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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,003 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Gates Gill Narrator: Dylan Baker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9781429585934
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The riches-to-rags true story of an advertising executive who had it all, then lost it all-and was finally redeemed by his new job, and his twenty-eight-year-old boss, at Starbucks.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David LeDoux | 2/19/2014

    " I read this book while on vacation. I guess I don't have a whole lot of very good things to say about it. The self-gratuitous and incessant name dropping and life of privilege episodes coming from a down-and-out older man seemed to be reminiscences of a dream life...not very believable and making me sick at the turn of every other page. The descriptions of life in his new job reminded me of jobs I held as a teenager and also made me feel pity for the author. I did appreciate his very real remorse and the poignant style in which he described his relationships (both past and current) with the people around him. This story could stand a lot of trimming. Its only saving grace was the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 2/16/2014

    " I'm finding this quite compelling and inspiratoinal. The author is very candid about his own transformation and his path to quit judging himself by other's standards, and use his own set instead. It was interesting and thought provoking. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noele | 2/16/2014

    " Nothing too special, but a good message. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 2/1/2014

    " anyone who is down on their company and how they handle employees should read this... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MJ | 1/17/2014

    " Michaela had to read for school, else I might not have picked it up - but definitely worth the read.......... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 1/12/2014

    " Refreshing book. At some points I feel like it is an advertisement for Starbucks employment. The author also does a great job slamming his previous employment (although I am not sure if he might have switched the name just to protect its identity). I like the idea that you can find happyness in lots of ways. You don't need money or material things to be happy. By taking this job Gill's life took a 180 degree turn. He learns that he can find a lot enjoyment out of serving customers, and while doing this job it allows him to reflect on his life as a child, parent and as someone in the fast paced cut-throat job world. It might be a little cheezy but I bought into it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Prasan Raju | 1/6/2014

    " All I learned from this book is name of different coffee brands...Such a jerk! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 1/1/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book, it was so much more than I ever imagined. A definite must-read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 12/25/2013

    " Not well written but fun and good message. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narci | 11/6/2013

    " This one rotates on my summer reading list for students. I loved the memoir genre, especially when one doesn't write as the hero of his own life. Gill offers lessons without pontificating! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Hester | 10/27/2013

    " This book is certainly not going to end up on the "classics" shelf, but it is a good, light-hearted read. It's an excellent story in humility and a great reminder to all of us that there will never be anything wrong with "an honest day's work." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 R.P. Bosman | 8/18/2013

    " I like the coffee but the book is also good :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 7/25/2013

    " I enjoyed it. It was a little repetitive and could've used more detail/stories, but overall an enjoyable read. If you don't like Starbucks, it will annoy you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirstin | 6/12/2013

    " Quick read. Makes me want to know more about the guy and his family history! "

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

    " A story of mid-life transformation. An uplifting tale of how a man loses everything he once thought was most important only to discover what really is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody Schwartz | 12/8/2012

    " I loved this! While getting a manicure I made the mistake of finishing this and almost went into the "ugly cry"....although it was a happy ending! I will never walk into a Starbucks again without thinking of this wonderful little book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 11/23/2012

    " It was a good story, but a little far-fetched on his adoration of Starbucks. It also bothered me that there were so many loose ends. My book club thinks he was just trying to make money with his story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 10/21/2012

    " This is an uplifting book that is filled with gratblessons and wisdoms "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donnagallant | 7/4/2012

    " This is a great, inspiring memoir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 haya | 6/28/2012

    " surprisingly inspiring "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 6/14/2012

    " Simple, interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tournesol | 6/14/2012

    " This just caught my eye in the bookstore so I checked it out at the library. Pretty good easy read just for fun. A little sappy but okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronald | 4/21/2012

    " Bacaan yg menarik sekali "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 2/26/2012

    " I'm not a Starbucks person but I really came to respect the company after this book. It's a quick read - a true story. The author is a good observer of people and very perceptive. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mdraeger | 7/16/2011

    " Good premise, but very disappointing. I'm sure this guy is a good ad-man, but he really shouldn't be allowed to write books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 5/11/2011

    " Fascinating story. Couldn't put it down. Contains a significant message about what really satisfies us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wallis | 5/5/2011

    " An unlikely story of redemption. I read it all in one day. I really related to the writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valria | 5/3/2011

    " Inspiring, easy read. After being laid off and unemployed for over a year, it was very appropriate. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 4/19/2011

    " Completely typical. Privileged man loses it all and learns much by working in the service industry. Somehow, I never felt that way after 15 years in the service industry. Maybe I just spent too long dealing with some of the worst people ever. Or maybe I just had a bad attitude. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 4/5/2011

    " Great biography. Quick read. Fascinating and inspiring "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arynn | 4/2/2011

    " It was ok. Kinda hard to get through after about the halfway point but very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nora | 4/2/2011

    " This is a lovely book about a person who positively embraces change. I really enjoyed this. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 HKd | 3/31/2011

    " I read the first few chapters, then the name-dropping got tedious and I got bored and gave up. The writing was basic at best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 3/12/2011

    " Just goes to show - you can do anything in life and still be happy. Not all about money and prestige. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 3/12/2011

    " This is an uplifting book that is filled with gratblessons and wisdoms "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 3/7/2011

    " Very touching story. Inspiration. Made me cry in the end. I <3 Starbucks. Love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharron | 3/3/2011

    " It was inspirational! I love Starbucks! Here is a place that gives everyone an opportunity, without being judgemental, that helps and supports co-workers and cares about them. That's the way all workplaces should be! "

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About the Author
Author Michael Gates Gill

Michael Gates Gill is the author of How Starbucks Saved My Life and the son of New Yorkerwriter Brendan Gill. A former creative director at J. Walter Thompson Advertising, he now works at Starbucks and has no plans to retire. He lives in New York.

About the Narrator

Dylan Baker is an American stage, screen, and television actor. He attended Georgetown Prep and William and Mary College before earning his BFA at Southern Methodist University, where his passion for acting was ignited with numerous stage roles. Later refining his talents at Yale’s School of Drama, Baker turned professional with big screen roles in movies like Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Delirious, and Love Potion No. 9. His audiobook narration has won him eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards.