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Audie Award Finalist, Personal Development, 2014

The legendary Dolly Parton shares for the first time her deeply held philosophy of life and her heartfelt hopes for everyone. Based on the hugely popular commencement speech Dolly Parton gave at the University of Tennessee that became a sensation, Dream More is a deeper and richer exploration of the personal philosophy she has forged over the course of her astonishing career as a singer, songwriter, performer, and philanthropist.

Using her speech as a jumping-off point, Parton explores the four great hopes she urges us to embrace: Dream more, learn more, care more, and be more. She culls examples of these values from her own life as illustrations, from growing up poor in the hills of eastern Tennessee to her experiences as the iconic performer she has become today.

Written by one of the cultural legends of our time, Dream More is a poignant and uplifting anthem for all who want to take charge of their lives and forge a future on their own terms.

©2012 Dolly Parton (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

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Dolly Does It Again!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Dream More to be better than the print version?

The audio edition is absolutely flawless and indispensable. Dolly Parton is the narrator so not only do you get to hear Dolly's story but you get to hear her words the way that ONLY she can deliver them. If you know anything about Dolly Parton, you know that she is an inspiration and and entertainer. She laughs, she jokes and she even SINGS on this edition. Now, you KNOW she ain't gonna be singing in the hardcover edition! (Ya, I said ain't).

What other book might you compare Dream More to and why?

This book is along the line of Dolly Parton's first book, "Dolly". She speaks to how her life inspired her to be who she is today. The difference is that Dolly uses this opportunity to help you get more from your life and move forward into YOUR future dreaming big and working to make those dreams come true.

Which character – as performed by Dolly Parton – was your favorite?

Dolly (performed by...well...Dolly).

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

The book definitely made me laugh and cry. Wait til you hear Dolly talk about how she wants to die. Yah, she really does. I laughed out loud in public. There were also many moments that struck home, made me think hard about my life and ultimately made me cry.

Any additional comments?

If you're reading this review because you're trying to decide if you want this book, let me make it easy for you....YOU DO.

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  • Drevik
  • Reno, Nv USA
  • 12-20-17

Happy Collection of Dolly'sWisdom w/Joyful lyrics

I have been a fan since I was a child. I would wake up at 6 a.m. just to hear her sing "Love is like a Butterfly" on our black and white tv. I love books read by the author as it comes across as more real... okay maybe be not completely real in that I like to imagine it is like a friend speaking to you. This book is a happy little book, speckled with colorful tales and even some song snippets. I think any fan of Dolly would enjoy this book. There is some down to earth wisdom, motivational and positive attitude tips, beyond merely tales of Dolly from her life. The last section is a collection of some of her best quips that one may have heard her say (or read in periodical publications).

This is not a tell all collection of underside of the entertainment industry. This is not trashing anyone. This is not a who slept with whom biography. This is not Peyton Place. This is not one of those dime store trash novel meant to titillate.

This is just a happy little collection of Dolly's wisdom with some real world experiences and a joyful lyric or two to tie it all together I found it uplifting and good.

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  • MJCJ
  • Dallas, TX
  • 08-09-18

Fun to listen to and encouraging it. Loved it!!!

This was fun to listen to, encouraging, and practical. Love listen to Dolly, I felt like she was talking to me and I laughed out loud. Made the car ride go by fast and I was sad when it was over.

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Fun Listen

Funny and inspiring, Dolly’s narration (including singing!) makes this one necessary on audio. A real treat!

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There is no one better than Dolly

Dolly Parton wrote this book based upon a college commencement speech that she gave. It is so refreshing and inspirational to find someone who has achieved so much wealth and fame focus solely upon a message about helping other people. Dolly is a national treasure, and because the book is narrated by Dolly herself, that makes this recording a national treasure also!

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Dolly for president

Such a positive story and really interesting to someone who loves 60s/70s icons and American country.

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Loved this book!

How can you not have a good day with a little Dolly Lama in your life? I love her perspective, personality, and the singing. She’s such a bright spot! Favorite audible book!

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  • PJ
  • 06-16-18

World-class human being

Holy crap this book was fun! This world would be a much better place if more people were like Dolly R. Parton.

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SHORT AND CERTAINLY SWEET - LOVED IT!

If you are a fan or not of Dolly Parton, this short and sweet little gem is worth listening too. It is a feel good pick me up with some great advice and one-liners! I was not sure I wanted to waist my time on a short book but I will put it like the reviewer that convinced me. If you are not sure you want to get this book - YOU DO!! And of course the audio version is priceless because you get to hear it in her own words which is wonderful!

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Short but sweet!!! I cried in the first chapter!!!

Gotta love Dolly!!! I cried first chapter in!!! I just adore her!!! She will make you laugh and cry all in the same chapter!!!

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  • Mrs Sheila Richardson
  • 12-29-17

Inspirational

It was an inspiration to listen to this and the way to look at your own world & thoughts. In true Dolly style as a,long time fan I wondered what to expect and she didn't disappoint. Her words were truly inspirational thank you Dolly.

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  • Iain
  • 04-13-13

Integrity and values

This book is one of the most down to earth and straight forward books I have listened to in a long time. The fact that Dolly narrates it is a huge bonus. She speaks from the heart and is not afraid of who she is and you get the feeling that she is speaking directly to you. Her humor and honesty make you smile and understand her world. I have listened to it 3 times now and each listen brings something different. I would recommend this book to anyone whether in business or not. Dolly is the original proof of never judge a book by its cover