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Review: Ten Years Later

March 5, 2013

Ten Years Later

When Hoda Kotb graduated from college with a degree in broadcast journalism, she mistakenly thought the job offers would come pouring in.  That didn’t happen, of course – she was turned down almost thirty times before she landed a job with a TV station in Mississippi.  Thinking about that made her realize that there are people who have faced far greater adversity and triumphed.  Kotb highlights six people who did just that in Ten Years Later, a book she wrote with Jane Lorenzini.  This book tells the stories of six people at their lowest lows and shares how they overcame the challenges facing them.  Those featured are:

  • Amy Barnes, a young mother of two who was obese and trapped in an abusive marriage.
  • Lindsey Beck was a college student undergoing treatment for cancer who was devastated when she learned chemotherapy could leave her sterile.
  • Patrick Weiland was an award winning producer who start using methamphetamine after being diagnosed with HIV.
  • Diane Van Deren’s epilepsy started interfering with her daily life so she chose to have elective brain surgery.
  • Ron Clifford was close to the World Trade Center on 9/11 and helped a badly injured woman only to suffer huge losses of his own.
  • Roxanne Quimby was a down and out mother of two when a chance meeting with a stranger turned things around for her.

Each of the stories in this book stands alone, so it reads like an inspirational short story collection. For the most part, I really enjoyed reading about this diverse group of people.  I think part of what made these stories so fascinating is they are about ordinary people, not so different from people I know.  I was inspired by the vision and hard work each of these people put into improving their lives and found each of their stories compelling as I read them.  Even though I knew the stories would turn out okay, I rooted for everyone and even teared up a time or two.   I read this book quickly because I found myself anxious to find out how each story ended.

Hoda Kotb narrates the audio version of Ten Years Later and does an outstanding job.  She reads with heart and emotion and kept me involved in each person’s story.  She met each of the people featured in the book and it was obvious she admired them.  The audio book is on 7 CDs and lasts approximately seven and a half hours.

Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
21 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2013 5:08 am

    Those are really enormous stories. Nice reading.

  2. March 5, 2013 6:56 am

    WOW — this sounds like a great audio Kathy; thanks for sharing.

  3. sandynawrot permalink
    March 5, 2013 7:06 am

    This would certainly put our own lives into perspective, huh? I actually love stories like this now and again. It just shows how much a person can overcome, and that there is hope at the end of whatever struggles we are going through.

  4. March 5, 2013 7:14 am

    I listened to this audio as well. I think you may have enjoyed it more. It was a positive book with a good message.

  5. March 5, 2013 8:50 am

    I think this would just make me feel like a failure because I give up so easily at the first sign of rejection!

  6. March 5, 2013 9:34 am

    Sounds like an inspirational book. I love stories of people who overcome adversity and triumph over their situation.

  7. zibilee permalink
    March 5, 2013 12:10 pm

    I think that this book would be inspirational to me as well, and it sounds like choosing Hoda for the narration was the perfect choice. I need to see if I can grab this one on audio, because I am very sure that it would ensnare me!!

  8. talesofwhimsy permalink
    March 5, 2013 12:34 pm

    This sounds fantastic. Like something I would really like. Thanks for the review.

  9. Patty permalink
    March 5, 2013 4:10 pm

    I love watching her in the morning!

  10. March 5, 2013 5:13 pm

    Sounds like a very positive, uplifting book!

  11. March 5, 2013 7:52 pm

    I like her so I think I would enjoy listening to her tell these stories for sure!

  12. March 5, 2013 8:24 pm

    this sounds really fascinating! i enjoy her on TV so I think I’d enjoy it.

  13. March 6, 2013 12:09 am

    Excellent review, Kathy! This doe sound very engaging, as well as inspirational.

  14. March 6, 2013 1:22 am

    This does sound like a great read/listen. Glad you enjoyed it!

  15. March 6, 2013 12:53 pm

    This sounds like a fascinating book. I thinking the audio with Hoda pis probably better than just reading it. I love how Hoda’s own difficulty getting her first job inspired this book in some way. I hope the people she profiled are all doing well today.
    This was a great review, Kathy. I think I’ll investigate thei book further!

  16. bookingmama permalink
    March 6, 2013 1:53 pm

    Sounds like a good one! Everyone needs some inspiration from time to time.

  17. March 6, 2013 5:55 pm

    This one sounds wonderful! May even be a perfect audiobook. I will have to check it out.

  18. March 6, 2013 8:19 pm

    Wow this sounds like an inspiring read/listen. I’ve always like Hoda, and I’m glad to hear she’s a good narrator, and that she focused on such inspirational stories from normal non-celebrities. That definitely makes it more interesting to me. Great review!

  19. March 10, 2013 11:37 am

    You’ve made me so curious to know how the six people’s stories turn out, too. This isn’t a book I would probably ever gravitate to on my own, so thanks for the review!

  20. March 10, 2013 5:11 pm

    I saw little clips of the people in the book on some show. Sounded interesting. Glad you liked the book.

  21. March 10, 2013 11:27 pm

    I need a weekly dose of inspirational stories so thanks for the recommendation!

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