AudioBook Review: Happy, Happy Happy by Phil Robertson and Mark Schlabach

Title: Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
Author: Phil Robertson and Mark Schlabach
Narrator: Phil Robertson and Al Robertson
Format: Hardcover / eBook / Audio CD / AudioBook
Publisher:  Howard Books
Audio Producer: Simon & Schuster Audio
Pages: 240
Length: 4 Hours, 57 minutes
ISBN: 978-1476726090
Source: Publisher via AudioBook Jukebox
Genre: Biography and Memoir
Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 4 Story: 4
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About the Book:
This no-holds-barred autobiography chronicles the remarkable life of Phil Robertson, the original Duck Commander and Duck Dynasty star, from early childhood through the founding of a family business.

Duck calls—though the source of his livelihood—are not what makes Phil Robertson the man he is today. When asked what matters in his life, he’s quick to say, “Faith, family, ducks—in that order.”

It isn’t often that a person can live a dream, but Phil Robertson, aka The Duck Commander, has proven that it is possible with vision, hard work, helping hands, and an unshakable faith in the Almighty. Phil’s is the remarkable story of one man who followed the call he received from God and soon after invented a duck call that would begin an incredible journey to the life he had always dreamed of for himself and his family. In the love of his country, his family, and his maker, Phil has finally found the ingredients to the “good life” he always wanted.

If you ever wind up sitting face-to-face with Phil, you’ll see that his enthusiasm and passion for duck hunting and the Lord is no act—it is truly who he is.

If you’ve watched the exceedingly popular A&E program Duck Dynasty, you already know the famed Phil Robertson. As patriarch of the Robertson clan and creator of Duck Commander duck calls, he fearlessly leads his family in a responsible work ethic and an active faith.

But what you don’t know is his life before the show. In the pages of this book, you’ll learn of Phil’s colorful past and his wild road to the “happy, happy, happy” life he leads today. Before the “happy,” Phil’s passion for the outdoors and wild living led him down some shady paths. As a young husband and father, he became the proprietor of a rough bar and lived a life, as he says, of “romping, stomping, and ripping” for a number of years. He even left his wife and young boys for a short period of time.

Through it all, Phil Robertson has lived his life as a “called” man. Called to live off the land, called to leave a starring role in Louisiana Tech football (playing ahead of Terry Bradshaw) for duck hunting, called to wild living, called to create a new kind of duck call—and finally, called to follow God and lead a life of faith.

In this eye-opening and rousing book, you’ll find stories that will shock you, as well as those that will inspire you. You’ll get to know the man behind the legend, and you’ll come away better for it.

AudioBook Review: 

Starting with the very plain-spoken discussion where Phil Robertson explains the first interest in making them reality television stars. When he postulates that the discussion in the boardroom centered on the question about where to ‘find’ a real family, and then proceeds to share his philosophy on family, hunting and his faith: hard earned, hard won and redolent with his simply phrased lessons about life and living well.

I was hoping to hear more of the story in Phil’s voice, although his eldest son Alan manages the narration with flair: his clear enunciation, moments of obvious appreciation and smooth delivery provided a story that was an easy listen. This story will be perceived completely differently depending on your focus: if you want to learn more about Phil, his journey and his history – you will have one reaction. If you are looking for, or interested in, hunting: your journey and reaction to the story will be entirely different. I was less interested and captivated in the hunting information, but his efforts in working the ecosystem, his insight into his land and wildlife management and his own personal tales of adjusting his property to draw wildlife in is far more interesting than I ever would have believed.

As with his son Willie: faith is the touchstone on which this family has survived and thrived, keeping their faith as integrated into their lives and daily existence as their beards or eye color, this is a story that refers often to faith and belief, both for its comforts and its blessings. While I will not profess to have the same belief system, it is both refreshing and touching to understand his own path in finding and celebrating his faith.

I received an audioCD copy of the book from the publisher via AudioBook Jukebox. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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