The Magnolia Story

Written by:
Chip Gaines , Joanna Gaines
Narrated by:
Joanna Gaines , Chip Gaines

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2016
5 hours 2 minutes
An exclusive look at America's first family of renovation! Taking you behind the scenes, Chip and Joanna Gaines share the story of how they met, the ups and downs of being an entrepreneurial couple, and how they built a life they love.

The Magnolia Story is the first book from dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Offering their fans a detailed look at their life together, they share everything from the very first renovation project they ever tackled together to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.

While they both attended Baylor University in Waco, their paths didn’t cross until Chip checked his car into the local Firestone tire shop where Joanna worked behind the counter. Even back then Chip was a serial entrepreneur who, among other things, ran a lawn care company, sold fireworks, and flipped houses. Soon they were married and living in their first fixer upper.

Four children and countless renovations later, Joanna garnered the attention of a television producer who noticed her work on a blog one day, leading to the incredible Fixer Upper phenomenon.

In The Magnolia Story, fans will finally get to join the Gaines family behind the scenes and discover:

- The time Chip ran to the grocery store and forgot to take their new, sleeping baby
- Joanna’s agonizing decision to close her dream business to focus on raising their children
- When Chip buys a houseboat, sight-unseen, and it turns out to be a leaky wreck
- Harrowing stories of the financial ups and downs as an entrepreneurial couple
- Memories and photos from Chip and Jo’s wedding
- The significance of the word magnolia and why it permeates everything they do
- The way the couple pays the popularity of Fixer Upper forward, sharing the success with others, and bolstering the city of Waco along the way

And yet there is still one lingering question for fans of the show: Is Chip really that funny? “Oh yeah,” says Joanna. “He was, and still is, my first fixer upper.”
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Athena Rupas

A very great listen! Loved the book and the fact that Jo & Chip narrated! I highly recommend this once if you're a fan of the Gaines'.

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Love this show and now I love this book. such a good an interesting listen.

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Simply inspiring and REAL. This is a great read. Appreciate them sharing aspects of their lives-my hubby and I both enjoyed this book.

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Peter W.

Pete W. Great read! Supper narration and such a neat story. An inspiring and fun book that you wish would keep going on and on . Really wonder what will be next in their lives. I am sure it will be something great.

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Taylor G.

Absolutely loved listening to this book narrated by Chip and Jo. It was such a cute and feel-good story. Loved every minute of it and learned a little more about them as well.

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Very fun listen. It is a blessing in this time that we hear individuals give praise to God.

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Michelle T.

I loved the book however it was very rushed being read. May physical read this book so I can catch up on the parts I missed. Love chip and Joanna just not the audiobook version.

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Laura N.

Great book. Told me a lot about two wonderful people

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Debbie W.

I loved this book and all the good feels. What an amazing story! I had no idea! I loved all the wonderful motivational messages: dream big, surrender all to God, love one another, care for those less fortunate, trust, don't be afraid to live life and embrace the unplanned, decide to thrive and not just survive. So impressed with Chip Gaines and his joy, work ethic, and passion. As soon as I finished this book, i started listening to his book, Capital Gaines.

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Peter T.

If you love the Fixer Upper show you will love this book even more! Classic Chip and Joanna. They combined really well in their narration which was so much better than a professional narrator reading it (although Joanna does read a bit too fast on occasions). Great to hear their background stories, how they got together and how Chip drives Joanna crazy and she loves him even more for it. Such a wonderful couple, better and stronger together.

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Joanna J

I honestly was surprised that this book was better than I expected it to be! It truly gave me so much more insight into the couple I already have come to adore from their popular tv show. It also gave me a greater respect for the real people behind the enormous success. I loved the Co-Narration! It fit so perfectly if you are used to watching both Joanna and Chip interact on tv and it was exactly what I would expect if I was sitting across from them, listening to them tell me about their lives and the background of Magnolia.

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Terri T

I feel like Joanne was sitting in my kitchen telling me her story. Loved it!

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Blair W

A fun read learning about the history of Magnolia! at first, joanna is a bit awkward/stale as a narrator but gets better over time.

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Kathleen N

I can only say I wish this book was longer. Great read. Super narration, inspiring.

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Jaci S

Enjoyed every minute of listening to this book! Entertaining and it inspired me in many ways!

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Kathy C

Beautiful story, beautiful people and so inspiring !!!

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Nino R

Loved this book!!! So inspiring. Highly recommend it.

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Callie L

What a blessing this book was to me! Chip and Joanna have motivated me when it comes to being a positive woman and a mother who puts her children's needs first. I also felt encouraged to really think about what dreams I want to pursue and not let anything stop me from making them happen! Thank you to the Gaines for sharing their beautiful journey.

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Michelle D

I love this book and enjoyed every second listening it. Definitely planning to purchase a physical copy.

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Ana G

I loved how humbly they told their story. Great story, it was well put together. I listen to it in one sitting. Once I hit play I had to listen to it to the end.

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Savannah D

I love this book! It reaffirmed how hard work and trusting your intuition pays off.

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Caycee W

I love this story. I love that it's true, the genuine hearts of these people. Pleasantly surprising, and inspiring. Drove me to action.

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Grethel Croasdale

Inspiring and touching. Love that it's like having them in my living room telling their wisdom and story.

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Kelly Flegal

Amazing- I listened to it twice. I true joy to read. Feeling inspired!!

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Shaylen Ball

Just amazing.... very inspiring and interesting story.

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Jill Worley

I absolutely Love Chip and Joanne Gaines! This is a great book! Fixer Upper is my favorite new show! Thanks for all of the good tips.

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Ana Gutierrez

Excellent book!! I couldn't stop listening to it!! Loved how they both narrate it and how they talk deeply about their ups and downs. I just wished it was longer because it was so good that I didn't want for it to finish.

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Cynthia Miller

Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia story is worth listening to in their own voices on the audio book. It gives a laugh, a tear, and a break from the negativity that we can't seem to avoid these days. It is also a good example for parents, entrepreneurs, couples, and just plain individuals who want to create a strong identity and life for themselves. Thanks Chip and Joanna!

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Tara Heller

I have been a fan of Chip and Joanna's since the first season of Fixer Upper. Listening to their story, I could relate to some of their story and it made me love them more! I couldn't stop listening!

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Robert Macaulay

We loved this book, what an amazing story,! Love these guys!!

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Brandy Byers

Great listen! Love that they are the narrators. Blessed and inspired by their story. Definitely hard to push pause to live life I was wrapped up in this book. Every time I would say okay just 10 more minutes but hour later would happen. My kids loved the book too. My 15 year old son didn't want to get out of car as he was listening with me. Definitely worth the read or listen! I love my audiobooks!

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Courtney Decker

I loved listening to the story. These are my go-to audiobooks. I read, too, but this is my escape - my breath of fresh air - my outlet to decompress. Books of this nature are encouraging, uplifting, and inspiring. If you love Fixer Upper, you'll surely love this!

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Julie Irvin

Great motivating story of family and love. Enjoyed listening :)

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Crystal Hubbard

I am a huge fan of Fixer Upper and this book was just as amazing as the show. I love how Joanna and Chip are the actual narrators and they do an amazing job! If your a fan of this couple or their show then this is a must listen!

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Shuqian Cao

Absolutely loved it. I love this couple so much and it's very comforting to find the same voice as seen on HGTV. Joanna is creative and Chip is goofy but reliable. Great book! Honest but adventurous.

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Mayme Hansen

Thoroughly enjoyed the book. It provides their back story and helps one see how they got where they are today.

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Maureen Schmit

Inspiring. Enjoyed the narration and learning more about their story.

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Jennifer Mullins

Their story is beautiful! I loved this couple on HGTV already and now I love them more!

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Teri Leatherwood

They are an amazing couple. Love their story. So great to see what God can do!

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Lynda Snart

Loved the show and book was no different Down to earth very real All round could not have been a better listening experience

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Barbara Young

I loved the tv series and certainly wasn't disappointed to hear the Gaines' own story. They are a truly lovely couple and I thoroughly enjoyed their journey. It was well written in a natural way and I enjoyed hearing them tell their own story. I wondered if they were too good to be true, but turns out they are the gorgeous couple you see on television. They are inspiring, altruistic and a good example of a functional family with great principles. Great read!

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Renee Henline

Great book!

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Ashley Crosland

Such an inspiring book! Just like Chip & Jo's design work, this book is inspiring in not just the ship lap in every room kind of way, but in the way that you want to go clean out every room of your house and make your life a little simpler. Chip & Jo's story explains their simple beginnings in a way that makes you laugh a lot, cry a little, and realize that the important things in life are the relationships you have, not things at all.

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Josie Steeves

Love this book! So inspiring and they are an awesome couple!

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Steven Wiegerink

My wife and I really enjoy their show "fixer upper " Chip and Jo do such an amazing job transforming sometime soon ugly houses into masterpieces. Although, it seems they do incredibly more than the budget would seem to allow. Back to the book. Great story, and to be narrated by jo, mostly, but chip as well is a great bonus. It was very interesting to listen to all their trials and hurdles, graced by God in the process. Highly recommended read, in this case listen

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I loved the book and the narration.

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Chaundra Coons

This was a great book. They are truly an amazing couple and are very inspirational. I hope many more read or listen to this book.

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Melorie Pina

Such a good inspirational story. Highly recommended!

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