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The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness

Nonfiction: Personal Memoirs / Jewish Interest
Unabridged   4.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 06/28/2007

The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness

A True Story

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Audio CD ISBN:9781598875140
Digital Download ISBN:9781598875317


This true tale from storyteller Joel ben Izzy weaves together Izzy's own life story with stories he is known for and that he has collected in his travels. It’s a tale of listening, loving, learning, and letting go.

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Product Description

When a storyteller loses his voice, he believes he’s lost everything. In fact, he’s been given a great gift.

Once upon a time, a successful storyteller lost his voice to throat cancer. Deprived of the instrument of his art and his livelihood, he retreated into dark, sullen silence and depression. While searching for a spiritual explanation, he encountered his former mentor, a cantankerous and often drunk old man. Their meetings began a journey into the timeless wisdom of ancient tales: of beggars and kings, monks and tigers, lost horses, buried treasures, and ultimately the secret of happiness.

In this altogether original book, Joel ben Izzy shares his personal account of surviving loss, gaining wisdom, and rediscovering one’s true purpose. Weaving in tales he’s collected over the years from Sufi, Muslim, Chinese, Jewish, Iraqi, Zen Buddhist, Italian, and Indian cultures, he passes along the lessons he has learned. As we travel with ben Izzy from tragedy back into light and sound, we are encouraged to see our own lives as stories, and to open our own hearts to happiness.


“Izzy's book will find a happy home next to those of Paulo Coelho, Mitch Albom, Sue Monk Kidd, Alice Seabold et al., and will be particularly popular in audio format.”
      —Publishers Weekly

“His story is a poignant one, filled with sadness, laughter, and joy. Hearing ben Izzy's warm voice takes some of the surprise out of the story of his voice loss; after all, once you hear his voice, it's no secret that he eventually regains it. But it's not so much the destination as it is the sites along the way that make The Beggar King an unforgettable listening experience.”

“Its really the only important story there is.What a gift, what a blessing, funny, brilliant, wise.”
      —Anne Lamott

Author Bio

JOEL BEN IZZY tells stories at festivals throughout the world and has written and produced six CDs, which have won awards from the American Library Association and the Parents’ Choice Foundation. He’s been a storytelling consultant to various companies, including Hewlett-Packard, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and Pixar Animation Studios. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and two children.

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