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Ten Years Later | [Hoda Kotb]

Ten Years Later

Through years of perseverance, purpose, and passion, Hoda Kotb landed a spot with Kathie Lee on the Today show, won numerous journalism awards, and gained valuable life lessons. Now, after captivating audiences in her blockbuster memoir Hoda, she turns to stories about others who have undergone personal transformation against great odds. In Ten Years Later, Hoda chronicles six amazing stories by identifying a game-changing event in her subjects’ lives and then revisiting those lives a decade later.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times bestselling author and beloved Today show co-anchor tells the incredible stories of people who, when faced with impossibly challenging or tragic life situations, persevere - and even thrive - and asks, What if you, facing a game-changing event or decision right now, could see ten years into the future?

Through years of perseverance, purpose, and passion, Hoda Kotb landed a spot with Kathie Lee on the Today show, won numerous journalism awards, and gained valuable life lessons. Now, after captivating audiences in her blockbuster memoir Hoda, she turns to stories about others who have undergone personal transformation against great odds.

In Ten Years Later, Hoda chronicles six amazing stories by identifying a game-changing event in her subjects’ lives and then revisiting those lives a decade later. We meet Amy Barnes, who took the leap to escape an abusive relationship, lost an astounding 340 pounds, and now encourages women like her to cultivate their mental and physical strength. There’s also Ron Clifford, a civilian hero of 9/11, who saved the life of a burn victim in the wreckage of the towers - only to learn the same day that his beloved sister and niece were passengers on Flight 175. Patrick Weiland, a former network producer who won a Peabody at age twenty-two and later spiraled into drug addition, demonstrates the power of a second chance.

Ten Years Later is a firsthand testament to the enduring power of the human spirit. Through inspirational life stories, Hoda shows how adversity can unleash our best qualities: resilience, perseverance, gratitude, empathy, and creativity. This book will inspire you to believe in the future, no matter how dark the present, and tap into the ability to reach your highest potential.

©2013 (c)2013 Hoda Kotb. All rights reserved.

(P)2013 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved. (P)2013 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 02-27-13
    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up Ten Years Later in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiration and Admiration


    What other book might you compare Ten Years Later to and why?

    None that I've read so far


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All scenes are equally fascinating and or enlightening


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

    The whole thing kept me interested and wanting more.


    Any additional comments?

    I always wonder what happens to people we hear about on TV shows, in the news, etc. FINALLY a book that brings us up to date with amazing people from different walks of life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne Harris GA USA 02-25-13
    Joanne Harris GA USA 02-25-13 Member Since 2013

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes it is veru uplifting and inspirational.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The ultra runner because of her complete dedication and desire for life.


    What does Hoda Kotb bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her own life experience shows through her voice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Garfinkle 02-11-13

    author of books for teens and children

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    "Inspirational"

    The six people profiled here have diverse backgrounds and accomplishments, but all were hit hard in life and not only bounced back but surged ahead. I was particularly impressed by the woman who, after battling cancer in her early twenties, started up a foundation to help other cancer victims battle infertility, and the single mother with no money or connections who started a corporation eventually worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 12-03-14
    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 12-03-14 Member Since 2008

    Likes: Cozy mysteries, esp w/cats, books on workings of the brain/autism, not-too-dark fantasy. Dislikes: Animal cruelty, torture scenes.

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    "Stories were interesting BUT"

    This book is Hota telling of her interviews with 6 people. I found the stories interesting. However, I did not really get how the stories really belong together. Even the subtitle "Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives" isn't entirely accurate. I really think she just thought these were six good stories so wanted to make a book but any real connection for all six is a stretch. The final story is about a woman who went from choosing to live a subsistence lifestyle to owning a multimillion dollar company. Is the adversity being poor when choosing to live that lifestyle? At any rate, each story on it's own was interesting but a few things did bug me. Our first story deals with a woman who after being in an abusive relationship and losing her kids, leaves the guy, loses hundreds of pounds and regains custody. She later becomes a life coach. This is inspiring except that one question kept popping into my mind while listening and Hota never asked it. The woman after gaining her kids back, moves in with another guy shortly after that, then another guy after that. It seemed to me like she always had to have a man and never got comfortable just being herself. It seemed so crazy after what she put her kids through to move them in with another guy right away. But Hota never asks her about that. After that story was a woman who survived cancer and went on to help cancer patients by getting the medical community to deal with issues of fertility loss differently. Those two made me think our book was about people who suffered something them went on to do something for others. But the next two stories were a little off from that. I was fascinated by the woman who recovered from epilepsy and became an ultra marathoner. (I had never heard of ultramarathons.) I am just not sure how that fits the theme. Similarly there is man who stops doing drugs after his sister is murdered and helps to influence the prosecution of her killer. There is also the man who helped a burn victim on 9/11 only to learn later his sister and niece had died that day. That is certainly a powerful story but I kept waiting to see what he was going to do and that was apparently just be a regular happy guy. So although the stories were interesting, I don't think Hota or her book added anything to them.

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    Sarah 07-07-14
    Sarah 07-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    What made the experience of listening to Ten Years Later the most enjoyable?

    This book is absolutely wonderful and uplifting! It definitely gave me hope in my own future and a better appreciation of life. I adore Hoda Kotb, so it was enjoyable to be able to listen to her tell the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    HOW CAN I PICK? Each individual's stories were absolutely amazing!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the "rags to riches" story at the end as well as the chapters about medical problems (no spoilers).


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely! I probably listened to it in three chunks, but it is definitely a great "binge" read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ariana 06-18-14
    Ariana 06-18-14
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    Where does Ten Years Later rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love that the stories are true and you get to hear the aftermath not just the triumph


    What does Hoda Kotb bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She conveyed the stories as they were told to her and gave us the benefit of knowing exactly how it was meant to be told


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

    H.O.P.E - Hold on pain ends


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    denise United States 10-03-13
    denise United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "So uplifting"

    I watch her every morning on her show and didn't know she was such a great writer. Loved hearing the inspiring stories. I was on vacation in Sarasota and could not wait to walk the beach every day for hours while I was listening to her book. Great!!

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    LJT 02-11-13
    LJT 02-11-13 Member Since 2004
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    What did you love best about Ten Years Later?

    Uplifting stories to root for the underdog. I loved Hoda's voice reading her own book.


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    Jane A. Pierpont LITCHFIELD, MI 02-09-13
    Jane A. Pierpont LITCHFIELD, MI 02-09-13
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    "My First Read... Great Job, Hoda..."
    Would you listen to Ten Years Later again? Why?

    Probably not.... but I was inspired and did enjoy reading about these Valiant people ....


    What did you like best about this story?

    The spunk and determination of these individuals, several in very difficult trials.


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

    no


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

    the story of Lindsey...her firm determination, the implementation of her conviction to enlist other significant players in reach her goals...

    Ron and the "911" story and the vivid description of his attept to help the dear woman who was on fire.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate being able to listen while I work and rest my eyes.

    Just one thing.... I would prefer to hear a bleep for the inappropriate language, though sparingly used....throughout the reports.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Reed NJ, USA 02-26-13
    M. Reed NJ, USA 02-26-13 Member Since 2007

    Enjoy history, self help, novels, not a sequel follower.

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    "Just OK - I think we all know people like this"

    or I am very lucky to know people like this. It is not over until the fat lady sings and you are in control of your life. Live it. I do like Hoda's voice

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Allyson
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    3/2/13
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    "Loved this book!"

    I loved this book it was very inspiring...I saw Hoda on the Wendy Williams show and she spoke about the book! and that when I said I must read it! I have no regrets love love love!

    I have been very inspired to follow my passion after reading the last story!

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