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3.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 5 3.95 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maria Shriver Narrator: Maria Shriver Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2000 ISBN:
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Imagine postponing an interview with Fidel Castro to take your daughter to her first day of kindergarten? That's exactly what Maria Shriver did. As a woman who has mastered the balancing act between career and parenting, she shares the lessons she has learned along the way in this audio program. With the tone of a trusting and trusted friend, Shriver boldly touches on such subjects as: the price we pay for giving in to our fears, as well as the relief we feel when we finally face them; the humiliation of swallowing our ego so that we can learn from an abusive experience; the rewards of taking risks and the pain of failure; the joy of finding someone we can love and the limitations of every relationship; how it's never too late to tap the wisdom of others, even our own parents; and the importance of taking what we do seriously without taking ourselves too seriously. Ten Things I Wish I'd Known - Before I Went Out into the Real World was expanded from Shriver's acclaimed College of the Holy Cross commencement address. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christie | 2/16/2014

    " This is a perfect gift for any graduate! Maybe it's even better for parents to read and hand down to their children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lennie | 2/14/2014

    " Before The Lecture by Randy Pausch came along, Maria Shriver was dishing out advice on life. I think everyone can benefit from reading this book because Maria makes several good points. My favorite one being about laughter and how it is always important to have it so you can survive what life throws at you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Jirek | 1/28/2014

    " Ok, I guess it's sort of "corny" or whatever. But I loved this book. It's worth reading... once. I just really like Maria Shriver, and I like her advice. And I wouldn't mind having her hair. But not her husband :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aerospace Girl | 1/21/2014

    " Easy read. An inspring and funny book that is perfect for a young woman just graduating from college. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Bennis | 1/17/2014

    " This is a great graduation gift. Very insightful and hopeful on how to deal with the harsh realities of the world that no one likes to talk about. I read this many years ago but there was advice I still think of often in my 29 yr marriage; "your spouse is going to annoy you, not just at times but quite often. You can choose to have that same fight of not picking his socks and towels up off the floor for the 237th time, or you can choose love. Life is too short for 237 fights, CHOOSE LOVE. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shay | 1/14/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book. I hope she writes more now that her first lady of CA days have come to an end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/10/2014

    " Someone gave me this book because I said I wanted to read Maria Shriver's new book. This ain't it. This is an older book she wrote. It's okay, fine, innocuous, helpful, true advice about living life. I still want to read her newer book. I saw her interviewed (probably on Oprah) about it and she seemed introspective and honest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jolene | 1/9/2014

    " My mom gave me this book before I left for Ferris. I really like Maria Shriver, so I found her book interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marion | 1/9/2014

    " My mom read this while we were on vacation and encouraged me to read it as well. Shriver's voice is very appealing and it's a quick read. Plus it has a great message and important reminders for life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aegean | 12/9/2013

    " A graduation gift... Mostly read while in the bathroom. I think that says it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 12/2/2013

    " Simple and relatable and entertaining! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jimmy | 11/8/2013

    " The book was the result of a commencement speech at Holy Cross college. As we get older, I think we all realize things that we wish we knew when we were growing up. It's so easy to make mistakes. Someone ought to teach a high school class on how to make fewer mistakes in life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie | 10/22/2013

    " i received as a graduation gift. it's what you would expect - nothing earth-shattering, but she has a nice sense of humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 8/8/2013

    " Good read if you are waiting for a dental appointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/29/2013

    " I read this book because I was working on Maria's Women's Conference. Her 10 things were fairly straight-forward, but I liked her anecdotes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan D. | 3/24/2013

    " Love her. Just wish she would have kept it democratic. Still love her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 3/1/2013

    " good gift for recent graduates! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 1/5/2013

    " Great book for recent grads and parents alike. A nice reminder on keeping things in perspective. A quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peachy | 12/17/2012

    " I just love this book! I was able to learn that PERFECTIONISM DOES NOT MAKE YOU PERFECT... IT MAKES YOU FEEL INADEQUATE. YOU ARE NOT WORTHLESS BECAUSE YOU CANNOT DO IT ALL... YOU ARE HUMAN! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 11/12/2012

    " Good, simple, humorous advice. Maria has a talent for portraying her thoughts and she she has a unique way of delivering her message. Quick book that you can pull advice from. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 10/5/2012

    " Definitely a great graduation present. Shriver's points, written 10 years ago, are especially relevant now in encouraging graduates to find out what they want to do in their lives and stick to it, no matter how many times they have to start over. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber | 8/16/2012

    " As the name implies, this book is a list of Maria Shriver's personal things she wishes all us newbies to know. The most interesting part of it is her personal stories to back up her ten things. Most of it is sound advice. I'd give it to my nieces when they go to college. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 3/6/2012

    " I honestly hope she didn't use all these swear words in her commencement speech at a Catholic university. I would have admired her more if she and the publisher had kept it dignified. But she shared sweet advice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/23/2011

    " I read this book because my mother gave it to me and I had nothing else to read :-) That said, it was a pretty good book. I wouldn't go out and buy it, but if you happened to find it lying around it would be worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 7/3/2011

    " The one thing I did not like about this book was that she kept going on about her privaliged life. I really did enjoy the part in the book about relationships you build with co workers. "

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

    " For those whom wants to prepare themselves before the grad. Immensely like this book. Thumbs up five stars! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Lynch | 4/14/2011

    " somebody gave me this when i graduated high school and i read it again soon after college...really good ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patriciadubray | 4/4/2011

    " What respect I have found for this First Lady of California. I knew very little about her prior to reading and was delighted at her honesty and personablity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/30/2011

    " I loved reading each chapter, and seeing just how normal she is for a mother and wife. And just wanting to have happiness for her family. Nice short book to read, but don't read to fast, she has some good advice and wisdom there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Pierce | 3/24/2011

    " So down to earth. Great gift to a college grad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Calli | 1/27/2011

    " Quick read! Lots of great advice written in an entertaining and interesting manner. "

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

    " Reading for a third time - great things to try to remember about life.

    Everyone should read this - young and old. And most of us could probably add our own lessons - or at least be able to feel what Maria is saying here. Read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jimmy | 12/26/2010

    " The book was the result of a commencement speech at Holy Cross college. As we get older, I think we all realize things that we wish we knew when we were growing up. It's so easy to make mistakes. Someone ought to teach a high school class on how to make fewer mistakes in life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 8/29/2010

    " I read this book because my mother gave it to me and I had nothing else to read :-) That said, it was a pretty good book. I wouldn't go out and buy it, but if you happened to find it lying around it would be worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 7/27/2010

    " This is an excellent little book, great for a graduation gift.
    Maria acknowleges that you can have it all, as we've been told by the women's movement for years, only she admits you just can't have it all at once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 6/16/2010

    " Definitely a great graduation present. Shriver's points, written 10 years ago, are especially relevant now in encouraging graduates to find out what they want to do in their lives and stick to it, no matter how many times they have to start over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/21/2010

    " Loved this book based on a college speech she gave when receiving an honorary degree. So truthful and straight. I respect her as a person and mother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jolene | 1/12/2010

    " My mom gave me this book before I left for Ferris. I really like Maria Shriver, so I found her book interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 8/4/2009

    " A FABULOUS graduation gift. I read it often my first year out of college. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 5/30/2009

    " My mom gave this to me when I graduated college. I enjoyed it and found it fitting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Muriel | 5/5/2009

    " So true! I hope my daughter reads it soon! "

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About the Author
Author Maria Shriver

Maria Shriver in an award-winning journalist, bestselling author, and documentary film producer. A Georgetown University graduate, she was a correspondent for Dateline NBC, as well as coanchor for several other network news shows. Her book successes include Ten Things I wish I’d Known before I Went Out into the Real World, And One More Thing before You Go…, as well as multiple educational books for children. Former first lady of California by her marriage to then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, she remains active in many philanthropic projects and volunteer organizations.