Executive producer and host Mike Rowe presents a delightfully 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 personal memories, ruminations, and insights. It’s a captivating must-read.
The Way I Heard It presents thirty-five mysteries “for the curious mind with a short attention span.” Every one is a trueish tale about someone you know, filled with facts that you don’t. Movie stars, presidents, bloody do-gooders, and villains—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 full of surprising revelations, sharp observations, and intimate, behind-the-scenes moments drawn from Mike’s own remarkable life and career.
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Table of Contents
This Isn't Funny 1
A Hero Under the Influence 7
On the Importance of Better Driving 13
No Polite Way to Put It 21
A Patient Man 27
Another Tortured Artist 35
Size Matters 41
Can You Be There by Nine? 49
A Full-Figured Gal 57
The Orphan Hero 65
Something Is Missing 71
Words, Words, Words 79
Call It What You Will 85
Not Your Typical Homemaker 91
The Biscuit Bomb 99
The Men Behind Bars 107
The Cherry Pie Is to Die For 113
A Manly Man, a Gold Medal, and a Really Big Sea 123
A Tale of Two Pupils 131
Oh, Brother! 139
The American Rock Star 145
The 25-Million-Dollar Kiss 151
How the Game Was Played 159
The Mystery of the Vanishing Woman 165
His Last Letter Home 173
One Hell of a Toll 181
Breaking the Silence 189
Keep Your Voice Down! 195
The Biggest Name in Town 201
Charlie's Big Break 209
Bobby Brings Home the Bacon 215
The Greaseman Cometh 221
A Little Town Up North 229
Something Unforgettable and Real 237
The Star of the Show 243
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have been a Mike Rowe fan since first watching Dirty Jobs. This was like sitting with him a having a fireside chat! great stories!
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, including 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.
Thank you to Net Galley and Gallery, Pocket Books for an e-ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. This was a book I didn't even know I needed in my life right now, but I did. I know "of" Mike Rowe, but only in the most peripheral of ways. The cover of this book makes one think you're sitting down to chat with a friend, and Mike's writing style (see how I'm on first-name basis right away?) feels the same. I loved Paul Harvey, and this is reminiscent of that (with Mike acknowledging this) and I loved how he added on some personal history or lessons after the Wow part of the story. Really heartwarming without being cheesy. Loved this book.
I really think Mike Rowe should run for president! I've watched many of his TV shows and follow his many projects on social media. Not only does he make sense, it's obvious he cares about the world we live in and wants to improve life for us all. This book flows just like you were reading his posts or listening to his shows. He is definitely a man who makes a difference on a daily basis. The humor he shares with us just serves to make the lessons a little easier for everyone. My vote is cast...Mike Rowe for president!
A darn good book, the way I saw it.
Mike Rowe is goofy (in the best possible way) and charming and engaging and endearing - he is who he is and does and says what he wants, and that is what I've always loved about him and his shows. The book reads exactly the way I imagined it would - it is full of fun facts, odd tidbits of history and pop culture, and anecdotes that tug at the heartstrings in a genuine and moving way, while providing surprising bursts of insight, self-awareness, and humor. I loved the way he spun the perspective of the tales he told so that it was often not clear until the very end (if at all!) who the story was actually about - it was a clever way to tell tales and meant that I was engaged throughout even if I was already familiar with the story being told. It was an entertaining and quick read and one I would definitely recommend! Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my obligation-free review copy.
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.
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 of the chapters (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.
Sometimes an author just sees the world the same way you do. Mike Rowe sees what I see, but with more kindness. His is a heart-opening and mind-expanding perspective with lots of warm humor and humility mixed in. I was expecting a bit of commentary interspersed with transcripts of the podcast. Maybe I'd glean some background information about how he came to write about his topics for "The Way I Heard It" (of which, I confess, I have not missed a single episode). There is much more meat in this book than what I expected. Mike makes other connections from history and shares fun personal anecdotes. It's just more of Mike, and he's a great guy: an American folk hero like Mr. Rogers or Garrison Keillor or his inspiration, Paul Harvey. This is delightful reading and would make a perfect holiday gift for someone who loves Mike Rowe or just loves great storytelling. I received an Advance Readers Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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 seemed to have anything in particular in common with ones 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 go 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...
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.
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.
Honestly wish I had the ability to rate more than 5 Stars! The Way I Heard It is a collection of short stories full of Mike Rowe’s unique way of coining a phrase and telling a tale. Tipping his hat to Paul Harvey’s “…the rest of the story”, Mike Rowe tells little mysteries of celebrities that will leave you guessing who is it right till the very end! Those on his mystery guest list ties into one of Mike’s own life adventures. His wit and humor as well as his compassion and love of life and his family make this a must read book of the year…at least in my humble opinion. Loved everything about this book, and highly recommend! **I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. **
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.