Audio Book Review: Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander

Title: Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
Author: Phil Robertson
Read by: Al Robertson with an intro by Phil Robertson
Published by: Simon and Schuster Audio
Published: May 7, 2013
Length: 5 hours
ISBN: 978-1-4423-6610-7
Genre: Memoir
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary:
An NFL-bound quarterback, Phil made his mark on Louisiana Tech University in the 1960s by playing football and completing his college career with a master’s degree in English. But Phil’s eyes were not always on the books or the ball; they were usually looking to the sky.

Phil grew up with the dream of living the simple life off the land like his forebears, but he soon found himself on a path to self-destruction—leasing a bar, drinking too much, fighting, and wasting his talents. He almost lost it all until he gave his life to God. And then everything changed.

Phil’s incredible story tells how he followed a calling from God and soon after invented a duck call that would begin an incredible journey to the life he had always dreamed of for himself and his family. With great love for his country, his family, and his maker, Phil has finally found the ingredients to the “good life” he always wanted.

My thoughts on the audio:
The story is narrated by Phil’s oldest son Al (who is back in the family business and makes his debut on Duck Dynasty this season). It is great that he does it because he sounds like a younger Phil. It is really like Phil is telling his own story. Since Al lived most of this, I think it means something to him. Would Al be a reader I would listen to on other audio books? I don’t know, but for this one I think there was no other choice.

My thoughts on the story:
I have become a pretty big fan of Duck Dynasty, so when the chance to learn more about the family patriarch came along, I jumped at the chance.  The book was well written in an easy to read story-telling fashion. This is the story of Phil Robertson, founder of Duck Commander, husband, father, and outdoorsman. It was funny, sad and heart-warming. There are really no punches pulled in Phil’s story. He tells of his many mistakes, life before he found his faith, the time Ms. Kaye and the kids left him. It’s all there. He tells these stories of his life to help those that may be going down the same road. He wants to bring them back to a good path. We can’t all invent a better duck call and go on to huge success but we can all live by the values Phil preaches, “Faith, family and ducks . . . in that order.”

My rating:


  1. My family and I have become huge fans of Duck Dynasty and I wondered how this book would be. I don't know if I'd listen to the audio or would want to read it for myself, either way though, I'm glad to know it's a worthwhile book! Great review. Not sure I'll be seeing this around the blogs I usually read!!



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