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Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001) Audiobook

Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001)

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The Eagles are the bestselling, and arguably the tightest-lipped, American group ever. Now band member and guitarist Don Felder finally breaks the Eagles years of public silence to take fans behind the scenes. He shares every part of the bands wild ride, from the pressure-packed recording studios and trashed hotel rooms to the tension-filled courtrooms, and from the joy of writing powerful new songs to the magic of performing in huge arenas packed with roaring fans.

©2008 Don Felder (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Ken Sayers Hollis, OK United States 02-09-17
    Ken Sayers Hollis, OK United States 02-09-17
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    "Captivating Read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001) to be better than the print version?

    I don't think it makes much difference, but I do like to listen while walking or exercising etc.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Honest and accurate


    What about Dennis Holland’s performance did you like?

    Great job


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    As somebody who grew up listening to the music of the Eagles, I've always been interested in hearing about the creation of the music and the influences of the artists who created it.
    The Eagles have been an extraordinary band with so many songs that have impacted my life from a very early age. I grew up to their music. I was saddened with their breakup, I rejoiced with their reunion, and I always like to hear the story.
    Don Felder's book, of course, is just one person's perspective of what happened. But I do believe it gives an accurate assessment. His story very much coincides with other information I have learned about the band.
    It is a familiar story. Most rock stars come from very humble backgrounds. Don begins with humble childhood, his love for music, and his learning to play guitar from a very early age.
    Even at an early age, his giftedness was apparent, but that doesn't mean his rise to the top was easy. Quite similar to other rock stars that I have read about, the rise to fame was a combination of skills combined with a great deal of personal sacrifice and no small amount of luck.
    The book is very interesting, well written and captivating. The story is told in a very honest way and even though it is critical of others in the band, Don also points out his own faults.
    There is nothing uncommon about bands that break up. Band members start off in poverty with a bond over shared creativity and talent that is able to produce incredible songs. But as success takes place and money is earned pride and greed suck all the life and inspiration out of the band.
    I think anyone who loves the music of the Eagles will enjoy this book. I think that includes just about everybody. But I would stay those who actually participate in the process of creating music themselves will enjoy it so much more.

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    ron abrams 01-10-17
    ron abrams 01-10-17
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    What did you love best about Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001)?

    Excellent book and audio performance. I found the book interesting and entertaining even though I was not a big fan of the Eagles. Spoiler alert! Irving A., Glen F. and Don H. are real jerks. Highly recommended!


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    S. Randall Charleston, SC 12-29-16
    S. Randall Charleston, SC 12-29-16 Member Since 2015

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    "This was ok"

    Honestly, the beginning was good and then I thought it was whiny the remainder. Although I could totally picture "the gods" acting as mentioned, at some point it was like, damn build a bridge and get over it!! I was sad after all his wife endured that they divorced.

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    Margaret Shope SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, US 10-21-16
    Margaret Shope SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, US 10-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Heaven and hell indeed!"

    Wow!! I'm so thankful Don Felder shared his roller-coaster ride with the Eagles! So very little has been revealed about the behind the scenes relationships of this great band. I truly enjoyed hearing Don Felder's story! I was saddened to discover that they weren't close. It's also sad to think "the Gods," Don and Glen weren't the laid back, easy going guys I admired for years. I didn't know much about Don Felder, but after this book I have a great respect for him. I enjoyed hearing about his family and his youth. I wish him well and pray he has as much success in his future endeavors! I'm VERY happy I bought the book! The narrator did a fine job and it was a pleasure to listen to his voice. If you loved the Eagles, you will love this book...whether or not you agree with "Fingers" Felder about his treatment by the "Gods."

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    Elizabeth Samuel 04-09-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book for Eagles fans and those who aren't familiar with the band"

    I thought Don Felder did a nice job of introducing himself to the world along with his contribution to The all-American band, the Eagles. While all the band members likely have their own perspective of life in the Eagles, I felt that Don Felder provided an unvarnished and transparent point of view to his band and personal life.

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    Tracy J. Kicklighter 03-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating biopic"

    Insight provided seemingly without malice. a history that seems more genuine than the packaged history presented in the marketing released by The Eagles. I had no idea how Leadon, Meisner, and then Felder were squeezed out. Sad commentary on my all time favorite band. Narrator brings the story to life.

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    Terry Easter 01-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "what a ride"

    my love of music began with my earliest life memories, that of eagles tunes and especially Don's incredible guitar work. to learn what he went through to make that music is incredible. I really enhoyed this audio book

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    Michael Shubert 12-01-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story of an enigmatic band"

    I have been a long time fan of the Eagles, knowing little about them. Don Felder's book gives us a peek inside the band, wrought with constant bickering, clashes of egos and animosity towards one another.

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    Amazon Customer Auckland, New Zealand 10-17-15
    Amazon Customer Auckland, New Zealand 10-17-15
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    "Surprisingly objective and enjoyable read"

    I enjoyed this book not only for the history of the Eagles aspect but as a description of one mans journey as a successful mueician. I enjoyed reading about Dons childhood and journey into the Eagles.

    I appreciated the hard work he put into his guitar playing and his friendships with other musicians.

    I think he was fair in his account of what happened in the Eagles and described the strengths of the band members as well as the arguments and disputes over who was entitled to what.. Certainly he was a lot more gracious than Don Henley and Glenn Frey.

    Good read

    well worth the read.

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    R. Muhammad Vancouver, Washington 08-22-15
    R. Muhammad Vancouver, Washington 08-22-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Great insight on a remarkable career"

    You won't be disappointed. Mr. Felders story is incredible to say the least. Going back to listen to the music I was amazed at how smooth the editing was even in the 70s. Great story and very interesting musician.

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