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Publisher's Summary

A Recorded Books Audio Original production of songs and stories performed by Dolly herself, Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics goes beyond the glitz, glamour, and rhinestones to the warmth, heart, and soul of a treasured pop-culture icon.  

In this exclusive audio performance, the 10-time Grammy Award-winning artist weaves her words with music and memories to give listeners the stories behind the stories of her most cherished songs. And with some 3,000 songs to her credit, Dolly uses her gift for lyrics to connect to people of all genders, generations, and geographies. 

Showcasing nearly 100 of her most popular songs, including “Jolene”, “I Will Always Love You”, “9 to 5”, and “Coat of Many Colors”, to name a few, this one-of-a-kind audio experience delivers answers to fans’ most burning questions: How close did Dolly come to singing “I Will Always Love You” as a duet with Elvis? How did she become an actress? And exactly who was Jolene? 

Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics is a must-have memoir for fans of country music, music history, and (of course!) Dolly herself. 

©2020 Dolly Parton (P)2020 Recorded Books

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What a sorry teller

Dolly is awesome as a narrator, it’s like she is sitting down and having a yarn with you rather than reading a book! Very unique. Pity the songs weren’t longer tho

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Delightful Dolly

How can you not enjoy someone like Dolly. Postive, thoughtful, honest and a little naughty. Love hearing how the songs came to be. I learnt so much about Dolly and on self refection, how to roll with the punches. Wonderful concept. Just left me wanting more

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  • 16-02-2021

Dolly!

Dolly is such an amazing human. The world needs more Dolly. She is just lovely and so real.

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Unique book that works

I really enjoyed hearing from Dolly little snippets of her music catalogue and some hidden meaning or experience about that tune. wish there was more but certainly worthy of a listen again!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-11-2020

Interview without questions

This is great for Dolly fans, but unlike a usual memoir it felt more like an interview with a male voice guiding the conversation without asking direct questions. It could also pass for a podcast with super short episodes aka 180 chapters of about two minutes each that could make a great daily Dollyism listening for super fans to hear a bit of her song and the story behind a song before starting a day. Best part was definitely hearing her sing bits of the songs and then explain the meaning and stories behind the lyrics.

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  • Jon D Paschall
  • 18-11-2020

More like an interview

I wish I could give it 5 stars, but it didn’t read like a book to me. It felt too much like an interview for me.

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  • Foxy_roxy_makeup
  • 18-11-2020

Dolly is a national treasure!

Loved this book so much, the only downside is I wish there were more of it. I could listen to Dolly talk all day! I love Dolly, she is such an inspiration & truly a blessing!

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  • Coleen
  • 18-11-2020

Loved it!

I finished the entire book in one day! Dolly Parton is witty and wise, a treasure!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-11-2020

Dolly for the Nobel Peace Prize

Just a perfect gift from Dolly Parton! The audiobook is like having a conversation with her as she recounts writing her favorite songs! Between this, her song catalog, the Imagination Library, and funding a COVID vaccine, it’s easy to see why she deserves the Nobel!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-2020

Who knew I loved Dolly Parton so much

My new obsession - Dolly Parton. And this recording was so much fun to listen to. She is the real deal and her stories are heart driven as well as down to earth. I felt like I was listening to my good friend Dolly give me advice and tell me about her life. She is a national treasure!

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  • Pamela Casale
  • 04-12-2020

Hearing Dolly- better than reading

This was a joy! She is genuine- a study in contradiction. Weaving in musical clips is something you can’t experience in the book. Made me happy- uplifting in difficult times- joyful!!

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  • Jeremy stacey
  • 23-11-2020

Absolutely amazing.

Have always loved her and this book was perfect for any fan. Def needed in these times to bring some light!

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  • James Partin
  • 24-11-2020

Dolly is pure love

She's a national treasure and her music will out live us all. What's she's done in her lifetime will have an impact on the world for a very long time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-11-2020

loved it.

loved it. I listened to it twice! Now I enjoy her songs even more..knowing the stories behind them.

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  • jennifer
  • 10-04-2021

loved it

would have liked a bit more of the song clips but a great listen ...

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  • Elisa
  • 24-03-2021

A bit disappointing

Not really sure what I expected but I though that there would be more of Dolly's songs. There are just snippets on here when surely we could have had the whole song. Her chat in between was nice, like having her over for a cup of tea but I don't think there are too many insights here.

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  • Stephanie M.
  • 18-02-2021

fabulous insight

lovely listen. dolly open and warm throughout. lovely stories behind lots of her songs. it was fabulous!

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  • Cliff Gillies
  • 01-02-2021

Fantastic

Like going for a coffee with Dolly and her talking you through her songs; how and why she wrote them. A delight.

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  • Lola Ricardo
  • 13-01-2021

Loved listening

Too short...wanted to hear more from Dolly!!
I wil have to find the songs too!

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  • lewis
  • 11-01-2021

Wow awesome thanks for the book

Loved it hung on every word, a book I will listen to often. In my top ten

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  • ALees
  • 05-01-2021

Dolly is an icon!

Genuinely one of the loveliest people in showbusiness. Loved hearing her song stories in this way ❤

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  • lee
  • 04-01-2021

Dolly Parton!!!

This book was fantastic! It was entertaining, jolly and most of all Dolly!! Loved it

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  • LanaLeigh
  • 24-12-2020

If you like Dolly you will love it

If you are a fan then you will really enjoy learning about the stories behind the songs. Dolly is a great storyteller! engaging, sweet and funny. Definitely recommend.

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  • Leonie
  • 19-11-2020

Dolly is the best

I love Dolly and I thought this was wonderful, interesting, heart-warming and well worth a listen but her narration is a bit all over the place so it feels like one big interview

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