Where I Belong

  • by Alan Doyle
  • Narrated by Alan Doyle
  • 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the lead singer of the band Great Big Sea comes a lyrical and captivating musical memoir about growing up in the tiny fishing village of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, and then taking to the world stage.
Singer-songwriter and front man of the great Canadian band Great Big Sea, Alan Doyle is also a lyrical storyteller and a creative force. In Where I Belong, Alan paints a vivid, raucous, and heartwarming portrait of a curious young lad born into the small coastal fishing community of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, and destined to become a renowned musician who carried the musical tradition of generations before him and brought his signature sound to the world. He tells of a childhood surrounded by larger-than-life characters who made an indelible impression on his music and work; of his first job on the wharf, cutting out cod tongues for fishermen; of growing up in a family of five in a two-bedroom house with a beef-bucket as a toilet, yet lacking nothing; of learning at his father's knee how to sing the story of a song and learning from his mother how to simply "be good"; and, finally, of how everything he ever learned as a kid prepared him for that pivotal moment when he became part of Great Big Sea and sailed away on what would be the greatest musical adventure of his life.
Filled with the lore and traditions of the East Coast and told in a voice that is at once captivating and refreshingly candid, this is a narrative journey about small-town life, curiosity, and creative fulfillment and, finally, about leaving everything you know behind only to learn that no matter where you go, home will always be with you.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

The book was good but the audible version was fantastic!

A wonderful biography, made even better when read by the author. CBC needs to make a series of these wonderful poignant moments of the Author's childhood. Thank you Alan for sharing!
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- R. Giberson

Alan Doyle Belongs in Our Hearts

Where does Where I Belong rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Where I Belong is my favorite audiobook.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Where I Belong?

The scene that Alan described and played the characters in where the old fisherman has a hook in his hand. It felt like Alan was sitting across the table telling me the story over a cuppa.

Which character – as performed by Alan Doyle – was your favorite?

Frank the fisherman and The Bottler.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Local Boy Does Good

Any additional comments?

Alan is an amazing storyteller. He is never dull.

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- Amie McGee

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-13-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio