Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Having seen the movie, I was compelled to read/listen to the book and was even more inspired. The honesty and open way in which Cheryl has told her very personal story, is an inspiration in so many ways. I am still amazed she did this journey alone AND at such a young age! What a courageous women she was/is and I'm so thrilled her story is out there now for us all to enjoy and be part of. I admit I was a tad saddened when my listening journey came to an end as I had enjoyed it so much.
What an amazing guy. What I loved most about this book, was the fact that you discovered how incredibly talented Keith was/is, but you also learned he is a good, kind hearted and giving man, despite his flaws. He was so different in so many ways to Mick it would seem, no wonder they each brought something so different to their writing partnership, as The Glimmer Twins. I wasn't so fond of the first narrator (ie Joe Hurley), I think it wold have been better to have just had one narrator throughout. This book has really opened my eyes up to The Stones and what makes them so bloody great. They certainly know how to work hard!
I am a huge Stones fan, though Jagger is not really my fav. However, the story is so well written and so so funny; hearing all about the "Tyranny of cool". The things he did-just to appear cool and keep 'current'. What a laugh. Some stuff not so funny of course, like the way he controlled and treated the women in his life; from his mother, to his various partners and wives. However, I felt the way the book was written was excellent in that it covered his positive side and attributes, also the not so flattering aspects of his personality. So it felt balanced. The story also gave lots of info, unlike some bios that are way too guarded. You really had a sense of what it must have been like to be around this incredibly talented; though narcissistic man.
If you are after something lightweight, and looking for a laugh, then this will deliver. I chuckled to myself many times over when listening to this. Hearing all about Ozzy now, ie he's a vegetarian who is open to Plastic Surgery, just cracked me up. I'm a Black Sabbath fan, so just had to listen to it. Certainly learned about a few crazy antics from this one. Enjoyable, in a casual kind of way.
I am a HUGE Black Sabbath fan, and this book did deliver some excellent behind the scenes stuff for me, however I found it a tad guarded, compared to some other rock bios. I also think Tony's sense of humour was lacking, perhaps it was just the way the story was written (or the ghost writer's work), so it was a bit dry. Although I've read other Black Sabbath books, this gave me a different take on the rise of the band, also the band members diverse personalities and contributions etc. So I enjoyed that a great deal. The narration was terrible though, I didn't appreciate hearing the narrator swallow and shuffle in his seat constantly. Perhaps it needs to be performed again with a better narrator to make it more enjoyable to listen to?
Having previously read The Lord of the Rings I found this story lacking somewhat. Perhaps as I read them in the wrong order that was part of the problem. I just found The Hobbit a little boring in comparison. But still enjoyable to listen to, as a result of the excellent narration.
When I first started to listen, I was a little worried that I'd made a wrong choice, never having read any of Mary Kay's books before. However, as I got into it I realised what a clever writer she is and that I'd made a great choice. She has a keen sense of humour and knows how to tell an inhernantly female story, without it being stereotypical and 'chic lit' like. The narrator is very talented too. I think she may be one of the best narrators I've listened to, and I've listened to hundreds of audio books! The way she is able to tell the story so smoothly, all the while keeping the voices, characteristics and varied accents of each character in place; that is surely a real art. I have just downloaded 'my next listen' from this author. Maybe I've found a new author to add to my favourties list. They are not easy to come by.
I made it to the end of the story-just! Fairly pathetic in general. '50 Shades Grey' is badly written and so is this. After two titles in this genre, I'm not going to waste any more credits. The main female character is made out to be a sap, which I didn't appreciate.
"I gape at him"..."Oh Christian"...
"Oh my 50 shades" . Save me now. I grew so tired of hearing the same lines repeated over and over, so I gave up on it. Poorly written. Why is this so popular? Don't waste your precious credit on it.
As with all Dan Brown novels, this starts at a pace and doesn't slow down. I enjoyed this story much more than Digital Fortress, perhaps it was the uniquie setting where the story really begins, ie in the Arctic. As always there are so cheesy bits, where Dan weaves in a love theme and some awful lines, where you want to cringe like you're listening to Young and the Restless. HOWEVER, these are fairly brief and one can tolerate these, as the rest of the story is of the 'don't want to stop listening' type. A worthy choice for a credit, if you are looking for some lightweight action fiction.
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