Carole King takes us from her early beginnings in Brooklyn to her remarkable success as one of the world's most acclaimed songwriting and performing talents of all time. A Natural Woman chronicles King's extraordinary life, drawing listeners into her musical world, including her phenomenally successful number-one album Tapestry, and into her journey as a performer, mother, wife, and present-day activist.
Deeply personal, King's long-awaited memoir offers listeners a front-row-seat view of the woman behind the legend. This recording of the book, read by King herself, is not to be missed.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2012 Carole King (P)2012 Hachette Audio
I eagerly anticipated the release of this book because I had a great appreciation for Ms. King's talent and always sensed that she was an exceptionally good and decent person. Her memoirs caused me to think about a generation of young people, many of whom seemed to become musicians, born during the second world war. There has been much said and written about the baby boomers and our effect upon society. However, it has been this immeadiately preceeding generation, born during the war, which have been our leaders and our guides, our big brothers and sisters. It is they who deserve much of the credit for the quality of life we have enjoyed.
If you can imagine sitting for several hours pleasantly and contentedly listening to an old friend share the stories of their experiences, you have a feel for the enjoyment you'll have experiencing this book. It's not perfect and I doubt any of us is capable of creating a truly accurate self-portrait, but Carole's stories and reflections will carry you through a journey of your own life and fill you with the warmth of remembering how very good it has been.
Just as it would be listening to any friend, sometimes her stories seem to go into excessive detail in some areas and leave out significant information in other areas. In the end, I think you'll close this book with the warm feeling of having spent time with an incredibly hard-working, talented, warm, and loving woman. You'll be a better person for the experience.
Yes! I've already read the book, but after hearing Carole King read parts of it I decided that I wanted to hear her read the whole book. I'm so glad I did. She reads beautifully, sings bits of songs, imitates voices. Highly recommended.
Perhaps a professional reader. Carole is an awesome talent but reading isn't one of them. she sounds like a little girl.
I did learn things I didn't know and found interesting
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Rather than simply write a memoir, King placed the events of her life in a greater historical context. I felt like I learned a lot about songwriting, the record business, and popular culture in general. And she's funny!
Her voice brings emotion to the story; sometimes her amusement or excitement really shines through. Plus, listeners get to hear her sing and play the piano.
I have and will continue to do so. I have been a fan of Carole King's music since the 60's...this book has made me a fan of Carole King the person.
This book is filled with great scenes...if I was forced to pick one it would probably be the fight to retain the rights to the road across the ranch in Idaho.
Although Carole and I do not agree on everytingpolitically, I respect her views and admire the way she stands up for them. This book is a fantastic read and portal into the music lifestyle of the 60's and 70's.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is not the type of memoir or biography I normally read. I have heard people talk about Carol King so thought I would learn about her. I am afraid I stopped listening to music when Elvis Presley came on the scene. I stayed in the Big Band era.
Carole King is a Jewish girl from Brooklyn. Her name was Carol Klein she was of Polish Russian Jewish descent. King states she wanted to be a teacher. She states the gift of her music presented itself early in her life. Apparently she was a piano prodigy. She tells of her of her first contract with a recording company when she was 15 years old. Kings says she learned to play and write all types of music from classical to rock and roll. King tells of her life married to Gerry Goffin having her first child at 17 years of age. She had two children by Goffin. She also tells about her other husbands Charley Lankey with whom she had two children, James Taylor and Rick Evers. Apparently some of the husbands were addicted to drugs but King states she never used drugs. She also is careful only to provide positive information about these men. She tells of her life on a ranch in Idaho.
King tells of being crammed into a cubicle at the music publisher’s office writing hit after hit. She writes in detail about the making of “Tapestry”. She tells about the writings of various songs and sings parts of song which was easy to do as she also narrated the audio book. She talks about the fact she preferred to write music rather than be a performer but her music produces said she was talented enough to perform and pushed her into. She says she only started to travel and perform routinely after her children were grown. She provides a travelogue type of information of the tours she did in foreign countries. I found this part quite interesting. King says she is not very good at lyrics and prefers to work with someone to do the lyrics. She writes all the music. She said her career has been going for 54 years so far and it took her 12 years to gather the memories and write the book.
I enjoyed the book it was like sitting down with a cup of tea and listening to a new friend tell stories about their life.
First of all, this audio edition differsfrom the print book edition. It’s really more of a performance. In addition to having Carole King read/talk us through her life, we have little bits of music between parts of the book written and recorded by Carole King on her piano, and whenever she is describing a particular song, if she prints the words of the song in the book, she actually sings it for us. At first I didn’t know if I would actually like this book. Carole’s voice reading it takes some getting used to. It has almost a sing-song quality at times. But the reader gets into her description of her life, the good and the bad parts, and the joy she has gotten from most things. Even when discussing her third husband, who was not so good for her life, she can find positive memories of him in the end. It’s a fantastic story of her talents, and her actual recording of Tapestry. She talks about that album the most because it’s the one she got a Grammy award for, and I know every song on that album by heart! She left us with the idea that there may be more to write about and that she’ll keep us updated maybe with a future book. Strongly recommended, especially in the audio version.
Hearing Carole King read this book is so entertaining. The whole book is as if she is sitting down with you telling you stories about her life. Occasionally she breaks into song which is fun to hear. Her stories about different musicians provide a fascinating perspective like when she goes to John Lennon's and Yoko Ono's apartment for tea. Carole King is an amazing woman who has lived through amazing times.
I have been a fan of Carole King's since her (and my) teenage years. I really wanted to like this book. I really wanted to enjoy Carole reading her life story. But I couldn't.
The book itself needed some serious editing. It interrupted its own flow in places so much that I found myself actually disoriented at times. Paragraphs and pages were devoted to miscellaneous and trivial events, such as winning a court case over the privacy of a road or getting lost in Japan, but only one brief sentence to sending one's youngest son off to live with his father. I'm still confused about how she fell in love with her first husband. Did he just look like a picture she fell in love with that she kept in her wallet of some random model guy or did he have other, endearing qualities? We don't know. There is no depth.
And the narration is just plain awful. I'm sorry. I continue to love Carole's music and if I ever get the chance to see her perform again I will run, not walk, to get tickets. But please don't ask her to read a book again.
I feel like a traitor. I really wanted to enjoy this book. But I didn't.
It is wonderful to hear Carole King tell her own story with her wonderful rhythms and accent.
Carole's honesty and openness is brave and refreshing and her unique perspective as a woman who lived through the 50's and 60's music scenes and then, wrote the book on the 70's makes for a fascinating story. Her life story includes her struggles with her desire to stay true to herself and those she loves - she keeps it real - and that is an inspiration as well. Music history buffs will learn stuff, too!
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