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Book review: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

There is something about listening to an audio book. I mean, think about it…. we are easily glued to our screen following the scripts of TV series such as Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal or How to Get Away with Murder because the story line is so captivating. The twists and turns, the changes in the scenes, some we like, some we don’t but we are so easily drawn to a good story. It’s even better when we get to listen to a story being told by one who creates those beautiful scripts because our imagination tends to be more engage and we get to build images of the characters to suit that which has been described.

So I came across Audible by Amazon and Wow! Just wow! I had never considered audio books before but my first read or listen was The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhmes, the creator of the series named (up there). She’s also the narrator in this case which makes it’s all so real, feels like she’s actually telling the story to you over a cup of coffee. Challenged by a six-word sentence from her sister, “you never say yes to anything”, when discussing one of the several offers she had received which she would ultimately turn down as her normal. Her excuses her children her tween, her job amongst other things. Those words, that statement from her sister, made her rethink her life and as we know it God has a great sense of humour and such is life too, that she started receiving very interesting offers.

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Save from the fact that she openly classifies herself as a professional liar, she opens up to the world about the facts of her life and the events therein: sitting with the president and first lady at the Kennedy Center Honors as a new trustee of the Kennedy center and among other things but my favourite being the her commencement speech at the Dartmouth College graduation, and the beauty of listening to the audio book, is being transported in time to sitting amongst the students when she was actually giving the speech. You could feel the joy, the nervousness…. the this is it feeling of having finished the x number of years you spent in class to lead to this day.

Excerpt from The DARTMOUTH COMMENCEMENT SPEECH, Delivered June 8, 2014, Hanover, New Hampshire, Titled: DREAMS ARE FOR LOSERS

“Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral.

Pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them.

It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates

change.” Shonda Rhimes, Year of Yes

I was inspired, I felt…. Oh you can get to read it for yourself by getting the book here or listen to Shonda tell you the story herself by getting Audible and downloading the audio book…PS: You get 2 free credits the first time you join, don’t say I didn’t tell you.

Happy reading and if you have read it, what are your thoughts, love or hate? would you recommend it? Leave a comment and share what you think.


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