The Best of the Original Chicken Soup for the Soul is taken from stories that appeared in the original book, Chicken Soup for the Soul. I was surprised to find only one cassette in the box! The stories are wonderful and it must have been a job choosing which to include / exclude from this edition. Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen have built a power house collecting sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always inspiring, life stories.
There are now over 200 titles spun off the original book… along with a website, daily columns in prominent newspapers and magazines, and television shows in the making. Both Canfield and Hansen had careers in motivational speaking when they finally decided to take their audience’s advice and put their stories into a collection. Then, they began soliciting stories of other ordinary folks who experienced extraordinary events in their lives.
The telling of each tale is carefully executed. The stories are about love, courage, perseverance, and hope. They certainly can instill hope in others who suffer under like conditions. Without being “religious,” The Best of the Original Chicken Soup for the Soul can lift you spiritually. By the time you hear all the stories you may feel like a whiner and vow to never complain about your life again.
So many of us need emotional support and crave inspiration. The Harris Polls attribute to this…it reports that 88.7% of the public have heard about, or read, Chicken Soup for the Soul books. The books are in at least 40 languages now. The title is reported to be one of the world’s best-known phrases!
For audio listening, while you’re doing other tasks, or making a short drive, The Best of the Original Chicken Soup for the Soul is a good choice. The short stories are interesting, heartfelt, and totally of human interest. Unlike a full length book that may keep you driving around the block or otherwise not doing whatever else you should be, this book can be listened to in short spurts… over and over again!
I enjoyed the narration. It is of good quality by expert speakers who add enthusiasm and style to the stories.