Davy Jones was a young aspiring actor when he was cast in a new television series called The Monkees. In this upbeat, entertaining autobiography, he recounts his career from its beginnings through the 1980s Monkees reunion and revival.
©1988 Davy Jones; (P)1988 Dove Audio, Inc.
Davy's voice was always distinctive, and in this you hear not only his lovely tones, but his lovely soul.
Davy narrating about his reconciliation with Micky Dolenz, and how he developed so much more respect for him after that.
Both laughed and cried. A picture developed of a man who trusted people, trusted the world, and was frequently abused for it, and whose talent was enormous.
Peter Tork said that the saddest thing about Davy's passing was that most would never know the depth and breadth of this man's heart, that Davy was the most heartfelt man he'd ever known. This book, and Davy's voice narrating it, reveals that heart.
This is a great book! Even though it's short, Davy gets straight to the point and tells his story. No real shocking details, but a fun "read."
Davy's narration provided me with an opportunity to travel along with him while he relived his life's journey. He made me feel like a participant rather than a spectator.
The most poingnant point in the book occurred for me at the end of the book when I realized just how much Davy Jones loved performing for the people he loved, his fans. His untimely death is an enormous loss.
Davy may have been diminutive in size, but he was enormous in talent, passion, and dedication - the consumment entertainer!
Not as much Monkee information as I would have hoped for or expected. Davy's rather thick accent forced me to have to really pay attention in order to understand. Still quite entertaining all in all.
I love the fact that Davy admitted that being a Monkee was fun; at least in the beginning.
I also loved hearing about his early childhood and about his parents.
When Davy talked about how He and the other Monkees really didn't make that much money and how they were not represented properly.
I loved all of it.
Yes, its only about 2hours.
The thing I really didn't like is that this is an abridged version.You can tell where they have cut things out.
I think something may have been wrong with it. It listed only 3 chapters on my ipod but it went on to 4 then 5 then jumped up to the teens and went from 13 to 15 then 18 or something like that. I didn't mind missing that much because it was a hard listen anyway.
I loved Davy Jones (and was saddened when he passed away) but through this book I felt his storytelling fell short. He would have a big lead up to a situation or memory, then it just drops off and next thing you know there's a silence and a new chapter.
I think he was okay. I think my issue is more with the STORY than his narrating.
I liked the end when he talks about each Monkee.
Just disappointing and I had such high hopes.
Yes. It was fun hearing Davy narrate his own story and to learn about his life.
Davy doing his own narration of his life story.
I did chuckle a few times.
This was a fun listen. Now that Davy has gone from this life, it was interesting to go back and find out more about his life.
Listening to Davy Jones talking about his family.
Reading a biography is fine, but when the biographer gets to read his own life it gives a little added extra. The nuances of voice when recalling certain events and memories, gives you an idea of what it was like to live through it. He was a real entertainer and he loved the show. You could tell by listening to him that it was the show that he loved best.
When Davy Jones speaks of his mother's death. You can tell it affected him deeply.
I had the pleasure of seeing one of the Monkee Reunion shows at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel back in 1986. It was a dream come true for me because I "fell in love" with Davy Jones when I was nine years old and have had a life long crush ever since. Being able to hear him read his biography made it "come alive." This book may not be for everyone, but if you were a Monkee's fan, like me, you will enjoy Davy's perspective of life on that run away train.
This review could have been a 3 or 4 had it not been for the substandard audio quality of the recording. Davy was just the right person to narrate the book and hearing it in his voice definitely added to the experience. I only wish I could have heard it better.
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