Title: The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty
Author: Willie and Korie Robertson and Mark Schlabach
Narrator: Willie and Korie Robertson
Format: Hardcover / Paperback / eBook / Audio CD / Audio Book
Publisher: Howard Books
Audio Producer: Simon & Schuster Audio
Length: 5 Hours, 44 minutes
Source: Simon & Schuster Audio via AudioBook Jukebox
Genre: Biography and Memoir
Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 3 Story: 4
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About the Book:
Faith. Family. Ducks—in that order.
This book gives readers an up-close and personal, behind-the-scenes look at the family in the exploding A&E show—Duck Dynasty. This Louisiana bayou family operates Duck Commander, a booming family business that has made them millions. You’ll hear all about the Robertson clan from Willie and what it was like growing up in the Robertson household. You’ll sample some of Willie’s favorite family recipes from Phil, Kay, and even some of his own concoctions; and you’ll get to know the beautiful Robertson women. You’ll hear from Korie about the joys and hardships of raising a family, running a business, and wrangling the Robertson men while staying fashionable and beautiful inside and out. Discover more about the family dynamics between brothers Willie, Jase, Jep, and parents Phil and Kay. You’ll even meet a fourth brother who isn’t in the show.
The popularity of Duck Dynasty is skyrocketing, garnering a Wednesday-night top two finish in all of cable.
So – you found me out. One of the only ‘reality’ shows that I will watch, and we watch it voraciously, is Duck Dynasty – following the Robertson family, owners of the Duck Commander franchise. I expect that I am not alone: there is something very sweet and honest about their family, even when they bring the crazy out to celebrate.
Like any who have watched the show, there are frequent references made to the “before”, before the business turned over millions a year, before the television show. This story is a way to get the ‘inside scoop’ from the CEO and 3rd son Willie.
Willie and Korie share narrative duties, to mixed results, and both have very distinctive voices and accents. Willie sounds and feels less scripted when he is retelling a story or sharing a recipe, those frequent moments in the book feel natural and open, you can even hear the emotion behind the story. This contrasts to the less personal anecdotes, which feel very ‘read’ and less felt. Neither are wholly distracting, but there is a contrast. Korie is far less emotive, her sections feeling less conversational and more reciting, her moments to shine happened in her anecdotes about their children, where you could hear the smile.
There were several surprises to me in this story, and the core message of a reliance on faith was further pressed forward with biblical verses starting each chapter. Far from being intrusive, the verses were chosen with care to illuminate and emphasize the particular chapter, and felt very natural, not preachy. If you were wondering about the buzz around this family, or are already a fan: you will not be disappointed with this book. And, you will look at this family in a whole new way.
I received an AudioCD version from the publisher via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.