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Review: Dream More

November 6, 2012

Country music star Dolly Parton was the commencement speaker for the University of Tennessee’s May 2009 graduation and her homespun wisdom created quite a sensation.  She was urged to write a book to more deeply explore her philosophy and Dream More is the result.

Dolly Parton’s philosophy is pretty simple.  She urges people to:

  • Dream More
  • Learn More
  • Care More
  • Be More

Parton expounds on each point with stories from her childhood and career, telling quite a bit of her life story along the way.  It’s amazing what a little country girl with a big dream can accomplish and her philosophy shows just how she did it.  She’s not afraid to dream big but she’s also not afraid to fail – after all, she learns from her mistakes.

I’m sure most people know Dolly Parton as a personality, a singer, and maybe even a theme park owner, but I doubt most people know about all the charitable work she does.  Her passion for education and learning has led her to form a foundation that has made a big difference in the lives of many children.

I’ve never been a fan of Dolly Parton’s music but I’ve always been a fan of her personality and self deprecating humor, both of which shine through in Dream More.  Her religious beliefs are evident as well, but the book never felt preachy to me.  As a matter of fact, I found it entertaining, humorous, and inspiring.

I listened to the audio version of the book and thoroughly enjoyed it.  It’s narrated by Parton and she was the perfect choice since she breaks out in song several times.  I was surprised at how good a job she did – it felt like she was just talking to me.  The audio book is on two CDs and lasts approximately an hour and a half.

Review copy provided by Penguin Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
32 Comments leave one →
  1. November 6, 2012 5:36 am

    I like her a lot too, but not actually enough to read a book by her! LOL

  2. November 6, 2012 5:50 am

    Sounds like fun! She’s multi-talented with her acting and singing, so it makes sense that she’d be good at narrating her own book!

  3. Beth F permalink
    November 6, 2012 5:50 am

    I have always liked Dolly Parton, including some of her music. I have this on audio and I bet she’d be great as a narrator. After all, she has a ton of experience behind the mic.

  4. November 6, 2012 6:29 am

    I can see why she’d be good at narrating her book. Hadn’t heard about it before so I’ll watch for it.

  5. November 6, 2012 8:57 am

    Despite her sometimes cartoony appearance, I have always liked her. There is definitely more to her than her large bosoms …. and sometimes I think she sells herself short with her personal appearance. She is one smart lady!

  6. November 6, 2012 9:43 am

    I’ve always like Dolly, so I’d definitely check out this book. Sounds very inspirational.

  7. zibilee permalink
    November 6, 2012 9:52 am

    I really like Dolly, and think that she is one of those celebrities that consistently behaves with dignity and respect. I would love to read this one and see what I think of it. It sounds like you had a lot of fun with it!

  8. November 6, 2012 10:29 am

    This is one time when I believe the author is the best choice to read her own book on audio. Who else, after all, could do it like Dolly? Her main philosophy in life to my eyes is to always have fun and love people.

  9. sandynawrot permalink
    November 6, 2012 10:40 am

    I got this audio, and I can do an hour and a half! I’m not a huge fan of her music, but I do appreciate the good that she does and that she is a person who is true at heart. My only hesitation is that this “dream big, you can do it” kind of books really make me crazy. But an hour and a half…that is cleaning half my house.

  10. bookingmama permalink
    November 6, 2012 10:46 am

    I love Dolly Parton and I bet this audio book is just delightful!

  11. November 6, 2012 11:50 am

    Sounds like the audio version would be the way to go for this book! Though she’s famous, Dolly comes across as a sweet person and very down to earth.

  12. November 6, 2012 1:47 pm

    My friend’s mother worked at Dollywood in the offices and said that Dolly was one of the kindest persons she knew and that she was a smart business women.

  13. November 6, 2012 1:48 pm

    I do like Dolly. This sounds like a perfect one to listen to. I wonder if my library’ll have it.

  14. November 6, 2012 2:44 pm

    This sounds like one to listen to rather than read….I kind of like Dolly’s down-to-earth persona, even though I’m not much of a country music fan.

  15. Beth Hoffman permalink
    November 6, 2012 3:06 pm

    I love Dolly … always have. I need to get this one! Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  16. Patty permalink
    November 6, 2012 5:34 pm

    This is a side of her most of us are unaware of!

  17. boardinginmyforties permalink
    November 6, 2012 5:43 pm

    I love hearing Dolly interviewed. She has such a positive attitude and is so inspirational!

  18. November 6, 2012 6:14 pm

    Great review, Kathy! This sounds like a book that would be fun and inspirational!

  19. November 6, 2012 6:42 pm

    I have always liked her and think this would be fun to listen to.

  20. November 6, 2012 7:42 pm

    A short audio, but it sounds like fun!

  21. November 6, 2012 7:52 pm

    I like Dolly Parton. I don’t keep up with her music but of the songs of hers that I’ve heard, I’ve liked them all. You’ve made me want to get the audio version!

  22. talesofwhimsy permalink
    November 6, 2012 9:24 pm

    I want this. I love her music and she is such an amazing philanthropic positive kind soul.

  23. November 7, 2012 8:08 am

    I received this for review, too, but decided to pass. I may just reconsider now!

  24. November 7, 2012 1:26 pm

    This sounds like such a sweet book! Thank you for sharing it!

  25. November 7, 2012 1:34 pm

    I really like Dolly Parton’s personality too and I’m glad her book is as good as it sounds. I’m looking forward to listening to it even more now! And you’ve gotta love 1.5 hour audiobooks 🙂

  26. November 7, 2012 11:29 pm

    “I’m sure most people know Dolly Parton as a personality,” Is personality what we’re calling them these days, haha.
    I bet this would be a great listen for the car.

  27. November 8, 2012 3:51 pm

    Like you, I like Dolly Parton, but not her music too much. Sounds like a good book, though I don’t think it’s for me.

  28. November 8, 2012 4:05 pm

    I’m not a big fan of Ms. Parton, but glad you enjoyed it.

  29. November 9, 2012 11:59 am

    I adore Dolly. Not that I have ever purchased her music but I love her fiery passion.

  30. November 10, 2012 12:02 am

    I don’t know much about Dolly but the audio sure sounds like it was a fun listen especially with her breaking out in song!

  31. November 10, 2012 4:53 pm

    I’ve always loved Dolly and while I’m not an audio book fan, I love the fact that she periodically breaks into song. I’ll be it made the book so much richer!
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  32. November 10, 2012 11:55 pm

    I’m a huge Dolly fan, not sure there is anything she could do that I would like. I’m going to have to remember this.

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