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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,143 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katie Couric Narrator: Katie Couric Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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What was the tipping point for Malcolm Gladwell? What unscripted event made Meryl Streep who she is? How did Mario Batali cook up his recipe for success? In this inspiration-packed book, Katie Couric reports from the front lines of the worlds of politics, entertainment, sports, philanthropy, the arts, and business, distilling the ingenious, hard-won insights of leaders and visionaries, who tell us all how to take chances, follow our passions, cope with criticism, and, perhaps most important, commit to something greater than ourselves.

Among the many voices to be heard here are financial guru Suze Orman on the benefits of doing what’s right, not what’s easy; director Steven Spielberg on listening rather than being listened to; quarterback Drew Brees on how his (literal) big break changed his life; and novelist Curtis Sittenfeld on the secrets of a great long-term relationship (she suggests marrying someone less neurotic than you).

Along the way, Couric reflects on the good advice, and the missteps, that have guided her from her early days as a desk assistant at ABC to her groundbreaking role as the first female anchor of the CBS Evening News. She reveals how the words of Thomas Jefferson helped her deal with her husband’s tragic death from cancer, and what encouraged her to leave the security of NBC’s Today show for a new adventure at CBS.

Delightful, empowering, and moving, The Best Advice I Ever Got is the perfect book for anyone who is thinking about the future, contemplating taking a risk, or daring to make a leap into the great unknown. This book is for all of us, young or old, who want to see how today’s best and brightest got it right, got it wrong, and came out on top.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Exceptional by any standard.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “This book will make an ideal graduation gift as well as an inspirational guide to self-improvement. It can’t miss.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ashley | 2/18/2014

    " 3.5 stars. Some awesome advice, but a bit redundant at times. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Wendy | 2/5/2014

    " Not a good audio book- it nearly put me to sleep on the road! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Laura | 1/30/2014

    " A must read for people as they start new chapters of their lives. Also for people looking for what's next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melissa | 1/24/2014

    " I think this book was a great break from what I traditionally read. It was truly inspiring to read life advice from the likes of Gloria Steinem, Steven Spielberg, Vera Wang, Meryl Streep, Maya Angelou... to Chelsea Handler, Beyonce, and Matthew McConaughey. Yes, some were much more profound than others, but the overall concept of the book - to have people from all over the world submit what advice they would give as a commencement address - was intriguing. I found that it took me a little while to get through this book since I wanted to absorb each entry. It is a great read for those who want to become re-inspired on their path. "

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