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The Traveler's Gift | [Andy Andrews]

The Traveler's Gift

This modern morality tale by gifted writer and speaker Andy Andrews teaches seven fundamental strategies for creating a successful life. Much like the best-selling books by Og Mandino, this unique narrative is a blend of entertaining fiction, allegory, and inspiration. Storyteller Andy Andrews gives a front-row seat for one man's journey of a lifetime. David Ponder has lost his job and the will to live.
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Publisher's Summary

This modern morality tale by gifted writer and speaker Andy Andrews teaches seven fundamental strategies for creating a successful life. Much like the best-selling books by Og Mandino, this unique narrative is a blend of entertaining fiction, allegory, and inspiration. Storyteller Andy Andrews gives a front-row seat for one man's journey of a lifetime. David Ponder has lost his job and the will to live. When he is supernaturally selected to travel through time, he visits historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, King Solomon, and Anne Frank. Each visit yields a Decision for Success that will one day impact the entire world

©2004 Andy Andrews (P)2004 Oasis Audio LLC

What the Critics Say

"Christian author and motivational speaker Andrews effectively combines self-help with fiction to catch readers' interest, sustaining momentum while simultaneously passing on instructions for positive thinking." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    Georgia auckland, New Zealand 06-20-12
    Georgia auckland, New Zealand 06-20-12
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    "Little Heavy Handed but still an uplifting read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I like to read and listen to book that make you feel motivated and positive and recommend on that basis.


    What about Andy Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Good voices, was easy to remember which character was which. That can be difficult to follow in an audiobook sometimes.


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

    Follow this man's uplifting journey as he discovers the secrets to life


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a sucker for these kind of books with the good message. Reminded me of the classic Christmas movie "It's a Wonderful Life". It was a little heavy handed and formulaic with how it progressed, but I think the heart was in the right place. Good for boosting your enthusiasm and focusing on the positive. I would put this more at the self help/development side of books rather than just straight fiction.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Courtney Arlington, VA, United States 09-25-12
    Courtney Arlington, VA, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Very Real and Inspiring"
    What made the experience of listening to The Traveler's Gift the most enjoyable?

    I liked having the author read it. I feel that gave it more importance and made me understand exactly the point he was trying to make.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David Ponder learns many lessons throughout the book. I think he is attempting to be the "Average Joe" but at some points he comes off as being immature and ignorant. But, in the end he learns the lessons he is intended to and redeems himself.


    What about Andy Andrews’s performance did you like?

    He put EVERYTHING into perspective. So often we forget about problems of the past because we get caught up in our daily life. The past is there to provide lessons that can, in fact, be very helpful for today's world.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book gave me the chills the entire time I read it. It struck an emotion within me that I had no idea I had. Andy Andrews gave me a gift of wisdom, perspective, and most importantly, clear examples. After reading the book, I researched all 7 people David Ponder met. Each person had an amazing and TRUE story that serves as an example.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janae Pearland, Texas, United States 08-06-12
    Janae Pearland, Texas, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2012

    I love to travel and train dogs. I can't seem to find the time to sit down and read so I listen while I'm on my way to...well...anywhere!

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    "Inspiring!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Traveler's Gift the most enjoyable?

    Great Story!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Traveler's Gift?

    In the beginning when the main character was having such a hard time then his life went from bad to worse...could identify with the emotions. As the story unfolded it was such an inspiring experience it made me remember that God is good and life experiences can make a person bitter or better...it's our choice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John & Sharon 08-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorites"
    Any additional comments?

    A favorite that I lead of listen to annually and have shared with numerous friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cbrave 05-07-14
    cbrave 05-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I thought I wouldn't like it but loved it instead"
    What made the experience of listening to The Traveler's Gift the most enjoyable?

    The stories and voices really came alive and I was captivated by it. I typically read books and prefer that but this book really lends itself to listening and Andy does an amazing job presenting it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The power of the story and character that really connected with my struggles and aspirations.


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

    I subscribe to his podcast but that has no where near the focus and production value of this book.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Traveler's Gift and why?

    David Ponder - main character


    Any additional comments?

    Andy does a great job with the voices, tempo and passion of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chicklette19 04-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Life Changing"
    Where does The Traveler's Gift rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is the most powerful book I have ever read. It has changed my life to the point where I have almost committed the entire book to memory.


    What other book might you compare The Traveler's Gift to and why?

    The Greatest Salesman in the world has the same idea of a series of lessons learned.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me face the realization that my life was a result of my choices. I could not blame the economy, a bad boss or anything else for where I was.


    Any additional comments?

    READ it!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Kennesaw, GA, United States 03-27-14
    Martin Kennesaw, GA, United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Life changing book!!!"
    If you could sum up The Traveler's Gift in three words, what would they be?

    Steps for GREATNESS


    Any additional comments?

    This book would will make you the best person you can be, and leave you feeling you can take on the WORLD!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric ANGIER, NC, United States 12-10-13
    Eric ANGIER, NC, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Meh"
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    For most of the book I have mixed feelings about it, but toward the end is where the author really lost me. I thought the different stories/visits were pretty good, with some of the morals at the end of each section a bit over the top. It was the close parallels to Christianity and the random departures where I stopped listening. (Spoiler Alert...) When the angel mentioned the eternal punishment was where the person was chained to a mirror to watch over and over again all the things that they didn't do/take advantage of, that was it for me. Maybe if the arch-angel's name wasn't Gabriel and if he didn't refer to the Father, maybe then I could have equated the 7th visit to some made up fantasyland, but being a Christian and seeing that condemned people are those who didn't fulfill all the things in their life that they could have seemed rather ridiculous. I know it's just a story, but the truth is that those condemned by God are those who have broken God's law not those who didn't pray long enough to get a mattress or find the cure for some disease.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Woody 11-20-13
    Woody 11-20-13

    I love GOD, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Family is very important to me. Good wholesome audio books, and Christian music are my favorites.

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    "Very Good Book"
    Where does The Traveler's Gift rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Extreemly good!


    What other book might you compare The Traveler's Gift to and why?

    All of Andy Andrew Books are great


    Which character – as performed by Andy Andrews – was your favorite?

    Ponder


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

    Yes! For sure!


    Any additional comments?

    This Book is one of the best out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Rodriguez Fauquier County, VA USA 08-31-13
    Sarah Rodriguez Fauquier County, VA USA 08-31-13

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    "Every family should read (or listen to) this!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I not only would recommend this to a friend, I'm planning to buy several copies as Christmas gifts! Every family, especially those with young children, should own this book, and read (or listen to) it several times a year.


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

    I love Mr. Andrews' voices for all the characters, but after listening to the audio version I decided to borrow it from the library in order to read it as well, and realized his emphasis in some areas was different than mine - which brought more meaning to the passages. Of course an author is going to know how he or she means for a particular scene to be interpreted, and listening to the author narrate the story makes a huge difference.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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