Enjoyable, easy listening
I really enjoyed the freshness of this book. There was no bitching or back biting - just a biography of John Taylor including his life with Duran Duran
Unapologetic - very easy to listen to. He comes across as a genuine (all be it messed up with drugs and alcohol) guy, wanting to do what he enjoys most - play music. His voice is very smooth (no Brummie twang!) and I felt that I was rooting for him and the band from the start!
I particularly liked his encounters with other celebrities - being introduced to Madonna, and his concern about a new singer/dancer . . . Michael Jackson!
OK, I have to admit it, I was a bit of a Duran Duran fan during the 1980's. When this book popped up (I can't remember whether it was one that was reduced, or I read a review about it in the newspaper) I dropped it onto my wish list. I have had it hanging around for some time before listening to it - and I really do not know why! I found it very easy to listen too - his descriptions of growing up in the West Midlands in the last century rang true for me and made both the author and the subject matter very genuine.I loved hearing about the band getting together - their early forays into the music scene and how they coped with various situations. Whilst I don't for a minute think that John Taylor wrote everything in this book, I feel that it is a honest and interesting account and thoroughly enjoyed it!
Absolutely, fer sure
Just listening to John Taylor .....
I enjoyed every moment of this book. This is a great book, to just relax ... And let John Taylor take you away on his pleasure groove..
It was read by the author so of course its going to be better than when it read by an actor
As a long time Duran Duran fan, I have read most of the books about the band and this is by far the best. What i liked about the book is that it is real, it portrays the band as it really is, the trials, triumphs and everything in between. When i bought this book, I purchased it as a fan thinking it was going to be another boring autobiography but this book was very touching to me. It turned John Taylor into a person with real feelings and challenges rather than the demi-god that i remember from my youth. I think this book is a must read for any Duran Duran fan--not just a John Taylor fan. It is a great book and a worth while read.
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My heart broke a little bit when I realized that I was quickly coming to the end of this audio book. John became a treasured friend, someone who I quickly became accustomed spending my early morning driving time with, and also someone who I daydreamed about since the early 80's from the first moment I listened to Planet Earth!! I loved every single moment that I spent listening to John as he told his story of a young lad growing up in Birmingham, being a teen in the 70's music scene, meeting Nick Rhodes, and becoming a driving force behind Duran Duran. What I LOVED most was how authentic John was in telling his story. He didn't sugarcoat any of his mistakes, his drug and alcohol abuse, and being a lousy boyfriend. He was also such a true gentlemen by NOT dishing the dirt on his fellow bandmates and friends, and for that I respect him.
Recommend? If you were a Duranie then YES, of course you MUST read this. I was in love with John Taylor from the first moment I saw him. I knew one day that my last name would be Taylor...had to be, because I was so going to marry this man!! (Got the same last name just a different guy!!) I saved my money so that I could buy the teen mags that always had some type of poster of Duran Duran or one of the guys. My bedroom walls were one big Duran Duran collage with John being the main focus. What I learned from this audio was that all those years mooning over a fantasy has led me to now realize that John Taylor is so very human, down-to-earth, and truly someone I would be honored to call friend!
* Warning: Listening to this audio book can lead to hours spent on YouTube watching Duran Duran videos, interviews, and singing at the top of your lungs....Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand.....
Narrator: John Taylor (I admit to pretending that he was sitting beside me in the car telling his story)
Length: 7 hours and 55 minutes
Six Sentence Bookish Thoughts #97
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To relive his moments and pain with his family. The addiction that crippled him and being able to kick the evil habit. Love this book! Nicely done John!
John, seeing his wonderful ride in a wonderful band Duran Duran.
Love the voices of his parents that he would mimick. it had me laughing.
I've never been a Duran Duran fan and I'm not sure why I even gave the book a try. Well I'm glad I did, I really enjoyed the book, I like John Taylor's style of writing and obvious honesty. The book helped me understand the 80's english music invasion and gave me a good appreciation for the key members of the group. JT did a great job reading, the best read by an author I've so far encountered.
Yes-Hearing the passion, excitement, sadness as John is reading his life story just made the audio edition unbeatable.
Listening to John's early life and the love for his parents. So sweet.
I loved relating to all the music that I loved in the 80's and just remembering my love of Duran Duran as a 18 year old!
How honest John is about himself and how much he is so self aware after everything he lived through.
Any 80s music/Duran Duran fans-a must read.
Anyone who lived through the 80's, witnessed the rise and fall of Punk, can remember reading Smash Hits, Melody Maker and NME every week without fail! Lay down your prejudice for all that is tainted by the Spandau Ballet types and listen to this tail of Roxy Music wannabes. A top draw pop tail with sex, drugs, guns, make up, a VW Golf, more drugs, Chic, a Sex Pistol and Robert Palmer and more drugs.
John Taylor delivers...
The decline in health of John's Father and his eventual death.
Yes - John Taylor's narration was fantastic. I just finished listening to a different book, and the narrator was so slow. John kept the flow going.
Like Rob Lowe's autobiography, which my husband I really liked, too.
He talked about his struggles with addiction to alcohol and drugs, which are common not only with performers but other people, as well.
Belief, perseverance and love.
Besides the fact that he has a great voice, it was nice to hear his stories come directly from him. When he spoke about his mother before she died, I began to cry. You could hear his anguish, and you knew it was real.
Great read for anyone, but if you are a DD fan...well it is a must read. I recommend the audiobook, just for the fact you can really hear his emotions throughout his story. I loved it!