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The Magnolia Story

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Joanna Gaines, Chip Gaines

Narrated By: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Date: October 2016

Duration: 5 hours 1 minutes


Are you ready to see your fixer-upper?

These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like: Who are these people? What's the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life?

By renovating homes in Waco, Texas, and changing lives in such a winsome and engaging way, Chip and Joanna have become more than just the stars of Fixer Upper; they have become America's new best friends. The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together, from the very first renovation project they ever tackled together to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.

They both attended Baylor University in Waco. However, their paths did not cross until Chip checked his car in to the local Firestone tire shop, where Joanna worked behind the counter. Even back then Chip was a serial entrepreneur who, among other things, ran a lawn care company, sold fireworks, and flipped houses. Soon they were married and living in their first fixer-upper. Four children and countless renovations later, Joanna garnered the attention of a television producer who noticed her work on a blog one day.

In The Magnolia Story, fans will finally get to join the Gaineses behind the scenes and discover:

The time Chip ran to the grocery store and forgot to take their sleeping new baby
Joanna's agonizing decision to close her dream business to focus on raising their children
When Chip bought a houseboat, sight unseen, and it turned out to be a leaky wreck
Joanna's breakthrough moment of discovering the secret to creating a beautiful home
Harrowing stories of the financial ups and downs as an entrepreneurial couple
Memories from Chip and Jo's wedding
The significance of the word magnolia and why it permeates everything they do
The way the couple pays the popularity of Fixer Upper forward, sharing the success with others and bolstering the city of Waco along the way

And yet there is still one lingering question for fans of the show: Is Chip really that funny?

"Oh yeah," says Joanna. "He was and still is my first fixer-upper."


  • Peter T.

    If you love the Fixer Upper show you will love this book even more! Classic Chip and Joanna. They combined really well in their narration which was so much better than a professional narrator reading it (although Joanna does read a bit too fast on occasions). Great to hear their background stories, how they got together and how Chip drives Joanna crazy and she loves him even more for it. Such a wonderful couple, better and stronger together.

  • Joanna J

    I honestly was surprised that this book was better than I expected it to be! It truly gave me so much more insight into the couple I already have come to adore from their popular tv show. It also gave me a greater respect for the real people behind the enormous success. I loved the Co-Narration! It fit so perfectly if you are used to watching both Joanna and Chip interact on tv and it was exactly what I would expect if I was sitting across from them, listening to them tell me about their lives and the background of Magnolia.

  • Terri T

    I feel like Joanne was sitting in my kitchen telling me her story. Loved it!

  • Blair W

    A fun read learning about the history of Magnolia! at first, joanna is a bit awkward/stale as a narrator but gets better over time.

  • Kathleen N

    I can only say I wish this book was longer. Great read. Super narration, inspiring.

  • Jaci S

    Enjoyed every minute of listening to this book! Entertaining and it inspired me in many ways!

  • Kathy C

    Beautiful story, beautiful people and so inspiring !!!

  • Nino R

    Loved this book!!! So inspiring. Highly recommend it.

  • Callie L

    What a blessing this book was to me! Chip and Joanna have motivated me when it comes to being a positive woman and a mother who puts her children's needs first. I also felt encouraged to really think about what dreams I want to pursue and not let anything stop me from making them happen! Thank you to the Gaines for sharing their beautiful journey.

  • Michelle D

    I love this book and enjoyed every second listening it. Definitely planning to purchase a physical copy.