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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,912 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dave Isay, Dave Isay Narrator: Dave Isay Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN: 9781429592369
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StoryCorps founder and legendary radio producer Dave Isay selects the most memorable stories from the StoryCorps collection, creating a moving portrait of American life.

The voices here connect us to real people and their lives—to their experiences of profound joy, sadness, courage, and despair, to good times and hard times, to good deeds and misdeeds. To read this book is to be reminded of how rich and varied the American storybook truly is, how resistant to easy categorization or stereotype. We are our history, individually and collectively, and Listening Is an Act of Love touchingly reminds us of this powerful truth.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martone84 | 2/11/2014

    " Could not put this book down. Ordinary people make this country great and their stories show their courage, loyalty, compassion and determination. It made be proud to be an American. It also made me start to tell my stories. Thank you Mr. Isay and the StoryCorps Project. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs. Schonour | 2/9/2014

    " This is a very interesting idea. StoryCorps has recording booths that travel the country. People are recorded telling their memories or doing interviews. The recordings are categorized (for this audio book) into similar themes or time periods. There are people who tell stories of what it was like to be in WWII, natural disasters, and to lose a loved one on 9/11. There are also just people who want to tell about their life. The stories in this book are very moving and well-told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 2/8/2014

    " I'm a fan of the StoryCorps Project, and I really enjoyed this compilation of stories from ordinary people. Each story is from one to four pages and includes photos and brief details about the people who recorded the story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Conrad Haas | 1/26/2014

    " I enjoyed listening (the cd) to and reading about other people's common life's experiences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grillables | 1/22/2014

    " A moving collection of excerpts from the StoryCorps project, dedicated to preserving the stories of ordinary men and women in short interviews. Good stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/18/2014

    " These are transcripts of the Story Corps Project...some of these you may have heard broadcast on NPR...very sweet, interesting, pithy stories of families, struggles, historical moments. very worthwhile and touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 carly | 1/8/2014

    " if you like "this american life" then you'll love this. created from storycorps project booth manuscripts. made me laugh, cry, the whole thing. quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 1/8/2014

    " What a joy to read this book - thank you Andrea for the thoughtful Christmas gift! It is a special experience to be able to have a glimpse into others' life story. This book evolved out of the StoryCorps mission of recording everyday Americans' stories, intimately, from one to another. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/4/2014

    " Great stories of the common man. Most of which would never have been told. Everyone has a story and I love that this program gives people a place to become a part of history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juanita Johnson | 1/2/2014

    " Three words. I LOVE StoryCorps! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenni Holland | 12/12/2013

    " cried through pretty much every story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 11/24/2013

    " I really love the idea behind this book - giving people an opportunity to interview their loved ones and to share those stories with others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 11/19/2013

    " Truly amazing stories of extraordinary people. "

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

    " Made me cry. Very good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 4/12/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book -- a collection of spontaneous interviews among friends and family collected by the StoryCorps project. A great collection of a variety of everyday experiences that define us all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 6/26/2012

    " Its doesn't tug on your heart strings like hearing the people tell the stories themselves on NPR, but it's still compelling. If you enjoy StoryCorps, I recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/26/2012

    " I wasn't looking forward to reading this, but greatly enjoyed it as soon as I began. I'm officially a StoryCorps supporter! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara Walsh | 4/5/2012

    " Moving and heartwarming tales of "regular" people....their triumphs, tragedies, and everything in between. I love the StoryCorps project and everything it stands for. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mollypae | 2/20/2012

    " People aren't all that bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 11/23/2011

    " I'm thinking more and more about documentary work, social history and past projects that incorporate personal accounts and testimonials... This is a sweet, quick and beautiful read while Bea naps. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Tanner | 9/26/2011

    " Love the story corps projects-you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be surprised. It's wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia.do | 7/19/2011

    " Borrow this from your library and take it along with you on your morning commute. You will be a happier person for days and days after. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audra | 5/29/2011

    " Charming book about StoryCorps and the memories recorded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 5/18/2011

    " After reading this, I wanted to run right out & join the Story Corps! What a privilege to be a part of this project. Everyone has a story. Many of them are riveting. And to be able to give people the joy of telling their story to someone who is truly listening. The title tells it like it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joey | 5/2/2011

    " It's strange that I finished this yesterday--the book ends with stories about 9/11 victims. A quick, touching read well worth your time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 4/24/2011

    " One of the best books I've read in a really long time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flannery | 3/31/2011

    " Excerpts of their stories. Best section was the last one, Water and Fire I think. Makes me want to hear more of the stories in their entirety. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 3/25/2011

    " I listened to the CD (abridged, only an hour) in the car. I cried at least eight times, and remembered that life is rich and deep, and felt a restoration of faith in humanity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 3/21/2011

    " Thank you Jen Thomas for recommending this collection. I read it very very slowly because i really didn't want it to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deveny | 3/18/2011

    " Amazing. Everyone should read this! (heart warming true stories) "

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

    " The most democratic of short story collections--here are wonderful, moving tales plus details about the worthy history of the storycorps project itself "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 1/28/2011

    " From StoryCorps, which everyone should listen to! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martone84 | 1/25/2011

    " Could not put this book down. Ordinary people make this country great and their stories show their courage, loyalty, compassion and determination. It made be proud to be an American. It also made me start to tell my stories. Thank you Mr. Isay and the StoryCorps Project. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/23/2011

    " I love oral histories. Better than I thought. Book Club read. "

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About the Author

Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including six Peabody awards and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. He is the author and editor of numerous books that grew out of his public radio documentary work, including three StoryCorps books: Listening Is an Act of LoveMom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, and All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps—all New York Times bestsellers.