Find Another Dream

Narrated by: Maysoon Zayid
Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (5,672 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Find Another Dream, written and performed by Maysoon Zayid, is the true story of how a Muslim Jersey girl with cerebral palsy creates her own path to stardom. 

The daughter of Palestinian immigrants, as a child she dreamed of one day dancing on Broadway. As a teen, a bubble-bursting choreographer told her to “find another dream”, so she set her sights on becoming a soap star, undeterred by the fact that the odds were against her. While chasing fame, she found her voice in stand-up comedy, performing in multiple languages in sold-out shows all over the world. 

When not touring, Maysoon Zayid is a passionate advocate who fights for access to education for disabled students worldwide and battles bullying online. In this Audible Original x Hello Sunshine, Maysoon tells tales of family, friendship, love, and career. She takes us on a hilarious, poignant journey of failures and successes. When her dreams turn into nightmares, she finds another dream until finally, the one she least expected comes true. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Maysoon Zayid (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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About the Creator and Performer

Maysoon Zayid is a comedian, writer, disability advocate, and tap dancer. She is a graduate of and a Guest Comedian in Residence at Arizona State University. Maysoon is the co-founder/co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival and The Muslim Funny Fest. She was a full-time On Air Contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann and a columnist for The Daily Beast. She has most recently appeared on Oprah Winfrey Network's In Deep Shift, 60 Minutes, and CNN.

Maysoon had the most viewed TED Talk of 2014 and was named 1 of 100 Women of 2015 by BBC. As a professional comedian, she has performed in top New York clubs and has toured extensively at home and abroad. Maysoon was a headliner on the Arabs Gone Wild Comedy Tour and the Together Live Tour. She limped in New York Fashion Week and is a recipient of the Women’s Media Center Progressive Women’s Voices IMPACT Award. Maysoon appeared alongside Adam Sandler in You Don’t Mess with the Zohan and is a recurring character on the legendary daytime drama General Hospital. In 2019, Maysoon took her talents to audio and created and performed Find Another Dream for Audible.

About Hello Sunshine

Founded by Reese Witherspoon, Hello Sunshine is on a mission to change the narrative for women through storytelling, creating and curating content that celebrates women and puts them at the center of the story. We tell complex stories that shine a light on where women are right now and those that help chart a new path forward.

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Unexpected gem

I knew I'd seen seen Maysoon Zayid before...but I didn't remember where. I'd heard her words before, but it didn't click til I googled her and saw she had presented on a Ted Talk which I had loved a while back. A lot of her book is from that Ted Talk, or vice verse, almost verbatim, but well worth another listen. Her voice is unique...no one else could have performed this audiobook. Her voice is a character in itself. The book is filled with unexpected twists and turns...much like life, but Maysoon's life makes mine seem bland in comparison. Her perseverence, her unfailing positive perspective in even the most challenging situations is a lesson we all can take away. The story does tend to drag a bit especially towards the end ..that could probably have been edited down a bit, but just listening to her voice was engaging enough to sustain my attention. By the way, I'm a Speech Pathologist, so I know how hard it was for her to record this or even get to the point where she could. I came away from this audiobook with tremendous respect for this woman.

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A wonderful story with fantastic storytelling!

I've always been a fan of the author's stand-up and TED Talk, and hearing her life's story as presented in this book was just amazing! It is full of stories from Maysoon's experiences as "a Palestinian, Muslim virgin, with cerebral palsy, from New Jersey, with no health insurance.." (a direct quote) and all of the obstacles she's had to face to get to where she is today. She is a hilarious storyteller and the book is a lot of fun to listen to. I always enjoy hearing authors do their own narration; particularly for non-fiction, and this is a perfect example of why. Her emotional connection to these stories is obvious in her narration, which is natural and spot-on. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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Best played at 1.5x, 2.0x, or 2.5x

The narrator, who is the author and subject of the autobiographical account, has Cerebral Palsy, or as she calls it throughout the book, CP, which somewhat slurs her speech. It's a great account of her life and I really liked it, however, I needed to listen at at least 2.0x to not be distracted by her speech. It doesn't sound robotic at all and she is funny. 2.0x gives her a tone that is easily understood AND you can get through the book twice as fast.

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Ok until politic bashing started

It was ok and I was interested because my daughter was born with CP. However, she wants to be accepted and treated equal but then she tells the story of trying to convince her friends to think like her, believe what she believes, vote like her and when a few don’t, they are no longer friends. How is this accepting differences ??

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Not bad, not great.

The author had a certain kind of charm, she’s is a bit narcissist and self centered, but I could literally hear her smiling as she spoke, but the story bounced around through her ages in a haphazard kind of way, which made it hard to follow. Unfortunately, near the end she went on a political tirade, about the president. Now it doesn’t bother me that she has an opposition to him, it’s America, and everyone’s right, but when did it become acceptable for people with this new literal agenda to start throwing insults like a twelve year old? I find anyone who does that, loses whatever argument they have, before it begins, and it is simply hilarious coming from the same people who allegedly pride themselves in inclusiveness and tolerance. As for inspirational, I wish her luck on her next book.

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Could not finish it.

Had to stop. Chuckled a few times but was not in the mood for political ranting.

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The story was entertaining in the beginning but it took a steep nosedive when the author decided to use the book as her political platform. She has a right to voice her political opinions but I found her language to be offensive. When I listen or read a book like this I'm doing so for enjoyment and relaxation. The story got boring and I lost interest as the naration became more of a resume. I wouldn't have finished the book but it was all I had left in my library to get me throug my walk.

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Started out good...

But turned out terrible. Fell flat. Overly opinionated. Not enough substance. In fairness, I listened until the end. But, it was pretty painful.

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So sad

She speaks about love and acceptance...but what she really means....is only if you believe what she believes. She mocks white conservatives and has no respect for other people’s views and beliefs. She has bought into the lie that southern conservatives are hateful, deceived people....when nothing could be farther from the truth. This book only widens the racial divide and it saddens me when it could have been a book to bring together different races and beliefs.

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Vitriol Women

Life is hard . Maysoon spirit to love and live life to the fullest touched my heart. Moved my soul to the core. I don’t agree with her politics. Who cares? The importance of how her life has been lived is remarkable. It can be heard in her voice and stories. Truly and inspiration to all. I’m a general hospital fan. Would love to see more of her great talent as a lawyer on this show. Maybe some stand up comic also. Keep going girl!

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