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Listening Is an Act of Love | [Dave Isay]

Listening Is an Act of Love

Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.
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Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

©2008 Penguin; ©2008 Dave Isay

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    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 12-06-12
    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2011

    Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.

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    "A Feel Good Listen"

    The opportunity to peer into the lives of real people by listening to their own voices explaining their own stories is incomparable.

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    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 12-06-12
    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2012

    Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa

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    "Incredible"

    This is terrific, Hearing this just changes your prospective fast.
    I can't believe we can have this free.
    You will feel every emotion imaginable.

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    Jen Collins lagrange, kentucky, United States 12-04-12
    Jen Collins lagrange, kentucky, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Totally a Ploy to get you to buy something"
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    tell one complete story instead of clips


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked that you can basically tell your story and they'll store it for you.


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

    All of the stories were good.


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    Kindle Customer Edinboro, PA, US 12-03-12
    Kindle Customer Edinboro, PA, US 12-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful vignettes of life"
    If you could sum up Listening Is an Act of Love in three words, what would they be?

    heartwarming, loving, informative.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the grandfather in the first story as I often wished I had thought to do more in depth interviews with family members while they were still with us. The grandfather's story was very touching as was the grandson's reaction.


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

    I have never listened to anything by him before.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first foray into the Freebies offered. I hope they are all as wonderful. The Story Corps is a marvelous project.

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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 12-02-12
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Better than Fiction!"

    I had never heard of StoryCorps before, and I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to this. The stories were wonderful, and some of them brought tears to my eyes (much to my chagrin, since I was listening to this at the gym!!!). I absolutely loved each and every story; there was not a bad story in the bunch. These are honest, heart-felt stories; having them told by the people in their own voices was superb! Thank you, Audible for the free gift and also to introducing me to this concept!

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    Jo Green Cordova, TN, United States 12-02-12
    Jo Green Cordova, TN, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2002

    Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.

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    "Thank You Audible."

    For a freebie this was great. I hate that some didn't like this, but that can't be helped. What I was told was a third of the people will like you, one third won't like you and the last third don't care either way. I guess that's the same when it is books too. Mainly because this book is so personal. I really appreciated it, my grandparent's used to tell me about growing up and they were wonderful stories. These interviews brought me to tears in some instances. I admit I'm a sap for human connection, but I've been a nurse for 30 years with 23 of those in pediatric cancer care. Children have taught me a lot about the appreciation for others, and their strength in adversity is amazing. Even with terminal illnesses they manage to remember others, worrying about how their parents are. These interviews are just affirmations of the importance of those connections, and a great gift of and for humanity. Thanks again audible, I appreciate it.

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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 11-28-12
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2011

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "From the heart stories."

    This was a great collection of 3-5 minute stories about people's lives. I was so intrigued I looked up their web site and was happily surprised I could listen to other stories on the website. I immediatly sent a web link to all my friends and family. I laughed, I cried, I had a rollercoaster ride of emotion during this short hour of time. And best of all it was free.

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    Kristi Milwaukie, OR, United States 11-28-12
    Kristi Milwaukie, OR, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2011

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

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    "Wonderful stories told by real people!"
    Where does Listening Is an Act of Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have never heard the PBS radio show, so didn't know what to expect on this listen. I was pleasantly surprised and enthralled for the most part in all of these stories.
    This is a quick listen and well worth your time. Thoroughly enjoyed it!


    What other book might you compare Listening Is an Act of Love to and why?

    Can't think of any this unique, perhaps the closest would be the Jackie Kennedy interviews that were so interesting. Same format.


    Which character – as performed by Dave Isay – was your favorite?

    He was only the MC, every person was their own "character".


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Let it all hang out!


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    Glitterific Mantua, NJ, United States 11-27-12
    Glitterific Mantua, NJ, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "StoryCorps: when you need a good cry."

    I listened to this audiobook in one day, since it is less than an hour long. I cried no fewer than 4 times. I often hear the stories on NPR and am often amazed at how listening to a few minutes of someone else's story changes mine. I never had a sense of just how important the steel industry was in Pittsburg until I heard one of these stories. Another, of a couple discussing the wife's recent diagnosis of Altzheimer's and what it means for them now and in the future.

    This book is a reminder that listening intently is giving a gift to the story teller. As I rush around in the next few weeks, I hope to be able to remember that more fully. This was the perfect book to listen to at the holidays.
    Thanks, Audible!

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    C. Poolas NJ 01-19-13
    C. Poolas NJ 01-19-13

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    "free book designed to automatically charge you"
    Would you try another book from Dave Isay and/or Dave Isay?

    Shame on you Audible to use this book as a free offering to automatically enroll people into a membership.


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