The flat affect was hard to listen to. I went in thinking I would like to listen to Patti Smith narrating her own book, but I had to turn it off, and turn on her music. love the book, however.
If you're someone already fascinated with Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, and/or the late 60's-early 70's counterculture that they inhabited, then you may respond differently to this book.
However, as someone only somewhat interested/familiar with these elements before listening, this book failed to draw me in. The story was not well paced, nor continuous enough for me, and abundant minute details made for tedious listening. It totally makes sense that Patti Smith would read this, her own memoir, but I found her reading voice monotonous, and occasionally annoying as she would mess up her own phrasing or pronunciation here and there.
I wanted to know more about her, her life, her experiences and how she made sense of them. The passages where this happened were engaging, but not consistent. And she sometimes had a turn of phrase or paragraph that was breathtaking. But waiting for those just didn't justify the overall experience for me.
Admittedly, I'm not someone who often listens to memoirs or biography... leaning towards the narrative- I love good stories. So this fell short for me.
Someone who reads it in the print form.
Unfortunately, the monotone of the voice and delivery of some pronunciations made the story slow and depressing. However, I could hear some creative and expressive descriptions and use of interesting terms (almost like in the background) that would bring the story alive if spoken in one's own voice style or that of a more expressive reader. I have a hunch that Patti spoke purposefully in the voice and accent to present the real-life flavor of the protagonist's life, but it was too distracting, and made it difficult for me to appreciate her good phrasings.
Again, I may have appreciated this book more if I had read it myself instead of listened to it. Many in my book group liked it.
but I could not put it down.
I had no favorite characters. It was gloomy at first and then became sad.
I guess it was best the Patty read it herself because she conveyed exactly what she meant.
I simply could not wait for it to end but I did not want to abandon it either.
Patti Smith may sing well, can write poetry and a memoir, but she is a terrible reader. Her mispronunciation of words is annoying and lack of affect ruins the story.
Well, thank you Patti Smith!!! I do think that we might have met way back then. Yes, this is a true love story and a true love story of the time. What a time that was! Thank you again for telling it. I will never forget that time. It did deeply impact those of us that moved to NYC (and actually did live in a loft.... without the benefit of a grocery store, pharmacy,or heat )
Thanks, I did get much subsistence from Max's, that is for sure. That was my first time to eat Buffalo Wings. They were good. Wow, I loved this book and that it must have come from your journals.
Really great story
Drawlings.... the word is in the audio thousands of times. Does she really mean drawlings or is she speaking of drawings? VERY annoying to me.
I loved this story. I could relate to Patti and Robert. I could mirror their story in some ways. I love Patti's music and her story has brought me to a place that I feel she is my friend. I did not know she was from the Logan Square part of Chicago. I am from the same place. All is good.
Hello Patti Smith ! I am now sucked in, chewed up and marinating in dreams, story, poetry, and robust art. Your words read lyrical as is no surprise, potent as a drug. I'm glad I know more of ya and your dear mate, Robert. Somehow I skimmed through you two during the '80s on my way to a twisted '90s and wish I'd invested more in the better culture of culture. Saint Patti saves the day ! You have managed to educate, stimulate and paint pretty pictures of a bygone New York City for me to fawn over. Your NBA is well deserved. Thank you for your rich and deep commitment to the arts and for keeping your promises. Bless.
This is such a great look at New York in the 70's. Not being a fan of Smith I still enjoyed the story, maybe a different narrator would have been a better choice but overall worth a listen!