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Mathew

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  • My Cross to Bear

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Allman, Alan Light
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (198)

    As one of the greatest rock icons of all time, Gregg Allman has lived it all and then some. For almost 50 years, he's been creating some of the most recognizable songs in American rock, but never before has he paused to reflect on the long road he's traveled. Now, he tells the unflinching story of his life, laying bare the unvarnished truth about his wild ride that has spanned across the years.

    the dude says: "my cross to bear was awesome"
    "Inside one of rock music's greatest bands"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The Allman Brothers Band is one of my all time favorites so I was eager to learn anything I could about what led to such music. If you don't care for the music, the story of Gregg Allman will not be that interesting.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was a fitting ending. Greg Allman was resigned to his own mistakes and turned to religion after a life that seemed rather devoid of much deep thinking.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    The performance was very good. This is what I think it would have sounded like in the author's voice.


    Could you see My Cross to Bear being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I was intrigued by the author's lack of insight into the pain and harm he had caused to others. For instance, when his roadie was busted and imprisoned for trafficking drugs for him, Gregg Allman basically said "He knew what he was doing." But GA does not reflect on the fact that if he (GA) had not had a desperate need for drugs and sent his roadie out to score them, the bust would not have happened. I love the music and would have liked to have discovered that the leader of the band (post-Duane) was more likeable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Double Feature

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Terence Stamp
    • Narrated By Terence Stamp
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In this second installment of Terence Stamp's captivating memoirs, Stamp takes us right into the heart of the swinging 60's. From his Academy Award nomination for Billy Budd to his coming of age under the direction of the legendary Federico Fellini, the "marmalade skies" are the limit. With beautiful women and beautiful people from London to California, Stamp captures the spirit of the decade. He was the face, the man to be seen with. And then the decade ended, along with his romance to famous model Jean Shrimpton.

    Guy says: "Great book, brought to life by the narrator"
    "A look at the 1960s"
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    If you could sum up Double Feature in three words, what would they be?

    A lost epoch


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It ended abruptly with the author about to depart for The East. There was no sense of summing things up.


    What about Terence Stamp’s performance did you like?

    Good enunciation and a lovely range of accents. As you would expect from a serious actor. It is fun to have the author as narrator because he knows the intended meaning of the text, having written it.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun look at a London lad's entry into the glamour of 1960s London and Hollywood. His personal weaknesses and mistakes caused him much pain and the story is touching for that reason.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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