(Because of my age) I had never even heard of Janis Ian. I dont even remember what made me get this book, but I am glad I did.
Her story was interesting and funny and triumphant and heartbreaking. Janis narrarated it herself, and even sang some of her songs. It made the book very heartfelt- you can even heaer her smile when she reads the happy parts.
She was a true pioneer during the days when people were not encouraged to be different or be themselves. She overcame so much during a time when it seems people were discriminated against for EVERYTHING! Race, age, sexual orientation, looks, opinions, and all the rest. She never gave in or conformed in order to fit in. She is a role model for us all.
This book made me realize that we have come so far in the battle for equality, and it is a credit to the brave souls like Janis Ian.
I started listening to this book based on the great reviews. At first, I was somewhat disappointed. The writing seemed a bit cliched, and Janis Ian's voice was a bit cloying. But I got curious to find out more about how her career developed, so I kept listening. By the time I finished Part 1, I was completely hooked and rooting her on. I always liked her music, but never knew anything about what happened to her after her initial early success. What a phenomenal life! Or, to be more accurate, lives (plural). The way she kept coming back from hardship, never letting go of her dreams or losing her sense of irony and humor, always believing in her talent, and even forgiving those who tried to do her in offers lessons for everyone. By the end of the book, I felt that I knew her and wished that I really did. I also went back and listened to her music again with new appreciation.
avoiding road rage one book at a time...
I absolutely loved everything about this book, including Janis's awesome and honest narration. She uses her stunning voice to sing the listener in to each new life chapter. Her words paint pictures, her voice sounds heavenly. GREAT story of a hard-working optimist.
This book, and the incredible delivery, is so full of insights. I've never been so profoundly affected by a book before.
No, I wanted to drag it out and savor it. I only listen to audio books when I'm in the car or on the exercise bike.
This book felt so incredibly personal, read and sang by the author. Being a song writer, I think, gives here an innate sense of timing. She's an excellent writer and reader. I loved it when she said she suddenly realized that "words have color and words have feeling." Her words do.
I'm sure that I will read this over many times over the years. The story has tremendous impact and is a psychological roller coaster.
She tells it like it is, the good, the bad and the ugly. She also includes insight as to how she developed her songs. She also sings verses of some of her hits. You get it all !!!
She has great control of her voice and is one of the best narrators I've listened to and I listen a lot.
Absolutely! She was inspirational and kudos to her for writing this book.
I hope she chooses to narrate additional books in the future
Janet Ian is a truly amazing person. Her talent as a signer, guitarist and song writer is obvious by her music but she's also a great writer. The road to success and back again is inspirational, even to those of us who lack musical talent. I especially liked how she blended her songs into the book, something I've found lacking in other biographies about musicians. She definitely deserved the Grammy for this performance!
It felt like being in a one-on-one conversation with Janis -- even if she couldn't hear my sympathetic "oh, dear, that was terrible" or "good for you" responses.
The brief musical snippets served as a reminder of her songwriting talent and enhanced the overall book.
Uneasy lies the teenage head that wears a crown of musical success.
Wonderful singing by Janis
Her ability to recover from her lowest moments.
Her amazing voice.
Disaster breeds emotional and physical strength.
One of my favorite listening experiences!!
Janis Ian is the ultimate story teller! Her honesty and talents shine in this very moving performance. I feel as if I know her personally after reading this wonderful book, I highly recommend it!!
Kea Giles (Asmus)
Janis Ian narrates her own book so well that I "couldn't put it down." Well done. It's a gripping biography, interesting & insightful. And Ian does a good job of sharing trauma without being maudlin. I did find the book somewhat stressful though *spoiler alert* - one story after another of pain and trauma and let-downs almost made me want to stop listening. But, as they say, it all turned out OK in the end -- though it's not the end -- she will have to put out a second book to cover the next 20 years or thereabouts.