cover image The Magnolia Story

The Magnolia Story

Chip and Joanna Gaines, with Mark Dagostino, read by Chip and Joanna Gaines. Thomas Nelson on Brillance Audio, , unabridged, 5 CDs, 5 hrs., $24.99 ISBN 978-1-5318-3388-6

The husband and wife team who host HGTV’s Fixer Upper and own Magnolia Homes, Magnolia Market, and Magnolia Realty in Waco, Tex., shed light on their success in business and family endeavors, giving fans a humble and heartwarming view of the long and bumpy road leading up to their hit show. Their story translates perfectly into the audio format; Joanna and Chip both read with their signature Texas drawl. Joanna’s impressive cadence and pronunciation is on par with professional audiobook narrators. Her voice is clear and she projects well, and she reads with such a fluid, fast pace that she sounds like she is reminiscing with her husband rather than reading off the page. Chip’s reading is slower and his voice not as polished, but he’s nevertheless endearing. With the authors taking turns reading short sections, the audiobook captures the couple’s special dynamic. There is never a dull moment. A Thomas Nelson hardcover. (Oct.)