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The Road To Reality: Voted off the Island!...My Journey as a Real-Life Survivor Paperback – September 18, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Agape Media International, LLC. (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401941001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401941000
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,192,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 "Some women are amazing-others are nothing short of riveting and unforgettable, like Dianne Burnett. Burnett is a warrior-my kind of woman-actually, every woman's kind of woman-she inspires us to never give up on our dreams."-Suzanne Takowsky, Beverly Hills Times

About the Author

Dianne Burnett is an author, producer, and actor of stage and screen. She is also a philanthropist and entrepreneur. Dianne and her ex-husband, Mark Burnett, joined their creative forces to invent Eco-Challenge, the impetus for Survivor, which kickstarted America’s reality-television show craze and went on to become the longest-running and most lucrative reality TV series of all time. Following the success of Survivor, Dianne produced and acted in the stage play Beyond Therapy at the Santa Monica Playhouse, served as Executive Producer of the indie film Jam (which won Best Narrative Feature at the Santa Fe Film Festival), and acted in Everybody Loves Raymond. In memory of her mother, Joan, who lost her battle with esophageal cancer in 2010, Dianne formed Joan Valentine—A Foundation for Natural Cures, a nonprofit organization that serves as a resource for those seeking alternatives to traditional medicine. She also recently launched a multimedia platform and social network: called theotherside.com, it explores alternative views on everything from relationships to health. Formerly of New York, Dianne now lives in Malibu, California, with her family.
Websites: www.DianneBurnett.com www.joanvalentinefoundation.org www.theotherside.com

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Customer Reviews

The whole thing left me feeling empty.
D. Lininger
What she lost and consequently learned about herself, about life, love, and forgiveness will resonate with everyone.
June Cuddy
The main problem is that the book is so poorly written.
Mediaman

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Lininger on December 18, 2012
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I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, I felt the book was solely "one big brag." I feel Dianne wrote it simply let everyone know that she was "the woman behind the man." Spoiler Alert: Before they were married, Dianne had an affair with Mark , despite the fact that he was married already. Then, what a shocker, Mark in turn, cheats on Dianne. (Like none of us saw that one coming.) Mark sounds like an egotistical jerk, but Dianne continues to love him to the end. Dianne seems like a very nice person, but the whole book seems very shallow to me. It is definitely a quick, easy read. I found the book to be slightly interesting, but I was hoping for a lot more depth. There were no good "insider" details about Survivor. The whole thing left me feeling empty. Sorry, but I can not recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Iris on December 6, 2012
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The book was a light read. I bought it to read on a long trip and I was surprised that the read only took a few hours. It was on my Kindle so I have no idea how thin the book itself must be, but I'd guess pretty thin. It was also pretty thin in content. I don't know why it was even written -- perhaps to get on record that she felt she was equally responsible for creating Survivor. Her new age-spiritual take on things was kind of a bore.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Murray on December 2, 2012
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She concentrates too much on herself and does not really reveal anything special about "Survivor", the show. She is good, however, about not putting all the blame on her husband for their separation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daisy on January 20, 2013
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I really enjoyed reading this book and think it's great Diane and Mark can still be friends after their divorse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 5, 2012
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Not only is this a very entertaining read, it culminates with an important message of forgiveness that the whole world can benefit from.
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This is a needless book that is more divorce therapy than memoir. Mark Burnett's second wife spills some of the details behind the power-hungry TV producer, making him look like a smarmy jerk, while she exposes her own gigantic flaws.

The main problem is that the book is so poorly written. There are a number of major factual errors in the book along with insufficient details and huge gaps in her life story. Sometimes she'll just skip two years without saying what happened in between. At other times she'll tell a story that really is insignificant or has so little information that you wonder why it's included in the book. I understand her not naming the man her husband hired to have an affair with her (you read that correctly--Mark was cheating on her so he hired a guy to have an affair with Dianne) but why not name the guy she married after Burnett divorced her? That's public record.

If you're looking for a behind-the-scenes look into how Survivor was created then read any other book about the show but not this one. All you'll learn here is that Dianne claims to have come up with the title of the show and that she should have been given a co-producer credit but never asked for it. This matches the theme of this book: Mark Burnett is the jerk who made money off his non-credited wife and Dianne wasn't smart enough to make herself an equal part of the relationship.

In the end you'll find Mark Burnett disgusting (as he marries his third wife Roma Downey and eventually turns religious after decades of cheating on women!) and not have an ounce of sympathy for the crazy Dianne Burnett.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JemezMtnAngel on November 8, 2012
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Dianne Burnett's book, Road to Reality, is about her and her ex-husband, Mark Burnett's journey to making the hit show Survivor. Dianne covers her childhood, her romance and subsequent marriage with Mark and what led to the making of the show Survivor. The last quarter of the book is basically the best part of the book- the message behind the book. The message being that Dianne had lost herself and her identity while being in this relationship and marriage with her ex-husband. She has now been able to move on and in doing so she has been able to find her own identity again and is accomplishing the things that she has interests in.
I had read the preview for this book before requesting to review it. I thought the preview was very interesting and I was looking forward to reading the book. Unfortunately once I started to read the book, my feelings were no longer positive. The first three-quarters of the book, while entertaining, is written in a `bragging' kind of tone of all of the places they went and all of the material things they acquired. I had a hard time getting through the book because of this.
I am happy that Ms. Burnett has found true happiness in herself and therefore her life, but I am not sure that the message is conveyed soon enough to hold a readers interest.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
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I decided to switch things up a bit and read a non-fiction book. I believe People magazine recommended this. I liked it. Our journey through this life is never a smooth one so every once in a while it's nice to read another's story. I could identify with Dianne as both a mother and wife. It's easy to get so wrapped up in others lives by being supportive and cheerleading that you forget about yourself and what's important to you and accept and expect encouragement for your own endeavors.
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