As a die hard Duranie since 1982, I've been extremely anxious to read John's autobiography. The book is very well written. Candid while still maintaining integrity and class. John shares his story like a spellbinding play, giving you just enough juicy details, without selling out those who play a part in it . It truly takes you on his journey, getting a sense of the euphoria, the frustration with himself, the musical passion, the joys and the losses of his life.
I normally am not a fan of audio books, but when I saw this is actually narrated by John himself, I decided to give it a try. So glad I did. Listening to him tell it, was like sitting down with John, over a cup of tea while he reminisced. It was truly like having a personal conversation with an old friend. Wonderful book. I almost hated finishing it and ending my time with John.
John Taylor's autobiography tells an earnest, honest account of his life. Hearing his story in his voice gave it such flavor and texture! John has an excellent speaking voice-- rhythmic, soothing, thoughtful, vibrant...
The struggle to learn, love and grow... with God, guitars and bass instruments, the band Duran Duran and its music, the brotherhood that is more than the band. And learning about yourself, fighting demons and seeking love...it's very well told.
I found myself getting teary at the decline and death of his parents. Mother's rapidly failing health and his father's loss of his wife, independence and memories. As an only child, your parents are your world, so I can only empathize with John's loss.
The demons of drugs and alcohol is another hard-fought battle for John. Hearing him speak about relieving his fear and loneliness with cocaine, pills and booze was saddening. Praise be to God that getting help and staying clean and sober gave him a new life, and a renewed appreciation and love for all he holds dear.
I felt like I was able to grow along with John Taylor - even if some more painful details were glossed over. Overall this was enjoyable to listen to while doing household chores or driving to and from work.
It ranks near the top.
I enjoyed catching up with an old crush. It was an easy listen.
He's got a great voice, and the idea of John Taylor telling me his life story was divine. My fourteen-year-old self would have died.
by the time you finish the book you feel like you know him personally,like a brother...he pours out his soul to you without asking for sympathy and doesnt point fingers..humbling and funny.
ALL of todays big young stars should be given a copy of this by thier agent.
He makes you feel like its just the two of you having a chat.
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!