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They Made a Monkee Out of Me: The Only Authorized Story | [Davy Jones]

They Made a Monkee Out of Me: The Only Authorized Story

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.
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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.

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    Judith McKenzie 05-07-12
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    "the depths of his heart"
    What made the experience of listening to They Made a Monkee Out of Me the most enjoyable?

    Davy's voice was always distinctive, and in this you hear not only his lovely tones, but his lovely soul.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Davy narrating about his reconciliation with Micky Dolenz, and how he developed so much more respect for him after that.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Guy Benson, NC, United States 07-06-10
    Guy Benson, NC, United States 07-06-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Good listen!!!!"

    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."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    gusdottie 05-25-12
    gusdottie 05-25-12
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    "Davy, Always the Entertainer :-)"
    What made the experience of listening to They Made a Monkee Out of Me the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Davy may have been diminutive in size, but he was enormous in talent, passion, and dedication - the consumment entertainer!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jerri Keele 05-08-12
    Jerri Keele 05-08-12
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    "Davy at his best, as usual."

    It's wonderful to hear Davy talk of his life. I miss him so much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Rowe Raleigh, NC USA 02-02-04
    Chris Rowe Raleigh, NC USA 02-02-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Monkee"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    M. Pack Albuquerque, NM United States 04-20-13
    M. Pack Albuquerque, NM United States 04-20-13
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    "Great to hear Davy's voice again!"
    What did you love best about They Made a Monkee Out of Me?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of They Made a Monkee Out of Me?

    When Davy talked about how He and the other Monkees really didn't make that much money and how they were not represented properly.


    What about Davy Jones’s performance did you like?

    I loved all of it.


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

    Yes, its only about 2hours.


    Any additional comments?

    The thing I really didn't like is that this is an abridged version.You can tell where they have cut things out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 03-17-13
    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great title, confusing listen"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Davy Jones?

    I think he was okay. I think my issue is more with the STORY than his narrating.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked the end when he talks about each Monkee.


    Any additional comments?

    Just disappointing and I had such high hopes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie LAKEWOOD, CO, United States 03-14-13
    Natalie LAKEWOOD, CO, United States 03-14-13
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    "Enjoyable listen"
    Would you listen to They Made a Monkee Out of Me again? Why?

    Yes. It was fun hearing Davy narrate his own story and to learn about his life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Davy doing his own narration of his life story.


    Which character – as performed by Davy Jones – was your favorite?

    Himself!


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

    I did chuckle a few times.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-17-13
    Amazon Customer Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Hey, Hey, He's a Monkee (The Cute One)"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of They Made a Monkee Out of Me?

    Listening to Davy Jones talking about his family.


    What does Davy Jones bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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

    When Davy Jones speaks of his mother's death. You can tell it affected him deeply.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Debra New Freedom, PA, USA 03-28-06
    Debra New Freedom, PA, USA 03-28-06
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    "Disappointing"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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