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Year of Yes Audiobook

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

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Publisher's Summary

The megatalented creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder chronicles how saying yes for one year changed her life - and how it can change yours, too.

With three hit shows on television and three children at home, the ubertalented Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say no when an unexpected invitation arrived. Hollywood party? No. Speaking engagement? No. Media appearances? No.

And there was the side benefit of saying no for an introvert like Shonda: nothing new to fear.

Then Shonda's sister laid down a challenge: Just for one year, try to say yes to the unexpected invitations that come your way. Shonda reluctantly agreed - and the result was nothing short of transformative. In Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes chronicles the powerful impact saying yes had on every aspect of her life - and how we can all change our lives with one little word. Yes.

©2015 Ships at a Distance, Inc. (P)2015 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"What makes this such a powerful audiobook is that, behind her colloquial language and assertive style, you can appreciate the work it took for someone this shy to begin making public appearances and to perform this excellent inspirational audio." (AudioFile)

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    Vanessa 31/01/2016
    Vanessa 31/01/2016 Member Since 2015
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    What did you like most about Year of Yes?

    I loved the way she presented such a deep vulnerable message. It was a wake up call for me and I'm totally inspired by it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was raw. It's a true representation of the vulnerability of being comfortable with ourselves.


    Which character – as performed by Shonda Rhimes – was your favourite?

    Her defiant resistance is something I could seriously relate to.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was like she was speaking about me not to me. It was a wake up call and I could totally relate so at times I was shocked and stunned and others I was feeling inspired and empowered.


    Any additional comments?

    I thank Shonda for sharing this journey with us and presenting it in such an entertaining way that you can't help but accept the messages she is telling us. Loved it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nadja 02/12/2016
    Nadja 02/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointed"

    I really enjoy hearing about the stories and perspective of smart, incredibly talented people. Her writing style is amazing for stories and scripts, but from a self perspective... just seemed to ramble sometimes. I couldn't get the point of talking about the 'horrible amazing' things that happened to her. Confusing and over the top at times. Seems almost as if she's bragging but it's cloaked in whining about her shortcomings. Definitely a drama writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon East St KIlda, Australia 25/11/2016
    Sharon East St KIlda, Australia 25/11/2016 Member Since 2015

    Love listening to a wide range of audio - science fiction, chick lit, memoirs,.

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    "Really benefits from being an audiobook"

    This book was really fun. Watching Shonda grow and think about her life and what she wanted was great, but hearing her read it took it up a notch. i really enjoyed this memoir. It's not too heavy, not too light it's just right.
    The only downside for me was that she does act to protect the privacy of those around her. i would have like to hear a bit more about her relationships, but I respect the parts of her life she's protecting. I definitely recommend this to people who like memoirs, even if you know very little about Shonda or the shows she produces, although some appreciation for them probably makes the book a richer experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cosmicganesha Sydney, Australia 24/11/2016
    Cosmicganesha Sydney, Australia 24/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow!"

    I had this book saved in my wishlist for ages before finally buying it... I mean, what did Shonda really have to tell me about her "year of yes"? As it turns out... EVERYTHING!!! I ate this book up in a couple of days, listening to it at every possible moment. Every woman should buy this book. Every person should buy this book! She moved me to tears at points and taught me more about myself. Thank you Shonda. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel 10/10/2016
    Rachel 10/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "average "

    Hard to get into initially. Enjoyed the mid section chapters but then it went progressively downhill. Last 5-6 chapters are just waffle. Lots of 'deep and meaningful' that has no depth or meaning!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leanne 05/10/2016
    Leanne 05/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "YES"
    If you could sum up Year of Yes in three words, what would they be?

    Brave, Adventurous, Admirable


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved taking the journey with Shonda as she evolved.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this through the week on my drive to and from work


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    katwoman73 14/09/2016
    katwoman73 14/09/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "Loved it!"

    I loved this book. The positive message was fantastic and Shonda narrating just made this the best!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bernadette 21/08/2016
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    "So much more than I thought"

    What a brave and revealing tale. The conversational and intimate tone includes the reader making them feel like a special confidant.
    I learned about Shonda and myself and how to achieve greater joy in life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peta Copley 15/08/2016
    Peta Copley 15/08/2016
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    "inspirational"

    Loved it! Very inspirational, but extremely real & easy to relate to! Highly recommend it!

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    Brianna 16/06/2016
    Brianna 16/06/2016
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    "The best audio book I've done so far!"

    Incredible and amazing words spoken by the lady herself! Shonda is emotive and engaging, and brings you into her world!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Andrea Inouye
    5/12/15
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    "Say YES to reading this book!"

    I have been a long time admirer of Shonda and her work and this book is one more thing to add to that list. She is amazing, she is more than just her talents she is an inspiration. This book came to me at a time when I was having severe self doubt. I knew my life was no where close to the path that I always thought it would be on but I did not know how to change. I was just sinking deeper into a pit of pain, anguish, desperation and hate. The first day I started listening I got half way through the book, I walked for miles just listening. Each day I felt myself getting stronger, I observed areas of my life I wanted to change. I started a journal to track my progress and thought of steps I could take to reach my goals.

    This book to me was the kick in the butt I needed to realize my own strength which I lost after getting kicked down a few times. I retreated from life, I stopped trying. For me making excuses was much easier than doing something. I'm still getting knocked down but he difference is I'm still trying, I will forever try my best for ME!

    32 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • ccreads
    20/02/16
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    "Best 7 Hours Listening to an Audio Book Ever!"
    What made the experience of listening to Year of Yes the most enjoyable?

    Shonda adds so much personality to the narration. She's sassy, fun, and honest about struggling with the same doubts that we all have.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Year of Yes?

    What I found most touching was the chapter about her weight/image problem and how she confronted it and took care of business--losing 127lbs!


    What does Shonda Rhimes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Herself. Listening to the audio book was like sitting down with a girlfriend and a glass of wine to hear about her deepest fears and failures and how she overcame them and that you can too.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and I cried...


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the audio book, even if you've already read the book. Shonda's narration adds so much more depth to the experience. And as an added bonus she includes recordings of three inspiring speeches she made during her "Year of Yes" experiment.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Cissy Segujja-Mazzi
    26/11/15
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    "Amazing book and well read"

    Loved the book! Made me feel like she was the best friend I needed to push me be the best me!

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Gloria Boyd
    29/11/15
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    "GREAT READ!"

    Inspirational read for all people. I laughed out loud often, as she spins the story of saying yes. Shonda is a great narrator, and paints a revealing portrait of her struggles, background, and transformation. Her story definitely is a page turner. You will enjoy this read!

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Elle O
    North Providence, Rhode Island, US
    18/11/15
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    "Excellent book!"

    I've never watched any of her television shows but she nailed this book and narration. Shonda keeps you engaged, she is funny, charming, and makes you want to say yes to everything. Well done....

    34 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • Jennie Ofstein
    11/11/15
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    "Like a Visit with an Old Friend"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is fun, interesting, thoughtful and thought provoking. It feels like a visit from one of your old friends, and then ya kinda realize it maybe is. If you are a fan of Rhimes' work, then listening to this feels just like that! Then you remember that she is the person behind the characters you have loved for years and you can identify a little bit of her in every one of them. It's great. I found it very relatable and a enjoyable. I am not a book-mark user, but there were places I marked to make sure I shared with others.

    39 of 44 people found this review helpful
  • joand6
    20/02/16
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    "meh!"

    I think i got suckered into this book by the title which sounded really cool. This book has some good points, but is mostly just her story of her year, and it is very very long winded. I also felt it had a pretty strong political agenda, . i wouldn't listen to this book again. The book takes a really long time to get going. i kept thinking, when is she going to get to the point in her story.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    30/11/15
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    "Began well, but disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Year of Yes?

    I liked the idea the book is based upon, but after the first few chapters, it became more about her life as opposed to the idea of saying YES; besides, simply saying yes to accepting awards and attending parties with celebrities, is a little difficult to relate to.


    84 of 97 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle Settle
    26/01/16
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    "Just could not finish it"

    I was excited after the reviews, but found this book formulaic. The stories were too drawn out without enough substance. I will forever associate the term "wanna play" with Shonda Rhimes, but not in the fun and adorable way she tried to impart. While I certainly congratulate Ms. Rhimes with finding the voice of so many fans of her television shows, myself included, I don't think her own story was ready yet.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Fan
    Santa Cruz, CA, United States
    13/11/15
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    "I wish there were more than five stars..."

    If I liked Shonda before, I love her now. Her journey of transformation is inspiring. But the best part about the Year of Yes, is that the actual live recordings of some of her speeches are terrific. One of the best audio book productions I have ever heard. In terms of "personal journey" books, Shonda leaves Liz Gilbert in the dust. Thanks Shonda.

    29 of 34 people found this review helpful
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  • Angie
    4/12/15
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    "Fantastic!"
    Where does Year of Yes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book has got to be my favourite audiobook I have listened to this year.


    What does Shonda Rhimes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Shonda Rhimes completely draws you in from the very beginning of this book. I expected to be taken on a journey by a very accomplished storyteller and I was not disappointed! Shonda's unique brand of wit, humour and personality comes across fantastically on audio, which made me so glad I chose to listen rather than read. I became completely immersed in her story, I laughed, cried and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. An inspired book, that I cannot recommend highly enough!


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rebelle
    18/05/16
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    "If you're looking for inspiration, this is it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Year of Yes to be better than the print version?

    As Shonda herself narrates the story, you get a much better feel for her as a person. Plus you get the added bonus of listening to her live speeches, as she spoke them, much more effective than reading the words on the page.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I fell in love with Shonda, I identify with her. I am completely inspired by her year of yes, thinking. She is honest, firm but fair, sassy and frequently hilarious. It's like a friend you never knew you had, telling you a story.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoyed how she laid it all bare for us. No fear of judgement. Here I am, this is my story, take it or leave it.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Visiting Shondaland is a must for women everywhere!


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant, brilliant book will listen to it over and over

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lindessa
    The Netherlands
    19/01/16
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    "What a great book to listen to!"

    Powerful, book. Shonda talks about issues she has, that we all have and helps you understand how it to overcome. She writes in a witty laugh out loud way. I will definitely listen again!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Susan Stretton
    4/12/15
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    "Wow."

    The recommendation for this book was from
    Brene brown. I'm so glad I listened to it on audible. I love shonda's voice. I love the book. I've recommended it to anyone who will listen.

    I am now hooked on greys anatomy!

    What an inspiring woman. Thank you for writing the year of yes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. E. J. Gibson
    Welton, UK
    9/06/16
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    "Life changing "

    I'm starting this again immediately. I don't know how to describe how I've been feeling listening to this book, but it has changed the way I am, with everything and everyone.

    I loved it so much I bought a hard-copy to highlight and keep with me. I bought copies for my friends.

    I'm saying yes to being the best me I can be and thank you Shonda.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jackie
    1/06/16
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    "Brilliant"

    The best book - a must read. I am so ready to say yes. I know Shondra wrote it just for me x

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sara N.
    17/05/16
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    "Well-worth it"

    I found myself feeling slighlt bereft at the end as if I were leaving a close companion at the end of a long journey. Intriguing and refreshing listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • AnneH
    6/05/16
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    "Entertaining and inspiring"

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Shonda writes in an honest and intimate way and the book was narrated very well. I recommend for any woman who feels stuck and in need of a little inspiration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • CJ
    4/05/16
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    "Brilliant and inspirational"

    This is an execellent and motivational audible book. It would have been more than worth the listen if it had only comprised of the recordings of her public speeches which were excellently presented and very inspiring, but fortunately Shonda shared so much more. Her voice was clear, expressive and kept the listener captivated. I have always been a fan of Shonda's work and have watched every episode of her current 3 shows, I am now a fan of Shonda, her mind and the huge personality behind all of this creativity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE
    Hayling Island, UK
    15/05/16
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    "Life-changing"
    What other book might you compare Year of Yes to, and why?

    I had just listened to Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic when I listened to this - what a powerful combination - highly recommend you do both!!


    What about Shonda Rhimes’s performance did you like?

    Shoeda's enthusiasm and no nonsense attitude are amazing


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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