The Pursuit of Happyness

Version: Abridged
Author: Chris Gardner
Narrator: Andre Blake
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: May 2006
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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The astounding yet true rags-to-riches saga of a homeless father who raised and cared for his son on the mean streets of San Francisco and went on to become a crown prince of Wall Street.

At the age of twenty, Chris Gardner arrived in San Francisco to pursue a promising career in medicine. However, he surprised everyone and himself by setting his sights on the competitive world of high finance. Yet no sooner had he landed an entry level position at a prestigious firm, Gardner found himself caught in a web of incredibly challenging circumstances that left him part of the city's working homeless with his toddler son. Motivated by the promise he made to himself as a fatherless child to never abandon his own children, the two spent almost a year moving from shelters, "HO-tels," and soup-lines. Never giving in to despair, Gardner makes an astonishing transformation from being part of the city's invisible to being a powerful player in its financial district. Here is the story of a man who breaks his own family's cycle of men abandoning their children, a story that appeals to the very essence of the American Dream.

Reviews (5)

The Pursuit of Happyness

Written by nab6215 from Altoona, PA on April 15th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 3/5

If Elon Musk had been born in difficult circumstances and wrote an autobiography it would read like this. I can only assume Chris Gardner has done all of the things he claims he did. Honestly, I stopped halfway through the book. I saw the movie.

PPursuit of Happyness

Written by Anonymous on June 30th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This book was made into a movie. As is usually the case, I wish I had read the book first. This is a good "read" - well worth the time!

Pursuit of Happyness

Written by Bryan Parlee from Toronto, ON on November 6th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

What an amazing individual, the movie was quit tame compared to what really took place in this man's life. Well worth the listen a real feel good story.

An amazing success story

Written by Angelika Teal from Northfield, NH on June 19th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really liked the story, because it defeated the attitude of " I never had a chance, so I amounted to nothing ". This book showed that you can rise above the challenges with willpower and vision. The part that touched me most is when he describes how he survives his year of being a homeless, working, single father. And ,yes, the language may be considered vulgar by some, but to someone who is less sensitive I would say it is the language of the real world out there and therefore I was not offended. It just made the book more real to me. I would recommend the book.

Pursuit of Happyness

Written by Anonymous from Sumrall, MS on January 7th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I could not finish this book due to the extremely vulgar language and situations that were on the first 2 discs. I believe the author could have been just as effective with this story without all the crude language. I'm sure this is a great story but I was totally turned off by the terrible language so I will never know!!! I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS TITLE.

Author Details

Author Details

Gardner, Chris

Chris Gardner is the chief executive officer of Gardner Rich & Company, a multimillion-dollar brokerage with offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. An avid philanthropist and motivational speaker, Gardner is a recipient of the Father of the Year Award from the National Fatherhood Initiative. He has two children and resides in Chicago and New York.