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Author: John McCain Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9781415929629
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In Character is Destiny, McCain tells the stories of celebrated historical figures and lesser-known heroes whose values exemplify the best of the human spirit. He illustrates these qualities with moving stories of triumph against the odds, righteousness in the face of iniquity, hope in adversity, and sacrifices for a cause greater than self-interest. The tributes he pays here to men and women who have lived truthfully will stir the hearts of young and old alike, and help prepare us for the hard work of choosing our destiny. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Uplifting . . . inspiring . . . The lessons of these people’s lives are as relevant to adults as to children. Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • An eclectic collection of heroes . . . [John McCain] will be remembered in a volume like this some day. The Washington Post Book World
  • McCain has made a declaration of values that liberals can embrace as readily as conservatives. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • McCain can surprise you, and Character Is Destiny surprises in the diversity of its cast. Houston Chronicle

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary | 11/6/2013

    " I really like this book, from a totally nonpolitical standpoint. The stories are well written and intended for children and adults to share together. I read this with a kid I used to nanny for and it was a great bonding time! Plus, we talked about how to be a hero everyday. Definitely a great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 11/4/2013

    " Inspirational stories motivated me to DO better in my life. A pick up-put down book. Always like one of those around "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 6/24/2013

    " Great collection of stories about inspiring individuals; written more for the younger reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marissa | 4/25/2013

    " Bite sized biographies of some of the most moral, courageous people that live (or lived). A good read when you're feeling discouraged or annoyed with the state of things in life/society/etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Guyin | 11/26/2012

    " Appealing to the degree of being sentimental and idealistic, except his much too frequent use of long clauses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 7/22/2012

    " This is a book I think EVERYONE should read! So inspirational. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 7/9/2012

    " I gave this book a five purely because of the introduction. It was truly inspiring "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 12/15/2011

    " Enjoyable brief biographies of some interesting people - my favorite in this selection is Victor Frankle. Mr. McCain probably didn't have so much to do with the writing, but that shouldn't take away from the value of these stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cjpeffer | 12/4/2010

    " Regardless of your political leanings, this book is great! It is about 40 different people from history that McCain feels exhibited great character. I truly agree that these are the stories our kids should be learning about and we should keep in mind as we teach them. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 9/3/2010

    " I actually listened to this one versus reading it. I thought it was great but John McCain wasn't the person who should have been reading it to be recorded. I think I'd have liked it even better if I'd "read" it versus "listened" to it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 6/10/2010

    " Work is the way my ideals will be accomplished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 5/1/2010

    " I gave this book a five purely because of the introduction. It was truly inspiring "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gentapineda | 7/4/2009

    " Bite sized biographies of some of the most moral, courageous people that live (or lived). A good read when you're feeling discouraged or annoyed with the state of things in life/society/etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary | 3/18/2009

    " I really like this book, from a totally nonpolitical standpoint. The stories are well written and intended for children and adults to share together. I read this with a kid I used to nanny for and it was a great bonding time! Plus, we talked about how to be a hero everyday. Definitely a great read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 2/17/2009

    " Work is the way my ideals will be accomplished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/8/2009

    " Inspirational stories motivated me to DO better in my life. A pick up-put down book. Always like one of those around "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 12/29/2008

    " I actually listened to this one versus reading it. I thought it was great but John McCain wasn't the person who should have been reading it to be recorded. I think I'd have liked it even better if I'd "read" it versus "listened" to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 5/5/2008

    " Enjoyable brief biographies of some interesting people - my favorite in this selection is Victor Frankle. Mr. McCain probably didn't have so much to do with the writing, but that shouldn't take away from the value of these stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 9/13/2007

    " Great collection of stories about inspiring individuals; written more for the younger reader. "

About the Author

John McCain (1936–2018) entered the Naval Academy in 1954 and served in the United States Navy until 1981. He was elected to the US House of Representatives from Arizona in 1982 and to the Senate in 1986. He was the Republican Party’s nominee for president in the 2008 election. He is the author of numerous books, including Faith of My Fathers, Worth Fighting For, Why Courage Matters, Character Is Destiny, Thirteen Soldiers, and The Restless Wave.

About the Narrator

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards, and his work has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and placed him as a finalist for two Audie Awards. He has acted in a number of productions, both off Broadway in New York and off Loop in Chicago. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. His plays and songs have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Milan, where he has also performed.