I loved this whole book and, as a non-fiction author not nearly as gifted or smart as Rushdie, I highly recommend. Rushdie went through what no human should have to for speaking his mind. Besides being a brilliant engaging memoir, this story and Rushdie's enormously articulate rendering of it, stand as a reminder of the importance of freedom of speech to our humanity.
Rushdie reads prologue, a professional reader, the rest. The reader does a terrible American accent and an especially bad American female accent/falsetto, but is otherwise quite good.
A good thing because this is long! But I was sorry when it was over.
I'd like to add my thanks along with the author's to everyone who helped this writer through the nightmare and I'm hoping he can have a more normal life and keep writing great books and be the fullest artist that he can be.
This was an unexpectedly delightful listen. Great great stories told with humor and laced valuable hotel info I will be sure to use. The author's reading is flawless, his accents and impressions perfect. Jacob Tomsky is one talented (and very funny) motherfucker.
And excellent maybe if you're not. While there's a lot of stuff that is meaningful to the artist/musician alone (his obsession with cars, with creating bringing back better sound in our music devices), there are enough moments of genuine passion, cool rock history, behind-the-scenes stories of his fellow musicians, to make this a book to recommend to anyone who loves audible memoir.
I almost wish I'd bought hard copy because many of the things he writes are better than his songs and I wanted to underline them for further reflection, which I don't normally do. Young is a good prose writer, so good in fact, that I, who have written more than a dozen of my own books, including a memoir, have to work not to imitate his unique cadences. Some of the prose is pedestrian stoner rock icon grooviness. But the guy can really write, and not just songs.
If you want to know what it's like to be in Neil Young's head, this takes you there. It was a real pleasure to be inside the head of such a thoughtful, kind, and grateful man and a true artist. What an inspiration for doing what you care about and f--k it if people like it.
I wish he'd read it, but as he shows, he has better things to do with his time and I'm glad he does. Keith Carradine does an excellent job filling in. Young could have at least recorded the preface, it's one of the main things the guy does, record, after all.
Hey, Neil Young, if you read this, here's a vote that you keep on writing books. Your dad would be proud.
absolutely fascinating, start to finish. riveting. had no idea. a must for all entrepreneurs, designers, social media peeps. hats off to isaacson for a phenomenal job.
Rob Lowe has been in the biz, both lauded and hammered for his talent and behavior, so long that he seems to have developed actual wisdom. Great behind the scenes look at acting with Hollywood greats in a well structured fairly candid story. Beautifully read by author (great to hear his impersonations famous directors and agents). Highly recommended.
A family memoir by the son of nyer editor william shawn, his second, focused on his autistic twin sister. Shawn is a lovely writer. Wish his previous memoir were available on audible. I'd buy it!
This is a nicely written memoir that I think is hampered by the overly emotive reading. Should have read book.
Good if brief collection of essays by the writer. Very funny. Wanted more! Also recommend her previous volume.
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