I wouldn't - the author did not bother to say much about the music created, the creative process etc. The book is mostly a factual account of his life, focused on the women he slept with and the drugs he did. By the end of the book, it was clear to me that I could not expect more - this is the simple story of a simple person.On the flip side, it was nice to see the hard work that it used to take to escape anonymity (before 'modern' times when kids show their ass on TV and become rich the next day).
Anything Will Patton reads sounds alive and exciting. Do look him up (e.g. 'On the Road'), he is just amazing and perfect and I want him to read to me every night at bedtime.
The two things worth the listening time was Will Patton's performance and learning a few things about the history of my favourite hobby.I don't regret it, but if I knew what it was, I would choose something else.
Have a listen to this, and then compare.http://www.audible.com/pd/Bios-Memoirs/Herbie-Hancock-Possibilities-Audiobook/B00OGPRH88
I am glad to have read this book but fail to have much empathy for Mr Allman's cross. He seems to bear it a little too proudly. Book is tedious in some places.
Love the Allman Brothers Band, Love the music, I would find it hard to like the person.
Will Patton is, once again, one of the best voices out there. His voice, combined with Gregg's story and Alan Light's literary skills, amount to a Rock & Roll autobiography unlike anything we have ever seen. Gregg comes across as an humble, flawed, rock & roll survivor with a passion for music generated by bass guitar, rhythm guitar, 2 drum kits, and a Hammond B3...no synthesizers here.
Gregg is the survivor. His homage to his brother Duane and Berry Oakley show him to be the keeper of the flame honoring 2 of the greatest Rock musicians that ever graced this planet.
Will Patton is the best voice out there!
Life is Love is Life
Yes this book was awesome to listen to and the narrator was fabulous as Gregg.
Print books have their place but this one was so much fun to listen to.
So many moments but I think when he shot himself in the foot! Having grown up in the Vietnam war era and imagining that moment in time. The part where Gregg talks about Duane's funeral was really moving. The end of the book was so heartwarming and a real inspiration for anyone who has gone thru addictions and grief in their life. It brings back the times, the hippie and freak children days.. carefree and so turbulent.
It's not my cross to bear so crucify me anyway!
The Allman Brothers Band will live on forever as one of the greatest American Rock and Roll/Blues bands of all time. They truly were the innovators of what is now called Southern Rock.
Just started listening to audiobooks and have found I really love them! I mostly listen when I run/walk but am now adding other activities.
Both the reader/narrator and the content of "My Cross to Bear" made this book very enjoyable. The story seemed pretty down to earth and definitely entertaining.
I most enjoyed hearing stories of the band and their struggles to "make it," and then their struggle to keep it together after several life challenges.
The whole book was my favorite. I just couldn't get enough of this book!
No. In fact, I wanted to take my time and get through it because I didn't want it to end so quickly for me. It was an indulgent treat for me.
I would have like to have heard more of Gregory's struggle with addiction. It seemed a little glossed over in a very general sense. Aside from knowing he had an addiction that took many tries to overcome, there wasn't much detail about it.
Yes. Great performance
Allman's story unlike so many other rock star auto-bios pulls you in and is very interesting. The profanity laced story feels totally real.
His performance, with his southern accent, makes it feel like Allman is sitting around with you telling stories. It doesn't present as a book but like a conversation.
Listened to it over two days and have really enjoyed it.
How the band handled Duane's death...
The reader of the book had a great tone and made me want to listen.
Im now revisiting all my older ABB records (CDS). I have a new ear when listening to them.
This book gave me a different perspective on Brothers and Sisters and Eat A Peach. They put their head into the music to deal with Duane's death.
Obviously Gregory and Dickie Betts have their differences. I like how Gregg pointed out the positives on Dickie and didn't bash him. I found it respectable.
Story is great and answered questions I'd had since the 70s. If you loved the music, it's a must read. Will Patton did a wonderful performance, as well.