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Publisher's Summary

Based on a highly acclaimed public television series, this audiobook takes the listener on a heartwarming and profound journey to find lasting happiness.

John Izzo interviewed over 200 people, ages 60 to 106, each of whom was identified by friends and acquaintances as "the one person they knew who had found happiness and meaning". From town barbers to Holocaust survivors, from aboriginal chiefs to CEOs, these people had over 18,000 years of life experience between them. He asked them questions like, "What brought you the greatest joy?" "What do you wish you had learned sooner?" "What ultimately mattered and what didn't?"

Here Izzo shares their stories, funny, moving, and thought-provoking, and the Five Secrets he learned from listening to them. This audiobook will make you laugh, bring you to tears, and inspire you to discover what matters.

©2008 John B. Izzo; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

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"This book is rich with anecdotes and insights that broaden your perspective on life and deepen your commitment to live your very best." (Brian Tracy)

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Discover the secrets before you live another day

This book is not about dying, it's about living. And it's not just good reading for those of us who are evaluating our lives as we head into our elderly years. I would recommend that every adult of any age read this book once a year when making resolutions for the New Year. It is not preachy. It is full of food for thought and action, a very realistic "bucket list."

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  • Aya
  • Gainesville, FL, USA
  • 01-24-08

Well worth it

I really enjoyed hearing the stories Mr. Izzo chose to share. They were often very moving and on more than one occasion I found myself crying. Sometimes, tears of joy, and sometimes tears of self discovery. I learned a lot about myself after listening to this book. It's a great motivational tool and I look forward to sharing it with friends and family. I even plan on buying the paper copy so i can underline passages for quick reference later. I will definitely be listening to this one again.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Great stuff in this book! Highly reccommended.

I stumbled across this amazing book in one of Audible's promotional offers. I wasn't looking for it, but now I am very glad I found it.

Why hadn't someone thought to write something like this years ago? Thanks, John Izzo, for being the one to finally do so.

Seriously, everyone should read this book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful

Wow! A great reminder of how simple life really is and how the truly important things transcend time, race, gender and ethnicity. Read this before you get old!!!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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the five secrets you must discover before you die

The most wisdom ever discovered in a book .The book is a must for people of all ages. A seminal experience and Izzo's life work. Take advantage. You will be totally blown away.
Marianne Schaller

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Wow!

This is a real winner. Loved the book content and the reading. It changed my life and perspective. I would recommend this to all.

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  • Roy
  • Beaumont, TX, United States
  • 01-17-09

Inspirational

This reads like an inspirational magazine article was its original intent. It will make you feel good, but there are no new insights here for those seeking to improve their old age.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Frranco
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 01-02-14

If researched, such research doesn't reach you.

I was hoping a detailed research and further analysis on such research. Unfortunately the a author just gives you the conclusions he obtained from the research without giving a thorough explanation regarding how did he arrived to such conclusions.

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the five secrets you must discover before you die

I found myself come back to this book times and times again. Especially after my younger sister passed away a months ago. The sense of lost and fear of dying with regrets drive me searching for a solution to be not afraid of dying, not afraid of losing it, be it physical, mental, psychological. This book provides a very convincing method and map for me. I look forward to finding a comfortable nest combining this book and the Bible.

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  • Guy
  • Seguin, TX, United States
  • 02-15-09

Really glad I downloaded this one

This is a book that as soon as I finished listening, I knew I had to listen to again. There is just so much wisdom to be found here from those who have lived long, fruitful lives and share the lessons learned over a life time. There are no surprises in the five secrets, but distilling them in this fashion helps one to see when it has all been said and done exactly what things really count in this life.

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