I really enjoyed the story of Keith Richards life and musical career and loved his history of music and all the musicians that were influential during his career (great history!) but found the narration disturbing. I view the narrators of audio books as stars in bringing a story together. The switching of roles between Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley and Keith made some sections a bit disoriented. I would rate the story high but the narration could have been better.
Great story but the narration gets irritating after a while. Constant "drunk Keith" with the faux English accent wasn't really necessary. Poor creative choice.
Guitarist with The Prudes
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.
pros and cons
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 never really listened to the stones that much and didn't know a lot about the band members -I do now!!!!
Who am I
by Pete Townshend
Johnny Depp did a good job -although he was very monotonic
Joe Hurley sounded like he was trying to sound British
the end -when he played the guitar for his mom as she was dying
When one listens to K.R. speak in an interview, he will occasionally come off as uninterested in the questions he's asked and responds with a 'you had to be there, baby' attitude that lets you know his answer won't even scrape the iceberg of the real story.This book, 24 hours long, leaves you begging for more. It was brilliantly written and conceived and gives fans insight into one of the most under appreciated rockers of all time.
Ok...I'm going to say it....the LOWPOINT of the book is Johnny Depp's couple of chapters before Joe Hurley takes over. Depp is so far out of his element that I'm almost embarrassed for him, and I'm a real Depp fan! Joe Hurley might be guilty of trying to read the body of the book in a fake K.R. accent and style, but when K.R. himself reads the final chapter, you realize how spot on Hurley was in his depiction.
The first chapter is great. After that, the book goes way downhill. Where was the editor? All these inane details! Remember people, less is more, and in this case, more is definitely less. To be fair, I only listened for about two more hours, but I just can't anymore. I am so bored! I skipped ahead. Skipped ahead again. Now I give up. A credit wasted.
I picked this one up on a whim and ended up loving it! Some of the musical arcana was a bit much but what a great portrayal of the dawn of a new musical epoch. The book had too many readers - at least three. I disliked transitioning between the readers but I must say I liked each after a ten minute adjustment period. Don't let this stop from you listening it.
I like listening to Johnny Depp talk about Keith Richards, but only for so long. This book is only for the die-hard fan, and I guess I'm not one.
I'm very confused.... I'm listening to this book that should be fascinating... but it is read in a monotone voice... and I'm bored out of my skull!! I'm about to give up on the book... when suddenly and without explanation and no break in the story... whammo! a new reader... and he takes the story to a whole other level... suddenly the story is riveting, passionate and unapologetic as it should be... I love it I love it I love it.... and then last night as I'm listening... uh oh... four hours before the end of the book... it's that monotone voice again.... a grueling four more hours with Johnny Depp?? Okay, so my guess is that originally they probably wanted him to read it with a Jack Sparrow like performance... but my guess is Disney owns that character and so therefore he's not "allowed" to use the voice of Jack sparrow to talk about dope, bitches, junkies and rock n' roll... so instead he chooses to be monotone??? And he calls himself an actor?? If you can't use the voice, at least read with passion.
The middle reader is fantastic... sounds just like Keith Richards... brings the book to a whole other level... too bad he couldn't have read the whole thing.
... but really... am I going to have to do another 4 hours of JD just to finish....???? aaaaaarrrrrgggghhhh!!!!!