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Johnny Cash Audiobook

Johnny Cash: The Life

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Publisher's Summary

The definitive, intimate, no-holds-barred biography of Johnny Cash.

People don't just listen to Johnny Cash - they believe in him.

Although part of his life has been told on film, there are many compelling layers to his story that have remained hidden - until now. Robert Hilburn tells the unvarnished truth about a musical icon whose personal life was far more troubled and his artistry much more profound than even his most devoted fans have realized. As music critic for the Los Angeles Times, Hilburn knew Cash well throughout his life - he was the only music journalist at the legendary Folsom Prison concert in 1968, and he interviewed him extensively just before Cash's death in 2003.

Drawing upon his personal experience with Cash and a trove of never-before seen material from the singer's inner circle, Hilburn gives us a compelling, human portrait of one of the most iconic figures in modern popular culture - not only a towering figure in country music, but also a seminal influence in rock.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Robert Hilburn (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Steven L. 10-13-15
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    "Awesome!"

    Because the movie Walk the Line is my all-time favorite movie I almost didn't listen to this book thinking I knew enough of the story. I didn't know a quarter of the story. I am 39 years old and even though I am a life long country music fan I didn't know much of what was in this very complete biography of Johnny Cash. Gonna start it again now and listen again but it's just sad that it's over. The narrator does a very good job unlike some of the reviews state. Easy to listen to and enjoy and learn. I now want to go back to Hendersonville and see the grave again and visit the House of Cash museum. Already a fan this book made me a fanatic!

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    Scott Chestertown, MD, United States 11-09-13
    Scott Chestertown, MD, United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Book - Poor Narrator"
    Would you try another book from Robert Hilburn and/or Charles Pittard?

    The story is well written. The Narrator was terrible. Did not sound interested In reading the story. Monotone and hesitating in many parts making the reading hard to understand.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Charles Pittard?

    I would have liked to hear Grover Gardner reading this book.


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    Ashlee 05-26-16
    Ashlee 05-26-16
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    "Great but long"

    It was written very well. An insight we haven't had yet. The performance made it easy to listen to. I got this on audio book because it was taking me forever to read. It was easier to follow and listen to on audio but it was still long.

    I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to know Cash

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    Craig 02-20-16
    Craig 02-20-16

    Very eclectic when it comes to books & music.

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    "Excellent Story, Horrible Narration"
    What did you like best about Johnny Cash? What did you like least?

    The story was fantastic, and I learned a lot about Johnny Cash that I didn't know previously. On the down side, the narration was flat.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Details about Johnny Cash's personal life.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was flat and boring. This is the worst job of narration that I've ever heard, and I have over 200 audiobooks.


    Could you see Johnny Cash being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. I don't have any idea who the stars should be.


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    Micah Whalen Colorado 07-31-16
    Micah Whalen Colorado 07-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "life changing book!"

    loved it. if you start this book, it will be like falling into a burning ring of fiery biographical awesomeness that you will not be able to escape from.

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    Loretta WATERFORD, MI, United States 03-06-16
    Loretta WATERFORD, MI, United States 03-06-16
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    "a fresh look at the man in black"

    Even if you think you have read everything about the man in black, this 21 hour reading will leave you with a new perspective. This gets more into the head of johnny cash, a psychological view of what made him tick. So well written that it brought a new view to the stories I have read before many times. A sense of being in his head as I heard the stories as if for the first time

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    Christopher 02-21-16
    Christopher 02-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Insightful"

    Very insightful, felt like I met John after having listened to this audio book. A great artist.

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    Aimee V. 12-07-15
    Aimee V. 12-07-15
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    "The narrator's voice is like sleepy time tea"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Charles Pittard’s performances?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I'm having a hard time focusing on the book itself because the narrator is so monotone and dull that I'm zoning out. I'd say the book is interesting enough, and would probably be even more enjoyable with a livelier narrator.

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    Jon-Erik surface 06-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "great bio "

    I love johnny cash I'm a huge fan and with this book made me know a little more about him

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    R. McGrath WESTON, FL USA 09-02-14
    R. McGrath WESTON, FL USA 09-02-14 Member Since 2008
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    "A Genuine American Artist"
    What did you love best about Johnny Cash?

    Hilburn presents an unvarnished yet heroic tale of one of America's most outstanding artists. He brings insight to Cash's deep and abiding interest in singing, writing, family, relationships, underdogs, and gospel. He details Cash's his successes, struggles, determination, drug addled behavior, faith, falls, and resurrections. But throughout Hiburn gives us a very well written, riveting, and human story of a monumental figure in the annals of music.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book's subject, John R. Cash.


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

    At times one is touched by the enormous decency of this focused and gifted man and at times one is repulsed by the depths of his addiction and its abhorrent consequences. As one reads the book, it is compelling to also pause and listen to the music he created. It is amazing that he did so much work on stage as well as in recordings even during the darkest of times. Hilburn's account, commensurate with the magnitude of his subject, evokes every form of emotion. That Johnny Cash could finish his career and his life under the supportive and inspiring umbrella of Rick Rubin and the songs they recorded is a gift for all who cherish music and musical interpretation nonpareil. That Robert Hilburn has told the personal story of music's foremost chronicler of the American experience is a gift for everyone.


    Any additional comments?

    While Hilburn writes of Cash's magnetism, sound, commanding performances, and ability to imbue songs with his enormous imprimatur, he does not delve much into describing that unique resonant baritone quality that instantly identifies Johnny Cash to any and all listeners. Perhaps Hilburn's understatement in this regard is understandable. Written words can describe the force and extent of the man's artistry and influence, but simply cannot describe the auditory impact of Johnny Cash's voice and music. But this book surely will motivate readers to seek out his recordings and be rewarded anew by the auditory and emotional power of Cash's sound that extends so far beyond his recognized hits. Example? Try "Danny Boy" sung as Johnny Cash, in a hoarser voice, nears the end of his life. It is a tour de force rendition of a song you thought you knew. Hilburn points out others.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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