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Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You

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Audio CD, 2 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Penguin Audio (first published November 1st 2012)
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Dena I like at the end where she gives questions that she has been asked in interviews and her fantastic answers. Especially when asked how she feels about…moreI like at the end where she gives questions that she has been asked in interviews and her fantastic answers. Especially when asked how she feels about dumb blond jokes and she says it doesn't bother her because she knows she's not dumb and she's not really blond. What a hoot. I loved this book!(less)
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So this one time I was standing in line listening to these two bros bash Dolly Parton behind me. And just as I was concocting something sassy to end their lives with, they googled her. "Oh I didn't know she wrote her own music." "Oh, she plays her own instruments, that's cool..." "Oh she sings that Jolene song, that's a good song I guess" "Oh my god she's written over 3000 songs?!" Yes gentle grasshoppers, welcome. Welcome to your new life of loving everything Dolly Parton touches. It's wonderfu ...more
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ladyish, 2013, audiobook-d
I love Dolly Parton. Her other book, Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business is a better memoir, but this is quite charming. It is basically anecdotes from her life, which are used to illustrated her pillars of success: Dream More, Learn More, Care More, Be More. If you're going to take any celebrity's life advice, it should probably be Dolly Parton. She is basically a genius, and a really good person & role model to boot.

Also, she is funny and sparkly, and she just cares so goddamn much ab
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
This was the most delightful listening experience I have had with a book. I smiled the entire time I listened to Dolly read her book. She also sang to me putting a spring in my step with lines from different songs of hers. Oh my goodness, do I love this charming, determined, resourceful, and talented lady. Her outlook on life and people is one to be copied and she is an inspiration. Her desire to enrich the lives of those in her community, mostly Tennessee, as well as around the world, is admira ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I didn't exactly plan to listen to this, but it was in a review box and it was short. I was expecting to scoff at it, but can you really dislike Dolly Parton? The thing is, despite her self-proclaimed cartoonish presence, the woman has built an empire out of nothing. She works hard, she gets people, and that's pretty commendable even if you aren't a country music fan.

I think the best bits were about how to block draining people from your life, and why you shouldn't apologize for having lofty go
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this at the recommendation of a fellow book club member. This book is pure joy. It is based upon a graduation address she gave years ago, but it is really about her philosophy and beliefs in regards to relationships and serving others. Wow! When I finished it, I immediately went back to the beginning and listened to it again. I know she has built a financial empire, and I have had heard of Imagination Library, but I had no idea how many children they serve. This book is both comfor ...more
Dolly Parton loves books so much that she has given away 100 million of them to children. So I would have fond feelings toward this book even if it were terrible. But it's great. She took a college commencement speech that she gave and expanded on it. She always sounds as if she is addressing just one person, which is one of the secrets of effective communication. Her advice is sensible, clear, and funny. And you've got to get the audiobook because she sings a little bit in every chapter. In sho ...more
Melissa Hevenor
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dream More It’s a wonderful book by Dolly Parton filled with life lessons, an optimistic outlook, and humor that only Dolly can deliver. The book is easy to read and helps give greater insight to the positivity that Dolly exudes. If you listen to the book on audible like I did, you’ll get to hear snippets of songs that tell the stories of the life lessons she shares in the book and in her repertoire of music. This is a book that I believe should be given to any young adult getting ready to leave ...more
Kelly Hager
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a longer version of a commencement speech she gave and so obviously it's very inspiring.

I'll be honest, I don't like country music very much...but I do love Dolly Parton. I have some songs of hers on my iPod and I think she seems like literally one of the nicest, sweetest people ever.

I have reviews and blog posts scheduled in advance and honestly, I wasn't going to read this book until early next year. But I'm writing this on Friday, December 14 and I couldn't focus on the book I wa
Callie *Fights Censorship*
How can you not love Dolly? I found this book to be incredibly sincere and honest. You must listen to the audio book which is not only read by Dolly but has a few musical interludes. I found it to be funny and engaging and very inspiring.

It is basically an extension of the graduation speech she gave at the University of Tennessee, so it is pretty short, but it accomplishes what it sets out to do. Dolly does talk about several of her accomplishments but in a very humble manner. She never comes o
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought the audio version of this. Dolly Parton is one of my favorite human beings. She's real. She's funny. This book is inspirational and just fun. I'm glad one of my Goodreads friends brought it to my attention. I will listen to this one again. It reminds me that I am allowed to dream. ...more
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written by a truly beautiful person! I love Dolly!! She is SO awesome!!
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspiration, novella
I ended 2018 with a short book by Dolly Parton. Based on a commencement speech she gave, it is filled with wisdom and humor. Dolly may not be 'real' in the looks department but she is honest and real about it all. Loved the wit and wisdom as well as truths by Dolly at the end of the book.
This is a fun way to end a reading year.
Nov 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
Looking forward to listening to this audiobook. I'd never really thought about Dolly Parton but after listening to the RadioLab podcast "Dolly Parton's America," I've realized she's a super smart, talented woman. And a badass! ...more
This was a short but good fun audio book, read (and sung!) by Dolly Parton herself. I don't know much about her as a person, even though I had guessed the evident 'rags to riches' American dream life story. It was refreshing to hear that she has such solid values, possibly based on her strong faith, that are reflected in her work ethic, an intact 46 year old marriage and a brilliant sense of humour.

I knew I liked her when she quoted Luke's "To whom much is given, much will be required" which is
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, non-fiction, audio
Who doesn't love Dolly?? I love listening to her home spun truths and common sense. Her spunk, determination, kindness and generosity all shine through in this slim volume. I don't know why anyone would read a book if they could listen to Dolly tell you her story herself - audio is definitely the way to go. ...more
Wayland Smith
Most of my life, I never really considered myself a Dolly Parton fan. I knew a few of her songs, I'm a guy so I knew what she looked like, but that was about it. Well, that changed one night. One of my part time jobs is doing technical stage work for shows, and one night I got to work Dolly Parton's concert. She sings amazingly well, plays a lot of different instruments, tells jokes about herself, but that's not what got me.

If you work in that business, it gets drilled into you over and over, "
Bethany Owens
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you can, I highly recommend that you listen to the audiobook version of this book. You get to hear Dolly singing her songs and telling her jokes exactly like they should be. Everyone should strive to be a little bit more like her. :)
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me an hour to read this book and it was WONDERFUL and i <3 Dolly.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
10 word summary: I don't believe in fairy godmothers. I believe in Dolly.

🦔🦔🦔🦔 I've decided this one is well worth my time and yours too.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Dream More" is an expanded version of a commencement address Dolly gave at the University of Tennessee in 2009. Using anecdotes from her own humble beginnings and eventual success story--and her trademark self-deprecating humor--she encourages her audience/readers to always strive to dream, learn, care, and become more.

I picked up this quick read on a recommendation from book blogger Anne Bogel. Bogel recommended the audiobook, and it's true, this would have been fun to hear in the voice of the
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a cute little book that I recommend doing audio as Dolly reads it and sings a few songs as well. I'm glad to see that Dolly is finally get the respect that she deserves. She is truly has a heart of gold and does what she can to improve the lives of those where she came from. This stared as a graduation speech, but she knew they didn't want her talking all day. Dreams made Dolly the woman she is today. ...more
I love Dolly Parton and her sense of humor!! This book was amazing!
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sweet quick read. :)
Mama Cass
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't say that I listen to much country music these days but my mom loved it so I was exposed to it often. I have always loved Dolly and always will. This book is filled with her beautiful, positive outlook and is a good reminder of her talent, intelligence and beauty. ...more
Anne - ReadingfortheWeekend
Read it on audio- Dolly narrates it and even sings a little!

It was really short but it was jam packed with Dolly telling you to believe in your dreams and just so beautiful!
Jul 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's how it all started... a friend of mine was playing "Jolene" in the office and I was so ashamed to admit that I have never heard this song before. Even if I'm not a country music fan, this one is a classic, covered by so many great artists. Once I heard it, I completely fell in love with it. And it reminded me that it's been a while now since I have wanted to read about Dolly Parton. I only know the basics, that she came from an extremely poor family and that she has always believed she wo ...more
Rachael Quinn
I don't really know what to say about this book except that it was short and sweet and authentic. If you are looking for something that is going to feel like Dolly Parton is talking right to you, well this is it. I'm not sure how to categorize it. It comes off as a self-help memoir, I suppose.

Dolly used the four principles that guide the Dollywood Foundation and Imagination Library to compose a commencement speech for the graduating class at the University of Tennessee. The speech was very popu
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-16
Someone told me about Dolly's Imagination Library and I just can't get enough of this idea. The Imagination Library with the Dollywood Foundation started by giving one book every month to every child in Dolly's home county from the day they were born until they started first grade. The program has given away more than 40 million books in North America and overseas.

This book started out as an expanded version of a commencement speech that Dolly gave at UT Knoxville. It's funny, inspirational and
Naima Haviland
Dolly Parton's book encouraging readers to actualize their dreams is a slim volume but it says all that probably needs to be said. The book reads with Dolly's gentle plainspun style and emphasizes the power of faith and self-discipline. I have always loved Dolly's singing voice and admired her individuality. I read the book with increased respect for her entrepreneurial vision and her generosity toward the region that nurtured her youth. I started reading Dream More in a bit of a funk and finish ...more
Katharine Ott
"Dream More" - written and read by Dolly Parton and published in 2012 by G P Putnam's Sons and Penguin Audio. This book is an expansion of the uplifting commencement speech Parton gave to the 2009 graduates of the University of Tennessee. It's a feel-good assortment of witticisms, tales from her growing-up years, advice, and stories of her enterprises, all brightened by little bits of authentic warbling. The sentiments were nice, nothing surprising and frequently amusing, but the best things goi ...more
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