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Summary

In Callings, StoryCorps founder Dave Isay presents unforgettable stories from people doing what they love. Some are paid well for their work, others not at all; some found their paths at very young ages, others later in life; many overcame great odds or upturned their lives in order to pursue what matters to them. Many of these stories have never been published or broadcast by StoryCorps until now.

We meet a man from the barrios of Texas whose harrowing experiences in a family of migrant farmers inspired him to become a public defender. We meet a longtime waitress who takes pride in making regulars and newcomers alike feel at home in her Nashville diner. We meet a young man on the South Side of Chicago who became a teacher in order to help at-risk teenagers like the ones who killed his father get on the right track. We meet a woman from Little Rock who helps former inmates gain the skills and confidence they need to rejoin the workforce. Together they demonstrate how work can be about much more than just making a living, that chasing dreams and finding inspiration in unexpected places can transform a vocation into a calling. Their shared senses of passion, honor, and commitment brings deeper meaning and satisfaction to every aspect of their lives.

An essential contribution to the beloved StoryCorps collection, Callings is an inspiring tribute to rewarding work and the American pursuit of happiness.

©2016 216 StoryCorps, Inc. (P)2016 216 StoryCorps, Inc.

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very touching and inspiring.

Loved this. Gives me strength to continue my own calling. I will listen once again.

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  • V. Bissonnette
  • 06-07-18

Deceived

I thought I was purchasing an audio version of the book. It is not. Very unhappy with this purchase.

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  • Jennifer
  • 28-08-17

Summer reading

This audio book is nothing like the actual book. The story's don't match and it's missing a lot to be twice the cost. I tried to follow along in the few stories that were in the book but they didn't match either. Not good if you need the book for a class.

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  • A.E. Prero
  • 09-03-17

High Expectations

I found the topic provocative and promising. The author went pretty far afield from his topic. I was disappointed.

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  • Rob Deel
  • 10-01-17

NPR on book...

If I wanted to listen to NPR, I would have turned on the free radio & not purchased an audio book version of the same.

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  • Fsujkm
  • 09-09-16

Beautiful

I really truly loved the message and enjoyed this very much
I highly recommend for a quick "listen"

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  • Julie
  • 24-07-16

Quick listen

What did you love best about Callings?

Story of the lox cutter.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Accountant who took pride in slicing salmon.

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

No each story stands on it's own.

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  • David O
  • 22-07-16

very enjoyable stories from Story Corps

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This is a lovely compilation of Story Corps stories, about people's work. I enjoyed the whole book, but couldn't bring myself to listen to the final section, all of which centered on people who work in and around death chambers in states that have the death penalty.

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  • Terry Tillman
  • 16-06-16

Real Heroes

The true heroes, and "biggest" people aren't the ones in the mainstream headlines. Some of them are in the stories in this book. In some ways they speak for Everyman. These stories are moving, touching, heartfelt and inspiring. The world would be a better place if more, especially those in positions of nominal leadership, heard these.