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Almost Everything

Notes on Hope
Written by: Anne Lamott
Narrated by: Anne Lamott
Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
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From Anne Lamott, the New York Times best-selling author of Help, Thanks, Wow, comes the book we need from her now: How to bring hope back into our lives.

Fantastic inspiration for the new year.

"I am stockpiling antibiotics for the Apocalypse, even as I await the blossoming of paperwhites on the windowsill in the kitchen," Anne Lamott admits at the beginning of Almost Everything. Despair and uncertainty surround us: in the news, in our families, and in ourselves. But even when life is at its bleakest - when we are, as she puts it, "doomed, stunned, exhausted, and over-caffeinated" - the seeds of rejuvenation are at hand. "All truth is paradox," Lamott writes, "and this turns out to be a reason for hope. If you arrive at a place in life that is miserable, it will change." That is the time when we must pledge not to give up but "to do what Wendell Berry wrote: 'Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts.'"  

In this profound and funny audiobook, Lamott calls for each of us to rediscover the nuggets of hope and wisdom that are buried within us that can make life sweeter than we ever imagined. Divided into short chapters that explore life's essential truths, Almost Everything pinpoints these moments of insight as it shines an encouraging light forward.  

Candid and caring, insightful and sometimes hilarious, Almost Everything is the audiobook we need and that only Anne Lamott can write.

©2018 Anne Lamott (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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  • Teri
  • 2018-12-18

I just can't get past the performance

I will confess that I'm only about a third of the way through the book thus far. I've never read anything by Anne Lamott, but I read an article about her take on self-righteousness that made me want to listen to this book.

Thus far, while I find it somewhat engaging, it's not my cup of tea. One of the big problems for me is the author's voice. Maybe I've become spoiled by the overly-produced audiobooks you usually get on Audible, but her voice is just gritty and tired-sounding. And she goes sort of fast, without the pauses or inflections of a more professional performer. If you're a big Lamott fan, you might like this. For me, it takes something away.

I'm also finding the ideas to be...well...not the most earth-shattering. It's nice to be reminded that we all "has value" but it's a little too cute by half. And it's hard to share those ideas without coming across as preachy, which she does sometimes.

All in all, the book is feeling more like a soft fuzzy bedtime story than a thought-provoking intellectual read.

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  • DWeb
  • 2018-10-22

Went by too fast!

I wish this book was three-10 hours longer. Other than that, perfect for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-11-20

Read It, Don't Listen

Some food for thought, but nothing that produced light bulb moments. Her voice is monotonous and totally devoid of personality. Could've found a better use of my time for sure.

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  • Liesl C.
  • 2018-11-08

Encouraging

I really enjoyed this collection of essays. I just find it a little overpriced for only a few hours of content.

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  • Eve Selis Gulotta
  • 2018-10-24

Hope Full

Anne Lamott Is my favorite author. She often writes from a perspective that feels like she’s inside my head saying what I’m thinking. It’s encouraging to know that others feel the same way about this life we live. I love that she is an afraid of being vulnerable and flawed and embraces hope and reality at the same time. I highly recommend this book. I love listening to a book read by the author as you get their inflections and hear their voice speaking their truth! Do yourself a favor read this book. You will feel hope full when you finish it.

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  • Carole T.
  • 2018-10-16

Don't Let Them Make Us Hate Them

I really love Anne Lamott. Since reading Bird By Bird years ago, I have appreciated her common sense, her wisdom and simplicity - all so important in negotiating our world.

She's her usual inspiring, calming, thoughtful self in Almost Everything. Reflections on our scary times, loss, aging, writing, death, family, and the power of love (among others) are like gulping fresh air. Quotes like the one I headed this review with, and others like 'buy yourself some cute socks', '...joy, which every fear in you knows will lead to job failure and lost revenue' stay with me. Lamott and I do not agree on the subject of religion, but I respond to her thoughts on the human spirit, the joys of nature, and the value of love, forgiveness and humor.

Yes, I love Anne Lamott, but I wish I loved her voice. Dear Anne, please let someone else narrate your work!

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  • Debra L. Morrison
  • 2019-06-01

Soulful candor, rich humor & unquenchable hope!

I was riveted reading Anne Lamott’s self disclosing, completely raw stories which surely engender hope—personal and worldwide. Her examples of paradox rang so true; challenging is to eschew quick answers, yet rather witness our friends’ & family’s discoveries/decisions with curiosity rather than judgement. I recommend this book so very highly and without hesitation!

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  • Deaconessa
  • 2019-05-06

And the Lamont always tells me what I need to hear

While this isn’t my favorite Annie Lamont book- too short, it was so good to check in with her and see how she’s doing. She always tells my story, lifts me up, and gives me a few more tidbits for living and growing.

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  • Marcie Flores
  • 2019-04-03

Truth

I loved this, I needed this and innately I know this. Fantastic! Deep! Truth! Love!

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  • Melanie
  • 2019-02-25

Best Book I Have Listened to All Year

Ms. Lamott has the ability to simplify and comfort and soothe with her easy to understand and utilize wisdom and sense of humor. I love this book and I am sure I will listen to it whenever I am feeling low on hope.