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Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the… (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Dave Isay (Editor), Dave Isay (Introduction)

Series: StoryCorps (1)

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A compendium of true American life stories, drawn from an ambitious oral history project, features pieces representing every walk of life from all fifty states, in a nation-wide and thematically arranged celebration of the nation's shared humanity.
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Title:Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project (Penguin Books for English: Developmental)
Authors:Dave Isay
Other authors:Dave Isay (Introduction)
Info:Penguin Books (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 320 pages
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Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project by Dave Isay (Editor) (2007)

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This book was unbelievably moving. It is a must read for anyone interested in the American experience of the 20th and 21st centuries. Dave Isay deserves a medal for coming up with the idea for StoryCorps, and for making it such an amazing reality. I highly recommend this book. ( )
  jgmencarini | Jul 11, 2021 |
I listened to the audio version of this on a recent car trip, and have been thumbing through the longer paper book as well. Fantastic stuff. Storycorps is my new favorite project of all time. I wish they had put the whole book on the cd, but thoroughly enjoyed the stories they selected. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
About this book, quoting from the book's back cover, ". . .StoryCorps founder and legendary radio producer Dave Isay selects the most memorable stories from the StoryCorps collection, creating a moving portrait of American life. The voices here connect us to real people and their lives--to their experiences of profound joy, sadness, courage, and despair, to good times and hard times, to good deeds and misdeeds."
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  uufnn | Feb 15, 2017 |

This was a short freebie from Audible around Thanksgiving (thanks Audible!) The StoryCorps Project is dedicated to collecting the stories of ordinary Americans for future generations. People participate through interviews by either a family member, friend, or a volunteer at the Storycorps booth in selected cities or in the mobile traveling booth.

This audio was only one hour of excerpts from some of the interviews. Hearing the stories in their own voices was very powerful and many moved me to tears. I didn't want the hour to end and would like to listen to the full length audio. Highly recommended! ( )
  janb37 | Feb 13, 2017 |
So-so collection of quotes that worked better on radio. By and large, the stories featured here are interesting however, most are much too short (being anecdotes cherry-picked from longer interviews). Having read several of Studs Terkel's books, I've come to expect more from pieces that are being presented as oral histories: to wit, a real sense of the subject, and a fuller picture of his or her life rather than just an isolated incident or two. Maybe that's understandable, given that StoryCorps' interviews are conducted by friends and family, but this is still a case of less is more (fewer pieces, but longer ones). ( )
  bostonian71 | Jul 2, 2016 |
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