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Emmy-award winning gadfly Mike Rowe presents a ridiculously entertaining, seriously fascinating collection of his favorite episodes from America’s #1 short-form podcast, The Way I Heard It, along with a host of memories, ruminations, illustrations, and insights. It’s a delightful collection of mysteries. A mosaic. A memoir. A charming, surprising must-read. Mike Rowe’s The Way Emmy-award winning gadfly Mike Rowe presents a ridiculously entertaining, seriously fascinating collection of his favorite episodes from America’s #1 short-form podcast, The Way I Heard It, along with a host of memories, ruminations, illustrations, and insights. It’s a delightful collection of mysteries. A mosaic. A memoir. A charming, surprising must-read. Mike Rowe’s The Way I Heard It collects thirty-five fascinating stories “for the curious mind with a short attention span.” Five-minute mysteries about people you know, filled with facts that you didn’t. Movie stars, presidents, Nazis, and bloody do-gooders—they’re all here, waiting to shake your hand, hoping you’ll remember them. Delivered with Mike’s signature blend of charm, wit, and ingenuity, their stories are part of a larger mosaic—a memoir crammed with recollections, insights, and intimate, behind-the-scenes moments drawn from Mike’s own remarkable life and career.


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Emmy-award winning gadfly Mike Rowe presents a ridiculously entertaining, seriously fascinating collection of his favorite episodes from America’s #1 short-form podcast, The Way I Heard It, along with a host of memories, ruminations, illustrations, and insights. It’s a delightful collection of mysteries. A mosaic. A memoir. A charming, surprising must-read. Mike Rowe’s The Way Emmy-award winning gadfly Mike Rowe presents a ridiculously entertaining, seriously fascinating collection of his favorite episodes from America’s #1 short-form podcast, The Way I Heard It, along with a host of memories, ruminations, illustrations, and insights. It’s a delightful collection of mysteries. A mosaic. A memoir. A charming, surprising must-read. Mike Rowe’s The Way I Heard It collects thirty-five fascinating stories “for the curious mind with a short attention span.” Five-minute mysteries about people you know, filled with facts that you didn’t. Movie stars, presidents, Nazis, and bloody do-gooders—they’re all here, waiting to shake your hand, hoping you’ll remember them. Delivered with Mike’s signature blend of charm, wit, and ingenuity, their stories are part of a larger mosaic—a memoir crammed with recollections, insights, and intimate, behind-the-scenes moments drawn from Mike’s own remarkable life and career.

30 review for The Way I Heard It

  1. 4 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    4+ I first saw Mike Rowe on Dirty jobs, and enjoyed his humor, his willingness to try anything. Reading this I learned he is or was, a big Paul Harvey fan, as was my husband. Everyday my husband would stop and listen avidly until the end and the words, the rest of the story. This is what Rowe does here, tell stories, some of people well known, well maybe depending on the age of the reader, others not as familiar. They are surprising, little known, at least to me, events I their lives. I bet most 4+ I first saw Mike Rowe on Dirty jobs, and enjoyed his humor, his willingness to try anything. Reading this I learned he is or was, a big Paul Harvey fan, as was my husband. Everyday my husband would stop and listen avidly until the end and the words, the rest of the story. This is what Rowe does here, tell stories, some of people well known, well maybe depending on the age of the reader, others not as familiar. They are surprising, little known, at least to me, events I their lives. I bet most readers will find a surprise or two within. After each story. Mike tells us the journey his life has taken. He has done many different jobs, met many different people, from many walks of life. His life has taken some strange turns. His writing is as humorous, self deprecating as his show on TV was, he just seems to have a natural talent. A big plus is that this is a book that will appeal to both men and women, a book that will provide fodder for some good discussions. I found this impressive, entertaining and interesting. ARC from Edelweiss.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karen Rush

    Mike Rowe is a natural storyteller. His wisdom, humor, common sense and compassion are evident throughout these compelling stories of humanity. I especially love the mystery of the personality at the start of each chapter. Mike’s rolling out of little known tidbits leading up to the reveal is brilliant. Mike also peppers in his personal history and TV-land experiences. He has lived a colorful life and worked many interesting jobs. I enjoyed reading the stories of his work experiences and was unf Mike Rowe is a natural storyteller. His wisdom, humor, common sense and compassion are evident throughout these compelling stories of humanity. I especially love the mystery of the personality at the start of each chapter. Mike’s rolling out of little known tidbits leading up to the reveal is brilliant. Mike also peppers in his personal history and TV-land experiences. He has lived a colorful life and worked many interesting jobs. I enjoyed reading the stories of his work experiences and was unfamiliar with some of them, such as Deadliest Catch which I watched for years but had no idea Mike narrated that show. Mike Rowe is an awesome guy, an inspiration and a master at his craft. I look forward to see where he goes from here.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lolly K Dandeneau

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I had a pedestal once. I put a pig on it. You can google it. Go ahead, do it- I’ll wait.' In The Way I Heard It, Mike Rowe shares stories about famous people interspersed with tales of his own fascinating journey, from his youth cutting trees with is Dad, his days at QVC selling all sorts of odd products (I recommend his Katsak clip on YouTube), the famous Dirty Jobs (which many of us sorely miss) to his current podcast, The Way I heard it, you will be riveted. Did I via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I had a pedestal once. I put a pig on it. You can google it. Go ahead, do it- I’ll wait.' In The Way I Heard It, Mike Rowe shares stories about famous people interspersed with tales of his own fascinating journey, from his youth cutting trees with is Dad, his days at QVC selling all sorts of odd products (I recommend his Katsak clip on YouTube), the famous Dirty Jobs (which many of us sorely miss) to his current podcast, The Way I heard it, you will be riveted. Did I read with Mike’s trademark sonorous voice in my head? You betcha! In fact, I should be writing this is my own voice and yet here I am using his! I could spend all day pondering what it is that draws people to Rowe, his charm, charisma, self-deprecating humor and wisdom, like putting a pig on a pedestal (he admits he is best when he gets out of the way and shines a spotlight on others) instead I will say this book is fantastic. Though it is perfect for those with ‘short attention spans’ or people too with busy their careers or families to sink into a long novel it is also the right fit for readers like me, who eat books every single day. The tales are short but rich in the telling, I was surprised by the many things I didn’t know about certain celebrities, particularly ones I admire- how did I not read about it on the internet where we are inundated by strange trivia? Rowe humanizes folks in the telling, and I find admirable qualities which can be surprising and a few that were downright heartbreaking. There are winners and losers, because life is also luck as much as success requires cleverness and a fierce heart. How did we get here, how does one person’s idea change the world we live in? Why do some people push themselves hard and honor their promises much like a debt? Why do some give up? One’s fame can hang on a pretty face, but behind it there can be brilliance that no one can dim, though we see the world try. Fame for others can remain out of reach, until they take a plunge. Not all of the subjects are still alive, and often they had a far richer life, a more generous nature than the cameras or history revealed. Not to say some didn’t make mistakes or downright asses of themselves in the process, Mike included! I spent time after finishing this uplifting book thinking about the strange turns of fate, the vital connections we often don’t even realize until later that are being made, and how we can set sail on a plan but find ourselves blown off course and yet right where we’re meant to be. As Mike Rowe himself has proven in his own full life, what looks like disaster on your worse day can lead to something far greater. That’s the way I heard it, anyway. Beautifully written, kept me smiling and I am recommending it to every person I know. Publication Date: October 15, 2019 Gallery Books

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    Mike Rowe, the master storyteller. The Way I Heard It is witty and highly entertaining! I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of short stories and trying to guess the celebrities. Full disclosure, I was able to guess very few, haha!! I loved the fact there was a history lesson with each short story and the tie in to Mike's own life adventures. Oh what a life he has lived! I highly recommend picking this up! A huge thank you to Simon & Schuster for my review copy!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    6/5 stars. This will be my gift-giving Christmas 2019 book. It is so universal in its appeal. I couldn't put it down! I would savor a chapter then pick the book back up to see what the next story was about. Well researched chapters highlighting various people are tied into Mike's life experiences in such a natural way it was like listening to a friend tell you about his day. My favorite story was that of Alan Hale. Now i will have to be re-watching some old movies to spot h 6/5 stars. This will be my gift-giving Christmas 2019 book. It is so universal in its appeal. I couldn't put it down! I would savor a chapter then pick the book back up to see what the next story was about. Well researched chapters highlighting various people are tied into Mike's life experiences in such a natural way it was like listening to a friend tell you about his day. My favorite story was that of Alan Hale. Now i will have to be re-watching some old movies to spot him.. I am left with a smile on my face and a happy heart after reading this book. Thank you Mike Rowe and Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster). I volunteered to read an ARC through Net Galley. Release date Oct 15, 2019

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Yates

    This book will drop you into peoples worlds. Be warned though you will read the whole thing in your Mike Rowe voice. It was very well done and the stories within are amazing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Rochester

    A huge thanks to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review. I saw this pop up in my options on Netgalley one day and immediately asked for it. I love Mike Rowe so much as a person and as an entertainer. I didn't really know what it would be about and I didn't really care. But I didn't need to worry about a thing. Mike presented us with a collection of essays about various celebrities that came with a history lesson. The deal was that he would give us A huge thanks to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review. I saw this pop up in my options on Netgalley one day and immediately asked for it. I love Mike Rowe so much as a person and as an entertainer. I didn't really know what it would be about and I didn't really care. But I didn't need to worry about a thing. Mike presented us with a collection of essays about various celebrities that came with a history lesson. The deal was that he would give us many many clues and we were supposed to guess who it was about. Oddly enough, I knew very few. But, to be fair, I had no idea that most people in the celebrity world weren't even using their real names. I loved reading about his own early history and I loved reading about the celebrities, even the ones I didn't know. There was so much about HIM that I didn't know so obviously I loved that part...but the entire book kept me interested the whole time. It was a very easy to read book that I just ate up. Honestly, though, I was reading it in his voice and come on...he could read the telephone book and make it sound interesting. Wait, maybe he's done that before too? I enjoy any book that makes me interested enough that I have to keep stopping to look something up about what I just read. But he DID say he would wait while we Googled it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maude Arcand

    Simply because Mike Rowe wrote the book, I expected it to have a side of humour, and it did. What I did not expect was the historical side. Stories of well known historical figures told as a mystery story, that lets you discover only at the end who’s story it is. Not all of the over 30 chapters are written that way but those were my favorites, it provided a surprising, smooth and unexpected educational aspect to the book. Rowe is a great story teller, he blends beautifully historical characters Simply because Mike Rowe wrote the book, I expected it to have a side of humour, and it did. What I did not expect was the historical side. Stories of well known historical figures told as a mystery story, that lets you discover only at the end who’s story it is. Not all of the over 30 chapters are written that way but those were my favorites, it provided a surprising, smooth and unexpected educational aspect to the book. Rowe is a great story teller, he blends beautifully historical characters stories, the stories of people he has meet along his life and career as well as part of his own story. Definitively worth reading. Disclosure, I’ve received this book for free in exchange of an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for sending a copy of The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe for review. This collection of stories from his podcast interspersed with stories from his life is available tomorrow. I would definitely put this on the list for those tough to buy for readers on your list. These stories were short, entertaining and highly readable! (special shout out for my son who let me borrow his decoration for exactly the time it took me to set up but not long enough to take the Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for sending a copy of The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe for review. This collection of stories from his podcast interspersed with stories from his life is available tomorrow. I would definitely put this on the list for those tough to buy for readers on your list. These stories were short, entertaining and highly readable! (special shout out for my son who let me borrow his decoration for exactly the time it took me to set up but not long enough to take the picture 😉). If you were an avid Dirty Jobs watcher, as I was, you need this book on your list. I was also a fan of the radio show “The Rest of the Story” that his podcast stories mirrored. I am a sucker for behind the scenes, rarely known stories about celebrities. To be honest, that is why I requested the book to review. However, I ended up really loving the memoir segments more. Mike Rowe has a humble charm and charisma that comes across in all of his writing. The chapters and stories are very short, entertaining and interesting for a wide variety of different celebrities and facts. Definitely see this book working in many people’s stocking this holiday season!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christine Cheripka

    I had heard of Mike Rowe, saw snippets of Dirty Jobs, saw his mother on commercials, but I never appreciated the fantastic story teller who lurked underneath the grime and sludge...this is by far one of the best (and informative) books I have read in a long time....the 35 stories are short enough to satisfy my short attention issues....each story leads to a person in the end that you would not expect it to be....I have a new found appreciation of the career and skills of Mike Rowe and would reco I had heard of Mike Rowe, saw snippets of Dirty Jobs, saw his mother on commercials, but I never appreciated the fantastic story teller who lurked underneath the grime and sludge...this is by far one of the best (and informative) books I have read in a long time....the 35 stories are short enough to satisfy my short attention issues....each story leads to a person in the end that you would not expect it to be....I have a new found appreciation of the career and skills of Mike Rowe and would recommend it to anyone and everyone with an interest in the world around them....I am delighted that I won this on GoodReads....

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    By far one of the best books I've read so far this year (and I've read a lot of books already this year)! Part history (the fascinating kind, not the boring I need to learn it for a class kind), part memoir, always fascinating (a lot of those aha moments) and frequently funny (like laugh out loud kind of funny)! Inspired in part by his fascination of and admiration for the legendary Paul Harvey, this book is a collection of short "stories", none of which seem to have anything in particular in co By far one of the best books I've read so far this year (and I've read a lot of books already this year)! Part history (the fascinating kind, not the boring I need to learn it for a class kind), part memoir, always fascinating (a lot of those aha moments) and frequently funny (like laugh out loud kind of funny)! Inspired in part by his fascination of and admiration for the legendary Paul Harvey, this book is a collection of short "stories", none of which seem to have anything in particular in common with one another but then are inexplicably and expertly woven together in the most amazing way 😁 On several occasions Mike instructs us to "Google it, I'll wait" and Google it you will. Including his final page instruction to "Google it." That "it" is a video clip that will leave you laughing, make you want to binge watch every episode of Dirty Jobs, pull up old QVC clips, check out Evening Magazine, and wish the book wasn't ending! Maybe there'll be a sequel... 😁

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lori Quick

    The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe has been great fun to read. I really enjoyed his stories. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back and relax and get ready for a fun ride. Thanks to NetGalley and publisher for this amazing early copy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    SUSAN *Nevertheless,she persisted*

    Five stars all the way. I have been an adoring fans of Mike Rowe since his days at QVC. This book is a great read and would make a fabulous Xmas gift for that person who is hard to buy for.

  14. 4 out of 5

    John

    Just like I was sitting at the table in a diner having a conversation with Mike. Very enjoyable stories and hearing more about Mike's background.

  15. 5 out of 5

    The Mother Cover Lover

    It's rare my fingers are salivating to start a review halfway through a book. How can one's finger's salivate still eludes me, but they were. How can one properly review Mike Rowe's exquisite book without quoting? A dilemma for me, but a requirement from the publisher before THE WAY I HEARD IT releases October 15, 2019. I could wait, but where is the fun in that. In the world of instant gratification, it would be a shame not to share my review until after the release. Perhaps the inst It's rare my fingers are salivating to start a review halfway through a book. How can one's finger's salivate still eludes me, but they were. How can one properly review Mike Rowe's exquisite book without quoting? A dilemma for me, but a requirement from the publisher before THE WAY I HEARD IT releases October 15, 2019. I could wait, but where is the fun in that. In the world of instant gratification, it would be a shame not to share my review until after the release. Perhaps the instant gratification lies more with me and my desire to share with you an amazing collection of thirty-five mystery stories, all with Mike's standout humor. Now, we're not talking mysteries like the oh so scary or unsolved murders. Well, there may be one, however, most of these stories are the forgotten moments of the past. The Snippets and clues Mike weaves together pulls us into multiple games of Guess Who. A celebrity, an architect, the average day Joe, or by chance, ever so slightly, a ghost? While Mike playfully writes with the extraordinary use of his treasured vocabulary, I can't help but laugh or marvel as the stories unfold. Some I never would've guessed, others I'm now more intrigued to know more. Between the fascination of the mini trove of tales, Mike seamlessly incorporates the details and wisdom of his own life. I can't help but end Mike's memoir/mystery series with a new understanding of what makes each of us unique. The special qualities not many of us acknowledge, though others find inspiration, change, evolution for new ways of technology or thinking, and for me the satisfaction in the path of my own life. In a world where everyone thinks they know everything, Mike Rowe has shown how little we truly grasp about those who grace, graced the big screens, our home television screens, historical textbooks, the men and women working a 9-5, or sometimes the overlooked late-night workers dead shift. I'm sad I've never listened to Mike Rowe's podcast. Sorry, Mike, if you're reading. However, I'm delighted that I discovered it through your book and look forward to tuning in for more mysterious games of Guess Who in THE WAY I HEARD IT. They say the best things are worth the wait. Don't worry Mike, I'll wait for the next podcast. I received an ARC of THE WAY I HEARD IT by Mike Rowe in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of the review. Let’s be honest here. If it was great or sucked I have no problem writing it out. Want to check out the Cover Critique? Then check out www.jenarcollins.com for the low down on how THE WAY I HEARD IT, 5/5 cover critique stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    The Mother Cover Lover

    It's rare my fingers are salivating to start a review halfway through a book. How can one's finger's salivate still eludes me, but they were. How can one properly review Mike Rowe's exquisite book without quoting? A dilemma for me, but a requirement from the publisher before THE WAY I HEARD IT releases October 15, 2019. I could wait, but where is the fun in that. In the world of instant gratification, it would be a shame not to share my review until after the release. Perhaps the inst It's rare my fingers are salivating to start a review halfway through a book. How can one's finger's salivate still eludes me, but they were. How can one properly review Mike Rowe's exquisite book without quoting? A dilemma for me, but a requirement from the publisher before THE WAY I HEARD IT releases October 15, 2019. I could wait, but where is the fun in that. In the world of instant gratification, it would be a shame not to share my review until after the release. Perhaps the instant gratification lies more with me and my desire to share with you an amazing collection of thirty-five mystery stories, all with Mike's standout humor. Now, we're not talking mysteries like the oh so scary or unsolved murders. Well, there may be one, however, most of these stories are the forgotten moments of the past. The Snippets and clues Mike weaves together pulls us into multiple games of Guess Who. A celebrity, an architect, the average day Joe, or by chance, ever so slightly, a ghost? While Mike playfully writes with the extraordinary use of his treasured vocabulary, I can't help but laugh or marvel as the stories unfold. Some I never would've guessed, others I'm now more intrigued to know more. Between the fascination of the mini trove of tales, Mike seamlessly incorporates the details and wisdom of his own life. I can't help but end Mike's memoir/mystery series with a new understanding of what makes each of us unique. The special qualities not many of us acknowledge, though others find inspiration, change, evolution for new ways of technology or thinking, and for me the satisfaction in the path of my own life. In a world where everyone thinks they know everything, Mike Rowe has shown how little we truly grasp about those who grace, graced the big screens, our home television screens, historical textbooks, the men and women working a 9-5, or sometimes the overlooked late-night workers dead shift. I'm sad I've never listened to Mike Rowe's podcast. Sorry, Mike, if you're reading. However, I'm delighted that I discovered it through your book and look forward to tuning in for more mysterious games of Guess Who in THE WAY I HEARD IT. They say the best things are worth the wait. Don't worry Mike, I'll wait for the next podcast. I received an ARC of THE WAY I HEARD IT by Mike Rowe in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of the review. Let’s be honest here. If it was great or sucked I have no problem writing it out. Want to check out the Cover Critique? Then check out www.jenarcollins.com for the low down on how THE WAY I HEARD IT, 5/5 cover critique stars.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    I normally don't stray from my comfort zone of romance novels. However, I've seen Mike Rowe on one of my favorite shows a number of times, and he always comes across as deeply intelligent and witty. I'm familiar with his work on Dirty Jobs and his mikeroweWORKS foundation, so I requested this book, thinking it would be interesting at best. I'm so freaking glad I did venture from my comfort zone...because this is one of the best books I've read. And I read a LOT. Reminiscent of Paul Harvey's "The Rest of the Sto I normally don't stray from my comfort zone of romance novels. However, I've seen Mike Rowe on one of my favorite shows a number of times, and he always comes across as deeply intelligent and witty. I'm familiar with his work on Dirty Jobs and his mikeroweWORKS foundation, so I requested this book, thinking it would be interesting at best. I'm so freaking glad I did venture from my comfort zone...because this is one of the best books I've read. And I read a LOT. Reminiscent of Paul Harvey's "The Rest of the Story", Mr. Rowe shares vignettes of people and events, followed by his life experiences which he connects to each story. I was hooked from the first vignette; I would never have guessed who it was about. I was truly shocked! (Don't want to ruin the surprise for anyone.). And it went on like that for me - hugely entertaining short stories, and the reveal of who or what the story is actually about. One or two I guessed correctly, such as Charlie the aspiring musician, but most were surprises. Just as much, and in some cases more so, I loved Mike's personal stories. I had no idea of all the jobs and shows he was a part of, such as QVC. I had fun hearing about the jobs, plus also about Freddy the dog, Sandy his girlfriend (Mike's, not the dog), the pig, the barbershop quartet, his teachers and friends. My favorite tales, however, centered around his parents. They sound like the best parents ever...well, except for my own! Mike really knows how to tell a story; I snorted laughter throughout the whole book, but he also brought me to the verge of tears. Here's hoping Mike shares many more stories with us. I am in awe. I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    This is a great read that lives up to the catch phrase "short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span". Lots of fun. The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe is the collected transcripts of thirty-five episodes from the Podcast of the same name. Each entry is a brief, fun story about some famous or historically important person who you probably know but told in such a way that it may not be the most obvious person it seems to be about. The identity is not revealed until the This is a great read that lives up to the catch phrase "short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span". Lots of fun. The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe is the collected transcripts of thirty-five episodes from the Podcast of the same name. Each entry is a brief, fun story about some famous or historically important person who you probably know but told in such a way that it may not be the most obvious person it seems to be about. The identity is not revealed until the end so it makes for a fun guessing game. It's all true or at least true-ish (meaning that some things could be slightly embellished or exaggerated for the purpose of the story). But wait... There's more! Did you know that Mike Rowe was once a late-night host on a home shopping network? That he used to be an opera singer? That 'The Way I Heard It' was inspired by the late Paul Harvey's radio show The Rest of The Story? Well, you do now! Not only will you get the details behind those stories but you'll also find out much more about Mr. Rowe because after each "mystery" from the Podcast there is an additional biographical tidbit about Mike Rowe that is connected - at least tangentially - to the previous story. The whole thing comes across in a folksy, easy to read style that brings to mind lazy summer evenings spent on a back porch swapping stories with an old friend or favorite uncle. I loved it - Highly recommended! MILD WARNING: Most of the content is suitable for all readers but there's at least one chapter (No Polite Way to Put It) that would probably not be suitable for the more easily offended. It's more naughty or suggestive than graphic but it is of a sexual nature. ***Thanks to NetGalley, Gallery Books, and author Mike Rowe for providing me with a free digital copy of this title in exchange for an honest review. I loved it. I honestly loved it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lori L (She Treads Softly)

    The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe is a very highly recommended collection of 35 of his favorite episodes followed by his personal stories. As Rowe explains,"Like The Rest of the Story, the mysteries in this book tell some true stories you probably don’t know, about some famous people you probably do. Your job is to figure out who or what I’m talking about before I get to the end. Inside, you’ll find thirty-five mysteries pulled from my podcast. Think of them as tiles in a mosaic. Each o The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe is a very highly recommended collection of 35 of his favorite episodes followed by his personal stories. As Rowe explains,"Like The Rest of the Story, the mysteries in this book tell some true stories you probably don’t know, about some famous people you probably do. Your job is to figure out who or what I’m talking about before I get to the end. Inside, you’ll find thirty-five mysteries pulled from my podcast. Think of them as tiles in a mosaic. Each of these mysteries is followed by a personal recollection. Think of those as the grout that holds the tiles together. Like the flap copy says: Mystery and Memoir for the Curious Mind with a Short Attention Span." The Way I Heard It is a wildly entertaining collection of Rowe's favorite podcast episodes combined with a memoir. His personal anecdotes, stories, and memories, or the grout, is just as entertaining and delightful as the stories. Rowe has a personable, charming, down-to-earth manner which makes reading this a pleasure. Don't let the self-deprecating humor deceive you, the stories are all compelling and enticing, while the personal recollections are humorous, interesting, and diverting, as well as imparting some wisdom along the way. Once I started The Way I Heard It, I looked forward to reading more, saying "just-one-more-chapter" and thus it ended way-too-soon. It was a pleasure from start to finish. The writing is excellent. The Rest of the Story segments are interesting, and Rowe's stories are varied, interesting, and entertaining. This is one of the best nonfiction books of the year, especially if I base my choices on sheer pleasure while reading. All I can say is read this book. The Way I Heard It would be a great gift. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Simon & Schuster. http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2019/1...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Curtis

    I grew up listening to that amazing storyteller who could capture your imagination, paint a vivid picture in your mind; he’d have you picturing a young child controlling the switch of the railroad station for his sick friend only to find out that it was a monkey and no one new it. He would give you clues along the way that seemed to throw you off the trail like Shaggy and Scooby. And then he’d give say the words you’d been waiting for “but wait... there’s more. And now the rest of the story” If I grew up listening to that amazing storyteller who could capture your imagination, paint a vivid picture in your mind; he’d have you picturing a young child controlling the switch of the railroad station for his sick friend only to find out that it was a monkey and no one new it. He would give you clues along the way that seemed to throw you off the trail like Shaggy and Scooby. And then he’d give say the words you’d been waiting for “but wait... there’s more. And now the rest of the story” If you don’t know who I am talking about by now then the name Paul Harvey may not mean much to you. But if you do you are longing for that story teller to once again take prime spot on your radio. Well guess what? Mike Rowe has been podcasting in the same style as Paul Harvey bringing back the stories that seem fanatical yet somehow probable. He shares his story, wrapped in clues and hints until the final revelation is pronounced. To which he ends with a humble “at least that’s the way I heard it”. Well now he has written a book just as masterfully written as the podcast. You will find your imagination captured and you won’t want to put it down. All ages will gather as you share from the pages of the book. You’ll be inspired to see the small connections that can be so important. You hear stories of tragedy to triumph. All from a humble story teller who is sharing with you these secrets. I’ve read and listened to these stories with my children and they are captivated. The world needs more truth and hopeful writers as Mike. Get this book. By it for your family and friends. They will thank you! I was given this ebook to review for my honest opinion. Honestly, I loved this book. It’s the way I read it and that’s the way I give it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lorrie

    This was one of those book that as soon as it popped into the 'coming soon' section of my library's website, I had to put a hold on it. Mike Rowe is just one of those people that you just have to listen to when he starts talking. Full disclosure, Dirty Jobs was one of my favorite shows when it was on tv, not so much for the content (although it was interesting in its own right), but because of the host. There were never any gimmicks, no taking advantage of anyone, no poking fun of anyone (except This was one of those book that as soon as it popped into the 'coming soon' section of my library's website, I had to put a hold on it. Mike Rowe is just one of those people that you just have to listen to when he starts talking. Full disclosure, Dirty Jobs was one of my favorite shows when it was on tv, not so much for the content (although it was interesting in its own right), but because of the host. There were never any gimmicks, no taking advantage of anyone, no poking fun of anyone (except himself), just a whole lot of interesting things to learn about topics that you never saw in any other forum. And, as usual, Mike Rowe brings his fact book with him in this book. Lots of really interesting things to learn about people we already know. These are the kind of factoids that are great to whip out to impress people at parties when you (and they) are half drunk. But I think I liked the personal anecdotes about his life and career more than the interesting historical nuggets he imparted. A great book by a down to earth guy who I wish was still hosting a tv show. Make it happen people, because we need more people like him teaching our kids the right messages.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    I actually got this book today. A day before its actual release. I was thrilled as I love the pod cast Mike Rowe does with the same name. So what can I tell you about the book. It is wonderful. You will want to read it cover to cover in one sitting so be prepared to do that. He started each chapter with the telling of one of the episodes of the pod cast stories. Once the story is over he talks about parts of the story and talks about himself and the things he learned, felt or experienced related I actually got this book today. A day before its actual release. I was thrilled as I love the pod cast Mike Rowe does with the same name. So what can I tell you about the book. It is wonderful. You will want to read it cover to cover in one sitting so be prepared to do that. He started each chapter with the telling of one of the episodes of the pod cast stories. Once the story is over he talks about parts of the story and talks about himself and the things he learned, felt or experienced related to those stories. He reveals a major betrail in the book. He talks friends, family and others and the parts they have played in his life. He shows a side to himself that is no different then the Mike I have always known him to be.... part comedian, part insatiable curious intellect, and part just an average guy just doing his best. One of my favorite stories is how he almost messed up his whole life while in high school. That is the Mike part I love the most. All I could think while reading that part was, good for you!!! If I had been there I would have helped you. Anyway, buy a copy. You will not be disappointed and you will want to read it more than once.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Candy

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. This is a “ridiculously entertaining, seriously fascinating collection” of Mike Rowe’s favorite episodes from his podcast.  For a brief time, I listened to the podcast at work, but found myself drifting off and neglecting work to concentrate on the story being told.  This collection of 35 stories  will engage you completely. Each is told in two parts. The first tells the story of Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. This is a “ridiculously entertaining, seriously fascinating collection” of Mike Rowe’s favorite episodes from his podcast.  For a brief time, I listened to the podcast at work, but found myself drifting off and neglecting work to concentrate on the story being told.  This collection of 35 stories  will engage you completely. Each is told in two parts. The first tells the story of the character whose identity is hidden until the end, so don’t peek ahead.  The second part is Mike Rowe, the storyteller, weaving the story around to some facet of his life. He’s an interesting guy with a great sense of humor, and a conversational tone to his writing. Kind of like Paul Harvey. As I’ve seen other reviewers mention, the entire time you are reading, it is Mike Rowe’s voice in your head!  This is a great collection of facts and insights that will be hard to put down.  Delightful and uplifting from start to finish, this one is so worth your time! www.candysplanet.wordpress.com

  24. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I bought this for my son for Christmas, but I had to read it first. I opened the pages at a 45 degree angle. It’s a series of small biographies of sorts written Paul Harvey style, which I love, followed by relevant stories and commentary that comes from Rowe’s life. Weaving hysterical humor with historical surprises or pulling out a tale of human nature, Mike Rowe not only does Dirty Jobs, but he also puts words together pretty darned well. This is kind of a “guy’s book,” but I thoroughly enjoye I bought this for my son for Christmas, but I had to read it first. I opened the pages at a 45 degree angle. It’s a series of small biographies of sorts written Paul Harvey style, which I love, followed by relevant stories and commentary that comes from Rowe’s life. Weaving hysterical humor with historical surprises or pulling out a tale of human nature, Mike Rowe not only does Dirty Jobs, but he also puts words together pretty darned well. This is kind of a “guy’s book,” but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I do not mean that in any kind of sexist way. It just has so many guy interests in it. Perfect gift book! But as I said, I found it fascinating. Stories such as Woody Harrelson trying desperately to find the money to find a good lawyer to try to get his father out of prison only to find he was a hit man who had killed many times. And who knew that General Custer and his wife Elizabeth wrote sizzling hot racy letters to each other? And how a surfing accident ended John Wayne’s football career so he was forced to find work off campus. Good reading!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amber Martin

    I save my 5 star reviews for the books that will stick with me. Mike Rowe realized this and kicked in my door like the Koolaid Man waiting for that review. I've always liked Mike (sounds like a campaign ad) and figured I'd give his book a go. He managed to keep something that is bio-esque super interesting. Every chapter starts with the story of someone famous but luckily for the whole reading world we're not talking about anyone with the last name Kardashian, etc. Instead we get people like Mel I save my 5 star reviews for the books that will stick with me. Mike Rowe realized this and kicked in my door like the Koolaid Man waiting for that review. I've always liked Mike (sounds like a campaign ad) and figured I'd give his book a go. He managed to keep something that is bio-esque super interesting. Every chapter starts with the story of someone famous but luckily for the whole reading world we're not talking about anyone with the last name Kardashian, etc. Instead we get people like Mel Brooks, James Dean, James Earl Jones... the list goes on. He leaves you guessing on who it could be until the end of the chapter and then throws in tidbits about his own life. The setup was amazing. Not only did I learn some incredibly interesting things about some very intriguing people but I learned a lot about Mr.Rowe himself. I would highly recommend this book for anyone. Now I'm sitting here debating about giving my copy away or keeping it to read all over again.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Podcaster, actor and now author, Mike Rowe, takes the stories from his podcast into a book. The book is a collection of thirty-five of some of his best podcast stories told in the style of Paul Harvey. Many of these stories profiles a famous person or event you would be familiar with, and others are new and interesting. Each podcast tale ends with his reactions and sometimes tales from his own story. Each is fascinating and will keep you on the edge of your seat. I've been a fan of Mi Podcaster, actor and now author, Mike Rowe, takes the stories from his podcast into a book. The book is a collection of thirty-five of some of his best podcast stories told in the style of Paul Harvey. Many of these stories profiles a famous person or event you would be familiar with, and others are new and interesting. Each podcast tale ends with his reactions and sometimes tales from his own story. Each is fascinating and will keep you on the edge of your seat. I've been a fan of Mike Rowe for some time. From Dirty Jobs, to Shark Week, to his insightful Facebook posts, Mike has an interesting story to share. Always the entertainer, he chooses his material well and keeps you guessing until the end. He also shares stories of his own life from starting out at QVC, meeting Joan Crawford, and skills that led to his success. He also adds touching stories of growing up, sharing stories of his parents John and Peggy--my favorite may have been the creativity they showed when pitying other families who "had to order pizza" because their mom must not have been able to cook (they had many mouths to feed). It was clear to see where Mike learned to face the world with hard work, humility, and a bit of humor. That's the way I heard it.... And why you should read it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    J

    Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this book. I loved this book for many reasons. The stories were about many people throughout history and the stories were fascinating. They were short enough to enjoy but packed full of Mike Rowe's way of thinking. While reading this book it was like sitting beside the fireplace and he was sitting there beside me. When I read about him being late at the airport one time because he had to hear the rest of the story by Paul Harvey, I too listen Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this book. I loved this book for many reasons. The stories were about many people throughout history and the stories were fascinating. They were short enough to enjoy but packed full of Mike Rowe's way of thinking. While reading this book it was like sitting beside the fireplace and he was sitting there beside me. When I read about him being late at the airport one time because he had to hear the rest of the story by Paul Harvey, I too listened to Pal Harvey and had to wait to hear the rest of the story many times. I thought well these are short story chapters so I won't be late. Yes, I was late a few times, reading the book so he does have some Paul Harvey in him. Already I have gone back and reread a few stories. The stories capture your attention and seem to bring them to life, now that is a good writer. It is a wonderful book by an amazing man.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Diane Ferbrache

    While not something that should win a Pulitzer or National Book Award, this is a must read for fans of Mike Rowe's TV shows or podcasts or blogs. Plus, for those of a certain age who were fans of Paul Harvey, this will take you back to the days when "The Rest of the Story" kept you on the edge of your seats. (If you don't know who that is.....Google him!) In brief "mysteries", Rowe tells the stories of inspirational characters and then ties their experiences to his own. So you get a b While not something that should win a Pulitzer or National Book Award, this is a must read for fans of Mike Rowe's TV shows or podcasts or blogs. Plus, for those of a certain age who were fans of Paul Harvey, this will take you back to the days when "The Rest of the Story" kept you on the edge of your seats. (If you don't know who that is.....Google him!) In brief "mysteries", Rowe tells the stories of inspirational characters and then ties their experiences to his own. So you get a biography/mystery/essay/self-help book all in one. The vignettes are short, and not necessarily in chronological order, so they can be read in short spurts and even out of order if you want. It's a quick read even if you go stright through. Recommended for a "feel good" read, especially if you are a fan. If not, I'll bet you will be afterward.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    I have heard Mike Rowe speak both live and on TV, and I feel like he is speaking this book in my head as well. The Way I Heard it is a perfect combination of historical stories (presented in a way that goes beyond what we have all heard on our history classes) and personal stories of a man who has become iconic in our society. Reading both the historical and the personal, I feel like both are a glimpse into something special. I feel like I am in on something. I love that this book is so easy to I have heard Mike Rowe speak both live and on TV, and I feel like he is speaking this book in my head as well. The Way I Heard it is a perfect combination of historical stories (presented in a way that goes beyond what we have all heard on our history classes) and personal stories of a man who has become iconic in our society. Reading both the historical and the personal, I feel like both are a glimpse into something special. I feel like I am in on something. I love that this book is so easy to pick up and read a chapter at a time. It is just enough of a taste that I can jump in whenever I have a few minutes (though I always ended up reading more than one once I got started). I have highly enjoyed Mike Rowe everywhere I have seen or heard him. This feels like he is sitting on my front porch with me on a warm summer evening sharing stories like I would with a good friend.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    The best way to read this book is by listening on Audible where you can pick up Mike Rowe's personality while reading the book. We listened to this audible book for a 900 mile trip and the length of the book was perfect and interesting. There are some repeats from the podcast, but he had the "time" to flesh out the importance of these particular stories and include with his own personal story. The only question that remained unanswered was why he was "fired" three times from QVC, he was never cl The best way to read this book is by listening on Audible where you can pick up Mike Rowe's personality while reading the book. We listened to this audible book for a 900 mile trip and the length of the book was perfect and interesting. There are some repeats from the podcast, but he had the "time" to flesh out the importance of these particular stories and include with his own personal story. The only question that remained unanswered was why he was "fired" three times from QVC, he was never clear why he went back. He likes doing a variety of projects without the permanence of anyone, until he had a financial setback and he had to work full-time. An interesting person telling his story through stories, very enjoyable. Book 2 coming?

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