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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2013
First let me be very clear, I am a huge Andy Andrews fan. I live in the South and the Gulf Coast is a favorite vacation spot and often a haunt. Andy writes with an "I can't put his book down" touch. You laugh, learn and live better because of his books. All of that said, Andy swings his pen into stronger ink in The Noticer Returns. Strong, powerful life changing and affirming writing will capture the reader in the first few paragraphs. My wife and I stood and wept together over a two page passage where Andy helped us through a very hard place in our life with the recent death of both of our mothers. I am already buying copies and giving them away. This is a must read whether you are twelve or ninety two. Thank you Andy for pulling the gloves off Jones.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2013
Andy is a modern day C.S. Lewis. You will not find a more talented story teller. I devoured this book and went right back and read it again. This book is sure to change how you look at life. This is NOT a book to be missed. If you enjoyed Jones and his wisdom in book one The Noticer you will welcome your friend right back in your life in book two. I highly recommend this 5 star book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
The author of America's beloved Forrest Gump says, "The Noticer Returns is a magical story that will change how you look at life." Far be it from me to quibble with a New York Times best-selling author, but I believe this a mystical story that will change how readers live."

Via a well-written story, which readers have come to expect from Andrews, the author details a simple, but profound, concept of parenting. The Noticer Returns has just flown to the top of my gift-giving list - especially for expectant parents.

One of the things I liked best was the profound nugget that perhaps America's "greatest generation" really wasn't. Is that blasphemy? Probably. However, Andrews illustrates that the real greatest generation was the one that raised the men and women who are accepted as our finest. Does that make sense? You bet it does. Had the men and women who fought and won World War II been raised by parents (and grandparents) who had different values and had made less time to raise their children, would their children have been willing to go through all they endured for years?

I was stunned to see the book dedicated to someone from my hometown of Atmore, AL, Dr. Will Baker. My guess is this book began with a conversational question from Dr. Baker: "The question is, what is the question?" I think Andy Andrews solved the maddening riddle --as only he could have--and this book is the result. I had to smile when I encountered the character of Baker Larson. Nice additional tip of the hat to Dr. Baker.

I have always believed Andy Andrews to be smart. The Noticer Returns shows new literary maturity--and downright brilliance. I have no doubt that his publisher knows this manuscript was worth the wait. Congratulations to author and publisher.

This book is truly the best of Andrews' unique career that began decades ago with what seemed his chance encounter under a pier with a man named Jones, not Mr. Jones. Just Jones.

Andy Andrews' only problem--and that of his publisher--now becomes . . . how do you top your own gold standard?

[Bonnie Bartel Latino is a former columnist for Stars and Stripes/Europe. She is co-author of the award-winning, inspirational military love story, Your Gift to Me.]

Fair disclosure: I received an advance paperback copy from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2013
It's difficult to describe an Andy Andrews book--as he says, it's like trying to "lasso a bumblebee." But it's incredibly easy to reap the benefits of having read Andy's books. They are simple stories, very well told. Yet, within these simple stories, Andy imparts profound, PRACTICAL wisdom that transcends careers, age, marital status, or any other demographics. Returning to his protagonist Jones, Andy immediately connects the reader through his genuine affection for Jones. It's that connection that allows the reader to accept some of Jones's counsel regardless of how close to home it often strikes.

As good as THE NOTICER RETURNS is, it is equally good to give as a gift. It's one of those rare books that friends will be grateful you turned them on to.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I read "The Noticer" back in 2009 and loved it, so I was hoping this sequel would live up. It did. The old guy, Jones, that you hated to see go in the first book comes back in this one. It's been enough years that I don't remember everything about the first one. I just remember it moving me deeply and pleasantly. So I was glad to see this book come along.

Sometimes you watch a movie and there comes a "moment" that you are profoundly grateful you were there to witness. It sometimes happens in concerts too. An artist or a band will create one of those moments... and you immediately think of several people you wish were there with you because you know you'll never be able to recreate the experience for them with just the story of it. Well, this book gave me two of those moments (I won't spoil). Of course it was a good book, and I was riveted the whole time, but it's those two separate moments that made me profoundly grateful for having read it. It's very rare in a book (and I wish I could create the effect in writing myself). Whatever magic Andy Andrews uses, it is delightful to experience.

Besides the sheer draw-you-in entertainment of it, there was also great insight (like Andy's other books) that I immediately started putting into practice with my own children and my other relationships.

But just like "The Noticer," there is some bad news in this sequel. About the time it ends, you're wishing like heck it wouldn't.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2013
I think I've read all but one of Andy's books and have enjoyed every one of them. However, I've really been looking forward to the release of this new one, The Noticer Returns. I couldn't wait for Andy to once again bring alive the main character "Jones" as he did so well in The Noticer. I just finished this new book and it was more entertaining and educational than I could have imagined. You owe it not only to yourself, but to your children and grandchildren to read The Noticer Returns.
Also, if you haven't read The Noticer yet, pick it up as well. However, it doesn't matter if you haven't read it. You don't have to know what happened in that book to fully enjoy this new one. Get the book, you won't be sorry.
Remember, sometimes you find perspective, and sometimes perspective finds you. ENJOY!!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2013
Andy has another homerun with The Noticer Returns. I keep copies of The Noticer and Travelers Gift to hand out to those in need, now I must also keep The Noticer Returns handy. I thought The Noticer showed me perspective but The Noticer Returns takes it to a whole new level. Any person in business, with children, or just getting through life needs this book. Way to go Andy and thank you for adding so much to peoples lives.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2014
I didn't like it as much as the first one in the series as it was not as compelling as the Noticer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2014
Got the feeling that author Andy Andrews was stretching himself to come up with a wining sequel to his original, The Noticer. Jones, the lead character, reappears and gives good advice, but his reach and influence is narrower and has less impact than in Andrew's original works. I mentor middle school and high school age boys and wanted a book that would provide wise counsel and motivate one toward self-improvement, as was the case in Traveler's Gifts and The Noticer. If that is also your objective, stick with the originals and pass this one by.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2013
Jones is still Jones. Great book. Full of so many words of wisdom. I really love Andy Andrews and his way of sharing what seems obvious but isn't.
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