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  • Mick Jagger

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Philip Norman
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (28)
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    (29)

    Philip Norman has long towered above other rock biographers with his definitive studies of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Buddy Holly, and John Lennon - legends whom the world thought it knew, but who came to life as never before through the meticulousness of Norman's research, the sweep of his cultural knowledge, and the brilliance of his writing. Now Norman turns to a rock icon who is the most notorious yet enigmatic of them all.

    qtvxzplr says: "Subpar bio made worse by awful narrator"
    "Masterful Writing & Wickedly Funny Delivery"
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    Where does Mick Jagger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top 6


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mick Jagger - the "deep field" style of writing really brings the personality justice.


    Have you listened to any of James Langton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. But this title is too long for that, of course.


    Any additional comments?

    Reading the dreadful negative reviews adjoining this audiobook, I can only wonder if the readers in question were listening to the same book that I have been hearing this week. The perception that this is a poor offering is entirely erroneous in my view. Just wrong! My take is quite different. The writing alone is simply incredible- witty, highly informative, and brimming with original and inventive use of the English language. The reader / performer of the audiobook itself takes the wit of the text to a higher level still: in all it is a fabulous reading, rich with obvious love of language, and wickedly, often uproariously funny. I find myself laughing out loud several times during each hour of listening. The story is utterly compelling, with a scope of personalities and events that reach far beyond the details of Mr. Jagger's own journey. You'll get a wide lens view of cultural life in England. The book is every bit as good as Keith Richards' autobiography ("Life") audiobook. I am going to turn to Pete Townshend's new autobiography after I finish "Mick Jagger"- but the Jagger opus is going to be one hard act to follow. I haven't had this much fun with an audiobook in a long time, maybe never. Both the writing and the vocal delivery- absolutely masterful. Engage!

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