Over the summer, he briefly considered launching a presidential bid as an Independent, but later decided he could make a difference in other ways. Faith has kept him away from his old lifestyle, he said. With a rap sheet that extends for pages — Williams' first time in prison was when he was 21, after he was caught stealing from his father — he often turns to religion to keep him strong.
Reminders of his past are everywhere. Occasionally, he said, he will saunter through aisles of stores where he used to pocket items. Even in the worst of times, Williams held onto his dream of doing voiceover work again. When he was in jail, he said, he would entertain fellow inmates by doing fake radio commercials.
Williams, who was adopted and raised in Brooklyn, New York, has nine children and stepchildren, and 16 grandchildren. Despite prior rocky relationships with family, he has reconnected with many of his relatives since getting sober. A field trip as a child to a meet a radio deejay inspired him to make a career out of his own voice. While his second chance at life has surpassed his expectations, there's one company he's still hoping will someday call him: Disney-Pixar.
I promise you," he said. Follow the series on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Read more from NBCNews. Life wasn't hearts and roses after Today and Dr. Phil, but I believe he has stayed sober for a number of years since then. Williams has a melodious voice that he uses well in narrating his book.
I was disappointed with two things. One, the book is an abridgment. Two, Mr. Williams preaches his commitment to Jesus throughout the book even when he was strung out. I pray he has found a true sense of peace and spirituality in his sober life.
May 23, Gary rated it really liked it. This is a real tough read. The story of Ted Williams is harsh in the sense that he admittedly, does not come off as a nice man. Having said that, his story of redemption is one that everyone should read.
If you don't believe in someone deserving a second chance or third or fourth chancethis book WILL change your mind. It is a very inspiring book. Aug 25, Gary Myers rated it really liked it. Much of this was a tough read for me, not because of the writing but because of Williams' life. Even when he finally got out of that, he soon went back into it. Certainly it's good when an addict does something to straighten out, but what about all those people he hurt along Much of this was a tough read for me, not because of the writing but because of Williams' life.
Certainly it's good when an addict does something to straighten out, but what about all those people he hurt along the way? Dec 25, Abshir added it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This Die Goldene Stimme Von (Vinyl an interesting book. Aug 07, Monis rated it it was amazing.
Since then, millions have heard pieces of his story: his successful radio career, his crack addiction, YouTube sensation Ted William's memoir of addiction, homelessness, and unlikely redemption, cowritten by 1 New York Times bestselling author Bret Witter Ted Williams was panhandling in December when a passerby taped him and posted a clip of his gorgeous radio voice on YouTube.
But in A Golden Voice, Ted Williams finally puts all the pieces together to give an unforgettable, searingly honest account of life on the streets. Aug 07, Malin Friess rated it really liked it. Ted Williams was at one time a popular radio voice in Columbus Ohio. But he lost everything kids, home, dignity when he became a Crack Addict.
Ted was panhaddling on a street corner when someone videotaped his still Golden Voice despite the years of abuse, "When your listening to the best of the oldies your listening to Magic In a sense this is a desperately sad book, as it shares with brutal honesty what it is like to live as addict Williams was a horrible. Conning his mother for money, selling his own children's toys for crack money, eating the last 20 jars of baby food from his grandchild, protistuting out his girlfriend, using money for a plane ticket to his own father's funeral to buy more "rock.
I don't think this story ended with the fame Williams gained from the YouTube clip. Moments after being cleaned up and speaking with Jay Leno. I'm a sucker for a good redemption story from homelessness to fame. I hope he remains clean. Sep 24, Alyce Rocco rated it really liked it. Readers get a glimpse into life in a homeless shelter: "If you wanted to keep anything, even a photograph, you stuffed it in a bag and slept on it as your pillow.
You slept on your shoes, too, or someone would steal them off your feet. Ted says: " I'm not fooling myself. Not this time. I've made it this far, but I still have a long way to go. No addict is ever cured. The story is meant to inspire. A photo caption reads: "Don't give up.
Don't ever give up. Jul 05, Tim Patrick rated it liked it. After all of the heavy reading I have done recently, I picked this book up as something light. That was a mistake. The riches to rags to riches story Williams tells is compelling, especially the parts that were not revealed during his YouTube-fueled rise to stardom. And I always enjoy a story that relies heavily on the theme of reconciliation, Die Goldene Stimme Von (Vinyl.
But this is a very emotionally heavy book. I appreciate the dose of reality, the reminder that that media-centric happy endings are often pure fabrication After all of the heavy reading I have done recently, I picked this book up as something light.
I appreciate the dose of reality, the reminder that that media-centric happy endings are often pure fabrications. But with perhaps 80 percent of the book devoted to the details of his drug-induced downfall, he may have overplayed those reminders.
I wanted to read more about how his sudden and fleeting fame impacted him and his family, but he passes by this subject too quickly. Jan 17, Janet Carroll rated it liked it. I puzzled over this book at times The Golden Voice Of it was hard to follow the logic of the author. If there is such a thing as an addictive personality, I think Williams may be an example. I happened to see the Dr. Phil show on which Mr.
Williams was treated. It was perhaps the first time I had seen the condescending, arrogant, bullying side of Dr. But then, that's another book altogether. This memoir is an interesting read. It gives one a better understanding of what life is like for people living on the streets as a result of their own devices or through no fault of their own, what motivates them to survive, and what hinders their return to normalcy.
And although it's been three years since his rediscovery, and two years since the book was published, I couldn't help wondering while I read it if Ted really has beaten his addiction problem or is this book, like his radio career, goi This memoir is an interesting read.
And although it's been three years since his rediscovery, and two years since the book was published, I couldn't help wondering while I read it if Ted really has beaten his addiction problem or is this book, like his radio career, going to be just another vehicle of success that he will stumble over only to fall back into the abyss of addiction. Jun 04, Jennifer England rated it it was amazing. I was inspired to read this by a video my boyfriend pulled up on Youtube.
Sparked my interest. This was very well written. Frustrated me at bit with the way they got the funds for their habit and the things they did to good people. I pulled up videos about the latest on Ted and Kathy and if they use their life experiences to help others then I am thankful they survived.
My heart goes out to all of the family members and friends of anyone who has to deal with this type of situation.
God loves and I was inspired to read this by a video The Golden Voice Of boyfriend pulled up on Youtube. God loves and forgives. May 06, Dennis rated it really liked it. This is the story of one man's spiraling descent into addiction and his resulting homelessness, despair and misery.
He goes on a twenty-year quest in search of that "glorious" high delivered by his first hit of crack cocaine which, of course, he never finds. I thought it was a well written tale and hard to put down; it had me counting my blessings for being lucky enough to have avoided such a deadly path in my own life. Aug 03, Betty rated it it was amazing. I read this book about 2 weeks ago. It is a true story of a man addicted to crack cocaine and how his addiction led him down a path of lost jobs, relationships, homelessness and family.
This is not a pretty story but If I Loved You - Kurt Fleming - De Gouden Stem Van is reality to anyone suffering because of their addiction. Highly recommend reading it if interested in learning the effects of this lifestyle.
May 23, Susie rated it it was ok Shelves: memoirs. This is not a great book. I am thrilled for this man that he is no longer on the streets, but the book was not one of my favorites. View 1 comment. Jul 21, Ginger rated it really liked it. Eric Harding, mentioned in the book, is Ted Williams sobriety coach and a personal friend of mine. This book was written with blunt honesty and now I The Golden Voice Of some insight as to the lives of people with substance addiction and their co-dependence on others.
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