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From the lead singer of the band Great Big Sea comes a lyrical and captivating musical memoir about growing up in the tiny fishing village of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, and then taking to the world stage.

Singer-songwriter and front man of the great Canadian band Great Big Sea, Alan Doyle is also a lyrical storyteller and a creative force. In Where I Belong, Alan paints a vivid, raucous, and heartwarming portrait of a curious young lad born into the small coastal fishing community of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, and destined to become a renowned musician who carried the musical tradition of generations before him and brought his signature sound to the world. He tells of a childhood surrounded by larger-than-life characters who made an indelible impression on his music and work; of his first job on the wharf, cutting out cod tongues for fishermen; of growing up in a family of five in a two-bedroom house with a beef-bucket as a toilet, yet lacking nothing; of learning at his father's knee how to sing the story of a song and learning from his mother how to simply "be good"; and, finally, of how everything he ever learned as a kid prepared him for that pivotal moment when he became part of Great Big Sea and sailed away on what would be the greatest musical adventure of his life.

Filled with the lore and traditions of the East Coast and told in a voice that is at once captivating and refreshingly candid, this is a narrative journey about small-town life, curiosity, and creative fulfillment and, finally, about leaving everything you know behind only to learn that no matter where you go, home will always be with you.

©2015 Alan Doyle (P)2015 Random House Audio

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brilliant

I was captivated from beginning to end. I felt as though I was there on the wharf, in Maureen's and singing at the kitchen parties.

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  • R. Giberson
  • 05-12-15

The book was good but the audible version was fantastic!

A wonderful biography, made even better when read by the author. CBC needs to make a series of these wonderful poignant moments of the Author's childhood. Thank you Alan for sharing!

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  • G. R. Boelsems
  • 13-08-18

Most enjoyable!

As a couple of Californians driving around Newfoundland for a month with our camping trailer this was a most enjoyable listen. It gave us the feel of the locals and helped us understand the dialect of the natives plus it was very entertaining. Thank you Alan Doyle for making it happened.

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  • Gary Noren
  • 06-08-18

We met a townie

We met a townie while we were visiting Newfoundland. She was staying in Petty Harbour, as were we, and she said there was this book we had to read. Little did we know we were about to meet Alan Doyle, one of the Doyles from Petty Harbour. We left Newfoundland soon after, but took Al an with us as we toured the rest of the Maritimes. We can’t recommend this book enough to anyone who wants the Maritimes to come alive, to understand a bit of Newfoundland culture, and to be completely enchanted with Alan and the great big sea. Alan narrates the book with such incredible humor and sensitivity. We are sorry to hear it end, and are immediately planning to purchase “A Newfoundlander in Canada”, as we complete the rest of our trip and go back to Minnesota. We highly recommend this book to anyone visiting the Maritimes, who was a curious kid or who has been raised either Protestant or Catholic.

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  • Pinkie
  • 20-05-18

In Love with the Doyle Family

Was wonderful to listen to Alan's childhood memories, which some were classics and I think only Alan would have been able to narrate it :)...thorough enjoyed it...now listening to your music :)

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  • Hillary Jensen
  • 06-02-18

Love this book!

I love this book! Nothing more to say. I just love it. He's a fantastic storyteller, and it's great to be able to hear his stories in his own voice. I found GBS when I was in college, and I fell in love with their music. This added so much to what I already know and love. Even if I didn't know the music, this book would still be great.

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  • Kimberly
  • 04-11-17

Entertaining

This book captivated me from the first chapter. He is such a great story teller. This book has humor, intrigue , compassion, family, adventure and so much more. I would highly recommend this book to anyone especially if you are a Great Big Sea fan .

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  • Amie McGee
  • 08-05-17

Alan Doyle Belongs in Our Hearts

Where does Where I Belong rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Where I Belong is my favorite audiobook.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Where I Belong?

The scene that Alan described and played the characters in where the old fisherman has a hook in his hand. It felt like Alan was sitting across the table telling me the story over a cuppa.

Which character – as performed by Alan Doyle – was your favorite?

Frank the fisherman and The Bottler.

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

Local Boy Does Good

Any additional comments?

Alan is an amazing storyteller. He is never dull.

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  • Jon
  • 10-04-17

inspirational for any aspiring musician.

Doyle's personality shines through in this biography. It is a feel-good romp through the harbors of Newfoundland. Leaving you with a smile on your face and a hankering for some good Tunes!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-04-17

Fan of his music ,now of his book & narration

This sixth generation Texan finds the dissimilarities as well as the strange commonalities between Doyle's "country" and my own fascinating. He is more a contemporary of my forty year old children , but some of his childhood is more like growing up in fifties rural Texas...substitute heat and sand for his cold and snow. The hardiness of the people of Newfoundland and their remarkable fondness for their country which lives in their hearts and on their sleeves can be felt in this book. They are a very talented people, singing and writing songs. Alan is one of their best ambassadors. Go to you tube and listen to Where I Belong by Alan Doyle, you will be hooked and want more of his story.

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  • Deedra
  • 07-07-16

Where I Belong

I found Alans descriptions a bit too vivid at times,but I really enjoyed hearing about his life.Loved it!