This I Believe (Abridged): The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women Audiobook, by Jay Allison Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Dan Gediman, Jay Allison Narrator: Jay Allison, Dan Gediman, various narrators Publisher: Macmillan Audio Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781427208569

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Based on the NPR series of the same name, This I Believe features 80 Americans—from the famous to the unknown—completing the thought that begins with the book's title. The pieces that make up the program compel listeners to re-think not only what and how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs, but also the extent to which they share them with others.

Featuring a star-studded list of contributors that includes John McCain, Isabel Allende, and Colin Powell (as well as pieces from the original 1950's series including Helen Keller and Jackie Robinson), the collection also contains essays by a Brooklyn lawyer, a woman who sells yellow pages advertising in Fort Worth, TX and a man who serves on the state of Rhode Island's parole board. The result is a stirring, funny and always provocative trip inside the minds and hearts of a diverse group of Americans whose beliefs, and the incredibly varied ways in which they choose to express them, reveal the American spirit at its best.

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  • “To hold this range of beliefs in the palm of your hand is as fine, as grounding, as it was hearing them first on the radio. Heartfelt, deeply cherished beliefs, doctrines for living (yet none of them doctrinaire). Ideas and ideals that nourish. You can see it in their faces, in the photos in this book. And read it in their words. I'm so proud that NPR helped carry this Edward R. Murrow tradition into a new century. And so glad to have it in print, to encounter again and again.

    - Susan Stamberg, special correspondent, National Public Radio
  • My father, Edward R. Murrow, said that "fresh ideas" from others helped him confront his own challenges. This superb collection of thought-provoking This I Believe essays, both from the new program heard on NPR and from the original 1950s series, provides fresh ideas for all of us!

    - Casey Murrow, Elementary education publisher
  • Reading this gives me a feeling about this country I rarely get: a very visceral sense of all the different kinds of people who are living together here, with crazily different backgrounds and experiences and dreams. Like a Norman Rockwell painting where all the people happen to be real people, and all the stories are true. It makes me feel hopeful about America, reading this. Hopeful in a way that's in short supply lately.

    - Ira Glass, Producer and Host of This American Life
  • Now, as then, when Edward R. Murrow introduced the idea of This I Believe, this forward-thinking compilation serves as a wonderful antidote to the cynicism of the age.

    - Daniel Schorr, Senior News Analyst, NPR, and former colleague of Edward R. Murrow


  • Winner of Audie Award Winner, 2007
  • Among longlisted titles for AudioFile Best Audiobooks, 2007
  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2007
  • Among longlisted titles for Top 10 Editor's Picks: Audiobooks, 2008
  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Audiobook of the Year Finalist, 2007

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About the Author

Jay Allison is one of public radio’s most honored producers. He has produced hundreds of documentaries and features for radio and television and has won virtually every major award, including six Peabodys. He is a founder of the Public Radio Exchange (, a distribution system for public radio, and, a site that helps people tell their own stories. He produces The Moth Radio Hour and was the curator and producer of This I Believe on NPR. He is also the founder of the public radio stations for Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod where he lives.

About the Narrators

Dan Gediman is executive director of This I Believe, a nonprofit organization that collects and presents the core personal philosophies of Americans, ranging from the famous to the previously unknown. These short statements of belief have been featured on public radio since 2005. A twenty-five-year public radio veteran, Gediman’s work has won many of public broadcasting’s most prestigious awards, including the duPont-Columbia Award.

Thérèse Plummer is an actor, award-winning voice-over artist, and counselor. She is a winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She has appeared in a variety of television and film roles. As a counselor for adolescents, she spent five years using drama therapy techniques in individual and group settings.