• The Traveler's Gift

  • By: Andy Andrews
  • Narrated by: Andy Andrews
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (4,345 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This modern morality tale by gifted writer and speaker Andy Andrews teaches seven fundamental strategies for creating a successful life. Much like the best-selling books by Og Mandino, this unique narrative is a blend of entertaining fiction, allegory, and inspiration. Storyteller Andy Andrews gives a front-row seat for one man's journey of a lifetime. David Ponder has lost his job and the will to live. When he is supernaturally selected to travel through time, he visits historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, King Solomon, and Anne Frank. Each visit yields a Decision for Success that will one day impact the entire world
©2004 Andy Andrews (P)2004 Oasis Audio LLC

Critic Reviews

"Christian author and motivational speaker Andrews effectively combines self-help with fiction to catch readers' interest, sustaining momentum while simultaneously passing on instructions for positive thinking." (Publishers Weekly)

What listeners say about The Traveler's Gift

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A Story that Can Change Your Life

I love how Andy Andrews tells a story! This book is a true difference maker. Because I don't have a lot of time to read, I rarely read anything that cannot teach me something new or help me improve myself. This book was so fascinating that I carried it around with me over two days just so I could keep listening to it. The history was so cleverly integrated into the story of David Ponder that it kept me wondering who was he going to meet next. I highly recommend this book.

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Life Changing

Where does The Traveler's Gift rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is the most powerful book I have ever read. It has changed my life to the point where I have almost committed the entire book to memory.

What other book might you compare The Traveler's Gift to and why?

The Greatest Salesman in the world has the same idea of a series of lessons learned.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me face the realization that my life was a result of my choices. I could not blame the economy, a bad boss or anything else for where I was.

Any additional comments?

READ it!!!

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  • 01-21-17

Great story...great message!

The Traveler's Gift is the greatest book ever! I have listened to and read many books by great authors. Andy Andrews tells an amazing story...but you have to listen to the message contained within. Listening to his next book now. Highly recommended!

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I thought I wouldn't like it but loved it instead

What made the experience of listening to The Traveler's Gift the most enjoyable?

The stories and voices really came alive and I was captivated by it. I typically read books and prefer that but this book really lends itself to listening and Andy does an amazing job presenting it.

What did you like best about this story?

The power of the story and character that really connected with my struggles and aspirations.

Have you listened to any of Andy Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I subscribe to his podcast but that has no where near the focus and production value of this book.

Who was the most memorable character of The Traveler's Gift and why?

David Ponder - main character

Any additional comments?

Andy does a great job with the voices, tempo and passion of the story.

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Very Real and Inspiring

What made the experience of listening to The Traveler's Gift the most enjoyable?

I liked having the author read it. I feel that gave it more importance and made me understand exactly the point he was trying to make.

Who was your favorite character and why?

David Ponder learns many lessons throughout the book. I think he is attempting to be the "Average Joe" but at some points he comes off as being immature and ignorant. But, in the end he learns the lessons he is intended to and redeems himself.

What about Andy Andrews’s performance did you like?

He put EVERYTHING into perspective. So often we forget about problems of the past because we get caught up in our daily life. The past is there to provide lessons that can, in fact, be very helpful for today's world.

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This book gave me the chills the entire time I read it. It struck an emotion within me that I had no idea I had. Andy Andrews gave me a gift of wisdom, perspective, and most importantly, clear examples. After reading the book, I researched all 7 people David Ponder met. Each person had an amazing and TRUE story that serves as an example.

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Great!

GREAT! Thisisa must read. We will read, repeat & enforce. Our family loved it.

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Little Heavy Handed but still an uplifting read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I like to read and listen to book that make you feel motivated and positive and recommend on that basis.

What about Andy Andrews’s performance did you like?

Good voices, was easy to remember which character was which. That can be difficult to follow in an audiobook sometimes.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Follow this man's uplifting journey as he discovers the secrets to life

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I'm a sucker for these kind of books with the good message. Reminded me of the classic Christmas movie "It's a Wonderful Life". It was a little heavy handed and formulaic with how it progressed, but I think the heart was in the right place. Good for boosting your enthusiasm and focusing on the positive. I would put this more at the self help/development side of books rather than just straight fiction.

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Great perspective, timeless concepts.

Great perspective, timeless concepts. Truly believe in my heart that forgiveness towards my older brother has been part of my life journey and teachable moment so far. Part of the reason for my relational and economic success.

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For those needing an outlook.

The story was memorable. and the authors point made it across. There was some oversimplification, and of course the Rose colored glasses were on for most of this book, but if you can get through that then the overall message of the book made it interesting enough to to finish.

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Very Good Book

Where does The Traveler's Gift rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Extreemly good!

What other book might you compare The Traveler's Gift to and why?

All of Andy Andrew Books are great

Which character – as performed by Andy Andrews – was your favorite?

Ponder

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

Yes! For sure!

Any additional comments?

This Book is one of the best out there.

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  • Lisa
  • 04-11-18

Amazing book!!

OMG what a fabulous book! I listened to it on Audible and didn’t want to stop listening! I was gutted when I got to work so had to stop listening! But I’d put it straight back on again on journey home. I even cried listening to it! It’s a brilliant personal development book but unlike any other as it’s in the form of a story with a few well known inspirational names in there! Highly recommend it!

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  • Nic P.
  • 06-19-22

Beautifully read Pearls of wisdom

This is the 2nd Book I’ve listened to, written and read by the author; I believe that makes it better to listen to and he’s also gifted with the ability to change voice with accents and tones.
This story reiterated others I have read or listened to about discovering the secrets to successful people but is structured in a different way, so it was interesting to listen to.
I find Andy’s wisdom amazing and I’m happy I discovered him and his books. I certainly recommend this and the the first book I listened to by him, The noticer. I have since passed these titles to my teenage daughters to listen to. There is much wisdom within his words. Thank you Andy 🙏🏻

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  • Iain H.
  • 06-12-20

Good read / listen.

Was recommended this book through further education. Enjoyed it very much. Also liked the narration.

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  • Ally
  • 09-22-17

An exciting jouney meeting some incredible people!

I loved this book! I felt gripped by the story-telling and inspired by the people I met.