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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Lisa
  • LAWRENCE, KANSAS, United States
  • 11-21-12

Thank you Audible....

Lovely gift to listen to during the holidays. Everyone should have a listen; to this audio book and to the people around them during the holidays. Thank you Audible and David Isay.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Keri
  • SANDY, UT, United States
  • 11-21-12

Beautiful

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Thank you Audible for this beautiful collection of stories. I found it very moving and well timed- I listened to it while baking pumpkin pies in preparation for Thanksgiving. It made for a lovely prelude to the holidays and spending time with loved ones. Thank you!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Loved Every Minute

Audible gave this book to me as a free gift. I check out these free offerings with a heavy dose of 'doubt I'll listen to the whole book'. So, imagine my surprise when I became completely engrossed by these treasured stories told first-hand by their owners, ranging from beautiful to heart-wrenching and poignant. I drove to my destination alternating between hearty laughs and uncontrollable tears streaking my cheeks. I made myself late for my dinner date because I had to sit in the car to finish. I listened again on the return trip and bookmarked a story to share with my husband when I got home. Every remarkable story is about love, either shared, lost or its uncertain future. Wow. Just wow.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Anita
  • Santa Clarita, CA, United States
  • 12-20-12

Wonderful stories

If you could sum up Listening Is an Act of Love in three words, what would they be?

delightful storytelling

What did you like best about this story?

I loved listening to real people tell real stories. I am so inspired by the human spirit and love to connect with people.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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beautiful and touching

I might not have chosen this myself but it was a gift, and it turned out to be a beautiful gift indeed. What a touching glimpse into people's lives.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Loved this great surprise

I didn't know what to expect with this since I always listen to fiction. But this was a fantastic collection. I found myself wishing it was longer.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Beautiful! Beautiful!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the story tellers have their unique sweetness, truth and sincerity - the willingness to share and bare what they felt was real to them was apparent.

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

I have always liked these performances. I can't say

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

All of the above. These characters pull you in immediately and you feel an intimate connection to them.

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I've listened to this twice. What a beautiful Thanksgiving gift.Thank you Audible. This is lovely!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Thank you for this great listen

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

I reccommend this book as a great fun listen. I also hope it inspires those who listen to write and give their own stories to their loved ones.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the stories were my favorites

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

An idea to share your history with your loved ones

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

I loved the uniqueness of every single story

Any additional comments?

To listen is an act of LOVE!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Julia
  • Gulfport, MS, United States
  • 04-15-13

Tears...

Most of the stories brought tears to my eyes. Also smiles. They were all touching sweet stories and I would love to hear more!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great vignettes

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

Yes; it's a quick read and a great idea for anyone to do to capture family history, perspective, and complex relationships.

What did you like best about this story?

Bringing generations together

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

No

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

Enjoyed

1 of 1 people found this review helpful