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Life Audiobook

Life

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Publisher's Summary

As lead guitarist of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics, and the songs that roused the world. A true and towering original, he has always walked his own path, spoken his mind, and done things his own way.

Now at last, Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere. Dropping his guitar's sixth string to create a new sound that allowed him to create immortal riffs like those in "Honky Tonk Woman" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash". Falling in love with Anita Pallenberg, Brian Jones's girlfriend. Arrested and imprisoned for drug possession. Tax exile in France and recording Exile on Main Street. Ever-increasing fame, isolation, and addiction, making life an ever faster frenzy. Through it all, Richards remained devoted to the music of the band, until even that was challenged by Mick Jagger's attempt at a solo career, leading to a decade of conflicts and ultimately the biggest reunion tour in history.

In a voice that is uniquely and unmistakably him - part growl, part laugh - Keith Richards brings us the truest rock-and-roll life of our times, unfettered and fearless and true.

Read by Johnny Depp with Joe Hurley and featuring Keith Richards.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2010 Keith Richards (P)2010 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"[A] high-def, high-velocity portrait of the era when rock 'n' roll came of age, a raw report from deep inside the counterculture maelstrom of how that music swept like a tsunami over Britain and the United States....Mr. Richards has found a way to channel to the reader his own avidity, his own deep soul hunger for music and to make us feel the connections that bind one generation of musicians to another. Along the way he even manages to communicate something of that magic, electromagnetic experience of playing on stage with his mates, be it in a little club or a huge stadium." (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)

"[A] slurry romp through the life of a man who knew every pleasure, denied himself nothing, and never paid the price." (David Remnick, The New Yorker)

"A vivid self-portrait and, of the Stones and their musical era, a grand group portrait....spellbinding storytelling." (Richard Corliss, Time)

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    D. Doescher new york 04-11-15
    D. Doescher new york 04-11-15 Member Since 2014

    digthedoug

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    "Three narrarators. One voice."
    What did you love best about Life?

    It's honest, candid.


    What other book might you compare Life to and why?

    Nothing compares to this.


    Have you listened to any of Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't, but these performances are gold standards to be measured against. They're brilliant.


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

    Yes and no. I wanted to stop everything and listen to it non-stop. However, I didn't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great example of how an audiobook can be a completely different experience from the printed book. I have read the print version of the book, and listening to this audiobook felt brand new like a wholly different experience. I believe everyone should listen to and read this book.

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    Ben 03-23-15
    Ben 03-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very enjoyable"

    The switch between narrators can be jarring but they all do well. Joe Hurley was excellent, probably better than Johnny Depp which was surprising. There are some slow parts of the book, especially Keith's childhood, but there are some crazy stories that more than make up for it.

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    mike Barrie, Ontario, Canada 03-18-15
    mike Barrie, Ontario, Canada 03-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    If you could sum up Life in three words, what would they be?

    live love laugh


    What other book might you compare Life to and why?

    there is no other book that could come close cause Keith Richards has led an incredible life


    Which character – as performed by Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley – was your favorite?

    there all great


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

    if i could i would have but its a long book but vary entertaining. listened to it in 3 days while working (truck driver)


    Any additional comments?

    a book for any stones fan & a must have for the super fans!!! thanks Mr.Richards!!!

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    Nazariy B. Telyuk 03-05-15 Member Since 2015

    Nazariy B. Telyuk

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    "The best autobiography ever written!"

    Lived this book, listened to it twice in less than a year time. Keith Richards is awesome, great storyline, a lot of interesting and funny stories in here.

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    Jeffrey Hall Houston, TX United States 03-05-15
    Jeffrey Hall Houston, TX United States 03-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "EPIC & BRILLIANT!"

    The performance of the narrators was the cherry on top of this absolutely brilliant, hilarious, and completely fulfilling biography. Ready to listen to it again!

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    W. McIntosh Fullerton, CA 01-25-15
    W. McIntosh Fullerton, CA 01-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "James Fox IsThe Reason This Book Lasts Over 22 Hours"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes and No. Yes for the content and the narration by Johnny Depp, but Jame's Fox's reading is SO slow and SO slurred that it really makes it painful to listen to. I realize he was trying to stay in character, but there is a reason why we didn't want Keith Richards to narrate this in the first place. Conversations with drunk, almost unintelliglbe people are always frustrating. James Fox's accent is also uneven. He drops out of character on 1 our of every 6 or 7 words. If you're going to pick and accent, NAIL the accent, otherwise don't do it at all.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Johnny Depp does a very good job as a narrator. I wish he would have read the whole thing.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    James ffffooooxxxx spppeeaaakkkss vvvveeeeerrrrryyy slllloooowwwwwlllly. It will literally drive you insane. Ironically, the few times that he is reading another character, he is actually quite good. He just sucks at Keith Richards.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just very frustrated at the narration.


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    Paul J Speed 01-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Shockingly GREAT!!"

    The readers were AMAZING. Quite unexpected in a sense. I knew the stories would be wild, but they were very endearing and heartfelt with a generous dose of dry English humor to boot. Those offended by language need not take a listen, however all intimate escapades were handled quite decently.

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    Donald 01-19-15
    Donald 01-19-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Better read before they make us run..."

    Quite simply the best memoir I've ever read and written like a friend was talking to you.
    It cannot be over emphasized how well Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley narrate Keith's gift.
    And just for kicks maybe but well worth listening Keith himself narrates the last bit. I also really appreciated ;-) and it over small bits here and there of biographical recall to someone better suited than himself to report from the front lines. This included many other musicians friends and even his cranial doctor. What a wild ride thanks to Keith Richards and his co-biographer, James Fox, for delivering the goods.my guess is that it probably took four to five years off of Mr. Fox's life do the damn thing. I think it took one off mine just to hear it!

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    Roxanna Olympia, WA, United States 01-14-15
    Roxanna Olympia, WA, United States 01-14-15 Member Since 2011

    I am a full-time artist, intrepid traveler and a voracious reader. I discovered Audible and audio books through my son Corey, who is a narrator of several Audible books.

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    "Behind the mirror"

    Amazingly personal and strange look inside the world of Keith Richards. I liked the use of different voices and thought it added much to the story although in places it was a bit of s strange transition.

    I was at the first Stones concert in the USA at Swing Auditorium and this is like looking behind the mirror to see what they saw.

    It boggles the mind to hear heroin use as matter of fact and normal ' but the context is so relevant to the story that it fits right in.

    This book is like sitting down for a really long chat with an old friend. It doesn't feel read, it feels relived.

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    MG Albuquerque, NM, United States 04-23-14
    MG Albuquerque, NM, United States 04-23-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed this book"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a great insight into the lives of the rich and famous, who somehow don't forget that they came from humble beginnings.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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