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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2013
Hoda and Jane nailed it again with stories that make you stop and think and simply be grateful for all you have. TEN YEARS LATER is stirring and truly an inspirational book, and I would highly recommend as a gift for anyone needing a bit of inspiration or those whom you admire as it is filled with life lessons and rich stories. Bravo ladies.....I am ready for 20 YEARS LATER....bring it on!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2013
This book is about six people who transformed their lives by over coming adversity stems from different situations that occur in their lives and changing their circumstances for the better good. After 10 years Hoda revisited the six people to find out how they were doing, and to her surprising all the people had a successful and happy ending. You will see that advesity bring out creativity, empathy, love and williness to strive to do better in people. I think the stories in the book are relatable because alot of people can identify with aleast one person story in the book. The people in the book changed their situations around because of other people in their lives, who needed them to be around for a long long time because they did not have the strength to do it on their own. The stories in the book will definitely make you shed some tears because I did. The stories are so touching and moving but you feel better due to the good outcome.

These are a few of the heartfelt stories in the book. Amy Barnes was an over weight woman who weigh almost 500 pounds, and was in an abusive relationship . She when on to lost over 340 pounds,and became a body builder and personal trianer. Linsey Beck survived a rare cancer in her early twenties and founded Fertile Hope Reproductive Preservation for cancer patients. Roxanne Quimby who lost three watressing jobs and was driving down the road and seen a man selling honey, and told him she can help packaged it and sell it and went on to build a multi million dollars company Burt's bees. Ron Clifford who pull a women from the tower escaping the september 11th attack only to find out his sister Ruth ,and four year oldniece Juliana had been on United flight 175 the second plane to hit the tower. Ten year later he talked about finding closure and dealing with PTSD. Patrick Weiland a television producer spiraled out of control after he is diagnosed with HIV ,and became addicted to crystal meth after his sister die he turned his life around.

I recommend this book for anybody who wants to read alot of inspiring stories and tips on how to overcome adversities ,you might me facing in your life. The book was a short easy read which I enjoyed alot ,and I know you will to. Overall I learned never give up, and keep positive because you never know what life as instore for you. No matter how down you feel in life there are better things out there waiting for us we just have to dig deep and find the strength to acheive them.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2013
Everyone should read this book! It is inspirational and worth every minute spent on reading it. The kindle version allows you to blow up the print so it is a very, very easy read! Bring the tissues as it will tug at your heart strings.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2013
This book is a great idea, looking into the lives of someone 10 years later. BUT the stories go on and on and on and on! There are far more details than you would ever need. They add nothing to the story and actually had me saying, is this story ever going to end!? When I got to the ending I barely cared. I enjoy Hoda on t.v. but this book is a dud for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2013
The people who were the subjects of this book had some pretty incredible life stories (which is why I rated this with 2 stars instead of 1), but the writing style and editing in this book were pretty poor. A lot of the paragraphs were redundant, and there was no logical flow to the writing in many instances. On top of that, the stories were MUCH longer than they needed to be, and became profoundly uninteresting while I slogged through them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2013
I saw Hoda Kotb introducing her book on the Today Show and bought it immediately. Read it and still keep the "feel good" stories with me. I can't wait to read her next one.
Linda - Chicago
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2013
Wow. That's the first word that comes to mind after finishing Ten Years Later by Hoda Kotb. Each of the stories were so unique in their own way, but really fit together nicely. It definitely made me appreciate the blessings in my life. People are often stronger than they know. I laughed, I cried, I cheered as I listened to these heart-wrenching stories. I think that having the audiobook read by Hoda made it that much more special. She was deeply involved and connected to these people, and you could hear it in her voice.

I highly recommend this audiobook. It's a reminder of the tenacity of the human spirit. I feel that everyone can benefit from hearing these courageous stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2013
Fast and easy read. Some stories were very interesting and left you wanting more whereas others went on for a little too long.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2013
Update July 17, 2013:
I was just reading about the incredible Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, Calif. July 15, 2013 where runners raced 135 miles in 120 degree heat. It reminded me of the amazing Diane Van Deren story in Hoda's book; just had to go to my Kindle for a re-read! What a great story. Thank you, Hoda for sharing all these wonderful stories!
Original review below:
Six compelling stories, each true, each unique. Once into a story, it was hard to put the book down. Each anecdote is a stand-alone - some more appealing than others and some better written than others. I had to put aside my aversion to the use of the word, like or overuse, I should say - more than 200 times. While I realize most were the result of direct quotes, an ellipses or change of phrase now and then would have overcome that tedium! All-in-all, a good read, quite worthwhile, and one story I read twice, just had to!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2013
This is a series of "victory" stories as they were told to Hoda over the years. The stories are personal and inspiring, but they don't really reveal much about Hoda; they are more about the people she met and interviewed.
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