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My Cross to Bear Audiobook

My Cross to Bear

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Biography and Memoir, 2013

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 story begins simply: with Gregg and his older brother, Duane, growing up in the South, raising hell with their guitars, and drifting from one band to another. But all that changed when Duane and Gregg came together with four other men to forge something new - a unique sound shaped by soul, rock, and blues and brimming with experimentation; a sound not just of a band, but of a family.

Bringing to life the carefree early days of the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg holds nothing back - from run-ins with the law to meeting girls on the road, from jamming at the Fillmore East to experimenting with drugs. Along the way, he goes behind the scenes of some of greatest rock music ever recorded, without shying away from the infamous and painful deaths of his brother, Duane, and Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley. Speaking for the first time about the profound impact that his brother's death had on him, Gregg offers a tribute to Duane that only a younger brother could write, showing how, to this day, he still confronts the grief of losing his big brother, even as Duane continues to guide and inspire him.

Setting the record straight about the band's struggles in the face of death, Gregg shows how the decision to persevere came with a heavy price. While the rock-and-roll excesses of drugs, alcohol, and personality clashes led to a series of breakups that culminated with the band's permanent reunion in 1989, Gregg fought his own battle with substance abuse, going to rehab no less than 11 times and floating through a string of failed marriages, including his tabloid-frenzied relationship with Cher, before finally cleaning up once and for all.

Capturing the Allman Brothers' ongoing, triumphant resurgence as well as his own recent fight against hepatitis C, Gregg presents a story as honest as it is fascinating, providing a glimpse inside one of the most beloved and notorious bands in the history of rock music and demonstrating how, through it all, the road goes on forever.

©2012 Gregg Allman (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Michelle Joliet, IL, United States 08-12-13
    Michelle Joliet, IL, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2013

    Just started listening to audiobooks and have found I really love them! I mostly listen when I run/walk but am now adding other activities.

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    What made the experience of listening to My Cross to Bear the most enjoyable?

    Both the reader/narrator and the content of "My Cross to Bear" made this book very enjoyable. The story seemed pretty down to earth and definitely entertaining.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Cross to Bear?

    I most enjoyed hearing stories of the band and their struggles to "make it," and then their struggle to keep it together after several life challenges.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole book was my favorite. I just couldn't get enough of this book!


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

    No. In fact, I wanted to take my time and get through it because I didn't want it to end so quickly for me. It was an indulgent treat for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have like to have heard more of Gregory's struggle with addiction. It seemed a little glossed over in a very general sense. Aside from knowing he had an addiction that took many tries to overcome, there wasn't much detail about it.

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    David 08-09-13
    David 08-09-13
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    "Excellent performance of a great story"
    Would you listen to My Cross to Bear again? Why?

    Yes. Great performance


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Allman's story unlike so many other rock star auto-bios pulls you in and is very interesting. The profanity laced story feels totally real.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    His performance, with his southern accent, makes it feel like Allman is sitting around with you telling stories. It doesn't present as a book but like a conversation.


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

    Listened to it over two days and have really enjoyed it.


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    Amazon Customer Taunton Ma USA 06-19-13
    Amazon Customer Taunton Ma USA 06-19-13 Listener Since 2004

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    Would you listen to My Cross to Bear again? Why?

    Yes..


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Cross to Bear?

    How the band handled Duane's death...


    Any additional comments?

    The reader of the book had a great tone and made me want to listen.

    Im now revisiting all my older ABB records (CDS). I have a new ear when listening to them.

    This book gave me a different perspective on Brothers and Sisters and Eat A Peach. They put their head into the music to deal with Duane's death.

    Obviously Gregory and Dickie Betts have their differences. I like how Gregg pointed out the positives on Dickie and didn't bash him. I found it respectable.

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    No Focus Out in the Country USA 06-11-13
    No Focus Out in the Country USA 06-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "First Audible book I couldn't put down."
    Where does My Cross to Bear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Story is great and answered questions I'd had since the 70s. If you loved the music, it's a must read. Will Patton did a wonderful performance, as well.


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    Kelly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 05-07-13
    Kelly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Pleasantly Surprised!"

    I was born in 1970, but didn't really find music until the 80's with punk and hair bands, so i wasn't much into the Allman Brothers. I knew a few of their songs, but it was Van Halen and ZZ Top for me back then..

    After reading reviews, I was intrigued and gave it a shot. I'm glad I did! This is a super interesting book and gives a real insight to what the music scene was all about back in the 60's and 70's...

    I had no idea of the accomplishments of Gregg Allman. There are some really funny stories and all of them are extremely interesting.

    You don't need to know much about the Allman Brothers Band to enjoy this book.

    As for the narration... Will Patton is one of my very favorite narrators (as well as a great actor). He was the perfect choice for this one.

    He really put the soul of Gregg Allman into his narration.

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    Rosalyn United States 03-23-13
    Rosalyn United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "What A Fun Ride This Is!!"
    Would you listen to My Cross to Bear again? Why?

    A life that I would not want to live. But I sure enjoyed reading someone who actually did live this life. Thanks Gregg for the devotion and dedication it takes to tell your life's story. This story explains the cross that great musicians have to bear to write the lyrics and really live the blues.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Cross to Bear?

    The Foot Shooting Party. That was unbelievably hilarious.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Will Patton became Gregg Allman.


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    Edje Milford, CT 03-11-13
    Edje Milford, CT 03-11-13

    Live your light

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    "Quite the saga by Gregg Allman"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Cross to Bear to be better than the print version?

    If you think you know The Allman Brothers from their music, wait there's more in store, way more. Take the opportunity to listen to My Cross to Bear. You will learn about the amazing journey of Gregg Allman. How hardy he is, what he's been through and what he's learned about life, music and surviving.

    Its quite the revelation. I can better appreciate his music now. Thanks Gregg for all the lessons you teach us.


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    Joan Las Vegas, NV, United States 01-30-13
    Joan Las Vegas, NV, United States 01-30-13
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    "Enjoyed this book"
    Would you listen to My Cross to Bear again? Why?

    Yes, I truly enjoyed this book and it was special to have Will Patton read it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr. Allman seemed to have 'many' lives and is truly a survivor.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    Mr. Allman's book (I hope) will be turned into a movie. It has the perfect receipe for a very good movie.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last chapter, his last words, he said he wouldn't live this life over again. Nor would he change anything in his life. Taking responsiblity for one's own actions is truly noble and honest.


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    Burl 01-21-13
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    "Great story, perfect pick for narrator"
    Would you listen to My Cross to Bear again? Why?

    the narrator was a great pick for this book, I would listen to it again as it was very entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gregg Allman


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    will patton is my favorite narrator, i sometimes pick books just because of his narration.


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

    made me laugh but nothing extreme


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    Sara 01-13-13
    Sara 01-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A story of more than the fame..."
    If you could sum up My Cross to Bear in three words, what would they be?

    Honest. Intriguing. Soulful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Cross to Bear?

    Gregory's long struggle with addiction.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I would have loved to hear Gregory Allman read this book, but Will Patton was a great choice.


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