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

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: May 2006

Duration: 4 hours 17 minutes


National icon Willie Nelson has evolved over the years from country music outlaw swimming against a whiskey river to a Zen-like figure of wisdom and contentment. In this autobiographical collection of life advice, The Tao of Willie, one of America's truest hearts reveals the spiritual and practical lessons learned from decades of hard knocks and good bounces.

This inspiring and entertaining collection of "Willie wisdom" takes us from his days as a young boy in Texas where he learns to respect his elders, to his roadhouse days when he united redneck rockers, long-haired hippies, and straight-laced country music fans, to the mega-sized benefit concerts and environmentalism that define his boundless heart. And there are plenty of his favorite jokes along the way.

With stories that will both make you laugh out loud and look deep inside yourself, he shows us how the Willie way, and the way of the Tao, can also be your way. Let Willie's common sense approach to life awaken you to the happiness that already exists in your own heart. With Willie as your guide, join the river of life and you'll be carried on an amazing journey.


  • 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.