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Call Me Ted | [Ted Turner, Bill Burke]

Call Me Ted

An innovative entrepreneur, outspoken nonconformist, and groundbreaking philanthropist, Ted Turner is truly a living legend, and now, for the first time, he reveals his personal story. From his difficult childhood to the successful launch of his media empire to the catastrophic AOL/Time Warner deal, Turner spares no details or feelings and takes the reader along on a wild and sometimes bumpy ride.
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An innovative entrepreneur, outspoken nonconformist, and groundbreaking philanthropist, Ted Turner is truly a living legend, and now, for the first time, he reveals his personal story. From his difficult childhood to the successful launch of his media empire to the catastrophic AOL/Time Warner deal, Turner spares no details or feelings and takes the reader along on a wild and sometimes bumpy ride. You'll also hear Ted's personal take on how we can save the world...share his experiences in the dugout on the day when he appointed himself as manager of the Atlanta Braves....learn how he almost lost his life in the 1979 Fastnet sailing race (but came out the winner)...and discover surprising details about his dealings with Fidel Castro, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jimmy Carter, Bill Gates, Jack Welch, Warren Buffett, and many more of the most influential people of the past half century. Ted also doesn't shrink from the darker and more intimate details of his life. With his usual frankness, he discusses a childhood of loneliness (he was left at a boarding school by his parents at the tender age of four), and the emotional impact of devastating losses (Ted's beloved sister died at 17 and his hard-charging father committed suicide when Ted was still in his early 20's). Turner is also forthcoming about his marriages, including the one to Oscar-winning actress, Jane Fonda. Along the way, Ted's friends, colleagues, and family are equally revealing in their unique "Ted Stories" which are peppered throughout the book. Jane Fonda, especially, provides intriguing insights into Ted's inner drive and character. In Call Me Ted, you'll hear Ted Turner's distinctive voice on every page. Always forthright, he tells you what makes him tick and what ticks him off, and delivers an honest account of what he's all about. Inspiring and entertaining, Call Me Ted sheds new light on one of the greatest visionaries of our time.

©2008 Ted Turner; (P)2008 Hachette Audio

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    Dane SAN RAFAEL, CA, United States 05-05-14
    Dane SAN RAFAEL, CA, United States 05-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Nice to meet Ted in this way"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed getting to know Ted through this audio book. He does a great job reading it and I love his enthusiasm for living and creating new things.


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    Marilyn SANTA BARBARA, CA, United States 02-15-14
    Marilyn SANTA BARBARA, CA, United States 02-15-14
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Call Me Ted to be better than the print version?

    Probably since you have the honor of listening to Ted Turner himself.


    What other book might you compare Call Me Ted to and why?

    " The Agony And The Ecstacy " since it takes you through the lows and highs of a man's life, the love in his life and almost excruciating trials and tribulations of arriving at his triumphant business deals, conquering what is almost supernatural/ superhuman, like Michaelangelo on the scaffolds at the Sistene Chapel, painting the famed frescos on the ceiling in Milan, Italy, for all of us to praise.


    Have you listened to any of Ted Turner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first, and I would not mind listening to it again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I believe his donation to the UN and starting CNN were the most riveting, encompassing, and most inspirational.


    Any additional comments?

    I sure hope they make this into a movie.

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    Angela Catirina Los Angeles, CA 10-14-13
    Angela Catirina Los Angeles, CA 10-14-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Brilliant! Funny! Honest! Candid! Provocative!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Call Me Ted to be better than the print version?

    We've been working all weekend and listening to Ted Turner's autobiography, "Call Me Ted". Brilliant, candid, thoughtful, forthright, and truly exhausting. It is a fascinating read (or listen!). I've always been a huge fan of him but I am truly in awe. It's a great read - particularly to anyone with an interest in business.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That this provocative man is so candid in the telling of his life story.


    What about Ted Turner’s performance did you like?

    That it was Ted Turner himself. Listening to this was like having him in the room.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His life is such a compelling page turner. I iwouldn't say there is one particular part of the book that gripped me so much as just wanting more and more and more with every new development.


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    Chris Moonee Ponds, Australia 09-10-12
    Chris Moonee Ponds, Australia 09-10-12
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    "An interesting and engaging listen!"
    If you could sum up Call Me Ted in three words, what would they be?

    A very engaging and entertaining listen, detailing Ted Turner's amazing life. There is likely some self-censorship in any autobiography, but I feel it was a pretty fair account of his successes, failures, highs and lows. Some of the "quirky" stories you may have heard about the man are explained from his perspective and in good humour.

    The story is very well served by being read by the author and the "Ted stories" narrated by 3rd parties are a good way to break up the segments and makes the marathon-length unabridged version easy to digest.


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    Scott Nixon Jr. Los Angeles, CA 12-01-09
    Scott Nixon Jr. Los Angeles, CA 12-01-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Crazied Risk Taker and Success Story"

    This is a fantastic book about business and risk taking made all the better that it's read by Ted himself. CNN, Atlanta Braves, Goodwill Games, America Cup Champion, and donated 1 Billion dollars to the UN. What a life!

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    Arthur J Condliffe 08-09-09 Member Since 2010
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    "A facinating ride with a headstrong egomaniac"

    To begin with, I think it adds a lot when an author of a memoir reads it himself or herself. Katherine Graham's reading of her autobiography, Personal History, is better in audio than it would be in hard cover. Likewise, Ted Turner's reading of "Call Me Ted" is great. I highly recomment this book to anyone interested in business history.

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    Sandra Bokeelia, FL, USA 05-03-09
    Sandra Bokeelia, FL, USA 05-03-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Reminds me of things I had forgotten"

    This is really interesting and brings up lots of different views of making it in Atlanta and growing a business and family.

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    Andrew Gilbert, AZ, United States 04-23-09
    Andrew Gilbert, AZ, United States 04-23-09
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    "Great book"

    Really enjoyed this one - narration by the author was great.

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    proton 04-15-09
    proton 04-15-09 Member Since 2012
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    "A Wonderful Life"

    Ted Turner's long and fascinating struggle to achieve a rich and fulfilling life is an inspiration; his story is rich and well-told. It is great that he chose to narrate it himself.

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    Coco 03-05-09
    Coco 03-05-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Ted is my Hero"

    The book was excellent and inspirational. It makes me want to do more with my life.
    It is a great story of a driven person making a great company and doing something positive with it. Listening to Ted read the story is great. The interview at the end of the book sums up the importance of what he did.

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