Born with Teeth

  • by Kate Mulgrew
  • Narrated by Kate Mulgrew
  • 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, Narration by Author, 2016
Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew "how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil", Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones. But in her mother, a would-be artist burdened by the endless arrival of new babies, young Kate saw the consequences of a dream deferred. Determined to pursue her own no matter the cost, at 18 she left her small Midwestern town for New York, where, studying with the legendary Stella Adler, she learned the lesson that would define her as an actress: "Use it," Adler told her. Whatever disappointment, pain, or anger life throws in your path, channel it into the work.
It was a lesson she would need. At 22, just as her career was taking off, she became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter. Having already signed the adoption papers, she was allowed only a fleeting glimpse of her child. As her star continued to rise, her life became increasingly demanding and fulfilling, a whirlwind of passionate love affairs, life-saving friendships, and bone-crunching work. Through it all Mulgrew remained haunted by the loss of her daughter until, two decades later, she found the courage to face the past and step into the most challenging role of her life both on and off screen.
We know Kate Mulgrew for the strong women she's played - Captain Janeway on Star Trek; the tough-as-nails Red on Orange Is the New Black. Now we meet the most inspiring and memorable character of all: herself. By turns irreverent and soulful, laugh-out-loud funny and heart-piercingly sad, Born with Teeth is the breathtaking memoir of a woman who dares to live life to the fullest, on her own terms.

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What the Critics Say

"Mulgrew's strong stage presence and genuine emotions will make listeners want to experience this audiobook all in one go." (AudioFile)

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Customer Reviews

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Frank, refreshingly honest and entertaining

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

One of the best biographies I've 'read', and would not hesitate to recommend to anyone.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Born with Teeth?

When Kate got that call towards the end, no spoilers here!


What does Kate Mulgrew bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Kate has such a wonderful voice and energy, which brings the story alive. You couldn't experience this reading the book, although it is such a superb memoir you would be pulled in nevertheless.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Roar quietly, cry sweetly and bare those teeth when you laugh fully


Any additional comments?

I would not hesitate to purchase anything else by Kate Mulgrew, or was read by her. If I could have given a higher rating I would have. My only complaint, it wasn't longer.

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- Kindle Customer "jennybri"

Kate Mulgrew has a talent for writing!

This already interesting story of Kate's like is made that much better by the fact that she narrates it herself. A must listen all the way through.
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- Ryan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-04-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio