I almost didn't get this due to one negative review indicating he was a wuss who had nothing bad to say about anyone. I'm glad I didn't listen - I didn't mind that the autobiography was so positive. He doesn't gloss over his own past, the gritty parts, etc., so I didn't have a problem.
I found it interesting because also I've always liked Duran Duran, I wasn't a "Durannie" back then, so I didn't realize it was John and Nick who formed the band and were the driving force through all of this. I had assumed it was Simon since he was the frontman, as it often is with bands. I also thought John was sort of the 'dumb blonde' of the band and was shocked he even came out with a book...shows how much I know!
I found myself interested throughout the whole program, and glad I took the chance to get to know him.
I listened to most of this on a road trip, with very mindful breaks where I turned off the book. I'm sure if a video camera had been posed on my face while I listened it would have been really funny. I was making all kinds of disgust faces during a lot of it. That being said, it was fascinating; I have bought all of Mary Roach's audiobooks and enjoy them. Just be warned!
I knew he was an addict; I didn't realize how early his pain started. I found myself angry at Kurt through a lot of the book. A lot of his lifetime stomach pain might have been alleviated with a change of diet, and yet he chose instead to medicate through heroin and other drugs.
I think that his stubbornness, his acting out, made me not like him as a person throughout the entire book. I don't think I could have been in a room with him for long.
That doesn't mean the book wasn't good, I just felt very frustrated that he was unable to overcome his problems. He clearly was an exceptional artist and mind.
It was particularly fascinating knowing what was going on behind the scenes during his rise to fame, since I was listening to their music at the time.
It illustrates clearly the idea that you can be on top of the world as a celebrity and be completely miserable. Money, fame, any of that won't solve your problems - it's said often, and yet this book gives you a play by play.
I wouldn't have changed lives with Kurt Cobain for a second.
In addition, I know this was a book about Cobain, but I kept wondering what the other bandmates were going through at this time. Perhaps they refused to talk with the author, but over and over I kept wanting to have a cup of coffee with the bandmates and hear their stories.
I was seriously ready to strangle the harmonica player that makes appearances throughout the book. I hate that it detracted from the overall book, which as you can see I rated excellent for overall, performance and story. It's a gem, they just need to pull out that harmonica.
I really enjoyed this audiobook, the psychological twists and turns really got me, and I found myself looking forward to spending more time in my car or on housework to find out what would happen next.
I don't think it ended necessarily like I would have preferred it to, but on the other hand I admire Ms. Flynn's not bowing to a Hollywood ending, which would certainly have been the more popular ending.
I found myself sympathizing with a character several times early on in the book, which then made me feel like a total psycho later on when more of that person's personality was revealed....then I felt okay again...then I felt like like I might be unhinged again! Nice sucking in of the reader so they start to question their OWN judgement, too!
Sharp Objects by the same author is one of my favorite books ever. This one doesn't reach that one's heights of genius, but it's still a good listen!
The cover leads you to believe it's a schmaltzy young adult novel, it really needs a redesign to convey what a great story lies within. I never would have used my credit on this except for some reviews from other folks saying how really well done this audiobook is - I'm glad I took a chance on it. I enjoyed the movie and was happy to find the book is much better, with more philosophical questions and deeper relationships, and more reality portrayed. The narrator is excellent and fills Davy's role perfectly for me.
I'm not a heavy sci fi person, but I do enjoy sci fi movies, and I enjoyed this book enough to download what I believe is the second book in the series, Reflex.
Has a lot of classic McMurtry western hallmarks, such as brute honesty in situations and honest sexual situations. However none of the characters are endearing unlike the Lonesome Dove series. Don't expect to be rooting for anyone. Based on that I'm not sure I'll continue with this series.
The women are curiously outspoken, perhaps because of their regal upbringing.
Lots of scary and informative research incriminating the modern strains of wheat, along with bad nutritional advice in the 1970's/80's (eat more whole grains, grain based food pyramid, saturate fat is the devil) to the explosion of obesity. To a lesser extent he incriminates white sugar - believe or not, modern wheat is higher on the glycemic index than white table sugar!
Some parts corny, some parts laugh out loud funny, but always informative.
I'm over 40 and this is the first western I've ever read/listened to! I easily see why it won the Pulitzer Prize and now am going back to download the rest of the series.
I really hope Lee Horsley won some kind of audiobook prize the year this was recorderd. His portrayal of Gus McCrae is beyond spot on. I enjoyed all the voices he created for the characters. I also wish Mr. Horsley had been chosen to narrate the other books in the series.
So worth the credit!!!
I wish they'd go back and remaster the original recordings: this recording seriously at times sounds like the 'old days' of audiobooks where you borrowed a set from the library and the previous borrower had left the set out in the car so there was wavering distorted music at the beginnings of some of the tapes from that sun damage.
Which is a terrible shame: this is one of Amy Tan's best books in my opinion: a wonderful mix of Chinese and American culture with just a touch of supernatural that keeps you going. Amy Tan's narration is wonderful: Olivia, Kwan, and Simon are wonderfully portrayed, and Olivia herself speaks aloud many things that are unspoken about marriage than everyone wonders in the dark corners of their minds.
So, enjoy the book but be prepared to pump the audio and deal with bad quality of sound.
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