Finished audio 7-10-12, rating 3/5, inspirational, pub. 2011
Unabridged audio 7 1/2 hours. Read by Katie Couric and Paul Boehmer, Hillary Huber, Mirron Willis, Adenrele Ojo, Rosalyn Landor
Katie Couric was asked to give a commencement speech a few years ago and it became the inspiration for this book of advice from well-known people from all avenues of life, the only common trait being that they are successful. Katie tells a little bit of her life in each of the sections, but this is really about the other 114 people who contributed their two cents.
I was inspired by the do not let fear stop you crowd – and there were many (Anna Quindlen, Helen Mirren, Maria Shriver to name a few). There were a few stand out stories to me. Bill Cosby’s story about his first big stand-up gig was funny and with the take home lesson to always be yourself and not be intimidated. I am not a Suze Orman fan so I didn’t really know anything about how she came to be a financial guru and I found her story so surprising. I had no idea that a waitress could walk into a bank and get a job as a stockbroker, essentially. And how she kept the job was even more surprising. Oh, and Couric could have taken out Donald Trump’s advice and I would have been okay with that. Seriously, the guy may be successful but he’s a nut.
I liked the book. As an audio book it only half worked for me. After a few hours the entries all started to run together and kind of ruin the importance of the whole project. I think this would work better in print where you could pick it up and read an entry or two at a time. Katie’s warmth came through loud and clear and the other readers were fine. It was more the nature of the book that led to my disappointment in the audio.
I think the book would be a nice gift for graduates or anyone starting a new phase in their life. I checked out the audio from the library.