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Face the Music Audiobook

Face the Music: A Life Exposed

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Publisher's Summary

In Face the Music, Paul Stanley - the co-founder and famous "Starchild" frontman of KISS - reveals for the first time the incredible highs and equally incredible lows in his life both inside and outside the band.

Face the Music is the shocking, funny, smart, inspirational story of one of rock’s most enduring icons and the group he helped create, define, and immortalize. Stanley mixes compelling personal revelations and gripping, gritty war stories that will surprise even the most steadfast member of the KISS Army. He takes us back to his childhood in the 1950s and '60s, a traumatic time made more painful thanks to a physical deformity.

Born with a condition called microtia, he grew up partially deaf, with only one ear. But this instilled in him an inner drive to succeed in the most unlikely of pursuits: Music. Stanley’s memoir is a fully realized and unflinching portrait of a rock star, a chronicle of the stories behind the famous anthems, the many brawls and betrayals, and all the drama and pyrotechnics on and off the stage.

Raw and confessional, Stanley offers candid insights into his personal relationships, and the turbulent dynamics with his bandmates over the past four decades. And no one comes out unscathed - including Stanley himself. "People say I was brave to write such a revealing book, but I wrote it because I needed to personally reflect on my own life. I know everyone will see themselves somewhere in this audiobook, and where my story might take them is why I’m sharing it." (Paul Stanley)

©2014 Paul Stanley (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Michael 03-25-16
    Michael 03-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A story everyone should hear"

    As a newbie to Audible, Face the Music was my first choice to enjoy and trust me, it was very enjoyable.

    For non-KISS fans - a great account of how a normal person can rise to stardom and still face many of the same personal demons we all face and find happiness. The fact that he bottomed out because of other people's drug/alcohol problems is something different for your typical famous person story. The fact that Paul tells the story himself makes you feel like he's in the room just recounting his life with you.

    For a KISS fan (since Creatures), it was a brutally eye opening account of something most fans like me never understood - losing Peter and Ace twice and believing that Tommy and Eric were somehow not up to the level of the originals. Looking back, I remember loving going to KISS concerts with my older brothers throughout the 80's and 90's - I even loved the Psycho Circus album/tour but I was so disappointed with the quality of the farewell tour that I swore I'd never see them again. Based on Paul's account in Face the Music, I now understand why and I look forward to hearing KISS in person again soon. I also look forward to laughing at those KISS fans that still miss the missing originals and who are all too vocal about letting everyone know.

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    Amazon Customer 03-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story and very well narrated!"

    I thought I knew a lot about KISS, but this book humbled me. I feel really connected to a lot of what Paul depicts in his autobiography. I can identify with much of what he discloses and, for that, I am grateful. I don't feel as alone.

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    Kim Jacksonville, FL, United States 03-15-16
    Kim Jacksonville, FL, United States 03-15-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining and insightful"

    I'd been a fan of Kiss since the late 70's - and Paul Stanley had always been my favorite. When I found out he had such a wonderful story to tell...about how he powered through and made a name for himself and his band mates...I knew I had to hear him tell me the story himself. It was a great listen...something I enjoyed coming back to each day. Like having a friend telling me about his life.

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    Wagner Paiva Fernandes 02-16-16
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    "Amazing autobiography!"
    What made the experience of listening to Face the Music the most enjoyable?

    What a delight is to listen Paul Stanley reading his very own autobiography.
    Very inteligent individual, pretty crazy to imagine such a great writer is also a rock singer.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paul Stanley, the hero of the story =)


    Have you listened to any of Paul Stanley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, he is a good singer.


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

    Yes, I was entranced about the confessions of Paul Stanley.


    Any additional comments?

    I stopped listening to Rock n Roll when I became a born again christian, I still sing and play guitar, but only hymns to praise Jesus. Listening to this book was the perfect farewell to my past as a rock fan.

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    Corey East Lansing MI, United States 01-25-16
    Corey East Lansing MI, United States 01-25-16 Member Since 2016

    Radio and TV boy.... And loves to listen to Audible

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    "Kiss Rocks!"

    Great audiobook! Nice to hear Paul narrating his own! It was timeless! Kiss will always be an army!

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    Jim 01-15-16
    Jim 01-15-16
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    "Loved it!"

    While I was upset he had anything bad to say about Eric Carr it was nice to see he had some real human feelings about him too. Same with Ace and Peter. Paul tells the whole story here of his life even before KISS making this a very heartfelt story. Every KISS fan must get this as soon as you can.

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    J. L. Street Cape Girardeau, MO United States 01-15-16
    J. L. Street Cape Girardeau, MO United States 01-15-16
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    "Great book!!!"

    I've been a KISS fan since I was a kid, so I was pretty excited to get the book! I doubt that it could have been read by anyone better. I really learned a lot about the band and the individual members and to hear it in the words of a guy who was actually there made it riveting! I really enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys factual stories.

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    John 01-12-16
    John 01-12-16
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    "pretty good listening"

    the only point I have, is that Paul's narration begins dry, and really doesn't "pop" until the last third. only recommended for KISS fans.

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    Jennifer Harmon 01-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the better autobiographies I've ever read"

    Insightful, interesting, and intelligent. Contains a surprising amount of good advice for young people and people of all ages. Stanley emphasizes how a good outlook is important to life/success, and appears to walk the walk.

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    Patrick 12-21-15
    Patrick 12-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "The Discovery of the True Leader of the band"

    I never knew who was the glue.i never thought it could have been so hard. I always questioned Paul's sexuality but not any more. This book hits most of the big questions head on. It's a must 4 any KISS fan.

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