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Brian

I listen in the car on my long commute. Fiction, science fiction, history, essays, you name it.

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  • Waging Heavy Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Neil Young
    • Narrated By Keith Carradine
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (180)
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    (182)

    An iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture (inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Neil Young has written his eagerly awaited memoir. Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical career, spanning his time in bands like Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crazy Horse; moving from the snows of Ontario through the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today.

    John says: "Great book for Neil Young Fans"
    "First: I have always loved Neil Young."
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    What made the experience of listening to Waging Heavy Peace the most enjoyable?

    I don't read a lot of biographies, but I have always thought Neil Young was one of the most interesting artists I had ever encountered. I had heard a few of the stories of Neil's life, but hearing them in his words was great. I liked that he jumped around a lot - like a stream of consciousness conversation. The connections he has had over the years, and the way he was at the heart of the 60s and 70s culture makes his story very interesting, as it is also part of my story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed how open and honest he comes across in the stories. I am sure some were hard to write.


    What does Keith Carradine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Keith Carradine's narration was a little wooden, but it seemed to work for me. He would not sound good at all reading fiction in that style, but for this story, it didn't bother me, and I am often critical of the readers.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt how strongly Neil loves his family and friends, and how important they are to him. Once I started it, I didn't want to get out of the car.


    Any additional comments?

    He talks quite a bit about his audio project, and his electric car project, but these are a lot more than money-making projects to him, and I didn't get tired of hearing about them, although a couple of my friends did.

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