I have always loved the music of Ann & Nancy Wilson but this book on their life I found to be somewhat dull. I'm sure there life has been anything but boring but the way the story is told makes it seem that way. The book may have been better in print version. Their narration is very dry- they sound like they are reading directly from a script while describing their life. There's no real excitement or emotion from them.
While I love HEART , I would have enjoyed this more if it had been done like a live interview. Both Nancy and Ann sound wooden and scripted. I have no doubt they are reading from either hand written notes , or something written for them. I can't seem to get through the first couple of chapters before literally falling asleep.
I truly enjoyed this listen and was so glad that Ann and Nancy provided the narration as hearing them tell their own story brought and emotional element that made you feel, rather than just tell the story.
I had hoped that the book would provide insight as to the motivation for their songs and insight into the creative process itself. Fortunately it did.
I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who finds the history of our generations greatest musicians a topic of great interest.
Lastly, listening made me want to revisit their music now with an understanding of its backdrop.
Can't wait to see Ann and Nancy and Heart in May!
No, Although the story is mildly interesting and the subjects seem personable and sweet (Nancy), narration is flat as a pancake.
No emotion...also the male narrator announcing their names each time the sisters switched narration was awkward and borderline insulting to the listener
Yes, but only because I love their music
I absolutely love listening to audio books while driving! I manage a couple a month on average and they make the daily commute a treat rather than a chore.
Insights into some of the richest musical eras from the inside of one of my favorite rock bands. it was a treat to hear the Wilson sisters in their own voices sharing their music, motivations, and reminding us of the fabulous catalog of their work and some of the challenges they faced and overcame.
I always loved Heart but this book really gave me a whole new level of respect for what it was like for Ann and Nancy coming up in the rock and roll world as women in the 1970s and 80s and the things you'd have to go through that male artists wouldn't. It certainly made me think.
Just the love they so obviously all had for each other and their descriptions of their lives with their family, especially their Mom and Dad. Just the love and respect and great sense of humour they all had with each other just shines through.
They didn't perform any characters! They were themselves and completely honest about a lot of things that they could have just glossed over if they so chose. I loved their honesty and the fact that they read in their own voices.
One of the things that makes Heart's story unique is that Ann and Nancy were two sisters in a band together. It's something you don't often hear about, especially from a female perspective. They dealt with lots of things that are probably common in the music business, but the fact that they are women and had kids for some of it made it really different. I was also fascinated by the synchroncity of the two sisters together being involved with the two Fisher brothers at one point in the story and about the things that inspired their most famous songs and how they felt about their songs being used in ways that weren't really true to the songs' meaning.
One of the best audiobook performances I've heard. The authors reading their own text significantly improved the quality of this audiobook.
The Wilson sisters detail their childhood, the formation and career of Heart, and the events of their lives through 2012. What significantly enhances the audiobook is that Ann and Nancy Wilson themselves are the readers! On top of that, several other key individuals in the book also have parts they read: Ann's first love Michael Fisher, who had the strongest vision of what Heart could be come before their first album in addition to being the subject of both Magic Man and Crazy on You; Roger Fisher, Heart's amazing lead guitarists who became involved with Nancy; and others as well. For anyone like myself who has been listening to Heart since the 70's, the book contains revelation after revelation. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended.
I found the book quite moving.
this had it's interesting parts, but all and all it was a bit of a struggle to get through. I can't exactly pin point what it was except that i found myself going backwards and having to re-listen to sections because I had tuned out.
I good clear assessment of who they are, where they wre, and how they got to where they wanted to go.
For me, the dicussion about their work in the mid 80's was memorable. It was the time when I started to tune them out, the book helped explain how it all happened.
I really enjoyed hearing about the various records and songs. I often paused the book to relisten to an old album or song to tie it well with the book.
Ann's complete honesty about weight, drugs and relationships along the way was quite moving. She was open and frank and honest. Very refreshing to find someone willing to be so open. As I 37 year fan I appreciate the trust she shared with me, the reader.
I loved the book and read through it quite quickly (for me). I found the way that some rather dark areas of the history were shared honestly and reflectively. When certain details came out that could hav ebeen exploited, I found their approach rather clear, frank and honest. This was no gossip rag biography.