The Tao of Willie: A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: May 2006

Duration: 4 hours 16 minutes

Summary:

Born in small-town Texas during the Great Depression, Willie Nelson was raised to believe in helping his neighbors and living without pretense. After many hardscrabble years as a poorly paid songwriter (often watching his work become a gold mine for other performers), Willie finally found his own voice?the gentle but unmistakably honest sound that has made him an American icon. Now the master of harmonization has created a guide to finding harmony in everyday life. Featuring vignettes from each chapter of his seventy-plus years (along with plenty of his favorite jokes), The Tao of Willie captures his views on money, love, war, religion, cowboys, and other essential Willie topics.Loosely based on the principles of the Chinese philosophy of the Tao Te Cheng, which Willie has admired and followed for much of his adult life, this inspiring and entertaining collection of ?Willie wisdom? takes us from his roadhouse days, when he united redneck rockers with straitlaced country music fans, to the mega-sized benefit concerts and environmentalism that define his boundless heart. In the spirit of his fellow Texan Harvey Penick?s Little Red Book, Willie?s timeless insights sparkle with clarity: It?s like having a one-on-one conversation with the sage himself.

Genres:

  • willie fan

    I enjoyed hearing about his life and his family. Worth it to rent

  • NJ

    Very interesting. Even though I am not a country music fan, I am a musician and found this informative and a relaxing book to listen to. Great insights!

  • Sharon S

    Super easy to listen to - loved the way it was told was sad when it was over.

  • Pat

    This guy is so full of himself that he is just boring and annoying. Willie doesn't even narrate it, someone else does! That was a disappointment since I do like his voice.

  • RhondaK

    While this book was more like an brief autobiography, it was in parts touching, provocative and a great look at a way to approach life. Nelson's life hasn't been easy and he's had some things to overcome and come back from. So his take on the Tao, Willie style is interesting if you like Willie Nelson. The only reason I'm not giving a 5 star is because it isn't strictly a self-help book or guide. It is a funny, low key exploration of what makes life good.

  • Anonymous

    I never finished it; it may have gotten better, but it was so corny I couldn't stand it any longer. Only heard Willie's actual voice briefly. I love Willie - but the book, not so much.