Audie Award Nominee, Nonfiction, 2013
In the 1980s, Elton John saw friend after friend, loved one after loved one, perish needlessly from AIDS. In the midst of the plague, he befriended Ryan White, a young Indiana boy ostracized by his town and his school because of the HIV infection he had contracted from a blood transfusion. Ryan's inspiring life and devastating death led Elton to two realizations: His own life was a mess. And he had to do something to help stop the AIDS crisis.
Since then, Elton has dedicated himself to overcoming the plague and the stigma of AIDS. He has done this through the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised and donated $275 million to date to fighting the disease worldwide.
Love Is the Cure is Elton's personal account of his life during the AIDS epidemic, including stories of his close friendships with Ryan White, Freddie Mercury, Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, and others, and the story of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. With powerful conviction and emotional force, Elton conveys the personal toll AIDS has taken on his life - and his infinite determination to stop its spread.
Elton writes, "This is a disease that must be cured not by a miraculous vaccine, but by changing hearts and minds, and through a collective effort to break down social barriers and to build bridges of compassion. Why are we not doing more? This is a question I have thought deeply about, and wish to answer - and help to change - by writing this book."
Sales of Love Is the Cure benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
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"My friend Elton John has touched us all with his music and with the countless lives he has saved through his AIDS Foundation. Now he has given us a deeply personal story of struggle and perseverance in the fight against this terrible disease. Few people know more [than] Elton what it will take to end AIDS. His wonderful new book will convince you there's cause for hope - and inspire you to be part of the solution." (President Bill Clinton)
I just participated in the AIDS Walk this fall in Philadelphia, but prior to doing so, I listened to this audiobook. I wanted to have a greater understanding of the AIDS epidemic and the best way to overcome it. Elton John's book did just that. It provided a clear overview of the current worldwide AIDS crisis, how we're addressing it and what we're failing to do.
Having Elton John narrate the book was a treat because it felt as though I was having a cup of coffee with him. However, since he's not a professional narrator, there were moments when his pacing was off and he'd awkwardly deliver a word. It wasn't a deal breaker, but it was noticeable.
This audiobook also provided me with a rare glimpse into Elton John's personal life and the demons he had to battle over the years. These tidbits humanized the music legend and provided a greater context for the AIDS work he does today.
If you're thinking about buying this book, I think you should go for it. It's a fascinating listen from start to finish about a disease that doesn't get the attention it deserves.
I like that it is read by Elton John.
Elton John is repetitive at times, but he has a very important message and tells the story so as to make sure we fully understand the message. I was a big Elton John fan in my teens, and had no idea how his life evolved.
Yes, but would want to sample it first.
Would have included more about the lives of the friends afflicted by AIDS and more about what John was feeling during his own trials.
He was good and serious.
Yes. Interested in Elton John and his charitible interests.
This is the only audiobook of his of which I am aware.
To hear Elton John reading his own book emphasized the passion for which he has for continuing to bring awareness and finding a cure to AIDS.
Yes, I'd listen again. There was so much information packed into this book, but written in such a way that it was entertaining too. The ending of the book, in which Mr John talks about the desperate need to dispense AIDS drugs to prevent the spread of the disease was so heartening, that I thought it should have been in the first paragraph. It would have given me a better perspective on the whole story. AIDS is such a sad story, I was thrilled to hear a surprise happy ending. I had no idea that the current AIDS drugs were so effecient at the prevention of the spread of the virus.
Mr John's revelation that he would either die or dry up his drug/ booze addictions.
He makes it so personal.
Curing AIDS, there is hope.
This book brings the bigger-than-life and, sometimes fantastical, figure of Elton John down to earth. It makes one realize that at his core, he is a compassionate, caring individual - who just happens to also be a rock star. I knew that Elton John had an AIDS foundation, but I had no idea about the events in his life that moved him to create the foundation and that move him still to continue its incredible work. It is hard to put into words how much this book moved me. The fact that Elton John narrated the book himself brings a deeply personal touch to this audiobook and his pleading for the end of stigma against those who are the least fortunate around the world makes one realize just how deeply his compassion for mankind goes.
Here is what one cannot help but feel is an earnest book written by someone moved to write for the best of reasons. It is a rhetorical masterpiece delivered by a smooth, distinguished, and caring voice whose sincerity seems beyond question. There is thankfully very little time devoted to the author's own tribulations (only a chapter or so), while many of the stories are touching descriptions of HIV sufferer's whose plight has affected the, author and coloured the passages in this book. The author does not restrict himself to pathos in order to make his arguments, but has sound, logical justifications for ending the disease, which, as far as I know being a lay-person, are economically as well as ethically sound. Too many writers for a cause ignore the realities of the market-driven world we live in, and even if I agree with their sentiments, I cannot help but find their credibility diminished because of their naiveté. This need not be your concern if you read this book. The sentiment delivered in the book's title is the guiding force, but so is the grown-up sense of reality. This is a marvellous book that deserves everybody's attention.
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