the world. Instead, this book showed me she is the stereotype of a vapid, narcissistic millennial. I can't figure out how she is a motivational speaker, seeing as she is so self-centered. She spent half the time lecturing her listeners about what terrible people we are to the disabled and how none of us kno ...more
Cori
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Way to go, Molly! This self-proclaimed girlie-girl who loves fashion and makeup in a world where she has been diagnosed as legally blind is spinning stigma on its head.

Her Audible original covers everything from her battle with mental illness to her love for pink and glitter, from fighting for social awareness for her disability to her high school prom date (her service dog).

Fun little listen, and worthwhile to support an awesome young lady doing so much for her community.

I'd rate this book a
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Nikaley Chandler
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
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John
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
I suppose it says something about this book that I did not finish it, even though it's only 3 hours long.

I'm sure I'm not her target audience exactly, but even so I had some serious issues with the material. She mentions being bullied pretty much constantly all the way through school in Toronto. However, I don't recall a single episode described in any detail to get an idea of what she was going through. All I can recall is that once she found out that someone she thought liked her had been brib
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Kate Olson
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 🌟 I feel like maybe this was just meant for a different audience than me? It was a lot lighter than I expected and seemed aimed at teens which is fine, just not what I expected. Her story definitely is compelling though - I just wanted more I guess.
Haley
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads, purchased
First and foremost, it feels weird to leave a rating and put a number on someone's life story, especially when it is someone I watch on YouTube. This was a good book, but because of the reasons below I felt it was more average rather than excellent.

Molly's story was informative to learn about. I found it interesting to learn how she went blind, how she adopted her service dogs, and why she is in the career she is in. However, I found myself drifting and becoming disinterested half way through th
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Cammie
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Molly Burke’s frank and sometimes funny memoir. She tells about becoming blind and the challenges she faced growing up and continues to encounter in her life as a professional.
Rissa
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. I think everyone should listen to this so they have that extra knowledge about someone’s life that is much more different then their own.
It was just amazing.
Rachel
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had to read this for book club. I didn’t know anything about Molly Burke before & wouldn’t have picked this up on my own.

I got it for free on Audible so I can’t complain too much, but there really wasn’t much to it...no meat, no depth. It was extremely short & seemed like it was written just to make a few bucks.

She would start talking about something & then it would be over without going into any detail whatsoever. Like, “one time I felt so bad I wanted to kill myself but then I went to thera
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Savannah
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is about Molly Burke, A girly girl, makeup and fashion lover and her journey through going blind at the age of 14! She is now 25 and a influencer and has over 2 million subscribers on YouTube. Her Mission is to educate people about blindness and disability. Molly explains guide dogs, blind girl moments, and explains how “becoming blind did not change who she was but only changed how she did things”. Molly did not only give tips for parents of blind or disabled children but also educate ...more
John
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a quick audio book, but I appreciated Molly's candor in describing her experiences as a young woman who just happens to also be blind. She was encouraging and provided additional thoughts for the sighted who may have questions, but no clear way or place to ask them. I was particularly thankful for the information about Guide dogs and hope that everyone gives it a listen. It's so incredibly important to understand the rights and functions of Guide dogs, other support animals, and what th ...more
Amy Ingalls
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
A good message, but I think it would have been better if it was longer and she went more into the things that she went through. It was an overview, and she didn't get too deep. ...more
Holly
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this overall and could relate to a lot of it. I just wish it had been a little longer. There is so much I still want to know, and I found some of the chapters a little rushed.
Amy
Aug 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Jillian
Audiobook Review.
This is not a book I would have chosen had it not been offered as one of the free Audible Originals for this month. I had never heard of Molly Burke. I'm glad I had the opportunity to choose it and listen. I ended up liking it and I even got a little emotional at some of the parts discussing her early years. Then I got really emotional when she talked about Gypsy passing away.

It's Not What it Looks Like is a quick listen, only 3 hours and 5 minutes, and is narrated by Molly he
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Leslie
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
August Audible Original Selection about a young woman with blindness. It is more geared for teens, young adults and early 20-30s. I do think it is important for young folks to read this given the theme as it is very important in our social medial realm. I also think that anyone dealing with any sort of longterm medical issue (not to take away from the blindness or what she has gone through) can learn from the author’s experiences. She also has advice on how to live life the best way she has so f ...more
Amanda Butler
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a very uplifting and informative audiobook about the YouTuber’s life and her experiences navigating school, career prospects, and her retinitis pigmentosa diagnosis. Her passion for disability advocacy shines through and I love her narration.

I do want to point out that the name of her first guide dog is G*psy, an ethnic slur for the Romani people. However, it’s clear that it was the dog’s training school that named her, not Molly.

I absolutely love how Molly is passionate about people f
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Ashley Stillwell
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. I totally respect the author and the moral of her story. The struggles are real and she has a lot of strength and sass to be the person she wants to be. But I also think there’s a difference between self confident and being a little obnoxious. I didn’t connect with her as a person and the sass got a little old after a while. I’m not someone who pats myself on the back, and I wasn’t thrilled listening to someone go on and on about their accomplishments for three ...more
Clare Grové
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, audiobooks-2019
A tad clichéd but typical of the millennial mindset. I sum up the stereotype of Millennials and Generation Zs under the name Gen Me's. And this audiobook is a typical example of Me-Myself-&-I. There's no exploration of connectivity and empathy.

For a person whose vocation is motivational speaking, I do not find this production by Molly Burke particularly motivational.

I enjoyed the bits about the dogs best.
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Anastasia
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Nice little book filled with a lot of standard issue good advice, just not particularly engaging. Although I like Molly Burke as a person (as much as you can like someone you don't even know), I found it very easy to be distracted while listening to the sound of her voice. The modulation was a little off - like she was reading and not talking, which I know sounds ridiculous.

It's definitely worth a listen, just not in my top ten must read list.
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Joanna Tice
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Motivational book with some personal insight to Molly Burke's life. It was nice to learn a different view of sight and the challenges/successes in everyday life. P.s. I won't pet a working seeing eye dog on the job from here on out and I'll be sure to call bs when someone talks about prof of papers. Next thing to learn will be more about ADA laws. ...more
Chelsea
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This audiobook does a great job of explaining what it's like to be blind to us sighted people. Burke has an interesting story and I learned a lot while being entertained by some interesting anecdotes. I look forward to hearing more stories like hers as our society (hopefully) becomes more accepting of disabled people of all kinds. ...more
Gabbie
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you’re dealing with a disability, know someone with a disability, or none of the above - you should read this. Some illnesses are noticeable, some are not, but in the end all who are affected are human. Burke does an excellent job of showing the challenges of living with a disability while remaining lighthearted and informative. Bravo!
Liz
Sep 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
The is the Audible recording. Apparently the author is an “influencer” on YouTube. I got about one third of the way through listening and decided to stop when I noticed that my primary reactions was rolling my eyes and gritting my teeth. I have better things to do than listen to me me me.
Beka
Although I liked what she had to say, she was a bit too arrogant for my taste and spent too much time telling me what not to do with service dogs than what she experienced herself. She just didn't come across humble to me at all. But everyone presents themselves differently I guess. ...more
Kristina
The life of Molly Burke read by herself. Very honest and positive story about her challenges, fears and successes.
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