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Who I Am Audiobook

Who I Am

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From the voice of a generation: the most highly anticipated autobiography of the year, and the story of a man who...

  • ...wanted The Who to be called The Hair.
  • ...wanted to be a sculptor, a journalist, a dancer, and a graphic designer.
  • ...became a musician, composer, librettist, fiction writer, literary editor, sailor.
  • ...smashed his first guitar onstage, in 1964, by accident.
  • ...invented the Marshall stack, feedback, and the concept album.
  • ...inspired Jimi Hendrix's pyrotechnical stagecraft.
  • ...is partially deaf in his left ear.
  • ...stole his windmill guitar playing from Keith Richards.
  • ...followed Keith Moon off a hotel balcony into a pool and nearly died.
  • ...did too much cocaine and nearly died.
  • ...drank too much and nearly died.
  • ...detached from his body in an airplane, on LSD, and nearly died.
  • ...was embroiled in a tabloid scandal that has dogged him ever since.
  • ...planned to write his memoir when he was 21.
  • ...published this book at 67.

©2012 Pete Townshend (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Kindle Customer Zephyrhills, FL, United States 02-17-13
    Kindle Customer Zephyrhills, FL, United States 02-17-13

    I like fish.

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    "Pete, Thank you ."

    For sharing your thoughts. I very much enjoyed what you had to say, it's no wonder your songs resonate way up there with the greatest of all time. Remember, "When you shoot for the moon and miss, you are still among the stars". GOOD JOB. .

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    marti richmond, va, United States 01-07-13
    marti richmond, va, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "who is Pete Townshend!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes..To know Pete Townshend as who he sees him self as, is fun journey


    What did you like best about this story?

    True full


    Any additional comments?

    all true who fans should buy this audio book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MIKE 01-02-13
    MIKE 01-02-13
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    "Excellent this being my only second audio book."
    What made the experience of listening to Who I Am the most enjoyable?

    I'm a person with dyslexia, at the age of 57, I honestly can't say I've ever read a book cover to cover. What made this so enjoyable was the Townsend narrating the entire book. My first audio book was Life (Keith Richards) I enjoyed it but the downside Keith only,only read a little at the beginning and end. Johnny Depp read half the book, then here's the letdown the last half of the book was narrated by some joker reading the book in the third person. Trying to come across as Keith himself. Second of all I purchased this CD's. 24 to the exact. audible.com is fantastic I can enjoy listening on my iPad in the car, or play it on my PC at home. Kudos I find this just as enjoyable as listening to the music of my generation. Why I never tried this before is beyond me. I highly recommend this book of Pete Townsend to everyone. To me it's like listening to a almost 18 hour song very enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Who I Am?

    just hearing Pete Townsend read the entire book, this man lived it so who better to hear from.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    at the moment, I can't answer this question, only about halfway into the book


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

    definitely made me laugh more than once.


    Any additional comments?

    will be certainly, buying more I'm also joined the membership program, I also highly recommend that also

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kane Wulagi, Australia 12-08-12
    Kane Wulagi, Australia 12-08-12
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    "Gripping read of one of rock's true genuis'"
    Would you listen to Who I Am again? Why?

    To hear an authors story read by the author provides greater insight into understanding the emotion behind the issues discussed.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul New Zealand 11-26-12
    Paul New Zealand 11-26-12
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    "A good listen"

    A fan of The Who for many years I never knew the origins of a lot of the music. This book filled a lot of gaps and answered questions I didn't know I had about The Who. Spoken with honesty it is refreshing to hear events unfold that are not particularly flattering to the author as well as the good stuff. It could only have been read by Pete Townsend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 11-12-12
    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good job- read by the author"

    It makes such a difference when an author reads his own autobiography. PT does a great job. He always comes across as super-earnest; here he rounds it out with some context so he doesn't always seem to be bubbling over with raw emotion. He gives a good account of what it felt like to move through the world as the guitarist for the Who in the 60's.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Keith 11-08-12
    Keith 11-08-12
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    "A good history of Pete & The Who"
    Where does Who I Am rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks somewhere in the middle of the pack.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Who I Am?

    When the original drummer had to be asked to step down.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene involving Keith Moon


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

    I was surprised at the honesty. Pete showed himself as completely wacked out at times and then he was a compassionate human being at other times.


    Any additional comments?

    Who fan my whole life and found this book a real treat. Any fan of the rock and roll 60's/70's will get a kick out of this book. Pete not so much reads the book but he tells his story like he's sitting and talking just to the listener.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Cleveland, Oh USA 11-05-12
    Amazon Customer Cleveland, Oh USA 11-05-12
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    "Loved It!"
    Would you listen to Who I Am again? Why?

    Yes, Definately!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Honesty


    What about Pete Townshend’s performance did you like?

    I loved listening to Pete read the book. When he chuckled at some of the stories, it made it more personal. Like he was sitting there telling you personally the story.


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

    Pete's telling of the loss of Keith Moon & John Entwistle


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. V 10-27-12
    Mr. V 10-27-12

    long run

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    "Interesting, but long"
    What made the experience of listening to Who I Am the most enjoyable?

    Listening to Pete read it. He has a pleasant voice and lightens it up by chuckling every now and then.


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

    Abridge it.


    What about Pete Townshend’s performance did you like?

    His voice. I couldn't help but hearing Pete Townsend solo album songs in my head after hearing his voice for 18 hours. Makes me want to download all of his solo albums.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    In hindsight, I would have listened to the abridged version as it was just a bit long (18-19 hours), but the time did go by quickly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Augenezum Pittsburgh, PA USA 10-23-12
    Augenezum Pittsburgh, PA USA 10-23-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Thank you Mr. Townshend"
    Where does Who I Am rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #1!
    Excellently performed autobiography.


    What about Pete Townshend’s performance did you like?

    Personable, heartfelt performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for this enlightening and entertaining autobiography. I am grateful that you chose to tell your own story. Listening to your voice was like listening to a good friend. Best wishes to you for the rest of your life, and beyond.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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