I enjoyed this. It wasn't a celebrity bio as I'd normally understand the term, as both authors are cerebral and reflective. Salacious celebrity gossip stuff is very much downplayed in favor of studied reflections on their work, personal philosophies, and family life. Martin Sheen is especially sweet and sentimental in his contributions; it's hard to believe it's the same guy who played in Apocalypse Now!
Extremely detailed- really difficult to listen to in one sitting. I felt it was not great for late at night or relaxing times because there's too much detail. Amazing story, once can scarcely believe it's all true!
This is toward the top of my library in terms of quality. It is an interesting account, it's a very long book that deals in depth with each stage of the band's progression, with a solid delivery by the narrator. I'm not the hugest fan of the band, but I lived through their times and it's a really interesting account of that. I admire the author's candid account, it doesn't seem like he held much back in the writing of this memoir.
Delivery was rushed and garbled, and his stories weren't told with context or flair. I really liked "My Remarkable Journey" so go with that one.
A bunch of people have been writing about how arrogant Ed is, but he's a professional sportsman who has had to publicise his activities and get sponsorship, etc. I think it's pretty normal for such people to become hubristic. I'd like to read a Michael Jordan memoir when we don't get a sense that the man believes in himself.
So I think that's just par for the course and it's an interesting insight into the kind of self belief that these people have. He mentions so many friends who do similar sorts of climbing and they're all, well, dead.
I thought the narrator was excellent, he's got this really interesting voice, super dramatic but it works.
Seemed like she hadn't rehearsed before doing the narration. She sounds like a student forced to stand up in class and read a text she's never seen before. Was she unable to hear how bad this sounds or does she not care? Why didn't someone say something to her during the recording process? I just can't imagine any engineer allowing this kind of thing if the narrator was a non-famous person and not the author.
It sounds like she keeps reading along, getting to the end of a line on the page, and thinking the sentence has ended, she's taking her breaths in the wrong places...it's shockingly bad for a professional actor to turn in something like this.
Not for the right reasons.
Plants, People. There, I only needed two!
He's clear. He's not trying to be overly dramatic. I enjoyed listening to it while I was running because it was informative but not overly dramatic, it just went through this interesting history at a steady pace and kept me running at a steady pace.
This is the second best audiobook I've ever listened to. The section Keith reads himself is simply marvellous- cooking tips, pet care, it's all in there! Fabulous!
Fantastic research; interesting format ranging from political to personal stories; comprehensive detail... and beautifully read. Buy this, it's fantastic!
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