Ray Porter did an absolutely phenomenal job here. I've heard him narrate other audiobooks (listen to Seal Team Six for instance) but his delivery here is a revelation. While he has great material to work with, Porter's contribution to this project makes it one of the best audiobooks that I've listened to in my life. This one should win a Golden Voice or Audie award for best true crime audiobook narration.
He clearly took a creative approach to his performance here. The whole audiobook sounded like a 60 Minutes episode on steroids.
I will definitely be listening to this one again. I hope that Porter applies his "method narrating" to other audiobooks. In fact I hope that he does more true crime story narrating. This one's a gem!
I loved the way the story was woven, and the performance except for a surprising number of mispronounced names of rock artists...
This book was published in 2008, just as Spector's murder trial was getting started so it doesn't have much in the way of that tragic ending to his career. But the murder and the police reports do factor in the ending to this book. The bulk is made up of Spector's rise, his work habits, his increasingly obsessive love life and irrational behavior, all foreshadowing the ignoble end.
The book is heavy on gossip, much of it sourced, as well as fair assessments of the music and skill Spector demonstrated, as well as his drive.
In the final chapters Brown recounts that fateful night when Spector (apparently accidentally) killed Lana Clarkson in his mansion. He had access to police reports and Spector's public announcements and while we don't get the final verdict, based on the foreshadowing throughout the book, we get the sense it will all come crashing down.
Ray Porter does a good job reading the book.
1) The incredible subject and his unbelievable story
2) The wizardry of Mick Brown's writing and style
3) The superb voice and delivery of the reader
The Last Tycoon: The Life of Ahmet Ertegun
Similar in the compelling/riveting character and journey of the subject.
Can't possibly pick one; for me, a career recording musician,
it was the behind the scenes look at the making of these classic
Yes, of course. To give you an idea of this book's
impact, I've listened to it over 50 times and
sold in the neighborhood of 15 copies for you,
by telling everyone I know about it.
Highest quality work from beginning to end.
Triple threat classic, combining subject, author and reader.
Good biography of the father of the wall of sound. Lots of insights into his genius and madness and how this led to his rise and ultimate downfall.
This audio is good, but print is always superior.
Several. Possibly threatening George Harrison with a gun?
He did a good job.
Thankful that Phil Spector is NOT involved in my life.
There is no comparison as there is no other Phil Spector
His voice, his delivery
I ould have but it was too long.
Get it!!! Listen to it! A great history of rock and roll along with an inside look at the industry!! Too awesome!
Say something about yourself!
I LIKED IT -- INTERESTING CHARACTER
I had no idea who Phil Spector was until the trial started on TV. Very good history -- Sad chain of events.
Say something about yourself!
Part Genius, part Madman. I enjoyed the parts with rock legends such as Brian Wilson, Tina Turner, the Ronettes, and John Lennon. The tabloid tragedy towards the end was too riveting to skip. Recommended to music lovers and true crime readers alike (but more for music lovers).
Author Mick Brown does a mostly excellent job of capturing rock & roll's early days and the seminal role Phil Spector played (although Brown could have benefited from fact-checking, e.g., Amy Heckerling, not Cameron Crowe, directed "Fast Times at Ridgemont High;" Bobbie Gentry, not Jeannie C. Riley, had a hit with "Ode to Billy Joe.")
But the narrator, Ray Porter, drove me nuts! How can the narrator of a book about rock & roll consistently mispronounce Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner's first name (as though it's the lady's name, Jan)? Worse, he has stock accents and intonations for each character "type": Women are all read in a fast, high-pitched breathless tone; British musicians are all Cockney-accented; British and Irish non-musicians have indeterminate accents that come and go; and German musician and legendary Beatles sideman, Klaus Voorman, is given a flossy British accent (although, on second thought, perhaps it's better that Porter didn't attempt Voorman's German accent). Why do so many audio book narrators feel compelled to act up a storm rather than rely on their natural vocal gifts?