I have been a Rod Stewart fan since the early 70's, the stories of how he and his bands got together and their times together were very enlightening and enjoyable. Rod is honest about his foibles and shortcomings, he has had way too much fun for one person.
Simon Vance is absolutely one of the very best narrators out there, the story of the life and times of Rod Stewart was a perfect match for such a fantastic narrating talent.
Great honest story telling about a deeply caring musician and man. I have so much respect for Rod as a person and his love of music and family. Funny and entertaining .
I only read bio's of musician and artists. Most are lopsided casting the subject the hero and consummate do gooder. I fid those stories,both untrue and quite boring. Rods story was honest, sincere and entertaining . Although it was not read by rod, Simon Vanve sounded just like Rod and it was told so brilliantly you thought Rod was there having a conversation with you telling his life story over a pint.
Rod of course.
A great book in which the hero captured my hard to capture attention.
Right up there with Keith Richards bio, Life. High praise for sure.
CAUTION: Do not listen too while driving. I almost ran off the road from laughing too hard. Very enjoyable and enlightening rock n roll bio. Rod is a much better story teller than I ever imagined. Although I really enjoy Simon Vance as a narrator, I didn't think he'd be able to pull this particular read off, but that's not the case at all. And I'm admittedly not the biggest RS fan, so for those two reasons, I gave this book a pass a couple times before finally downloading it. This book was thoroughly enjoyable. Get it, you WILL NOT regret it.
I love a good book...
Among the rock and rollers I have read so far, I enjoyed God's account of his life is a "hair" better...actually much better. Simon Vance once again does a great job creating a believable picture of God's story in the first person.
This is a must for any fan of Rods. While not read by him, the narrators voice is in the same range and it is so well done, sometimes you can "hear" rod telling the story! If you are already a fan the book will remind you why you love him. If you just kinda like him, the book will make you like him more. He pulls no punches and is as ready to laugh at or blame himself as anyone could ask. He's jyst an honest bloke who got lucky. LOVED IT
Michael caines bio. They both remember where/what they came from, arent ashamed of it and enjoy a good chuckle
No, really liked the delivery, it was like a smoother version of rod speaking
Who do you think you are? Rod Stewart?!
I very much enjoyed this book. I'm not a big follower of all the glitz and glamour of Rod's life - sure I remember stories being told and it always seemed he had another beautiful blonde on his arm, but I never wasted too much time on that tabloid stuff. I'm also not a huge fan of his music. I like it all right and I saw him in concert once (it was a very good show), but he's not in my top 10 artists.
After listening to this, I have two reactions. Rod is a lot more 'human' than people would have thought. And, I think I need to go back and reacquaint myself with his older music - his first solo stuff as well as the work with The Faces.
There's a lot more depth and more soul to him than I would have thought from the headlines. He's got that dry British humor (or is it Scottish?). He's somewhat self-deprecating and a bit humble. He also seems to realize that he's lucky to have had the career and life and doesn't take much for granted now.
I actually picked this book in part because Simon Vance was the narrator. I had just finished The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest and I really enjoy listening to him narrate. So, I searched Audible for other books he's read and decided on this one. Mr. Vance does a great job and, again, I find myself enjoying his narration.
Rod's dry humor and self-deprecation made me laugh a number of times.
This is the third "celebrity" autobiography I've listened to - Tiny Fey and Rob Lowe being the other two. I've really enjoyed all three. Rod's and Rob's were interesting because both of them have spent a fair amount of time in the tabloid headlines and I always find it interesting to hear their sides - to get the actual story behind those headlines.
Though fairly new to the medium of audio books, I can't imagine reading this, lugging the heavy book around.
I found the story so delightful, both in his honesty to reveal his foibles and his willingness to share his life with candor and humor.
I highly recommend it, even if you don't know his neighborhoods. I do know LA and lived above the Sunset Strip during many of his earlier years. It was like revisiting the neighborhood, only with people I'd not met, but would have liked to.
I'm only sorry I didn't save the book for my vacation.
Rod seems to be a good writer, this i enjoyed, but by the end i was getting tired of hearing how many times he fell in love and all his ex-wives. I think Rod himself should of read done the reading, this might of made a big difference. Simon Vance did a good job, but i believe hearing Rods voice might of made a difference.
Interesting but slow going, almost all you ever wanted to know about Rod and his career as a singer and his affairs and how easily he fell in and out of love. is it 7 or 8 kids he has? No real surprises here.
Just a simple girl living the simple life. Nothing is complicated when the power of imagination leads the way. Close your eyes & just listen
The audio edition is a MUST. The narrator was perfect - he definitely captured Rod's personality and at times...I really thought it was Rod telling the story himself.
Discovering where his songs came from....those moments of his life that were put into music.
It certainly was NOT a boring narration as some audible books tend to be. His accent, play on words, and his incredible timing made you feel like you were sitting across from him while he was telling the story.
This is an AUDIBLE MUST! I recently downloaded another biography of a famous rock and roller, but within a day or two I returned it. It was so dreadfully boring and horribly narrated.