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.
Funny, Talented and a Cad
I liked his truthfulness and his ability to take accountability for his lifestyle. He treated most of the women in his life like hell and he got it thrown back to him with Rachel Hunter. I thought it was very well thought out and interesting. I loved hearing about his early days in the music industry, his influences and how his love for his family shaped him into the person he is today. I really enjoyed this book!
I have been reading since before I started school. I am not sitting in front of a book someone is reading it to me!
The story was terribly written.
No, actually I read a lot of this genre.
He had a great voice, and command of the essence of Rod Stewart.
I was very disappointed with quality of the writing.
Given the material that he had to pull from. He wasted so much time on the drugs and the alcohol. I doubt that I will ever listen to an autobiography of another performer.
I enjoyed the insights into the origins of Rod Stewart's music and his candor.
It was a dry and lifeless performance. Rod Stewart is a colorful person and this Simon Vance's narration was completely beige.