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Find Another Dream

Narrated by: Maysoon Zayid
Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,103 ratings)

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"A story I didn’t know I needed to hear: heartfelt, funny, and relatable.
Hard not to love."

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Our favorite moments from Find Another Dream

"I won a massive malpractice suit against the medicine man who damaged me."
"My parents refused to take no for an answer."
"I wasn’t going to let some decrepit trolls steal my sunshine."

  • Find Another Dream
  • "I won a massive malpractice suit against the medicine man who damaged me."
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  • "My parents refused to take no for an answer."
  • Find Another Dream
  • "I wasn’t going to let some decrepit trolls steal my sunshine."

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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  • 11-08-19

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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A tough life but told in smartly fun way!

A story so intriguing, I'm a busy working Mom , Almost never have time to finish audible books, but this was told so smoothly, I can't help keep listening, I never know the author, But after this, I'm going to follow her. Hi, Maysoon, you are such a wonderful school storyteller, you should go write novels, they will become bestsellers. Write up some love stories, they will be fine

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Laughed out loud!

I loved this book. I rarely belly laugh while driving, but this was an exception.

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A must listen!,,

At the speed of 1.5 as a listening speed level: what a terrific story. Was able to listen straight through to the end. It was like being in a play on broadway. couldn't stop listening.

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Not what I expected

I was listening about a woman who overcame so many obstacles in her life. I found myself really rooting for her until the last few chapters. she talked about touring in the south, it seemed that she lumped all white Southerners in the same category as white supremacist. just as all Muslims do not want to be lumped into the same group as terrorists, we here in the South are not all lumped together either. Then she went on to her political views. I don't have a problem with someone having different political views than I do pair. However the name calling of a sitting president I feel is not warranted. she could have let her political views be known without the schoolyard name-calling. and on top of that she let it be known that she would not be friends with anybody that did not think the same way she did politically. I think she could have had a really great book had she figured out a more diplomatic way to discuss her political views and leave out her prejudices of southern white Americans.

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Maysoon Zayid Mashallah !!!

Such an amazing telling of this amazing woman’s story . Definitely recommended. Was an enjoyable experience from start to finish .

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Excellent work!

A story I didn’t know I needed to hear: heartfelt, funny, and relatable. Hard not to love.

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Awesome!!

I laughed, I teared up, I rejoiced, and I totally felt proud in a hopefully unpatronizing way. Not for all that she's overcome, but for all that she just is. Make this a movie please. It's an awesome book.

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Chapter 25 ended the book on a sour note

A dialogue that includes insulting people's looks is not for me. Chapter 25 was about putting
out every insult possible and distracted from any good message she wanted to give.

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