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Audie Award Finalist, Personal Development, 2014

The legendary Dolly Parton shares for the first time her deeply held philosophy of life and her heartfelt hopes for everyone. Based on the hugely popular commencement speech Dolly Parton gave at the University of Tennessee that became a sensation, Dream More is a deeper and richer exploration of the personal philosophy she has forged over the course of her astonishing career as a singer, songwriter, performer, and philanthropist.

Using her speech as a jumping-off point, Parton explores the four great hopes she urges us to embrace: Dream more, learn more, care more, and be more. She culls examples of these values from her own life as illustrations, from growing up poor in the hills of eastern Tennessee to her experiences as the iconic performer she has become today.

Written by one of the cultural legends of our time, Dream More is a poignant and uplifting anthem for all who want to take charge of their lives and forge a future on their own terms.

©2012 Dolly Parton (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

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I am hooked on Dolly's books

Dolly's book are awesome you just can't put them down What an amazing lady she will just fire you up.

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  • 03-03-20

Inspiring!

A really lovely way to look at the world. Nice voice to listen to as well. Really enjoyed this.

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Inspirational

It was an inspiration to listen to this and the way to look at your own world & thoughts. In true Dolly style as a,long time fan I wondered what to expect and she didn't disappoint. Her words were truly inspirational thank you Dolly.

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Integrity and values

This book is one of the most down to earth and straight forward books I have listened to in a long time. The fact that Dolly narrates it is a huge bonus. She speaks from the heart and is not afraid of who she is and you get the feeling that she is speaking directly to you. Her humor and honesty make you smile and understand her world. I have listened to it 3 times now and each listen brings something different. I would recommend this book to anyone whether in business or not. Dolly is the original proof of never judge a book by its cover

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  • Rich Holland
  • 04-12-12

Dolly Does It Again!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Dream More to be better than the print version?

The audio edition is absolutely flawless and indispensable. Dolly Parton is the narrator so not only do you get to hear Dolly's story but you get to hear her words the way that ONLY she can deliver them. If you know anything about Dolly Parton, you know that she is an inspiration and and entertainer. She laughs, she jokes and she even SINGS on this edition. Now, you KNOW she ain't gonna be singing in the hardcover edition! (Ya, I said ain't).

What other book might you compare Dream More to and why?

This book is along the line of Dolly Parton's first book, "Dolly". She speaks to how her life inspired her to be who she is today. The difference is that Dolly uses this opportunity to help you get more from your life and move forward into YOUR future dreaming big and working to make those dreams come true.

Which character – as performed by Dolly Parton – was your favorite?

Dolly (performed by...well...Dolly).

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

The book definitely made me laugh and cry. Wait til you hear Dolly talk about how she wants to die. Yah, she really does. I laughed out loud in public. There were also many moments that struck home, made me think hard about my life and ultimately made me cry.

Any additional comments?

If you're reading this review because you're trying to decide if you want this book, let me make it easy for you....YOU DO.

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  • nakiska
  • 04-10-20

Inspirational

Even if I wasn't a life long, die hard Dolly fan I would LOVE this book! I have listened to it a dozen times or more and recommend it to absolutely everyone. When I get to feeling blue, unmotivated, uninspired, upset, have a bad attitude, "energy vampires" sucking me dry...what ever my hardship is at the time...I listen to this book for my attitude adjustment and it works! I always leave this book with a renewed and refreshing outlook to do better and be better. And everytime I listen to it, I get something new out of it. Dolly has always been a healer, so to speak, for me...but this book...over everything she has ever released has had THE MOST impact on my overall ME. It should be required listening for everyone. Hands down my favorite most inspiring audio book I have ever listened to. I couldn't recommend this book more. Listen to it and listen to it again. Absorb it, you won't regret it and anyone reading my review...if you are in a funk of some sort and need a pick me up...listen to this book and get to Dreaming More.

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  • Drevik
  • 20-12-17

Happy Collection of Dolly'sWisdom w/Joyful lyrics

I have been a fan since I was a child. I would wake up at 6 a.m. just to hear her sing "Love is like a Butterfly" on our black and white tv. I love books read by the author as it comes across as more real... okay maybe be not completely real in that I like to imagine it is like a friend speaking to you. This book is a happy little book, speckled with colorful tales and even some song snippets. I think any fan of Dolly would enjoy this book. There is some down to earth wisdom, motivational and positive attitude tips, beyond merely tales of Dolly from her life. The last section is a collection of some of her best quips that one may have heard her say (or read in periodical publications).

This is not a tell all collection of underside of the entertainment industry. This is not trashing anyone. This is not a who slept with whom biography. This is not Peyton Place. This is not one of those dime store trash novel meant to titillate.

This is just a happy little collection of Dolly's wisdom with some real world experiences and a joyful lyric or two to tie it all together I found it uplifting and good.

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  • Ronny
  • 29-11-20

I LOVE YOU DOLLY PARTON AND I COULD LISTEN FOREVER

This was the BEST time I have ever spent listening to a uplifting and enjoyable book on a Sunday afternoon!!! 😘

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-11-20

loving great advice from a wise woman.

loved it all the way through and laughed a lot. i am gonna dream more and care more from now on. great advice so easy to listen to.

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  • Book Lover
  • 01-09-20

she's a phenomenal person

though I may not be a country fan, I purchased this book for a research paper and found so many wonderful characteristics of Dolly and I'm a fan.

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  • Michelle R Alexander
  • 31-08-20

Lighthearted and Fun!

Wonderfully simple values that encourage. The book, like the author, does not take themselves too serious and yet prove that to keep dreaming more is a serious thing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-07-20

Perfect

perfect. I have always loved dolly parton. I've wanted to sing with her since I was a young girl and just be a friend. she radiates sunshine and God's light shines through her.

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  • KMitchell
  • 02-07-20

Love Dolly!

This was a very inspiring short book and I love that Dolly narrated it herself.

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  • Ruth R-Evans
  • 09-01-21

LOVE Me Dolly

I've always felt as those I admire most are friends of mine. Dolly does a bang-up job of talking directly to me in this book....And I can Barely Wait to re-listen with my Grand-daughters. THANK-YOU DOLLY for Always Being your Authentic You💜💜🎉💜