I wasn't sure what to expect from this title. WOW. I was blown away. Robert Hilburn is a fascinating character in the world of music. What a life.
Robert Hilburn is a legend of his own. The access he had to musicians from Johnny Cash to Kurt Cobain is unprecidented. The tales are incredible. He had a conversation with Yoko Ono right after John Lennon's assasination and spoke with Courtney Love the day she was looking for a missing Kurt Cobain. (he was found dead shortly after their interview) He had intimate relationships with John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Johnny Cash....the list of hall of famers goes on and on and on. He describes conversations with Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stevie Wonder and contemporaries such as Jack White and U2. Another thing I found fascinating was his description of (and advocacy for) the budding rap industry and genre. This book comes close to sharing what it might have been like to walk a mile in his bad ass shoes.
The only negative thing about this audiobook I can muster up is the narrator (who happens to be the author's son) acts out some of the dialogue with painfully poor English and Irish accents. It detracts from the content. It pains me to listen to a John Lennon quote while Mr. Hillburn choked his way through a Liverpudlian accent. But don't let that dissuade you from picking up this glorious audiobook.
I only paid $4.95 for this title and i feel ripped off. This book is amateurishly written and is often painful to experience. Audible can keep my money. However, I wonder if they can do anything to refund the time I lost?
If she didn't use sophomoric and racist undertones, her one-dimensional characters might have been only semi-obnoxious. One storyline involved spray-tanning a young girl while coloring her hair dark so she could pass as an African-American. She was hoping for admittance to an exclusive private school, while taking advantage of affirmative action quotas. Under the direction of a more skillful writer, this subplot has potential to be funny, heartwarming and possibly even educational. This author fumbles the ball on the goal line.
The reader was skillful, talented and enjoyable.
I wish I had stopped listening around chapter 2. I kept hoping it would get better.
A real stinker, complete with two, puke-a-little-in-your-mouth sex scenes which include the words "moist" and "penis".
She writes from the persepctive of a self-centered brat. I wanted to like this book so badly. The more she spoke, the angrier I became at her. The only parts of this book that would be relatable to the masses are what it's like to feel sad and overwhelmed after bringing your new baby home from the hospital. Otherwise, her fantasy job (acting and bringing her baby along with her on TV and movie sets) along with her live-in nanny made it tough to empathize with Ms. Shields. Its saccharin ending made me wonder if she has truly recovered. I wish her and her daughter all the best. It will be interesting to hear how her daughter turns out in about 15 years. I would imagine it will be a tough book for her to read.
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