It was fascinating! If you have always loved The Rolling Stones and rock and roll and have a lot of nostalgia about the 60's... then I think you'd find Keith Richards memoir fascinating, too. It is long, but most of the time, well, I was just blown away hearing about all the stuff Keith Richards did. He has a great conversational style; listening was fun - kind of like sitting in the living room hearing him tell about his life (with help from Johnny Depp and one other reader.) What really shines through is his absolute love of music as well as his totally undisciplined and wild, wild life style. I liked it toward the end when he tells about how Tony Blair wrote him a get well letter (after an accident) and said, "Dear Keith, You've always been one of my heroes..." Then Keith says, "England's in the hands of someone I'm the hero of? That's frightening." I also liked the ending when he sits on the end of his dying mom's bed and plays Malaguena for her. That was one of the first songs he learned at the beginning of the book, so it seemed to be a good frame for the ending... and kind of touching.
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It's nice to see that now Audible has listed Joe Hurley as a second reader of this book. They didn't when I purchased the book. Be warned. The book is great. Depp is great. He disappears about four hours in and is replaced by Joe Hurley, who is absolutely abysmal. Terrible cockney accent that slips at strange places. Terrible renditions of American Southern accents. Hurley succeeds in making Richards sound like an absolute idiot. I'm about 2/3rds of the way through the book and desperately hoping that Depp comes back soon. I've had pretty close to as much Hurley as I can stomach.
I was born in the 60's so Keith was more my sister's style but this book was great. Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley (and Keith) did a fantastic job. Lots of props go to James Fox for pulling it all together, it had to be rough. Keith seems to ramble and jump a lot (probably all the drugs) and somehow Mr. Fox keeps it in order. The most amazing part is that Keith is still living to tell the tale. I am also shocked at how well his son seems to have turned out...what a tough life he had. Not that he knows the difference, normal is what you know. Anyway, great story, well told and well written. Loved every minute..
I absolutely loved this book, and was sad to say goodbye to Keith. He reveals himself, despite all the flaws, to be a really nice man, very generous with praise for fellow musicians and others who populated his life along the way. Their is no doubt that it is his voice we hear, no matter who is narrating (though I do admit that the change of narrators did detract somewhat from my enjoyment.) In the first few hours, the amount of technical detail about music and guitar playing was hard to slog through for a non-musician, but it made me appreciate how skilled and knowledgeable he is - not just a good guitar player. Nice job, Keith. Live long and prosper.
Joe Hurley sounds like he is either drunk or has taken too many downers. He is slurring his words and between this, his English (?) accent, and the fact that he also swallows his words, he is difficult to understand and difficult to listen to. At some points I found him so irritating that I wanted to skip forward hoping to get back to Johnny Depp who speaks well and is clear and pleasant to listen to.
I am finding the parts about the composition of the songs and the gitar playing very interesting.
Life long fan of the mystery story. I like books where something actually happens, so history and biography are favorites of mine also. I also think that even good books are improved tremendously when an actor performs the narration.
I have to think that the 5 star reviews are from people who did not listen to all 23 hours (at least you get your money's worth). The last 12 hours are just repeated stories of sex, drugs and rr -- no particular insights, personal growth, intellectual stimulation -- really good smack, beautiful jugs, really rockin music. Lots of name dropping -- but no character insights (got high with John Lennon -- but nothing about why he and John Lennon were special to each other, was it just getting high? same with Graham Parsons). Except for sex and drugs, why did he love Anita Pallenberg? Why did Mick & Marianne break up?
And the narration is really weird. Johnny Depp doesn't work because the story is British -- Joe Hurley doesn't provide enough variety to help listeners figure out who's voice is telling the story.
It's an amazing history of the Rolling Stones -- but since so little insight is included, it could have been told by an author who clipped headlines for 50 years. Maybe Keef figured out his life by going through the headlines and really doesn't remember it all.
Keef, you've written a brutally honest, funny, and at times soul baring memoir! In case any disappointed reviewers here have been living under a rock, The Rolling Stones is a "bad boy" band -- and they're proud of it. Drugs, sex, self-indulgence, crude & rowdy behavior... would you expect anything less from Keith's autobiography? The Stones music was a huge part of the soundtrack of my youth, and hearing their history from Keith's point of view has been so much fun. Joe Hurley put the British spin on Keith's already colorful language. What a gas, gas, gas!
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Well narrated story of Keith and the Rolling Stones. Its amazing the details he remembers. This isn't just about the Stones. It ties in with a lot of events in the 60's and 70's. Very entertaining. I think if you like Rock n Roll, its beginnings and changes in the 60's and 60's this is a book for you. The narration is good, especially with Johnny Depp. Also, if you're a guitarist, there's something in it for you too. Lessons from a great guitarist.
Keith Richards' honesty is what makes this book so good. He knows what he is, and it often aint pretty, but he tells the truth. Anybody can relate to this book. You don't have to be or have been a huge Stones fan. I wasn't. A unique life story well told. It answers the question where on earth did all that great music come from.
The bio is very comprehensive up until around 1987 then the details are a little thin but over all it's a great listen/read. Having three voice overs is odd, I loved Johnny and the man himself. Keith keeps nothing back and there are few great surprises and yet it's exhausting even thinking about some of the stories. I haven't read anything this crazy since Moon. If you love the Stones or Keith or have any feelings for the 60's and 70's you will enjoy this, Keith has lived a very fascinating life, or perhaps several.