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A Golden Voice: How Faith, Hard Work, and Humility Brought Me from the Streets to Salvation

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YouTube sensation Ted William's memoir of addiction, homelessness, and unlikely redemption, cowritten by #1 New York Times bestselling author Bret Witter

Ted Williams was panhandling in December 2010 when a passerby taped him and posted a clip of his gorgeous radio voice on YouTube. The video went viral, and overnight, launched him—the homeless man with a golden voice—into
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 10th 2012 by Gotham (first published May 1st 2012)
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Diane
May 28, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it
Most of you know that I have some seriously mixed feelings on this one.
BUT, if I had not met him, I would LOVE this book.

There are contradictions along the way that make you say whoooaaaaa Ted....you just said you were not violent but you have hit or injured your girlfriend three times in the book alone. You say your drug of choice is alcohol but you spend ninety percent of the time talking about crack. You say your "bottom" was when Kathy asked you to have sex with a man and yet you continued
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Kasandra
Apr 14, 2012 Kasandra rated it really liked it
Possibly the most honest memoir I've ever read, in terms of not shrinking away from admitting to reprehensible behaviors... you may hate Mr. Williams after reading this book (I didn't), but it will open your eyes to just how much of a struggle it can be to fight an addiction. For all of us who are addicts (I smoke cigarettes and have tried to quit many times), this is a valuable reminder of what an enlarged perspective/faith can provide, as well as a call to be compassionate to everyone, since w ...more
Linda
Oct 23, 2015 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Linda by: Today 5-14-12
This man made news a few years ago when he was "discovered" soliciting for money at an interstate exit in Columbus, Ohio. A youtube video of him demonstrating his 'golden voice" was viewed so often the Today Show flew him to New York. He experienced a whirlwind of television interviews including Dr. Phil who offered to help him get sober.
Most of this book is Ted's story before youtube made him famous. He started as an alcoholic but one hit of crack really gripped him.
Life wasn't hearts and rose
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Monis
Aug 07, 2014 Monis rated it it was amazing
YouTube sensation Ted William's memoir of addiction, homelessness, and unlikely redemption, cowritten by #1 New York Times bestselling author Bret Witter

Ted Williams was panhandling in December 2010 when a passerby taped him and posted a clip of his gorgeous radio voice on YouTube. The video went viral, and overnight, launched him—the homeless man with a golden voice—into the hearts of millions.

Since then, millions have heard pieces of his story: his successful radio career, his crack addiction,
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Gary
May 23, 2012 Gary rated it really liked it
This is a real tough read. The story of Ted Williams is harsh in the sense that he admittedly, does not come off as a nice man. Having said that, his story of redemption is one that everyone should read. If you don't believe in someone deserving a second chance (or third or fourth chance), this book WILL change your mind. It is a very inspiring book.
Malin Friess
Aug 20, 2012 Malin Friess rated it really liked it
Ted Williams was at one time a popular radio voice in Columbus Ohio. But he lost everything (kids, home, dignity) when he became a Crack Addict. Ted was panhaddling on a street corner when someone videotaped his still Golden Voice despite the years of abuse, "When your listening to the best of the oldies your listening to Magic 98.9." The driver put the clip on You Tube and Williams rocketed to fame. Within days he was plucked from the Street, on the Today Show, on Jay Leno, and had a new contra ...more
Alyce Rocco
Sep 25, 2012 Alyce Rocco rated it really liked it
I skipped the prologue to A Golden Voice: How Faith, Hard Work, and Humility Brought Me from the Streets to Salvation by Ted Williams with Bret Witter, and read it the book in one day.

Readers get a glimpse into life in a homeless shelter: "If you wanted to keep anything, even a photograph, you stuffed it in a bag and slept on it as your pillow. You slept on your shoes, too, or someone would steal them off your feet."

After twenty years of smoking crack cocaine daily ~ he and his lady friend, Ka
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Jennifer England
Jun 19, 2016 Jennifer England rated it it was amazing
I was inspired to read this by a video my boyfriend pulled up on Youtube. Sparked my interest. This was very well written. Frustrated me at bit with the way they got the funds for their habit and the things they did to good people. I pulled up videos about the latest on Ted and Kathy and if they use their life experiences to help others then I am thankful they survived. My heart goes out to all of the family members and friends of anyone who has to deal with this type of situation. God loves and ...more
Michael Brooks
Jun 27, 2014 Michael Brooks rated it liked it
Recommended to Michael by: Michael D. Brooks
This memoir is an interesting read.

It gives one a better understanding of what life is like for people living on the streets as a result of their own devices or through no fault of their own, what motivates them to survive, and what hinders their return to normalcy.

And although it's been three years since his rediscovery, and two years since the book was published, I couldn't help wondering while I read it if Ted really has beaten his addiction problem or is this book, like his radio career, goi
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Tim Patrick
Jul 07, 2012 Tim Patrick rated it liked it
After all of the heavy reading I have done recently, I picked this book up as something light. That was a mistake. The riches to rags to riches story Williams tells is compelling, especially the parts that were not revealed during his YouTube-fueled rise to stardom. And I always enjoy a story that relies heavily on the theme of reconciliation. But this is a very emotionally heavy book. I appreciate the dose of reality, the reminder that that media-centric happy endings are often pure fabrication ...more
Janet Carroll
Apr 21, 2015 Janet Carroll rated it liked it
I puzzled over this book at times because it was hard to follow the logic of the author. "Being clean" seems to mean something different other than "sober."w And yes, there are some inconsistencies such as when Williams claims he is not a "violent" man but describes how he slaps his girlfriend to the ground. If there is such a thing as an addictive personality, I think Williams may be an example.
I happened to see the Dr. Phil show on which Mr. Williams was interviewed/ambushed and I was appalled
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Gailembt
Jan 10, 2016 Gailembt rated it really liked it
Educational view of one man's path from success to destruction to redemption through desire, drugs, and rehabilitation. Worth reading.
Dennis
May 06, 2013 Dennis rated it really liked it
This is the story of one man's spiraling descent into addiction and his resulting homelessness, despair and misery. He goes on a twenty-year quest in search of that "glorious" high delivered by his first hit of crack cocaine which, of course, he never finds. I thought it was a well written tale and hard to put down; it had me counting my blessings for being lucky enough to have avoided such a deadly path in my own life.
Betty
Aug 03, 2013 Betty rated it it was amazing
I read this book about 2 weeks ago. It is a true story of a man addicted to crack cocaine and how his addiction led him down a path of lost jobs, relationships, homelessness and family. This is not a pretty story but it is reality to anyone suffering because of their addiction. Highly recommend reading it if interested in learning the effects of this lifestyle.
Susie
Jun 26, 2012 Susie rated it it was ok
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This is not a great book. Everyone loves a good comeback story, but you have to slog through 200+ pages of crack-smoking description to get to the redemption in this book, and even that is anti-climactic. I am thrilled for this man that he is no longer on the streets, but the book was not one of my favorites.
Ginger
Jul 21, 2012 Ginger rated it really liked it
Eric Harding, mentioned in the book, is Ted Williams sobriety coach and a personal friend of mine. This book was written with blunt honesty and now I have some insight as to the lives of people with substance addiction and their co-dependence on others.
LeReese
Jan 06, 2013 LeReese rated it really liked it
It was good reading. The man had a serious addiction. I am surprised he even lived this long. What a terrible existence! I can only thank God I never had to live like that.
Carl Phillips
Sep 09, 2012 Carl Phillips rated it liked it
This book is compelling but hard to read. Ted Williams has a special gift, a golden voice, that made it through more than 20 years of alcohol and crack addiction.
Joseph Britton
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Unfortunately I did not feel that Mr. Williams has found redemption as yet. He still appears to have a tough journey ahead of him.
Becky
Mar 26, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing
Fascinating read!!!
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