Extended Audio Sample

Download Pretty Paper Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Pretty Paper Audiobook, by Willie Nelson Click for printable size audiobook cover
0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Willie Nelson, David Ritz Narrator: W. Brown, W. Earl Brown Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9781524708290
Regular Price: $15.00 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $14.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

From Willie Nelson, country music’s most quintessential musician, comes a heartwarming holiday tale based on his classic Christmas song, “Pretty Paper.”

For over fifty years, Willie Nelson has wondered about the life story of the legless man who sold wrapping paper to customers on the street in front of a downtown department store in Ft. Worth. This seller of “pretty paper” inspired Willie’s classic Christmas song, and now, with a leap of imagination, he tells the tale of Tom Winthrop. It’s a love story with roots deep in the soil of the American heartland. Tom grew up on a farm outside Vernon, Texas, raised by his grandparents after losing his parents in a car accident when he was six. Tom learned to play guitar, and he sang in the church choir. That’s where he met the love of his life, Marla Jean Hart. While still in high school, they formed a country group and called themselves the Dreamers. They enjoyed one local hit—a Christmas song titled “Faith”—and they played at small dance halls throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. After settling in Nashville to perform and record, the group split up when Marla Jean took off with another man. Tom moved back to Vernon to work the family farm, but hard times prevailed. The land was lost, and so Tom found work in a Fort Worth slaughterhouse where a freak accident cost him his legs. A year after that horrific misfortune, Willie found Tom during the holiday season, crying “pretty paper.” Determined to know what might have happened to Marla Jean, Willie tracks her down as is surprised to discover the fantastic turns her own story has taken. Willie’s endeavor to reunite the former sweethearts on Christmas Day—exactly one year after Tom told him his story—fuels an exciting and heartwarming adventure of life on the road.

Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “This engaging holiday musical treat by a country music star will delight all readers, particularly Nelson’s fans.”

    Library Journal

  • “Nelson, who has always told wonderful stories in song form, proves he can be just as effective in print narrative.”


Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson is one of the most popular, prolific, and influential songwriters and singers in the history of American music. A Kennedy Center honoree in 1998, he has been inducted into a number of music halls of fame and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. During the past six decades, he has recorded more than one hundred albums, appeared in several films, and written three New York Times bestsellers: Willie: An Autobiography, The Facts of Life: And Other Dirty Jokes, and Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die. Born in Abbott, Texas, in 1933, he now resides in Texas and Hawaii.