Nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album
Gloria Gaynor’s #1 hit single "I Will Survive" debuted in 1978 to overwhelming success. Shortly thereafter, the single went double platinum and over three decades later still strikes a chord among men and women everywhere.
Over the years, the disco legend has received thousands of personal messages from adoring fans whose lives have been transformed by this timeless song. Their remarkable stories reveal that "I Will Survive" has reached people from all walks of life and touched their lives in thousands of unique ways. From individuals triumphing over illness to those suffering from the painful loss of a loved one to others piecing their lives together after bearing witness to national tragedy, "I Will Survive" has become an emotional anthem for them and for millions of Gaynor's adoring fans around the world.
In We Will Survive, Gloria shares forty of these inspirational, true stories about survivors of all kinds—individuals who have found comfort, hope, and courage through the power of this one song.
©2013 Gloria Gaynor Fowles (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. "I Will Survive" written by Dino Fekaris and Frederick J. Perren. Universal-PolyGram International Publishing, Inc. on behalf of itself and Perren-Vibes Music, Inc. Used by Permission, all rights reserved.
It shouldn't have been published for mass distribution. This would have been a good - not great - limited edition work from Ms. Gaynor as a personal gift for Christmas, a birthday, or some really intimate event "among family and/or really close friends". But, as a literary work, it just didn't make it for me.
Not unless Gloria Gaynor writes an honest and interesting memoir. I don't care about Carswell one way or the other. If she's a competent author, I'll give her another chance.
Any one who reads my reviews know that I go hard on authors who read their own books unless they are very good narrators FIRST! But I have no patience for anyone who thinks they can do EVERYTHING well! In this case, Gaynor's main talent was as a vocalist - a DISCO vocalist - with less than a SMALL handful of releases - and only one "serious" hit single in 1978. Albeit a disco classic and the rally cry of a generation of feminists and black empowerment. Nothing in that skill-set qualifies a 64 year old woman to be a narrator, especially in the fast growing audiobook industry. I would have listened about 15 minutes past the 30 minutes I wasted on this book if a qualified narrator had been onboard. Maybe..... Maybe not.....
Nope! It's just a sanitized "work" as useless as petals in the wind.
As a record business professional with a 45 year career span in R&B music, I try to support others in my profession. That's why I initially purchased this book without reading other reviews or putting in my usually due diligence. I thought Gaynor was presenting an interesting and novel slant on the tune which has been her theme song for over 35 years. But all I found is an attempt to get one last exploitive squeeze from a song which had its "moment in the sun" 3-1/2 decades ago. I don't have much patience for people who claim one song, composed from ANOTHER person's blood, sweat and tears, changed their life or was overwhelmingly inspirational. As a songwriter myself, I often get letters or emails from "fans" who claim to have been inspired or saved or emotionally supported by something I did a kazillion years ago. However, the idea of compiling all of those much-appreciated communiqués together into a book to be narrated by me and SOLD to others......well, I'm not quite that narcissistic - YET! 😄. (One of my more recent works is a cut by Lil Wayne on his Grammy winning 2008 CD "Tha Carter 3" and the EP "The Leak". Believe me, a lot more than 40 kids have been "inspired" by Lil Wayne and me to smoke that "Kush"! The emails and text messages I get now, while very entertaining at my "advanced age" of 64, are not the stuff of legend - much less in literature! Especially from fans under the influence of marijuana AND extolling its virtues in barely literate 160-characters-or-less "testimonials"!)
I was hoping that Gaynor would have taken this opportunity (and book deal) to give both old school and new school music lovers an intimate look inside the disco and R&B music era, not blow her own horn about one song in a dozen from that time. I just hope "inspirational" books by Helen Reddy ("I Am Woman"), Chaka Khan ("I'm Every Woman") or even James Brown ("Say It Loud - I'm Black & I'm Proud") aren't waiting to roll off the assembly line! 😝
Sorry, Gloria, as another Sister Girl out here trying to collect some last minute "scrilla", I can't recommend this book to anyone!
Linda in Omaha
My husband had recently announced he was leaving me after 24 years. I was pretty broken up about it when I started listening to this book. It is very inspiring. It would be great for anyone who has suffered a loss. There are stories about people who lost a spouse, a child, a job, were injured in an accident, had suffered a gross betrayal, etc. This book points out that we can survive just about anything if we are determined to do so. P.S.: my husband changed his mind and we are back together. But now I know I can survive such a loss if I ever have to again.
Truly enjoyed listing to Gloria's voice tell these stories including her own.
There were several moments that brought tears to my eyes.
The music added to the book in a special way.
It was great for a car trip.
Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.
Maybe if the book was narrated by someone else or someone used to using different voices for the anecdotes and stories I could rate it higher. I reached 50% into the book and became bored because although the stories were different, they sounded the same when read by Gloria. I am sorry but this began to depress rather than inspire me from the stories. I have it on my iPhone and will pick up listening to it in the future but it isn't a book that I could finish without stopping many times.
I enjoyed the book. Some stories were better than others. It was tough hearing so many different people all read by the same person. I really didn't like the little musical interludes either. Didn't really need that.
This book is unlike any book I have listened to, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Gloria Gaynor's reading of it was wonderful...I could listen to her voice all day. It was filled with wonder, and not at all preachy. The stories were stories of overcoming a life's sadness or tragedy, but I didn't find them maudlin or depressing, but inspiring in overcoming some pretty overwhelming circumstances. It was fast-paced and I was sorry to see it end. A worthwhile and memorable listening experience.
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