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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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Editor's Pick

A treasure trove of songs and stories
November is turning out to be quite the musical month here at Audible. So while I typically go for fiction finds when choosing my picks, I just had to jump on the bandwagon (get it, “band” wagon?) and join in on the fun. How lucky are we to have a new memoir—filled with personal stories, life wisdom, and, yes, musical interludes—from the American treasure that is Dolly Parton!? She frames her story through her songs—taking the listener on a real musical journey. Dolly is timeless. Her authenticity and talent shine through, and she reminds me of all that is good in this world. —Tricia F., Audible Editor

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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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Who knew I loved Dolly Parton so much

My new obsession - Dolly Parton. And this recording was so much fun to listen to. She is the real deal and her stories are heart driven as well as down to earth. I felt like I was listening to my good friend Dolly give me advice and tell me about her life. She is a national treasure!

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Hearing Dolly- better than reading

This was a joy! She is genuine- a study in contradiction. Weaving in musical clips is something you can’t experience in the book. Made me happy- uplifting in difficult times- joyful!!

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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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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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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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  • kylesmum25
  • 10-27-21

Dolly - Storyteller

Wonderful and emotional listening. She is an absolute treasure. Great stories and would recommend this book.

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  • fmh
  • 06-23-21

Dolly is so easy to listen to

Really enjoyed this book and the stories of Dolly’s life , music and songs … amazing inspiring woman

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  • MICHAEL E.
  • 05-08-21

Dolly interesting

For an avid Dolly fan or a country music fan this is a must.

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  • Bargain loving mum
  • 04-23-21

lovely book

I was so glad I got this book as an audiobook, as Dolly's narration brings it life and joy. To any Dolly fans, I totally recommend.

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  • jennifer
  • 04-10-21

loved it

would have liked a bit more of the song clips but a great listen ...

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  • Elisa
  • 03-24-21

A bit disappointing

Not really sure what I expected but I though that there would be more of Dolly's songs. There are just snippets on here when surely we could have had the whole song. Her chat in between was nice, like having her over for a cup of tea but I don't think there are too many insights here.

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  • Stephanie M.
  • 02-18-21

fabulous insight

lovely listen. dolly open and warm throughout. lovely stories behind lots of her songs. it was fabulous!

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  • Cliff Gillies
  • 02-01-21

Fantastic

Like going for a coffee with Dolly and her talking you through her songs; how and why she wrote them. A delight.

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  • Lola Ricardo
  • 01-13-21

Loved listening

Too short...wanted to hear more from Dolly!!
I wil have to find the songs too!

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  • lou
  • 01-11-21

Wow awesome thanks for the book

Loved it hung on every word, a book I will listen to often. In my top ten

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-29-21

Cheerful and fun

You will laugh in the car, or where ever you’re listening. The format is one question or comment read by a voice that sounds straight out of six feet under ( remember that show ?) , then Dolly Parton chatting for 30 min, and singing her favourite lyrics to her songs ( spoiler they are all her favourites) And it’s perfect. She’s open about her life, and if you want to know a bit about the means of songs you’re in luck. The Epstein comment shocked me . The sound production is super easy to listen to. No echos or background noises. Great fun. More interview then book. And some promos in there, but you don’t mind cause it’s a fun listen .

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  • Amanda
  • 11-29-21

This is not a book

There were only a few reviews when I bought this, none at the time said that this was more like an interview.
It’s also not a very good interview, there is no flow or conversation. It’s like Dolly had a page of questions and then answered them one at a time.
It’s actually hard and annoying to follow, because there is no flow.
I have never wanted to return a book before, but I want to return this one - how do I do that? I am so disappointed, because I absolutely love Dolly and I so wanted to love this “book” too.
There are better Dolly stories and interviews than this one. Save your credit.

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  • Munchkin71
  • 10-17-21

Great story teller!

I enjoyed this alot. Love to hear the stories behind her most famous - and some not so famous - songs.

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  • Heather
  • 10-12-21

Lovely

What a legend, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. What a bonus being narrated by the legend that is Dolly. Made me laugh and cry and smile often. The honesty is humbling! Thanks Dolly, I can’t wait to share with my sister who is battling cancer, it will make her smile.

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  • Peta Baird
  • 10-09-21

Repetitive and not a book

I wanted to like this but it is really just an extended interview. If I had started a drinking game every time Dolly said "it's one of my favourite songs", I would have dropped down drunk less than halfway through.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-25-21

loved it!

Absolutely loved it. As a Dolly fan this was an amazing insight to her and her songwriting. Will be a repeat listener for sure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-19-21

Great listen

Love Dolly and this gave me a few laughs learned a few things as well
So enjoyable !

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  • Louisa Moore
  • 07-17-21

Loved every word and song

Just to listen to Dolly all the way through brings home to what she is telling the world. One of the best I have ever had the please to listen to. Love you to the moon and back Dolly xxx

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  • Mark
  • 04-14-21

What a sorry teller

Dolly is awesome as a narrator, it’s like she is sitting down and having a yarn with you rather than reading a book! Very unique. Pity the songs weren’t longer tho

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-23-21

Delightful Dolly

How can you not enjoy someone like Dolly. Postive, thoughtful, honest and a little naughty. Love hearing how the songs came to be. I learnt so much about Dolly and on self refection, how to roll with the punches. Wonderful concept. Just left me wanting more