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3.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 5 3.42 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Gardner Narrator: Andre Blake Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9780061190582
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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 Chrystelle | 2/18/2014

    " Very inspirational book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 Rikki | 2/3/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/21/2014

    " Not very often is the movie better than the book. Watch the movie avoid the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea Thorpe | 1/14/2014

    " Extraordinary story! I would recommend this to anyone as an uplifting look at what can come out of the ghetto. Gardner's story is that of a single parent, a hi-achiever and a fatherless boy struggling to find happiness and safety in a childhood filled with uncertainty. For those of us that need to have a little more appreciation for what we have, this is an empowering story of how to get more from life, live it to the fullest, and change bad family patterns. I was amazed at one man's ability to keep putting one foot in front of the other; achieving goals that even those of us with a place to call home would have trouble accomplishing! I read this at a time when I am single parenting and it definitely helped me to realize that life could be so much more complicated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cami | 1/12/2014

    " I enjoyed reading about the struggles this man had to overcome in his early childhood, to become what he is today. Although there were some graphic scenes that disturbed me, this was his life......all in all an inspiring story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 1/11/2014

    " What a beautiful and inspirational true story. It brought tears to my eyes more than once. This man surpassed a fatherless childhood of racism and poverty with a spirit that wouldn't quit. I'm glad I read it and it furthered my understanding of the African American experience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn Marshall | 1/9/2014

    " Moving story and nice, quick read!! Also a great film! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay Streeper | 1/6/2014

    " Such a great book of inspiration and achieving the American dream against all odds. The movie was excellent as well, but the book delves deeper into his life before he was homeless and includes more drama and description. Great, easy read. "

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

    " Nothing imposible in this world "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Baniza | 7/15/2013

    " Love this book a lot "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 6/12/2013

    " It's not nearly as good as I thought it was going to be since it is a national best seller. There isn't enough dialouge. So much of it is told from his memory instead of making you feel like you are in the moment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Yoo | 5/7/2013

    " reminded me how much I want a son and to give him everything in this world "

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

    " A very inspiring story. Makes you believe in the American dream. I cried when the little boy didn't understand that they could leave their things in the apartment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 2/14/2013

    " Chris Gardner overcame a lot, and for that he has my admiration. The book was far too graphic though. I would just skip the book and see the movie. The movie has all the best parts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christopher Lewis | 1/21/2013

    " Just another memoir - should note that it is R rated. Honestly, I couldn't finish it. It was due back at the library and the experience wasn't redeeming enough for me to renew . . . oh well . . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/30/2012

    " I loved this book when I first read it. I thought that it was really great and inspirational. Then they made a movie about it. I was happy to see the movie but i felt the book was better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felicia Middleton | 9/4/2012

    " Good book! Made me hate the movie. I should have read the book first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Gonzalez | 5/20/2012

    " This is much better than the movie. More raw. I have an addiction to biographies for sure. I enjoy reading how real people take the cards they have been dealt and make the hand a winner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mustafa | 5/8/2012

    " meaningful story and gives you the courage to move towards your goals whatever was the conditions "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sipho Gumbo | 12/31/2011

    " Excellent read. the movie does not do justice to the book. A real rags to riches story. Great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Gardner | 11/28/2011

    " This book was ok. I like the movie much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 9/16/2011

    " A wonderful feel-good story that definitely appeals to me more now that I've worked at the shelter in our programs for self-sufficiency than it would have before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvette | 7/25/2011

    " The movie of the same name only touches upon a fragment of the book. Inspiring, it reads like "Forest Gump", since Gardner has lived through many of America's times and trials. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 7/24/2011

    " I will be mailing this book off to a friend and hope she enjoys it more than I did. I couldn't even finish the whole thing ... It was just a very dry read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 6/25/2011

    " This book should be required reading for all males coming of age. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 StarszBooks | 6/6/2011

    " I thought he was a completely different type of person...until I read this :/ "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bethany | 5/4/2011

    " I like the movie so much better than the book. I think that's because the movie portrays an amazing, hard working, responsible man who believes in the impossible and wants the best for his son and his own life. The book, the real man, is a disappointment in comparison. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon | 5/3/2011

    " Picked it up for 8 dollars. Pretty touching so far. Had to put it aside though. May come back to it later. I've never been a big fan of biographies, and this the writing is slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tezar | 4/23/2011

    " bukunya bagus, sayang terjemahannya kurang bagus "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 4/19/2011

    " I read this because I'd seen the movie. While it didn't apply to my life I think it would be good reading for the parent of small children considering divorce. I didn't really like the personality of the writer but it did give food for thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 4/18/2011

    " A truly wonderful inspirational speaker. I have an autographed copy of his book from the time i met him in person "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandee | 2/28/2011

    " It's not often that I like the movie better than the book, but this was one of those books. The book wasn't bad by any means but I enjoyed the movie much more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tami | 2/16/2011

    " i wish i had read this before the movie. so often as i read this i visualized it based on the movie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharman | 1/7/2011

    " His life was riddled with ugliness. I liked his overarching drive for success in the face of unfailing odds. I wish the book had cleaner language. I couldn't finish it because the language was too strong for my liking. I'm glad the movie focused more on his adult life and his successes. "

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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. 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 bestseller. Gardner was also the inspiration for the movie The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith.