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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (630 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kevin Salwen, Hannah Salwen Narrator: Fred Sanders, Jen Taylor Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When fourteen-year-old Hannah Salwen saw a homeless man at the same instant she spotted a man driving a glistening Mercedes, she said, “Dad, if that man had a less nice car, that man there could have a meal.” Acting on her urge to do something, Hannah’s family made the extraordinary decision to sell their Atlanta mansion, buy a house half its size, and give half of the sale price to a worthy charity. Their plan eventually took them across the globe and well out of their comfort zone. In the end they learned that they had the power to change a little corner of the world.

Warm, funny, and deeply moving, The Power of Half is the story of how one family grew closer as they discovered that half could be so much more.

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  • The Power of Half will give you a whole new perspective on your life.”

    Jeffrey Zaslow coauthor of The Girl From Ames

  • “Fred Sanders and Jen Taylor fit the roles of father and daughter well. Sanders conveys the right balance of altruism and doubt. He also comes up with dead-on voices for eager daughter Hannah and skeptical son Joseph during the family discussions of the project. With youthful exuberance Jen Taylor reads Hannah’s advice on instilling charitable behavior in families. The Salwens’ rare commitment to helping others, unshaken by the recent drop in home prices, will give listeners much to consider.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dawn | 2/20/2014

    " There were a lot of things I liked about this book, and just as many I did not like. The entire family was really involved with this project, and I enjoyed reading about the evaluations of the different charities. However, this is a very affluent family, and this is not a model for most of us on chartiable giving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mark Ballinger | 2/4/2014

    " As expected, the authors make a few assumptions about life that really reflect their very fortunate circumstances. But, in writing through the process of deciding to whom to donate money, and what else a family can do to alleviate global poverty, this is a valuable book. Quick read, and I'd recommend it to any family that wants kids to understand donations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Krista | 1/19/2014

    " Fun to read together with your kids...makes you think about your own life and how to make do with less, and why. Heard this father/daughter co-author team speak last year - really inspiring! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by LaLa | 1/17/2014

    " Yes this book has problems with tone and yes you get that when you are writing out of an idealized awakening, but I found myself liking the family despite themselves and cheering when they grew and understood something new about the way the world works. Just couldn't bring myself to finish it... "

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