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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (174 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Trace Adkins Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9781400176014
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Country music superstar Trace Adkins isn’t exactly known for holding back what’s on his mind. And if the millions of albums he’s sold are any indication, when Trace talks, people listen. Now, in A Personal Stand, Trace Adkins delivers his maverick manifesto on politics, personal responsibility, fame, parenting, being true to yourself, hard work, and the way things oughta be. 

In his inimitable pull-no-punches style, Trace gives us the state of the union as he sees it, from the lessons of his boyhood in small-town Louisiana to what he’s learned headlining concerts around the world. Trace has worked oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, been shot in the heart, been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, and braved perhaps the greatest challenge of all: being the father of five daughters. And shaped by these experiences, he’s sounding off.

Brash, ballsy, persuasive, and controversial, A Personal Stand isn’t just the story of Trace Adkins’s life; it’s the story of what life can teach all of us.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Caldwell | 2/11/2014

    " If I could write a book about my personal philosophy, this would be it. Trace Adkins is a country music singer, most famous for performing "Honky-Tonk Badonkadonk". I like that song (and the video) so much that it was my ring tone for almost a year. Trace's personal philosophy is a pleasant surprise, and his writing style is very engaging. He is articulate and thoughtful, and rather than espouse some good ole boy rhetoric, he presents a very balanced view of America and its place in the world. I was impressed with his grasp of historical context and the metaphors he used to make his points. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 2/4/2014

    " Excellent read...not only is he absolutely hot but he has wonderful views and opinions about the world that most of us think but do not have the courage to say!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 1/20/2014

    " This guy tells it like it is. None of the "politically correct" crap. Simple "every man" wisdom and insight. A Good Read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Regina | 1/4/2014

    " I've been a huge Trace Adkins fan for years, so I'm not sure why it took me so long to finally get around to reading his book. Imagine my surprise and delight to find that this big sexy man with a voice that could melt butter is actually packed with incredible common sense! His insights into today's society, politics, and even basic human nature is so worth the read! The book is rather disjointed; more or less, a collection of random thoughts and opinions, but it's packed full of wisdom and the story of an incredible man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 12/28/2013

    " I love Trace! This book is a mix of autobiographical and political opinions. If you are conservative you will love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernie | 12/14/2013

    " a frank, humble life guided by hard knocks, but ultimately common sense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 12/6/2013

    " Love it!! He is so right on it's ridiculous!!! Why can't everyone just think like that?? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Siobhan | 12/1/2013

    " I actually laughed outloud a couple times while reading this. I also agreed with him a lot more than I thought I would. Either he is not as conservative as he thinks, or I'm not as liberal "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Carpenter | 11/29/2013

    " The author relates his personal views on the state of the country today and some of the ways it can be fixed. Opinions are well thought out and the rest of the book is very entertaining. Gives an inside look at a celebritiy's life as well as some personal challenges that Trace has faced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 11/28/2013

    " While I didn't necessarily agree with his view on everything, I think that he has a great way of expressing his views. It wouldn't hurt for more people to have a look at this book and come up with their own stands. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Stevens | 10/10/2012

    " This is a very interesting book, I enjoyed reading his view on subjects, i'm more of a fan of his now after reading this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 9/4/2012

    " It of course helps that I agree with most of Trace's opinions but he also has a hilarious ability to tell his opinions. Enjoyable to read from start to finish! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Fallon | 8/21/2012

    " Trace's autobiography is a straight-forward story. While I don't agree with all of his politics, he is fairly consistent in his beliefs, and does live his life accordingly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 7/20/2012

    " I think Trace is a great guy, I enjoyed the book a lot! I don't agree with his opinions 100%, but for the most part we think alike. He's a good ole boy that would be fun to hang out with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Bell | 1/4/2012

    " He's got a great sense of humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Klasko | 6/25/2011

    " A quick and easy read. Some no-nonsense conservatism and common sense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 4/21/2011

    " My man is a red neck with deep seeded red neck republican beliefs. There were so many things I disagreed with him about that a debate over dinner would be very entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Victoria | 1/20/2011

    " it was a good book to read it was about his life how he grew up and how he lived where he lived. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 12/2/2010

    " Anyone who likes Trace will like this book. That counts me in! It reads like any of his interviews. He is funny, humble, honest and full of opinions. Although I do not agree with all of his ideas, I have to admire him for his honesty and integrity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 11/2/2010

    " Personally autographed by Trace Adkins. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacey | 4/2/2010

    " Very political. I like Trace, but this was so much about his political thoughts that it really turned me off. I wish it had been more about him - more details about his wife shooting him would have been interesting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/30/2010

    " I like Trace even more after reading this-he is a true American!! He needs to run for President. Plus I liked his comments at end of book-"Sometimes I can't help feeling like somethings lost. While life is faster and supposedly easier ,it's not necessarily a whole lot better..." So very true! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 8/16/2009

    " Anyone who loves Trace will love this book. That counts me in! It reads just like interviews with him, funny, humble not afraid to share his opinions. I may not agree with all of his opinions and ideas but I admire the man for his integrity and honesty. "

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About the Author

Trace Adkins was born Tracy Darrell Adkins in Springhill, Louisiana. He learned to play guitar at an early age and eventually played with the New Commitments. In the early 1990s he performed solo in honky-tonks, and after gaining some fame he moved to Nashville and signed with Capitol Records. He has released numerous albums. His most recent, Dangerous Man, debuted at #1 on the Billboard country chart. A member of the Grand Ole Opry, he has appeared on numerous television shows, including the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Hannity & Colmes, and Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. He lives in Nashville with his wife and five daughters.

About the Narrator

Alan Sklar, a graduate of Dartmouth, has excelled in his career as a freelance voice actor. He began narrating audiobooks in 1996, winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards and earning several “Best Voice” awards. He has also worked as a stage actor and as a promo announcer at WPIX-TV in New York City. His dream is to be an opera singer, a role for which he hones his bass-baritone operatic skills in the upstairs shower of his home.