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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,547 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Gardner Narrator: Andre Blake Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The astounding rags-to-riches saga of a homeless father who raised and cared for his son on the mean streets of San Francisco and went on to become a crown prince of Wall Street.  

At the age of 20, Milwaukee native Chris Gardner, just out of the Navy, arrived in San Francisco to pursue a promising career in medicine. Considered a prodigy in scientific research, he surprised everyone—and himself—by setting his sights on the competitive world of high finance. But as soon as he landed an entry-level position at a prestigious firm, Gardner found himself caught in a web of incredibly challenging circumstances that left him as part of the city’s working homeless—with a toddler son. Motivated by the promise he made to himself as a fatherless child to never abandon his own children, the two spent almost a year moving among shelters, soup lines, and even sleeping in the public restroom of a subway station.

Never giving in to despair, Gardner made an astonishing transformation from being part of the city’s invisible poor to being a powerful player in its financial district.

More than a memoir of Gardner’s financial success, this is the story of a man who breaks his own family’s cycle of men abandoning their children. Mythic, triumphant, and unstintingly honest, The Pursuit of Happyness conjures heroes like Horatio Alger and Antwone Fisher—and appeals to the very essence of the American Dream.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gardner chronicles his long, painful, ultimately rewarding journey from inner-city Milwaukee to the pinnacle of Wall Street…His voice is likable, resulting in a quality African American/business memoir deserving a wider audience than its niche-market elements might suggest.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Andre Blake tells the true story of Chris Gardner, a Milwaukee African American who escaped from his ex-convict mother and violent stepfather by joining the Navy and then becoming a San Francisco stockbroker, only to wind up as a homeless single father of a nineteen-month-old son. Read by the street-smart Blake, the story’s colorful language and no-holds-barred humor make it captivating.”

    AudioFile

  • “Young-rags-to-mature-riches memoir by broker and motivational speaker Gardner…Well-told and admonitory.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • USA Today Bestseller
  • New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

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

    " Very inspirational book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rebecca | 2/14/2014

    " If you are in love with the Chris Gardner of the movie, "The Pursuit of Happyness," don't read this book. Otherwise, it's a decent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ericka | 2/6/2014

    " You never hear much about single fathers but in my opinion Chris Gardner is a hero the hardships to raise his son alone while being virtually homeless is a testimony to his spirit and the love for his child.The book also talks about his background amazing read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rikki | 2/3/2014

    " This is one of the most inspirational books I have ever read. "

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About the Author
Author Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner is the owner and CEO of Gardner Rich LLC with offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Conquering grave challenges to become a successful entrepreneur, Gardner is an avid motivational and aspirational speaker, addressing the keys to overcoming obstacles and breaking cycles. Gardner is also a passionate philanthropist whose work has been recognized by many esteemed organizations. The amazing story of Gardner’s life was published as an autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, in May 2006, and became a New York Times and Washington Post #1 bestseller. In paperback, the book spent over 20 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into more than 30 languages. Gardner was also the inspiration for the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness,” released by Columbia Pictures in December 2006. Will Smith starred as Gardner and received Academy Award, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for his performance. Gardner was an associate producer on the film.