The Way I Heard It

By: Mike Rowe
Narrated by: Mike Rowe
Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
4.9 out of 5 stars (4,477 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Emmy Award-winning gadfly Mike Rowe presents a ridiculously entertaining, seriously fascinating collection of his favorite episodes from America’s number-one short-form podcast, The Way I Heard It, along with a host of memories, ruminations, and insights. It’s a delightful collection of mysteries. A mosaic. A memoir. A charming, surprising must-have. 

Mike Rowe’s The Way I Heard It collects 35 fascinating stories “for the curious mind with a short attention span”. Five-minute mysteries about people you know, filled with facts that you didn’t. Movie stars, presidents, Nazis, rank traitors, and bloody do-gooders - they’re all here, waiting to shake your hand, hoping you’ll remember them. Delivered with Mike’s signature blend of charm, wit, and ingenuity, their stories are part of a larger mosaic - a memoir crammed with recollections, insights, and intimate, behind-the-scenes moments drawn from Mike’s remarkable life and career.

©2019 Mike Rowe (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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I could listen to Mike read all day. And I am!

I am book book kind of girl. I love the feel of a heavy book in my hands and the way it feels tossed in my bag going with me wherever I go. But when Mike Rowe writes and narrates his own book - I turn into an audio book girl really quickly. My kids and I have have a long commute to their school every day. Turns out my kids love listening to Mike just as much as I do! Also easily able to FF chapters like #4. :) Funny for me but the 6 year old would have all kinds of questions I do not want to answer yet. :) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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And now you know....

The REST of the story....the way Mike Rowe heard it, and the way he tells it....you'll look up and see the sun, that was there just a few minutes ago...has been replaced by the moon. I have well over 600 audible books in my library, this is by far the BEST one I own. Of course Mike has a voice that is easy to listen to...and his reading his own book......is exactly how it should be. This wouldn't have been the listen it was....without Mike reading it. The stories....WOW.....you won't want to turn it off. Don't try to listen to this while trying to "do adulting"...you can't do it....Mike's pulls you into his words to the point you feel like you right there sitting on a fence listening to him right beside you. WARNING: DO NOT NOSH OR SIP WHILE LISTENING!! The artificial vagina made me spit coffee half way across the room!!! And no..there's nothing vulgar about the story. If you are farm kid, know anything about how livestock often gets the bun in the oven, this is gonna make you belly laugh!!!! And a "you are gonna need tissues" heads up. There will be tears some from laugher, a few from just "WOW" that was sad...if you remember Phil.....then you might need extra tissue.....but no matter how the tears start you will end up with a smile even at the end of the saddest stories here. I'm a couple of years older than Mr. Rowe...and used to do the same darn thing....when it came to Mr. Paul Harvey. Mr. Harvey never made me miss a flight, but he did make me late for work, late for (high) school, miss a turn because I was so engrossed and waiting to find out the REST other story. Today, Mr. Rowe kept me from getting my chores done, made me miss a turn that I make sometimes two or three times a day, choke on my sushi thanks to a very unexpected laugh that hit me as he described how he learned to feel sorry for a kid who had to eat take out pizza and Chinese food...of all the stories are in here...that one....really hit home and turned on a light bulb for this almost 60 year old woman. I didn't have his great parents but I did have grandparents who seemed to share the secret Mike's parents had.....a very brilliant way of making me appreciate the fact I spent three long hot Kansas summers "toppin corn" to pay for my first car in the mid 70's....a classy 55 Chevy Belaire. I got duped, LOL....boy did I get duped….thanks Grandma and Papa. Get the book....listen.....get the REST of the story...the way I heard.

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GREAT !

The whole family will love it. Its got something for everyone, but bring your sense of humor.

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The best of all my 5 star reviews

Anyone who doesn’t love this book and Mikes narration is a heretic.... and quite frankly wrong. Thank you Mr. Rowe for imparting this gift on the world. I pray one day I can be half the man you’ve been and contribute to the world in some way.

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Mike Rowe is Today’s Paul Harvey With this Book

The Way I Heard It is a compilation of stories that at times may seem familiar and in great Paul Harvey-like fashion ends up being something totally unexpected. I have been a Mike Rowe fan for many years. I joke that if my husband is ever hit by a bus, I will hunt Mike Rowe down and throw myself at him. Lol This book has just made me love him more. He is a wordsmith and makes me literally LOL. I also learned a lot from this book. Stories I never knew and in some cases, the rest of the story. (See what I did there!) I think anyone would enjoy this book and if you are already a Mike Rowe fan, it’s a must read. You will love it. At least that’s the way I heard it.

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absolutly fantastic

I loved this book. I loved even more Mike Rowe read it to me as the narrator. He has the best voice to listen to in every way a voice can be listened to. This book is 35 of his pod cast mysteries called The Way I Heard It, with great stories about each story and why he wrote them with stories from his life. You will not want to stop listening once you start listening.

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Not his usual style or story type

I live a good story and I love Mike Rowe's type of storytelling voice, so basically, as long as he was folksy and natural as usual, and his stories made some sense, I knew I'd like this book. Well, he did NOT use his normal, folksy delivery. It was very, very stilted, not his usual cadence or even pronunciations. Someone told him to alter his delivery so as to be more understandable, I think. It was understandable, but awful. Also, the stories made no sense, especially when considering the title. One would think there would be some irony or big twist with a title like that, but all they were, were boring, meaningless stories. I couldn't listen to it. It made me sad, but I had to return it. Mike, if you're reading this, a.) just be yourself and screw what the experts tell you, and b.) stick to stories you're good at. Homilies with a moral to the story, or aimed story from your life that everyone can relate to, and c.) don't get cute with titles- pick something that makes sense with the content.

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Intellecually stimulating & thoroughly enjoyable.

Thank you Mr. Rowe for the dedication you maintain to harvest your craft. I feel a personal sense of healthy dependance to the humor, and often the surprise, your stories and narrative genious provides. I endearingly anticipate the next opportunity to full my cup, that's seemingly tainted with deep-lying life adversities, leaving me feeling empty over the last year. Your teams' hard work has provided wonders you aren't even aware. I am pleased to leave positive feedback, and hopeful recognition is directed to the right department.

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Paul Harvey great

I love the narrator as we all do. I learned very interesting facts that wrapped up together. I will not forget this book. Good job- Mike Rowe!!

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not a dirty job but somebody's got to read it

gradebook micro isn't entertaining as usual even if he's not going through sewers or cleaning fish guts for pulling a calf out of a mama

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