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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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    loix Pittsburgh, PA, United States 12-21-08
    loix Pittsburgh, PA, United States 12-21-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Under-hyped"

    ... compared to Mr. Boone's biography. This one is much richer (not only longer), and is one of the better examples where the author reads his own book (I have a few in my collection that serve as negative examples of such a set-up). Hands-down the best value of any of my Audible downloads (which amount to 278 over the course of 6 years)--in a good way. The story is very exciting throughout, and to top it all off, there is even an interview of the author included at the end (of the Audible version). I'm already eagerly looking forward to the sequel (you'll know what I mean by this when you listen to the book).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie WARSAW, IN, United States 11-26-08
    Jackie WARSAW, IN, United States 11-26-08 Member Since 2006
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    "A Worthy Listen"

    After seeing Ted Turner interviewed on 60 Minutes, I knew I wanted to listen to his book. Definitely worth the time. I found his business deals fascinating, but didn't admire his personal life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diane United States 07-07-12
    Diane United States 07-07-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Dry"

    I was disappointed with this book because, perhaps mistakenly, I expected it to be a memoir. Rather, it reads like a biography/business school case. Ted methodically takes us through the factual details of his life, which mostly consisted of work and sailing. I often found myself drifting off while listening and took many "breaks" to listen to more captivating material.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    adam Bulli, Australia 10-13-12
    adam Bulli, Australia 10-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting and honest"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great read. Recounts great moments from the past. Ted legacy in recent times has been overshadowed but this book really highlights his achievements and impact he has had on the world.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Call Me Ted?

    The Impact CNN has had


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Americas cup and sailing stories


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joya Seaford, DE, United States 10-22-11
    Joya Seaford, DE, United States 10-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Ted Turner: Outstanding Human. Living Legend"

    In 1984 - when my parents were one of the first cable subscribers on a tiny Caribbean island - I had no idea that CNN was a fledgling cable network. I have always known the name of Ted Turner. I guess that it is easy to assume that rich, powerful, outspoken Southern billionaires have always been so. Not quite.

    Ted Turner was once a rambunctious, badly-behaved boy who was chucked off to boarding schools at a very tender age, expelled from several schools and repeatedly physically abused by a controlling alcoholic father. Despite his harsh childhood, there is no pity party in the book. Ted tells the story of his troubled childhood with brevity and a matter of fact quality. He continued his career of academic delinquency through military school, where he learned some discipline but eventually dropped out of University, never earning a college degree.

    And then come the details of his staggering accomplishments. The trajectory goes like this: troubled child - college dropout - multi-billionaire. He was forced to eat humble pie by joining his father's billboard business, but then went on to win the America's Cup, start a cable net work and eventually CNN, own the Atlanta Braves, become an exceedingly wealthy person and the largest single landowner in the United States. He even gave a billion dollars to the United Nations.

    The story is so astounding that, like a work of poor fiction, it is almost unbelievable. He is passionate, outspoken and in many ways a stubborn brat. How did he do it? Vision, belief in his dream and hard work. It makes your head spin, but the failures and frailties are candidly presented too. An important component of the book is the space given to key persons in his life, including ex-wife Jane Fonda and arch-enemies to share their uncensored thoughts on him and experiences they shared. The book is so much richer for it.

    I now have both a healthy respect and deep admiration for this extraordinary man - entrepreneur, visionary, humanitarian. Ted Turner is truly a living legend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Christies Beach, Australia 06-24-11
    Roger Christies Beach, Australia 06-24-11
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    "Fascinating story read by the man himself"

    I really enjoyed this and was pretty dissapointed when I completed all 18 hours worth of audio - only because it was over. Much of it is fascinating, and Ted had me laughing throughout as well. I really find business self-help titles to be pretty boring, this on the other hand was very inspiring. His personal life is quite a failure really, but there's much to be learned from here, with his energy, vision, and people skills. The Time Warner details at the end were a downer I thought, he seemed to go into too much detail and it seems the events are maybe still a bit raw. His early life and sailing, CNN etc stories we're absolutely awesome. I'm looking forward to listening to this again sometime. Easily the best audiobook I've listened too. This makes me want to get the book - though there's a great richness hearing this story in Ted's own southern accent. Hard to beat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Arlington, VA, US 12-13-08
    Donald Arlington, VA, US 12-13-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Must Read"

    Fantastic business book. The deal comes second, first is a no nonsense, non-academic articulation of what business combinations make sense and why. So many businessmen end up successful through high energy, hard work, and being in the right place at the right time. Not so with "Ted". He is a natural strategic thinker, and he's brilliant at it. The personal side is also very insightful. An engaging book, full of humor and strategic insight.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen Loxahatchee, FL, USA 12-18-08
    Eileen Loxahatchee, FL, USA 12-18-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Good until the last hour"

    The book was good and entertaining until the last hour when he became preachy on the subject of over population (this from a man with 5 kids and 10 grandkids), the evils of a capitalistic, consumer driven society (this from a billionaire), and Americans who drive big cars and own big houses (this from a man with a number of properties all over the country). Until his "do as I say not as I do" finale, the book was very entertaining.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dane SAN RAFAEL, CA, United States 05-05-14
    Dane SAN RAFAEL, CA, United States 05-05-14 Member Since 2012
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn SANTA BARBARA, CA, United States 02-15-14
    Marilyn SANTA BARBARA, CA, United States 02-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing Grace"
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Great Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Call Me Ted to be better than the print version?

    Proof if proof is needed that sucessful people are driven and you can achieve anything with that type of drive.great book, great story well read by the man himself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ted - just the most incredible life story


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  • charlie
    London, United Kingdom
    12/22/11
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    "drive and determination"

    Ted is clearly quite an extraordinary fellow. fascinating. not sure I learned a lot, but quite an eye opener about drive and determination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
    1/29/11
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    "Top Book"

    Not many business books out there that are also entertaining. To be honest this is more a story of Ted's life but it really is a great listen. Highly recommended.

    David

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  • Susie
    LondonUnited Kingdom
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    "Amazing"

    This is a very personal and real account of a very succesful business man. Lots of lessons to be learnt; very interesting to listen to, and very inspiring. Would recommend without a doubt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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