The Waste Land is my favorite poem and it is beautifully read by Paul Scofield. I don't know how many times I have listened to this book, and I just keep returning to it all the time. Non ultra plus!
I really enjoyed this book, one of the best audio books I have listened to. It had the feeling of sitting in the company of someone who knows how to tell a story and tells it well. Anecdotes (quite a few of those) and lots of facts about Keef himself and the Stones. If you are remotely interested in rock music, the seventies or just want a good listen, this is the book for you. Don't miss it!
Somehow I have found that I particularly enjoy listening to biographies. Up to now I have listened to books about Einstein, Steve Jobs, Robert Oppenheimer and Ivar Kruger. I really expected a lot from this biography and I wanted to like it and enjoy it. But it skipped over the years up to Lincoln's run for the senate and then went into a very detailed account of a series of debates and analyzed the speeches almost word for word. I am sorry to say that I gave up after having listened to the first half of the second part (there are four parts to this audiobook) so I did not even finish half the the entire book. I am not really sure whether I ought to write a review on a book I haven't finished, but I reckoned it is OK because I have a strong view on it.
I enjoyed this book and learned a lot about Hughes. I think it was a balanced account, and the author did a good job. We get to hear about both good and bad sides of Hughes and the people around him. There is a lot of details, and I really wonder how on earth the author knows about some of them. He describes a can on a lawn and how that can ended up under some bushes and remained there for many months. One can't help wondering how the author knows about this, and the question then arises about so many other details - are they true or invented for the sake of art? The book tended to focus on the private life of Huhges - the women, the flying and so on, and I would have liked to hear a little bit more about the business side. All in all, a good read and well worth it.
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