We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Life Audiobook

Life

Regular Price:$27.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (3291 )
5 star
 (1557)
4 star
 (1018)
3 star
 (464)
2 star
 (153)
1 star
 (99)
Overall
4.2 (2064 )
5 star
 (1085)
4 star
 (564)
3 star
 (284)
2 star
 (81)
1 star
 (50)
Story
4.2 (2074 )
5 star
 (1114)
4 star
 (542)
3 star
 (271)
2 star
 (94)
1 star
 (53)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Donald 01-19-15
    Donald 01-19-15 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    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.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    38
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    MG Albuquerque, NM, United States 04-23-14
    MG Albuquerque, NM, United States 04-23-14 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    65
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    86
    38
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 01-24-14
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    654
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    914
    183
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    22
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Keith is not the Jerk I always assumed he was"

    Great book. Johnny Depp is not the best reader but he fits as "Keith's Voice". Learned you can't judge a book by its cover as they say. Keith is deeper, more interesting, and more of a character than I ever thought.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Andrew KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 01-09-14
    Andrew KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 01-09-14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "It doesn't get better than this"

    Simply fantastic. I'm sure it's a terrific read as well, but the Audible version adds a level of richness and depth that I would never have been able to achieve on my own. Depp and Hurley absolutely embody the essence of Keith Richards and add such a wonderful, yet appropriately subtle dynamic to Keith's endearing, dry sense of humor. The only thing that threw me off for a minute was the occasional alternating first person, but once I caught on to it, it was a much appreciated addition to the narrative that further added to the richness of this title. I highly recommend "Life"!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    NDFletch 01-02-14
    NDFletch 01-02-14

    ndfletcher

    HELPFUL VOTES
    11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    58
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great perspective of rock'n'roll history"
    Any additional comments?

    "Life" is a great recounting of the early years of rock'n'roll and, of course, of the Rolling Stones. Narrators Depp and Hurley are engaging, although the dramatic differences in delivery is slightly annoying.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    A. Garofalo 12-26-13
    A. Garofalo 12-26-13

    amandaerin

    HELPFUL VOTES
    21
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    73
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "insightful and fun never dull"

    loved every minute of it. I always chose to believe the author is giving me his best recollection of events as they remember them whenever I read a memoir and that was how I went into this and i flew through it. really gives you and understanding of his world and helps differentiate the Keith Richards of the rolling stones and the real Keith Richards few people probably ever really get to see.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Angela 10-16-13
    Angela 10-16-13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good but Long"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Why is this book so long? I've enjoyed it, but after the 10th drug bust story, it feels more redundant than informative. Obviously one can't squeeze in every single detail about one's life in an autobiography without it becoming tedious.

    That being said, he's had an incredible, one-of-a-kind life that's interesting to hear about. It does answer the question I had before starting: "What's it like to be Keith Richards?"


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    DAVID CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, United States 08-07-13
    DAVID CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    29
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fabulous Book Terrible readers"
    Would you listen to Life again? Why?

    Yes. Loved the story. Keith Richards is a genius in song and life.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley ’s performances?

    No. This was terrible. Johnny Depp ok but boring. Joe Hurley horrible. I thought it greatly detracted from the brilliant prose.


    Any additional comments?

    My first disappointing Audible book from the viewpoint of readers after more than 60 books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Pink lady 12-26-12
    Pink lady 12-26-12 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    36
    26
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "What a life..."

    This is not the type of book I ususally read, but is why I choose to try it. The voices did fit the book though I thought the readers could have put a little more expression into what they read. I found myself putting the speed at 1 1/2 or 2 just because it was so slow. The slowness did fit the attitude of the book, but I just wanted to get through it faster.
    Glad I read it I guess since it did show just what a tough life superstars go through to get to the fame we take for granted. Wonder how his path would have worked with the same talent but less sex and drugs? That was the age, I know, but it was quite overwhelming to me how many escapes they had from serious jail time and death!

    Not my kind of book, but feel it did a very good job of showing me part of a real world I never experienced or chose to be in then or now. Also, this was the first autobiography I have listened to while on Audible.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.