I love Janis Ian's music and lyrics. Her lyrics are complex and lyrical and just beautiful. Her prose is more conversational, and a chore to listen to. Her guitar and singing were the best parts of narration.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
This is one of my favorite audible books this year. I can understand why it is nominated for an audible award. I normally don't like authors reading their own books but I make an exception in this case.
Janis Ian opens each chapter singing one of her songs so no one else could do this book justice. I was amazed at everything this talented woman went through in her life so far. She had child abuse, marital abuse, IRS problems due to a manager that stole from her, and health issues that affected her and her family.
This is the story of a survivor and a true heroine. When everything was going against her she was able to make it through to the other side by realizing that no one could take her talent away from her.
I always loved her songs, now I love her as a person too.
Normally, I do not like autobiographies nor audio books with music in it, but it worked for this book. I found the book entertaining and an easy listen. Having the author play the guitar and sing parts of songs really added to the experience. A 3.5 mostly because of the audio...I don't think it would be as good in written form.
I loved the parts where Janis played her own songs and filled in the story with music.
You cannot read the book, it is specifically a audio book because there are musical sections incorporated with her story.
If I could, I would have. I was listening to it in the car... at some points I did not want to get out of my car.
Tell me a story :)
By far one of the best autobiography books I've ever read. Janis did a wonderful job narrating the story, also hearing her sing was a wonderful touch.
I loved it so much, that after finishing the book I went on iTunes and purchased a couple of the songs.
Such a wonderful, fascinating story. I'm glad I took a chance on this book.
Wife, mother, nanna, part time actor, avid reader, world traveller, golfer, bridge player, lover of life.
I have not read the book but Janis Ian takes you on a journey into the world of Entertainment and it's darker side.
I can't compare this book to any I have heard before
I enjoyed Janis giving us introductions to chapters with her own singing and guitar prowess
Janis Ian was in a brutal relationship with a man and despite her knowing it was wrong she couldn't break free from this scumbag for many years. I found this part of her story very moving and heartbreaking.
This story is full of all the emotions that you can experience. I am glad that Janis Ian is back, I grew up with her music. I am happy she is in a stable relationship and is having a good life.
Erstwhile librarian and tech salesperson. Favorite genres - history, biography, and mystery.
Besides the interesting and heartfelt stories, Janis singing parts of her songs was unbelievably wonderful. I grew up with these songs and it was great to hear what lead to her writing them. I also just loved listening to her voice.
There were so many great moments! The one I enjoyed the most was her story around the writing of "At Seventeen".
Although Janis Ian had some awful things in her life, her telling of her story is always humorous, her reading of it makes it even more so. Her sense of humor in the good times and the bad times is amazing.
I did stay up until I finished it in one day.
For you boomers, this is a must. For anyone else, it is still a must.
I should like this as I like many music biographies, given the large number of excellent reviews. While the narration was fine, the story was marred for me by blaming anyone but herself for any setbacks. Maybe it's because, other than a couple songs, I'm not really a fan of her music. Don't regret trying the audiobook,but didn't finish.
Top 5 of the audio books I've downloaded and listened to. The best part was hearing her sing her songs and watch her creative process as she gives birth to her songs. The back story in other words. I found it fascinating.
I was impressed by her ability to keep going on in life when it seemed that everything was being taken away from her. They could never take away her talent and creativity. Janis Ian is a survivor.
I liked her voice as the narrator.
it filled in a lot of gaps
was to emotional for a single sitting
You never really understand the story behind the stage face. What a story. Fame certainly does have a price.