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Publisher's Summary

A new story of common wisdom from the best-selling author of The Traveler's Gift. Orange Beach, Alabama is a simple town filled with simple people. But like all humans on the planet, the good folks of Orange Beach have their share of problems - marriages teetering on the brink of divorce, young adults giving up on life, business people on the verge of bankruptcy, as well as the many other obstacles that life seems to dish out to the masses. Fortunately, when things look the darkest - a mysterious man named Jones has a miraculous way of showing up. An elderly man with white hair, of indiscriminate age and race, wearing blue jeans, a white T-shirt and leather flip flops carrying a battered old suitcase, Jones is a unique soul. Communicating what he calls "a little perspective," Jones explains that he has been given a gift of noticing things that others miss. "Your time on this earth is a gift to be used wisely," he says. "Don't squander your words or your thoughts. Consider even the simplest action you take, for your lives matter beyond measure...and they matter forever." Jones speaks to that part in everyone that is yearning to understand why things happen and what we can do about it.

Like The Traveler's Gift, The Noticer is a unique narrative is a blend of fiction, allegory, and inspiration. Gifted storyteller Andy Andrews helps us see how becoming a "noticer" just might change a person's life forever.

©2009 Thomas Nelson; (P)2009 Thomas Nelson

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Unfortunately Average

I had high hopes for this book based on the reviews of others. Ultimately, however, I found the book average at best. It did offer some insightful points of view, but they were too few and far between. Sometimes a writing style can be seemingly simplistic, and yet offer real elegance. Yet here simplistic style came across as amateurish. As for narration, the reader too frequently lost track of his characters' voices, leaving the reader confused as to which character was speaking. One of the main characters was Jones, an old man. His voice was particularly grating, as it came across as a caricature of a feeble, elderly man. In summary, it's not a terrible book, but neither is it particularly rewarding or insightful. Three stars.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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The Noticer

Educational, thoughtful and entertaining as only Andy can write and tell it. With personal reflections of his own story this book is another home run.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Captivating and a Great Reminder

I truly enjoyed this book. The author did an outstanding job with the character voices and it really drew you into the story. Once I started to listen I did not want to stop. The story line is such a great reminder of what life is about and how we need to remember to look at things. You know a book is good when you miss the characters and are sadden that the book is over.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Melisa
  • Grand Blanc, MI, United States
  • 01-23-13

This book was awesome... A great read!

If you could sum up The Noticer in three words, what would they be?

very enlightning

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Noticer?

towards the end when Jones took him to meet the boy that was now living under the bridge in the same hole as he did so many years ago!

Which scene was your favorite?

The married couple that were going through a divorce and how he gave them perspective and explained to them how they each still loved each other but they showed love in a different way than what they needed...

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes,

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • BP
  • 11-11-12

Good message, nice story

This isn't my favorite Andy Andrews book and it doesn't hold a candle to The Travelers Gift but it was well put together with a good message.

Andrews always does a great job mixing his message in with a well put together story but I honestly think his real life story about Jones and what it did for him would have been better than this book.

The Noticer is worth listening to but if you can only read one Andy Andrews book do yourself a favor and pick up The Travelers Gift. In my opinion that is one of the best books ever written.

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  • Eric
  • MALIBU, CA, United States
  • 06-29-10

not so much

i did not finish this... i love the kind of messages that i know the book is trying to impart, but seemed a little too much saccharine. probably not fair, but i set the book down and moved on. i am glad others felt differently about it.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Ml
  • Rogers, AR, USA
  • 09-04-09

Fabulous, Life Changing

This is about the best book I've ever listened to. It really is life changing. Lots of great life lessons. I have listened to it 4 or 5 times now and have also downloaded and listened to another of his books, The Traveler's Gift. Great words of wisdom.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Derek
  • Union, KY, United States
  • 04-09-10

Inspiring

This book made me take a closer look at my life and make some necessary changes. Have already loaned it out to several friends and family and have purchased copies for far away family. This is a must read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Book

This book sticks with you longer after you are finished.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Top 5 of my Favorites

Such a wonderful story and one that can change your perspective on the purpose of our life on this earth.

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  • Chris
  • 11-28-17

An absolute hidden gem

This is such an amazingly powerful book. I have listened many of great books on here and this is if not one of my favourites than it is my favourite. If you’re trying to figure out what to listen to you will not find better then this.
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