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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (577 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joel ben Izzy Narrator: Joel ben Izzy Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9781598875317
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When the author, a master storyteller, loses his voice to throat cancer, he's convinced he's lost everything. But his old teacher convinces him that he's been given a great gift. Their meetings lead him on a journey into the timeless wisdom of ancient tal 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 Alexandria | 2/18/2014

    " Stole this book from my house in New Brunswick. I read it twice in a row and forced everyone around me to read, and fall in love with it too before regifting it to my favourite high school teacher. Possibly my favourite book I might never own. "

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

    " Awesome book. Awesome, awesome, seamlessly awesome. I'm sorry Ben Izzy had to go through all that, but on the other hand -- this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tisha | 2/2/2014

    " This book had a different style from most books I've read which made it interesting and refreshing. It is about a Jewish storyteller who loses his voice and has to figure out what to do with his life. It starts each chapter with a folk tale from a different country around the world. The book is very philosophical, and really makes you think about your own life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sanne | 1/28/2014

    " A pearl. I feel like this book has a certain message that I wasn't able to understand yet; perhaps I need to gain more life experience before I get it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather S. | 1/27/2014

    " I love how Joel ben Izzy lets people know how their own lives are full of stories. All these stories are alike. Captivating! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Etta Mcquade | 1/26/2014

    " I enjoyed the old tales from China, India, Persia, Jerusalem, etc., interpersed with Joel's story of the loss of his voice, which is one of the worst things that can happen to a professional story teller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Lee Welsh | 1/23/2014

    " Great fast read. It's an inspiring book too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeslyn | 1/22/2014

    " Deserves every one of these five stars - gorgeous book, loved it. Found myself beaming as I read in parts, but also thinking over my own life and relationships with family, friends, myself. I anticipate buying multiple copies to give. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/15/2014

    " You can read this every year for inspiration. I sent it to everyone I knew who could use a lift. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aimee Roylance | 1/9/2014

    " I really liked the clever stories within this book, but I didn't really connect with this book as a story as a whole. I don't know....it felt disjointed. I was super excited to read it, and really kind of felt let down..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tori | 12/15/2013

    " Interesting and fast read - another classic why bad things happen to good people and how to deal with hard things through stories. "

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

    " The true story of a story teller who loses his voice and what he gains in the process. His tale is interchanged with fables from around the world. An easy read with great life lessons "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 9/28/2013

    " Okay, I proabably wouldn't read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 9/25/2013

    " Tender hearted book,it made my heart happy. Lots of life lessons, very easy to digest and remember. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ClayOla | 9/11/2013

    " What a great book! A rainy afternoon, an apple and The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness. This is a little, and quick, book that packs a punch. GREAT! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney | 3/21/2013

    " I read this book in just a few hours so it is a really quick read but a great, unique book- I would reccoment this to anyone! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aprille | 3/18/2013

    " Joel ben Izzy explores the power and meaning of story. As a travelling storyteller who loses his voice, ben Izzy takes us along on his journey of discovery. A wonderful, quick read - interspersed with classic tales that have a direct relationship to his path. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ainun Nazrin | 3/12/2013

    " I love this book, it reminds me of 'Tuesdays with Morrie'. Unputdownable, I have to finish it in one sitting. I wished I could stop the time so I can finish the book without losing my sleep. Dysania again in the morning I guess. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 DJ | 2/18/2013

    " Loved this book; it's one of those life-lessons books but told in parables or maybe Jewish stories is a better way to describe them. A very nice little book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsti | 10/14/2012

    " The book is compelling, poignant, beautifully written, and thought provoking. I finished it in a day. . . .It's definitely worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamelamtracey | 10/11/2012

    " This was a different format and yet very interesting. I loved the stories and tales from all over the world that were related to the author's true story. I always enjoy a book that makes me reflect reflect, the direct result of a good storyteller! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne McCarten-Gibbs | 7/4/2012

    " A surprising and charming book from a master story teller. My kids grew up listening to Joel's stories on long drives - I loved them too - and it was a pleasure to hear his rather amazing personal story. Get the audio version. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauriej | 3/30/2012

    " This is a beautiful book with amazing lessons in it. I borrowed it and am definitely going out to get my own copy.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anastasia | 1/5/2012

    " Absolutely loved it, the best, I would recommend it to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darcy | 11/22/2011

    " Quic, easy read. Good lessons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri Garrett | 6/25/2011

    " I loved it. Beautiful and inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Coral | 5/7/2011

    " I absolutely loved this book. I gave it to all my brothers and sisters for their birthdays this year! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette | 4/21/2011

    " The true story of the author, who makes his living as a story teller, and how he lost his voice after surgery for thyroid cancer. Each chapter starts with a folk tale from somewhere in the world, and these stories ultimately all relate to the author's own story. Well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel | 4/18/2011

    " Not a big fan of folklore, in general, but I enjoyed reading his personal experiences. He's pretty funny and a very good writer. I hope to see more from him the future, sans ancient stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 2/23/2011

    " A friend recommended this book. Loved it!--need to read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 2/21/2011

    " I loved this book, so witty and different "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 2/21/2011

    " Enjoyed the stories from all around the world and how the author tied them to events of his own life. Ultimately, a story of learning how to deal with the curve balls life throws you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 1/14/2011

    " i loved this book. i wish i would have known about it when my dad was so sick, he would have loved it too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/8/2011

    " You can read this every year for inspiration. I sent it to everyone I knew who could use a lift. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 11/15/2010

    " An amazing, heart-warming story. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruby | 11/1/2010

    " Joel Ben Izzy is an incredible storyteller! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesseb | 10/5/2010

    " short, sweet, well-told story about creating meaning out of the life you are given. Comparable to Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Cohelo's The Alchemist, or d'Saint Exbury's The Little Prince. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 8/30/2010

    " Interesting true story of a storyteller interwoven with tales he tells. Great stories with a great message. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wallyworld | 8/2/2010

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this. Very moving, and well done, with a true story within stories of the storytelling tradition, written by a storyteller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelby | 7/29/2010

    " I LOVE THIS BOOK. One of the BEST Summer Reading Book BY A LONG SHOT! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamelamtracey | 7/28/2010

    " This was a different format and yet very interesting. I loved the stories and tales from all over the world that were related to the author's true story. I always enjoy a book that makes me reflect reflect, the direct result of a good storyteller! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tasha | 7/18/2010

    " Loved it. Great morals, great stories, great ending. Just great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 7/5/2010

    " I remember wanting to send everyone I love a copy of this book when I finished it. "

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