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The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives Hardcover – April 12, 2011

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About the Author

Katie Couric is the anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, a 60 Minutes correspondent, and anchor of CBS News prime-time specials. She has covered most of the major breaking news events over the past fifteen years, including the historic presidential election of 2008, the September 11 attacks, the Columbine tragedy, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the funeral of Princess Diana.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; First Edition edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812992776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812992779
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #834,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
I am listening to the Audible version of this book, and I have to say that I absolutely love it. I have been a psychotherapist for 30 years, and in each story I hear the authors doing exactly what I encourage each of my clients to do - make lemonade out of lemons. Sometimes we have to hear the same message over and over until we get it - how many times did the hygienist tell me to floss my teeth before her vacation replacement told me flossing was like brushing in between your teeth! Duh! How many of the well-known people of our times face their failures and, instead of quitting, decided to keep on going? It is inspirational, and important to share with as many people as possible, not just young people who are graduating from college, which was the original idea for the book. Thanks Katie and all of the people who contributed their experiences. We each have an incredible story, and it always helps to hear how others made their story amazing.
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I pre ordered this book and received it on Monday. It's "cute". But the advice is shallow. A lot of platitudes with very little true informational advice. If you are a fan of pop culture I recommend it, but if you are seeking real life advice I would pass.
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This book was very disappointing. Though I appreciated Katie Couric's introduction to the book and her introduction to each chapter, they are, unfortunately, the only parts of the book worth reading. The 114 essays from celebrities were very cliched and poorly written; reading "if you work hard and do your best, you can do amazing things!" over and over and over again just got tedious. I would be willing to bet that most high school students could write more interesting advice essays.
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Loved the book and very interesting to read about how all these "Extraordinary People" achieved their success. They all shared the challenges they faced and how they overcame them, with or without support of family and friends. One common thread was throughout the book - positive, creative mindset with alot of hard work. Great read, can put down, pick up and skip arond. Go back and reread, when you need to.
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I respectfully disagree with the two reviews prior to mine. I received this book two days ago and cannot put it down. What an amazingly simple idea....that WORKS! I love that Katie has taken the stories of truly successful people and put them all in one place. Sure, it is repetitively POSITIVE but who couldn't use a dose of that? I loved reading about so many "successful" people and the things they had to overcome to get to the top. I found myself reaching for my highlighter many times over. My favorite quote - right off the bat - was when Katie asks how do you recalculate your route when your internal GPS is broken? So true! Thanks for so much inspiration in one place. Well done Katie!
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I was disappointed with this one. I thought it would be great, and I was impressed with some of the celebrity stories, but overall, the advice was not great. In fact, it went against much of the good advice I've been privy to in my life. If you love reading about celebs' stories, then this is great. If you're looking for real advice, stick with Earl Nightingale and Dale Carnegie.
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Very nicely done and well worth reading...I am 77 and still learning...makes you stop and think what YOU might have written if Katie had asked you...
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I found this book wonderfully varied, informative, helpful, at times trite and a little smart-assy. Couric's own personality and intelligence came through strongly in her honest introduction, and the gallimaufry of advice that followed made the book worth every cent of its purchase price.
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