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Publisher's Summary

From the lead singer of the band Great Big Sea comes a lyrical and captivating musical memoir about growing up in the tiny fishing village of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, and then taking to the world stage.

Singer-songwriter and front man of the great Canadian band Great Big Sea, Alan Doyle is also a lyrical storyteller and a creative force. In Where I Belong, Alan paints a vivid, raucous, and heartwarming portrait of a curious young lad born into the small coastal fishing community of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, and destined to become a renowned musician who carried the musical tradition of generations before him and brought his signature sound to the world. He tells of a childhood surrounded by larger-than-life characters who made an indelible impression on his music and work; of his first job on the wharf, cutting out cod tongues for fishermen; of growing up in a family of five in a two-bedroom house with a beef-bucket as a toilet, yet lacking nothing; of learning at his father's knee how to sing the story of a song and learning from his mother how to simply "be good"; and, finally, of how everything he ever learned as a kid prepared him for that pivotal moment when he became part of Great Big Sea and sailed away on what would be the greatest musical adventure of his life.

Filled with the lore and traditions of the East Coast and told in a voice that is at once captivating and refreshingly candid, this is a narrative journey about small-town life, curiosity, and creative fulfillment and, finally, about leaving everything you know behind only to learn that no matter where you go, home will always be with you.

©2015 Alan Doyle (P)2015 Random House Audio

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The book was good but the audible version was fantastic!

A wonderful biography, made even better when read by the author. CBC needs to make a series of these wonderful poignant moments of the Author's childhood. Thank you Alan for sharing!

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Entertaining

This book captivated me from the first chapter. He is such a great story teller. This book has humor, intrigue , compassion, family, adventure and so much more. I would highly recommend this book to anyone especially if you are a Great Big Sea fan .

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Alan Doyle Belongs in Our Hearts

Where does Where I Belong rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Where I Belong is my favorite audiobook.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Where I Belong?

The scene that Alan described and played the characters in where the old fisherman has a hook in his hand. It felt like Alan was sitting across the table telling me the story over a cuppa.

Which character – as performed by Alan Doyle – was your favorite?

Frank the fisherman and The Bottler.

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

Local Boy Does Good

Any additional comments?

Alan is an amazing storyteller. He is never dull.

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inspirational for any aspiring musician.

Doyle's personality shines through in this biography. It is a feel-good romp through the harbors of Newfoundland. Leaving you with a smile on your face and a hankering for some good Tunes!

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Fan of his music ,now of his book & narration

This sixth generation Texan finds the dissimilarities as well as the strange commonalities between Doyle's "country" and my own fascinating. He is more a contemporary of my forty year old children , but some of his childhood is more like growing up in fifties rural Texas...substitute heat and sand for his cold and snow. The hardiness of the people of Newfoundland and their remarkable fondness for their country which lives in their hearts and on their sleeves can be felt in this book. They are a very talented people, singing and writing songs. Alan is one of their best ambassadors. Go to you tube and listen to Where I Belong by Alan Doyle, you will be hooked and want more of his story.

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Where I Belong

I found Alans descriptions a bit too vivid at times,but I really enjoyed hearing about his life.Loved it!

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A must read for any GBS/Alan Doyle fan

A very interesting and entertaining life story told by an amazing storyteller. I didn't want it to end.

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Loved this book!

Brilliant and very entertaining storytelling! Alan charms the heck out of you! Bravo and thanks

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Where I Belong - Belongs on Your Audible "Reading" List!

Easily the most enjoyable audio book I have "read" all year. A rare "perfect" book!

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Excellent!

I felt like I had a front row seat to his adventures!! I loved it!

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  • Sarah T.
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brilliant

I was captivated from beginning to end. I felt as though I was there on the wharf, in Maureen's and singing at the kitchen parties.