• Dream More

  • Celebrate the Dreamer in You
  • By: Dolly Parton
  • Narrated by: Dolly Parton
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (657 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Personal Development, 2014

The legendary Dolly Parton shares for the first time her deeply held philosophy of life and her heartfelt hopes for everyone. Based on the hugely popular commencement speech Dolly Parton gave at the University of Tennessee that became a sensation, Dream More is a deeper and richer exploration of the personal philosophy she has forged over the course of her astonishing career as a singer, songwriter, performer, and philanthropist.

Using her speech as a jumping-off point, Parton explores the four great hopes she urges us to embrace: Dream more, learn more, care more, and be more. She culls examples of these values from her own life as illustrations, from growing up poor in the hills of eastern Tennessee to her experiences as the iconic performer she has become today.

Written by one of the cultural legends of our time, Dream More is a poignant and uplifting anthem for all who want to take charge of their lives and forge a future on their own terms.

©2012 Dolly Parton (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

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Dolly Does It Again!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Dream More to be better than the print version?

The audio edition is absolutely flawless and indispensable. Dolly Parton is the narrator so not only do you get to hear Dolly's story but you get to hear her words the way that ONLY she can deliver them. If you know anything about Dolly Parton, you know that she is an inspiration and and entertainer. She laughs, she jokes and she even SINGS on this edition. Now, you KNOW she ain't gonna be singing in the hardcover edition! (Ya, I said ain't).

What other book might you compare Dream More to and why?

This book is along the line of Dolly Parton's first book, "Dolly". She speaks to how her life inspired her to be who she is today. The difference is that Dolly uses this opportunity to help you get more from your life and move forward into YOUR future dreaming big and working to make those dreams come true.

Which character – as performed by Dolly Parton – was your favorite?

Dolly (performed by...well...Dolly).

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

The book definitely made me laugh and cry. Wait til you hear Dolly talk about how she wants to die. Yah, she really does. I laughed out loud in public. There were also many moments that struck home, made me think hard about my life and ultimately made me cry.

Any additional comments?

If you're reading this review because you're trying to decide if you want this book, let me make it easy for you....YOU DO.

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Inspirational

Even if I wasn't a life long, die hard Dolly fan I would LOVE this book!

I have listened to it a dozen times or more and recommend it to absolutely everyone.

When I get to feeling blue, unmotivated, uninspired, upset, have a bad attitude, "energy vampires" sucking me dry...what ever my hardship is at the time...I listen to this book for my attitude adjustment and it works!

I always leave this book with a renewed and refreshing outlook to do better and be better. And everytime I listen to it, I get something new out of it.

Dolly has always been a healer, so to speak, for me...but this book...over everything she has ever released has had THE MOST impact on my overall ME.

It should be required listening for everyone.

Hands down my favorite most inspiring audio book I have ever listened to.

I couldn't recommend this book more. Listen to it and listen to it again. Absorb it, you won't regret it and anyone reading my review...if you are in a funk of some sort and need a pick me up...listen to this book and get to Dreaming More.

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Any fans of Dolly will like this book

The whole message and performance are great. Whether people realize it or not, Dolly has lived a full life and has a lot of wisdom to impart from her experience. The all-around message is fun and lighthearted.

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Dolly is Inspirational

Amazing book!!! A must read. Great book by AND narrated by Dolly. Amazing energy. Words to live by. A life well lived.

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loving great advice from a wise woman.

loved it all the way through and laughed a lot.
i am gonna dream more and care more from now on.
great advice so easy to listen to.

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Love Dolly!

This was a very inspiring short book and I love that Dolly narrated it herself.

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Happy Collection of Dolly'sWisdom w/Joyful lyrics

I have been a fan since I was a child. I would wake up at 6 a.m. just to hear her sing "Love is like a Butterfly" on our black and white tv. I love books read by the author as it comes across as more real... okay maybe be not completely real in that I like to imagine it is like a friend speaking to you. This book is a happy little book, speckled with colorful tales and even some song snippets. I think any fan of Dolly would enjoy this book. There is some down to earth wisdom, motivational and positive attitude tips, beyond merely tales of Dolly from her life. The last section is a collection of some of her best quips that one may have heard her say (or read in periodical publications).

This is not a tell all collection of underside of the entertainment industry. This is not trashing anyone. This is not a who slept with whom biography. This is not Peyton Place. This is not one of those dime store trash novel meant to titillate.

This is just a happy little collection of Dolly's wisdom with some real world experiences and a joyful lyric or two to tie it all together I found it uplifting and good.

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Delightful

Fantastic story and story telling by the one and only Dolly Parton. This book is great for breaking up the monotony of a long road trip with songs and a powerful message.

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my hometown hero

i absolutely love Dolly Parton she went to school with my aunt. that woman has done more for the kids of my hometown than anyone who saw it?? the kids they just live getting a piece of mail that is there’s..

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Dolly Parton- Dream More

I don’t think if Dolly wrote anything it would be bad. She is such an inspiration to so many! She has always been a dreamer as I have been but she followed through and I didn’t. Her mother totally believed in her and mine didn’t. At 63 years of age she has made me believe I can dream again and there is no one to stop me but me!

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  • Gabriela Gyuzeleva
  • 09-21-22

wonderful and deeply inspiring

This audiobook was just really so great! I can warmly recommend it to anyone. Its not just entertaining, it has a good flow, it's very humourous and Dolly Parton is really a person with greatly inspiring personality and experience. I'm so happy I listened to this!

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  • Lorraine atkinson
  • 03-08-21

Iconic, must read xxx

Gotta read! She’s is so wise and kind I highly recommend. Love you queen Dolly xxx

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  • Moshoodat K Oladejo
  • 02-11-21

Brillant book I enjoyed listening to it. ng to it

Brillant book. Lots of words of wisdom from Dolly mama. Well done., I enjoyed the book and listening to it regularly.

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  • lou
  • 01-12-21

I am hooked on Dolly's books

Dolly's book are awesome you just can't put them down
What an amazing lady she will just fire you up.

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  • K
  • 03-03-20

Inspiring!

A really lovely way to look at the world. Nice voice to listen to as well. Really enjoyed this.

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  • Mrs Sheila Richardson
  • 12-29-17

Inspirational

It was an inspiration to listen to this and the way to look at your own world & thoughts. In true Dolly style as a,long time fan I wondered what to expect and she didn't disappoint. Her words were truly inspirational thank you Dolly.

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  • Iain
  • 04-13-13

Integrity and values

This book is one of the most down to earth and straight forward books I have listened to in a long time. The fact that Dolly narrates it is a huge bonus. She speaks from the heart and is not afraid of who she is and you get the feeling that she is speaking directly to you. Her humor and honesty make you smile and understand her world. I have listened to it 3 times now and each listen brings something different. I would recommend this book to anyone whether in business or not. Dolly is the original proof of never judge a book by its cover

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  • MandoPiper tunes
  • 02-08-22

Jolly Dolly

I could listen to this women read a book of instructions. She is truly amazing. Great for a chuckle and she never takes herself too seriously but she still manages to get to the heart of the matter with her uplifting mood and music. I'm as big as a Dolly fan can get. She is a treasure.