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Publisher's Summary

A Recorded Books Audio Original production of songs and stories performed by Dolly herself, Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics goes beyond the glitz, glamour, and rhinestones to the warmth, heart, and soul of a treasured pop-culture icon.  

In this exclusive audio performance, the 10-time Grammy Award-winning artist weaves her words with music and memories to give listeners the stories behind the stories of her most cherished songs. And with some 3,000 songs to her credit, Dolly uses her gift for lyrics to connect to people of all genders, generations, and geographies. 

Showcasing nearly 100 of her most popular songs, including “Jolene”, “I Will Always Love You”, “9 to 5”, and “Coat of Many Colors”, to name a few, this one-of-a-kind audio experience delivers answers to fans’ most burning questions: How close did Dolly come to singing “I Will Always Love You” as a duet with Elvis? How did she become an actress? And exactly who was Jolene? 

Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics is a must-have memoir for fans of country music, music history, and (of course!) Dolly herself. 

©2020 Dolly Parton (P)2020 Recorded Books

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Interview without questions

This is great for Dolly fans, but unlike a usual memoir it felt more like an interview with a male voice guiding the conversation without asking direct questions. It could also pass for a podcast with super short episodes aka 180 chapters of about two minutes each that could make a great daily Dollyism listening for super fans to hear a bit of her song and the story behind a song before starting a day. Best part was definitely hearing her sing bits of the songs and then explain the meaning and stories behind the lyrics.

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More like an interview

I wish I could give it 5 stars, but it didn’t read like a book to me. It felt too much like an interview for me.

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Dolly is a national treasure!

Loved this book so much, the only downside is I wish there were more of it. I could listen to Dolly talk all day! I love Dolly, she is such an inspiration & truly a blessing!

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Loved it!

I finished the entire book in one day! Dolly Parton is witty and wise, a treasure!

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Dolly for the Nobel Peace Prize

Just a perfect gift from Dolly Parton! The audiobook is like having a conversation with her as she recounts writing her favorite songs! Between this, her song catalog, the Imagination Library, and funding a COVID vaccine, it’s easy to see why she deserves the Nobel!

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Dolly is pure love

She's a national treasure and her music will out live us all. What's she's done in her lifetime will have an impact on the world for a very long time.

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Absolutely amazing.

Have always loved her and this book was perfect for any fan. Def needed in these times to bring some light!

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loved it.

loved it. I listened to it twice! Now I enjoy her songs even more..knowing the stories behind them.

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Love Dolly

I love Dolly Parton, she is so down to earth and funny. This one is more like a conversation or interview, I couldn’t stop listening.

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Interesting to learn where the music came from.

Not a typical biography it is more like a magazine interview. It was interesting to here where. the stories in the songs came from and how Dolly writes her music.

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  • 11-19-20

Dolly is the best

I love Dolly and I thought this was wonderful, interesting, heart-warming and well worth a listen but her narration is a bit all over the place so it feels like one big interview

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  • 11-17-20

Wonderful and inspiring

Such a fascinating journey through so many stories of Dolly’s life told through her songs. I’m sure reading this book would be good but you can’t beat listening to Dolly tell it her way. I absolutely loved every moment and will be listening to it again with my 9 year old daughter who loves Dolly as much as I do. I throughly recommend this joyous book about the greatest song writer there has ever been

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  • 11-23-20

Unique book that works

I really enjoyed hearing from Dolly little snippets of her music catalogue and some hidden meaning or experience about that tune. wish there was more but certainly worthy of a listen again!