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I Can't Read: A Guide to Success Through Failure

Narrated by: William Manzanares IV
Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Self Development, How-To
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If not being able to read was a disease, it would be an epidemic. Millions of Americans can’t read, but illiteracy often goes unacknowledged or unnoticed. If you are the parent or teacher of a child who struggles with reading, you know the painful way that illiteracy steals their confidence and robs them of the joy that comes from learning. William Manzanares IV - a member of the Puyallup Tribe in Washington state - wrote I Can’t Read to give the literacy conversation a much-needed jump-start. 

William, who grew up unable to read and later learned he had dyslexia, overcame these obstacles and transformed himself into a successful serial entrepreneur. In this inspirational story, William shares strategic superpowers that worked for him in the hopes it will improve literacy for those who can’t read. The book includes personal anecdotes to inspire kids everywhere - especially young Native Americans - to pursue their dreams.

©2019 William Manzanares IV (P)2019 William Manzanares IV

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A powerful punch of a memoir

A short memoir written through the eyes of a man who’s dyslexia caused him to struggle with reading most of his life.

This is an amazingly inspiring story of triumph over disadvantage.
From being unable to read to becoming a successful serial entrepreneur, investor, and now author. It was great to learn just how far grit and self-determination can take a person.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has or knows someone who struggles with reading difficulties.

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Good value

The story is good and the value is good, I’m picky when it comes to who I’m able to listen to “voice” if that is no concern to you then this book will bring you value if you or something you know has a reading disability.

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Inspiring and Motivational

This is the first book I have finished from front to back in along time. Will’s journey is inspiring and informative on how not give up. I’ve always believed in hard work to accomplish goals and listening to Will’s thoughts for his success have only made me want to work harder.

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Inspiration for the masses!

This is a journey of an obstacle that was diminished! This book is not only a tool to learn about this truth in society but a way to make your learning better. The author takes the time to not only read his own book in audible, but take you on a journey of being inspired to do whatever you can. Not a self help but a self awareness readers and audible users alike will embrace the honesty. Even if you can read! I cannot read will string the chords in you life to be aware for others and to truly understand. This will change others and others will change the lives of so many people of this silent epidemic amongst people.

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written by a man who cares

As a women who grew up with dexexia, I can say this story rings true. I love that Will Manzanares both strives to help people with literacy struggles and also those who don"t struggle but want to understand and to help. This books is worth reading ... or listening to.

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Guide to success

This short audio book is a good help and lift up your spirit to go forward.

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Inspiring must read!!

This book is inspiring & encouraging to every reader, not just those who struggle with reading! I am a mom of 2 & it has brought new light to how I interact with my kids on various levels.

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Informative and inspiring!

This is a short and sweet listen that definitely encouraged me and motivated me and got me excited to read (and listen to) more books! William has an amazing story which is inspiring and I also learned quite a few things about reading disabilities that I was unaware of before. Also, he's generous enough at the end of book to give his personal recommended book reading list and it's a great one - I am definitely planning to dive into that list in the very near future.

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Great Motivation for those that need it.

Sometimes the Greatest Gift, is knowing your not alone. Motivation and focus through personal struggles .

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Life with Dyslexia

TITLE: I Can’t Read: A Guide to Success Though Failure
BY: William Manzanares IV
NARRATED BY: William Manzanares IV
DISCLAIMER: This book was given to me free in return for my honest review.

BRIEF SUMMARY
In this memoir William describes his struggles with reading throughout his life and the challenges that came along with it. His goal is to help people who can’t read or those who know someone who can’t read pursue their dreams.

ABOUT THE NARRATOR
This book is both written and narrated by William and while I normally stay clear of book like this it was a good fit. You can hear his struggle though his voice and I think that’s important part of him getting his point across.

THE BOOK
The beginning of this book really hooked me! A child with dyslexia, counting desks, special reading classes. It’s my childhood crammed together in a nutshell. When I was younger, I use to blame the fact that we switched schools a lot for my bad grades. It felt like I could never catch up because I learned slower than everyone else and was always starting and stopping somewhere new. At some point I just kind of shut down and told myself it was my choice to get bad grades. It was less work anyways.

My sister was the one who never gave up on me. Just two years older she forced me to read when ever she could and helped me understands words that I just couldn’t get on my own. In high school I turned my act around and was able to get mostly A’s with a few B’s. I really haven’t noticed my dyslexia in a long time I just kind of figured that I finally deciphered the English language but instead of showing up in an array of mix matched letters I think it shows up in other ways now a days. I still have issues reading words I don’t have in my “word bank”, reading books I haven’t practiced out loud still makes me nervous, and writing is sometimes challenging. Still I think I do well.

This book was great because it brought back memories that I’d put behind me and reminded me of how far I’ve come. There were some things I didn’t quite agree with and quite a few times that I felt had a one-way point of view but overall I enjoyed listening.