The Tao of Willie

  • by Willie Nelson, Turk Pipkin
  • Narrated by Willie Nelson, Turk Pipkin, Tom Stechschulte
  • 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"Whatever his message, the 'Red-Headed Stranger' conveys his thoughts in the same friendly, endearing manner that has made his songs part of the fabric of American life." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Loved the book...

I would recommend it to most anyone. It is disappointing however that it misleads, the first name on the list of who it is narrated by is Willie himself which got me jazzed, however he only reads the introduction and a bit at the end. I own the hard copy of the book and thought it would be nice to listen to Willie read his book (even though I generally dislike most authors reading their own material I make exceptions for professional performers), it is very amusing after all, but I would not have wasted the money had I known he had such a small role in its narration.

Great book, disappointing misrepresentation however!
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- Ryan

Shut up and sing.

I really like to hear Willie Nelson sing. I've enjoyed several of his movie roles. I had hoped that that would mean that I would like his book as well. It was not to be. The book is an odd conglomeration of self-absorbed ego, bad jokes, strange politics, self-serving commercial endorsements (ex: biodiesel fuel, for which he owns a production company), and cracker aphorisms. The book was so bad that it spoiled his music for me. The reader was OK, but not a professional. He sounded good in comparison with Willie himself, who (painfully) read part of the introduction and a bit at the end. Yikes!
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- Stephen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-03-2006
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio