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Rod Audiobook

Rod: The Autobiography

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Publisher's Summary

Rod Stewart was born the working class son of a Scottish plumber in north London. Despite some early close shaves with a number of diverse career paths ranging from gravedigging to professional soccer, it was music that truly captured his heart - and he never looked back.

Rod started out in the early 1960s playing the clubs on London’s R&B scene before his distinctively raspy voice caught the ear of the iconic front man Long John Baldry, who approached him while he was busking one night on a railway platform. Stints with pioneering acts like the Hoochie Coochie Men, Steampacket, and the Jeff Beck Group soon followed, paving the way into a raucous five years with the Faces, the rock star’s rock band, whose onstage and offstage antics with alcohol, wrecked hotel rooms, partying, and groupies have become the stuff of legend. And during all this, he found a spare moment to write "Maggie May", among a few other tunes, and launch a solo career that has seen him sell in excess of 200 million records, be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, and play the world’s largest-ever concert. Not bad, as he says, for a guy with a frog in his throat.

And then there is his not-so-private life: marriages, divorces, and affairs with some of the world’s most beautiful women - Bond girls, movie stars, and supermodels - a struggle with steroids, and a brush with cancer, in which he almost saw it all slip away.

Rod’s is an incredible life, and here - thrillingly and for the first time - he tells the entire thing, leaving no knickers under the bed. A rollicking rock ’n’ roll adventure that is at times deeply moving, this is the remarkable journey of a guy with one hell of a voice - and one hell of a head of hair.

©2012 Rod Stewart (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    "Very entertaining"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rod to be better than the print version?

    yes


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

    Made me laugh a few times


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    I really enjoyed this Autobiography. I listened in as I was going about my day. It would have been better if Rod himself was narating, but I got used to Simon after a while. Its a great insight to what was going on in those early days.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    brian cichon 03-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Splendid read, isn't it, darling?"

    I read a snippet of this book when it was featured in rolling stone several years ago and made a mental note to get to it one day. I'm a neural rod Stewart fan but quite a literary beast of rock star biographies. This had a splendid mix of classy English debauchery, cups o' tea and anal cocaine all saturated in a very gracious UK overtone. Simon Vance does a wonderful job narrating with his uplifted English brogue, stellar emphatic delivery and dramatic pauses. I now find myself quite the rod Stewart fan. Well worth a listen- and put the kettle on, will you darling?

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    Kathy Feroz 02-22-16
    Kathy Feroz 02-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Closer to Rod"

    I love that this story lets us be closer to Rod! His ups and downs, when he's good and when he's just a dick... He admits it! Sometimes I cried and other times I laughed out loud! Simon Vance does a wonderful job with Rods story! Thanks for sharing this with all your fans, Rod!

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    Gail 10-20-15
    Gail 10-20-15
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    "Rod's Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rod to be better than the print version?

    I never made it all the way through the print version. I wanted to know his story, so I purchased the audio version and listened to the entire book mostly while driving.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Of course, it would have been great hearing the story in Rod's voice, but overall Simon Vance did a great job telling the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the purchase

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George San Antonio, Texas, United States 06-15-15
    George San Antonio, Texas, United States 06-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "This Autobiography is equal to Maggie Mae in quality and Entertainment."

    Rod Stewart is a mega star who never lost his blue collar perspective from which he came. His humor and frankness made this a very enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jim reed new hampshire 02-15-15
    jim reed new hampshire 02-15-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Funny and real wit and wisdom."

    Great real stories. Some you would expect with wit and charm, and others that may surprise you with how much Rod shaped popular music. He does not say this, but every chapter gives you a "oh yah" when you remember decades of songs that were with you for the last 40 plus years. Well done mr Stewart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    robert ricigliano 01-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I'd love to have a beer with our 'ol pal Rod!"

    Glad rags to glad rags and back again
    Thanks! Got to know an 'ol pal. Hope to read a part two, someday.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Peoria, IL United States 07-25-14
    Amazon Customer Peoria, IL United States 07-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Didn't hide a thing"
    What made the experience of listening to Rod the most enjoyable?

    He's so funny!!! I had no idea. He doesn't take himself too seriously, but he knows what's important. He owned up to his mistakes and the lessons learned it life. It was refreshing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rod?

    Too many to list. It was a little slow at the beginning but once it got going it was one great story after another. I think the "feuds" with Elton John were hysterical.


    What three words best describe Simon Vance’s performance?

    character, funny, charming


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    My big little 'ol life


    Any additional comments?

    Simon Vance did a great job, but I would have loved to hear Rod read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tina 06-28-14
    Tina 06-28-14 Member Since 2014

    I always love a great recommendation. Thank you in advance for my future discoveries based on YOUR reviews.

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    "A life well lived"
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    I was impressed by the Rod Stewart's openness in sharing so much.
    What is more romantic than believing in true love even after separations, divorces, disappointments and moments of insecurity and uncertainty? I really loved every chapter, but my favorite parts were about the closeness he shares with family and friends. Rock on, Rod!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicola Ferguson West Van, B.C. Canada 05-17-14
    Nicola Ferguson West Van, B.C. Canada 05-17-14 Member Since 2013

    The ultimate multi-tasking is to read a book while driving

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    If you could sum up Rod in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, entertaining, fast-paced


    What did you like best about this story?

    Rod is an interesting person with more to him than I'd anticipated.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hearing about his relationship with Britt Eckland


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

    It made me laugh


    Any additional comments?

    Great narration - Simon Vance nailed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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