Audie Aware, Personal Development, 2015
After film critic Gene Siskel asked her, "What do you know for sure?" Oprah Winfrey began writing the "What I Know for Sure" column in O, The Oprah Magazine. Saying that the question offered her a way to take "stock of her life", Oprah has penned one column a month over the last 14 years, years in which she retired The Oprah Winfrey Show (the highest-rated program of its kind in history), launched her own television network, became America's only black billionaire, was awarded an honorary degree from Harvard University and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, watched friends and colleagues come and go, lost beloved pets and adopted new ones, and celebrated milestone birthdays. Throughout it all, she's continued to offer her profound and inspiring words of wisdom in her "What I Know for Sure" column in O, The Oprah Magazine.
Now, for the first time, these thoughtful gems have been revised, updated, and collected in What I Know for Sure, a beautiful book packed with insight and revelation from Oprah Winfrey. Organized by theme - joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power - these essays offer a rare and powerful glimpse into the mind of one of the world's most extraordinary women. Candid, moving, exhilarating, uplifting, and dynamic, the words Oprah shares in What I Know for Sure shimmer with the sort of wisdom and truth that listeners will turn to again and again.
©2014 Oprah Winfrey (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
"This one takes the cake"
I've listened to countless Self-Development books, and biographies, and I have to say- this one is by far one of my favourites. We listened to it on a road-trip and hardly spoke for four hours. My husband was NOT an Oprah fan ( I never got it), and now? He went and bought the book for everyone's Christmas stockings, seriously, he tried to get tickets to her San Jose event. Entertaining, moving, bang on, enlightening, and I could go on and on, absolutely LOVED it. Also, it's narrated by Oprah, so it feels kinda like home.
"Oprah Does Good Work"
I've always been an Oprah fan. I think she did a great job on this book. My only problem with it is that I've heard all of this stuff from her because I seldom missed any of her shows so it wasn't new to me. Her life experiences are out of this world. She knows everybody in the world and she's been everywhere. I should have maybe waited a few years to listen. I got a little bored.
"Live in the Now!"
Oprah's narration of her book was both lively and entertaining. She used emphasis on the correct parts and shared moments of her life with the reader to reinforce her ideals on living in the now.
Oprah refers often to her favorite book "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle in this book and explains how that book has influenced her thinking until now. She encourages each reader, regardless of socioeconomic status, to live in the moment and to cherish each moment as if it were the last as "now" is the only time that has been guaranteed.
"Listened over and over"
It's all good (maybe that's 3.5 words)
Her soothing voice
some parts made me cry
I struggled with self-acceptance and being a people pleaser. Oprah's stories were great learning experiences.
"Am I listening to the same book?"
I can't figure this out yet. I feel like I'm listening to a friend go on and on and on in a boastful way about her OMG! and "totally fab-u-lous" life experiences that really just make me pray for swift end to our communication. Obviously there are a lot of positive reviews, so it may be suitable for many other people.
I am only 15 minutes into this audio book, but what I know for sure is that the experiences she's referring to that are lead to her 'What I Know for Sure' statements are not remotely close to normal life for most of us. For instance, she's not connecting to me - a college educated mid-western working 40+ mother who has felt the strain of the economy. I've always loved Oprah and yearned for a verbal one on one reboot - a Life 101 refresher if you will - as in here's the basic principles to remember in life ...deep down, this is what is important and what you should focus on to be your best self (aka so I can keep my s**t together in tough times). But what I'm hearing is (for instance) is Oprah talking about her birthday surprise in which her girlfriends were able to persuade an entertainer to perform for her in Maui with 12 or less hours of notice, after her trip to India and her spa retreat. Well, that's awesome, but what does that have to do with the rest of us? India, spa retreat? Undoubtedly this performer somehow made it to Oprah's party to sing because it WAS Oprah's party. Principles and convictions or intention had nothing to do with this - money and fame and the potential to gain from another's fame almost certainly did. That I know for sure. The lavish meals and experiences sound wonderful, but about 15 minutes into this and I'm feeling like I don't fit within her audience for this book. For those of you who might understand the reference, I feel like Oprah unwittingly drank the Goop Koolaid and then wrote a book. I may listen further but I feel worse than when I started the book.
Oprah's unique voice.
I feel puzzled by so many positive reviews, so I will probably listen further into the book - in which case I'll update my review.
"Wow she has a lot of houses! :)"
She really delivers a story to each and every positive need she knows she has.
I loved that Oprah actually read it. She was so passionate about her experiences. And she helps you feel like every human need is normal and very much obtainable.
She is just so passionate about life! And she lives it so positively!
"Thank you for sharing yourself and experiences!!"
Like Maya Angelou is the grandmother to us all,you are the big sister!!
"I listen to this book every day"
I listen to this book every day; it has serves as an constant reminder to tune in to my true happiness ,joy and peace
Oprah's voice is like liquid velvet! It's very capturing and comforting.
Every single word!
I learned a lot of things about respecting myself and just everyday living.
This is a very soulful, warm and insightful book. A very good listen!
This is the best book of all of the audiobooks i have purchased.
I've listened to this book twice so far and will listen again!! It is truly a life changing listen!!
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