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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 27, 2012
Dolly Parton shares her philosophy on life in her new book based on a commencement speech that she gave to graduating students at the University of Tennessee in 2009. Now she expands on her beliefs and urges readers to dream more, learn more, care more, and be more.

Written in a conversational style with much humor and wit, Dolly offers her words of wisdom and advice gained over a lifetime of achievement. Her biggest wish is for people to dream more and stay true to those dreams. She tells us it's alright to be a dreamer. That's where great ideas start. She confesses she has always been a dreamer, still has dreams and will never stop working. She said it would be ok to drop dead on stage doing what she loves. Yes, she said that!

Using examples from her life beginning with her childhood and growing up poor, Dolly talks about her early dreams of going to Nashville to be a star, doesn't shy away from talking about her style of big hair, tight clothes and creating an appearance she was happy with. She is so open and forthcoming it's difficult not to like her.

I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Dolly herself. Her vibrant personality and her enthusiasm for life shines through. As a bonus, she treats the listener to some of her music occasionally bursting into song on a few of the tracks. I highly recommend the audio version. You can't help feeling good when you are finished listening to this book.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Dolly Parton has done, and continues to do, everything an entertainer can do: she acts, sings, is a philanthropist, produces, is a highly respected and savvy business woman, and most of all a writer. When asked many years ago what is the one thing she holds dear to her heart more than anything she has ever done it is writing. She could write songs before she could talk with her mother writing down the words to her songs when Dolly would start singing songs her mother knew were Dolly's own compositions.

Having written over 4000 songs now, an autobiography in 1994, and two children's books Dolly now has come out with "Dream More". The book is not another biography by some superstar, but Dolly's own philisophical way in leading a better and happier life. She has stated this is not book as "a way to live your life" because she has often stated in interviews it is sometimes dangerous to emulate yourself after someone else as we are all different people. Instead "Dream More" gives the reader "advice" on how Dolly, when faced with pressures of life and obstacles that were in her way at various courses in her lifetime, dealt with these issues and how she was able to overcome the sometimes hardships and difficulties in being a better and happier person.

The book got its origins in 2009 when Dolly Parton was asked to give a commencemnet speech at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she later received an Honorary Doctorate. Never being nervous before the public Dolly later admitted, "I was a nervous wreck having never talked to so many well-educated people in my life!". The speech she gave was brilliant and was very much Dolly. She gave it her all with her wit, candor and most of all her "common-sense" approach to living your life the best way she could. What came out of that speech for me and many others was to NEVER stop dreaming. "One may never attain certain dreams, but one can certainly keep dreaming them", Dolly later stated in an interview and it was always her dreams that has gotten her through life.

Many know Dolly's story, but what many don't know is the serious person she is and how her dreams is what got her out of the Smoky Mountains and into the realm of the entertainment industry. While even in Nashville and being a "girl singer" on a syndicated TV show Dolly continued to dream. Her duet partner Porter Wagoner often stated, "She had the mind and imagination of a wizard always coming up with new ideas". His attitude toward Dolly changed drastically when the two broke up professionally in 1976 when he later snarled in 1979, "Dolly is living in a fairy-tale land. She wants to act in movies and wants to be known world wide as some huge singer". Well Porter (rest his soul) Dolly did more than act: she became a movie star, a singing sensation and a household name globally because of her dreams.

An excellent book for all of us to read, "Dream More" is all Dolly and she wants all of us (and not just her hardcore fanbase! LOL) to dream our dreams and perhaps someday they will come true.

"Dream More" is also available in audio format and read by Dolly and contains two original songs sung by her including the moving one she did at the University of Tennessee.

All proceeds from "Dream More" will go to Dolly's "Imagination Library Literacy Program" that helps benefit children in the United States, Canada, and Britain to receive a book a month until they begin elementary school.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2012
The audiobook is read by Dolly : ) It is great!!!! I love Dolly and have seen her in many interviews, but this book really gets to who she is & what she is all about...in her own words. The stories about "what makes her tick" are inspirational to everyone. Thank you for writing this book Dolly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I have been a fan of Dolly Parton's music since 1978, when I started collecting vinyl records. I have also read some books including three biographies. From those books and information I've read, I was aware that Dolly did her share (if not more) of charity work, but I'd not explored it. However, I had learned that she gives millions of books away to children to give them a better chance of learning to read.

When I first saw this book, I hesitated before buying it, but I'm glad that I did. It appears that in her local area, children know her as The "Book Lady" because that's how they first knew about her. I know that her music doesn't get as much radio airplay as it once did, and that may be a factor too, but Dolly has always been a positive thinker and in any case, she long ago ceased to need radio airplay. It is Dolly's positive thinking that is at the heart of this book.

I have often compared my life history with others, and the contrast with Dolly is stark. She comes from a very poor background, but from a very close-knit family, so it would seem = and I have no reason to disbelieve her on either count, because it shows through in her songs. Meanwhile, I come from a family who were certainly not rich, but who lived comfortably by the standards of the time. However, I wouldn't describe my family as close-knit. There are many different family situations the world over. Despite her poor background, Dolly was actually one of the lucky ones. She was surrounded by people who were willing to help her achieve her dreams, even if they didn't agree with what Dolly wanted to do.

The advice Dolly gives is soundly based, but for each individual, it is a matter of how much of the advice they are able to take. For example, if a child cannot do anything to please his or her parents or guardians, then unless they can get positive feedback from others, they aren't likely to grow up to be positive adults.

Over the years, I've learned from other sources that some of the advice here is absolutely spot-on - for example, you should know your own strengths and weaknesses, and make adjustments as far as possible.

Towards the end of the book there's a section containing quotes that Dolly is remembered for.

This is a great little book by a highly intelligent woman who knows what she's writing about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2013
A short, sweet inspirational book. Dolly has not always had an easy life, but she has managed to do a lot of good. Much of the book is about Dolly's faith and beliefs, and why and what she believes in. I enjoyed reading that she created the "Imagination Library" because her own father couldn't read or write. Clearly, Dolly wants to do good for others. Her wisdom is certainly interesting and she has a unique sense of humor. This one could leave you feeling like you can do even more than you can imagine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2013
Dolly Parton's music has touched my heart for as l as I can remember. This book is no exception. Her spirit shines brightly through her candor and whit. What an uplifting book! Once you start, you won't want to stop reading. Don't worry. It's a quick read and worth every word.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2013
This book contains a lot of what you would expect from Dolly. It is derived from a Commencement speech Dolly gave at the University of Tennessee. The best part for me was the question and answer session at the end. It presents Dolly at her wittiest.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2013
It's hard to write anything negative about Dolly Parton, a person who is so positive, that it radiates from her in a way uncommon to most people. From the interviews I have heard with her, and what so many people have said about her that have met her, she has a special something about her. So I have little doubt that she is a genuinely nice person and humble celebrity who does good things for the world. But this review isn't about her as a person, it's about this book. It's very short, has regular interruptions of stream of consciousness writing that did nothing to add to what she wrote for me, and had very little of any substance in it that I could appreciate. There are way too many comments about her boobs, plastic surgery, and appearance, and just not enough I could relate to. There is something about Dolly to be appreciated, even possibly emulated, but I didn't learn what it was from this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2012
Sometimes it's not just the message but the messenger. We've all heard great tidbits of advice throughout our lives but it takes a special somebody to have it soak in. This is not a beat-around-the-bush, verbal padding of a book. I respect Dolly's straight to the point style. Talk less say more all the way! I killed this read in 2 hours and highlighted tons of stuff along the way. I'm planning on keeping it on my desk so when I need a quick glimpse of inspiration I will open the page and read one of my highlighted excerpts. I'm proud of Dolly for continuing to explore her talents and you will enjoy this literary layer!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2012
I loved this book. I could hear her voice reading it to me. She is definitely a REAL somebody. The book was short....an easy read. It told of the spiritual, compassionate side of a very public person....a lot that I didn't know. She has such a drive that even if she had not made a name for herself as an entertainer, I am sure we would all know of Dolly Parton anyway.
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