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Where I Belong

Written by: Alan Doyle
Narrated by: Alan Doyle
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
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From the lead singer of the band Great Big Sea comes a lyrical and captivating musical memoir about growing up in the tiny fishing village of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, and then taking to the world stage.

Singer-songwriter and front man of the great Canadian band Great Big Sea, Alan Doyle is also a lyrical storyteller and a creative force. In Where I Belong, Alan paints a vivid, raucous, and heartwarming portrait of a curious young lad born into the small coastal fishing community of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, and destined to become a renowned musician who carried the musical tradition of generations before him and brought his signature sound to the world. He tells of a childhood surrounded by larger-than-life characters who made an indelible impression on his music and work; of his first job on the wharf, cutting out cod tongues for fishermen; of growing up in a family of five in a two-bedroom house with a beef-bucket as a toilet, yet lacking nothing; of learning at his father's knee how to sing the story of a song and learning from his mother how to simply "be good"; and, finally, of how everything he ever learned as a kid prepared him for that pivotal moment when he became part of Great Big Sea and sailed away on what would be the greatest musical adventure of his life.

Filled with the lore and traditions of the East Coast and told in a voice that is at once captivating and refreshingly candid, this is a narrative journey about small-town life, curiosity, and creative fulfillment and, finally, about leaving everything you know behind only to learn that no matter where you go, home will always be with you.

©2015 Alan Doyle (P)2015 Random House Audio

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wonderful storyteller

Alan Doyle is a wonderful storyteller - the audio book comes alive with his intonations, vivid descriptions and lovely accent! Looking forward to listening to the next book!

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Beginning to Ebd

This book was amazing right off the bat and stayed that way right to the end. I am on a ship headed for St. John’s right now and plan in checking out as many of the places described in the book as possible. Can’t wait for the St. John’s experience to begin.

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Take Me Home...

Living in beautiful BC, I often long for the incomparable spirit of Newfoundland. Alan Doyle’s reading of his own book allowed me to live in Petty Harbour for a few hours. What a treat!

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Absolutely Loved it!

Alan Doyle has a great voice for narration. The story gave me some insight into my own childhood. Although I was born but not raised in Newfoundland, all of the stories Alan shared resonated with me. I am looking forward to the next book.

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Alan is the best tour guide you could ask for!

We listened to Alan read his captivating account of what it is like to grow up in rural Newfoundland in the car as we drove around and explored Newfoundland for the first time. To hear Alan describe locations, personalities and experiences with the obvious love, reverence and passion he has for his home is both extremely entertaining and touching at the same time. Alan is a gifted storyteller and you cannot help but be carried away by this raucous, reflective and engaging tale of life on the East Coast. Highly recommend! #Audible1

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His voice adds so much!

it's a great book to start with, but hearing his voice read it to you at so much to it.

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Fantastic tale of Alan's young life!

Captivating from the first words, Alan Doyle weaves an amusing and heartwarming tale of his family, his Newfoundland roots and his journey to Great Big Sea.

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Worth a listen even if you read it

I own a pre order autographed copy of the book. I’ve read it twice. Even then hearing it in Alan’s voice was great and totally worth it. This mainlander will always fondly remember what seems like 1000 Great Big Sea Shows and this book is the perfect accompaniment to the story I watched live on stage.

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Humble and Fun

What an amazing book!! Since I recently moved to St. John’s, it was a great way to learn about some of the goings on that occur in the area. There were even a few laugh out loud moments.

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Loved it!

I enjoyed every minute! Looking forward to listening to his other book. Great job Alan!

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  • R. Giberson
  • 2015-12-05

The book was good but the audible version was fantastic!

A wonderful biography, made even better when read by the author. CBC needs to make a series of these wonderful poignant moments of the Author's childhood. Thank you Alan for sharing!

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  • Robin Casey
  • 2020-01-05

A simple story of a man

Great narration, and great singing interludes. An interesting look into the times that made the man. I'm a huge GBS, and I love Alan's solo music as well. always fun to hear about the experiences that shape the man and the music!

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  • JKR
  • 2019-03-08

Charming Stories

Not just for Great Big Sea fans, this guy is a great storyteller! Highly recommended.

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  • G. R. Boelsems
  • 2018-08-13

Most enjoyable!

As a couple of Californians driving around Newfoundland for a month with our camping trailer this was a most enjoyable listen. It gave us the feel of the locals and helped us understand the dialect of the natives plus it was very entertaining. Thank you Alan Doyle for making it happened.

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  • Gary Noren
  • 2018-08-06

We met a townie

We met a townie while we were visiting Newfoundland. She was staying in Petty Harbour, as were we, and she said there was this book we had to read. Little did we know we were about to meet Alan Doyle, one of the Doyles from Petty Harbour. We left Newfoundland soon after, but took Al an with us as we toured the rest of the Maritimes. We can’t recommend this book enough to anyone who wants the Maritimes to come alive, to understand a bit of Newfoundland culture, and to be completely enchanted with Alan and the great big sea. Alan narrates the book with such incredible humor and sensitivity. We are sorry to hear it end, and are immediately planning to purchase “A Newfoundlander in Canada”, as we complete the rest of our trip and go back to Minnesota. We highly recommend this book to anyone visiting the Maritimes, who was a curious kid or who has been raised either Protestant or Catholic.

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  • Pinkie
  • 2018-05-20

In Love with the Doyle Family

Was wonderful to listen to Alan's childhood memories, which some were classics and I think only Alan would have been able to narrate it :)...thorough enjoyed it...now listening to your music :)

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  • Hillary Jensen
  • 2018-02-06

Hilarious

I loved this! I laughed, I cried, I sang along. Alan Doyle is quite the storyteller, and hearing the stories in his voice made it all better. #Funny #Autobiography #Newfoundland #FeelGood #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • Kimberly
  • 2017-11-04

Entertaining

This book captivated me from the first chapter. He is such a great story teller. This book has humor, intrigue , compassion, family, adventure and so much more. I would highly recommend this book to anyone especially if you are a Great Big Sea fan .

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  • Amie McGee
  • 2017-05-08

Alan Doyle Belongs in Our Hearts

Where does Where I Belong rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Where I Belong is my favorite audiobook.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Where I Belong?

The scene that Alan described and played the characters in where the old fisherman has a hook in his hand. It felt like Alan was sitting across the table telling me the story over a cuppa.

Which character – as performed by Alan Doyle – was your favorite?

Frank the fisherman and The Bottler.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Local Boy Does Good

Any additional comments?

Alan is an amazing storyteller. He is never dull.

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  • Jon
  • 2017-04-10

inspirational for any aspiring musician.

Doyle's personality shines through in this biography. It is a feel-good romp through the harbors of Newfoundland. Leaving you with a smile on your face and a hankering for some good Tunes!