Rock biographies are my favorite genre so, eventually, I had to read Scar Tissue. Full disclosure: I've been putting it off for 2 years because I haven't really liked the RHCP since Blood Sugar Sex Magik. (Though I adore Flea.) So, I finally downloaded Scar Tissue. First, let me say, I think the narrator is - while not terrible - certainly not worthy and didn't make me feel like I was listening to the words of Anthony Kiedis. It was like listening to a 17 year old high school junior reading Anthony Kiedis. (Go ahead, listen to the sample.) Because of this, I could never really get completely immersed in the book. His young, squeaky, and innocent voice didn't vibe with the often dark and always debaucherous tales. But if you can past that, which I couldn't quite do all the time, then the story being shared is essentially this: Anthony's dad was the kind of parent who made his kid be his hang out and drug buddy so AK developed unhealthy drug and girl habits very early in life and has pretty much been to be unable to control these urges for most of his life. "OK", you might say. "That's the story of rock-n-roll!" Yeah, true. But usually reading a rock bio makes me like the band and the person even more because I form a connection and deeper appreciation of the artist and the music. Well, perhaps I do feel a bit of that but I was disappointed nonetheless. Kiedis came off as decent guy who's very easily distracted, a little outrageous, and a lot immature. Oh, wait. Maybe that narrator did a good job after all!
It was the story that failed in this listening experience. There were times when I drifted off, unengaged in the story, only to find that minutes had passed and that, actually, I didn't miss anything important. I stuck with it because other reviewers said it was well worth it. Then, the ending! Good grief. I literally said out loud to myself when I heard,
The ending and the boring bits tossed all along the way. Yawn.
She was brilliant. Fantastic ability to change accents so that you could identify characters. Well done.
Edith. She's witheringly dull.
Don't waste your time. There are far better classics on the shelf.
Sensitive subject matter done with amazing wit and humor and artfully told. I looked forward to listening to it every day and was so sad when the tale ended. Absolutely gold.
I had heard such good things about this book from a friend but, upon listening to it, I don't know what she saw in this novel. Sure, it's a nice story but the author writes in such way that is seems descriptive for description's sake and lacks real depth and meaning. The reader never feels connected to the characters and the plot doesn't seem to have much of a lesson to be learned. It's vanilla. After just coming off the heels of listening to Middlesex (which was FANTASTIC), this was a disappointment to be honest.
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