It’s not secret that I enjoy reading memoirs so it was no surprise that when I found Hear’s The Thing: Lessons on Listening, Life, and Love by Cody Alan that I selected to read it. I knew of Cody Alan from CMT and the fact that he had come out as gay a few years ago. Other than that I did not know very much about him but was looking forward to learning more.
Hear’s The Thing starts from Cody’s childhood and goes through his life until present day. You learn about his experiences as a Morman, as a radio broadcaster, and as a television host. You also learn about his family, his relationships, and the way he struggled with his sexuality. There are also insights from his family and friends spread through out the book.
Each chapter is started with a county song lyric which relates to what is being revealed or discussed. By doing that, you can see how how music has influenced Cody’s life and how he approaches things. Through out this memoir there was a focus on how Cody’s approaches interacting with people (celebrity or not) and how he wishes other women approach communication as well. It presents good ideas on how to make people feel comfortable in your presence especially in a society so focused on technology and social media.
Hear’s The Thing is easy to read and good introduction to Cody Alan. I did occasionally feel like there was some name dropping going on but then again as a television personality, he has met alot of people and likely developed some close bonds with repeated interactions. If you’re like me and enjoy learning about people, you will likely enjoy this one too.
Rating: 3 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**