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Rod: The Autobiography | [Rod Stewart]

Rod: The Autobiography

The long-awaited autobiography of one of rock's true megastars. Rod Stewart (aka Rod The Mod and to a very select few, Dad) was born the working-class son of a Scottish plumber in North London. He was never, as some stories later had it, a professional footballer or a gravedigger, though he did become a bit of a singer - and a fairly good one at that.
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The long-awaited autobiography of one of rock's true megastars. Rod Stewart (aka Rod The Mod and to a very select few, Dad) was born the working-class son of a Scottish plumber in North London. He was never, as some stories later had it, a professional footballer or a gravedigger, though he did become a bit of a singer - and a fairly good one at that. Rod started out in the early 1960s, playing alongside acts like The Rolling Stones, before his distinctively raspy voice and natural onstage presence caught the eye of the iconic guitarist, Jeff Beck.

An often-interesting two year stint with Beck’s group paved the way into the angst-inducing (for the world's hoteliers) five years with the Faces, whose offstage antics with alcohol, hotel rooms, and groupies have become the stuff of legend. And during all this, he found a spare moment to write "Maggie May", among a few others, and launch a solo career that has seen him sell in excess of 200 million records, be inducted into the Hall of Fame twice, and play the world’s largest ever concert. Not bad, as he says, for a bloke with a frog in his throat.

And then, there is his not so private life: marriages, divorces and affairs with some of the world’s most beautiful women - Bond girls, movie stars and supermodels - a struggle with steroid dependency, and a brush with cancer which very nearly saw it all slip away. Rod’s is an incredible life, and here, thrillingly and for the first time, he tells the whole thing, leaving no knickers under the bed. Joyously entertaining and at times deeply moving, this is the remarkable story of a guy with one hell of a voice - and one hell of a head of hair.

©2012 Rod Stewart (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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  • rickie
    5/29/15
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    "Great book"

    Really interesting book can't wait for the next one be nice to hear more about the children xx

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christina
    Romsey, United Kingdom
    3/15/14
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    "Totally unexpected - I actually like this man!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Rod the most enjoyable?

    I found that much as I hadn't wanted to like him I actually liked him!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was refreshingly honest.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favourite?

    Rodney Stewart.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes there was: I firmly believe that when Rod Stewart became a father again, at some advanced age, that I was genuinely concerned for the little mite.


    Any additional comments?

    The only comment I can give was to say is if you don't like him prepare to find lots in common with him and who knows you may surprise yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • malcolm
    EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "Well done Rod simply fantastic lad."
    Where does Rod rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    No One!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rod & Jack Nicolson.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes when Mary called about the death of his Dad.


    Any additional comments?

    The new Album is fantastic too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Hereford, United Kingdom
    10/17/13
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    "A forthright book, yet showing a likeable humility"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Well written and paced


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Expressive narration, which holds your interest


    Any additional comments?

    A forthright book, showing surprising humility from Rod. Worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Bensheim, Germany
    8/25/13
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    "interesting and honest"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    if you like autobiographies then read this - interesting account of development from childhood, to singing, stardom and onwards


    What did you like best about this story?

    early life well handled


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    good narration


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    good read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carla Le Maistre
    Jersey UK
    8/13/13
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    "Very honest autobiography"
    What did you like most about Rod?

    I liked the honesty of the book and the fact that he was a gentleman throughout. Despite being a self confessed womaniser, he never criticised the women.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rod?

    The fact that Penny's grand-father was knocked over at 95. So sad.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His reading is very clear and easy to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Possibly.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have preferred to her Rod reading his own book, but got used to the fact it was not him after a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mrs
    High wycombe, United Kingdom
    7/15/13
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    "Detailed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommended this book


    What other book might you compare Rod to, and why?

    John Lennon bio


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Detail


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Learnt moor about the mam xx

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DAVID
    Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Rod Line and Sinker"
    Would you listen to Rod again? Why?

    Yes. This is a very honest autobiography. He tells us some things we have not heard before and debunks several "Truths" we thought we all knew. Several stories the Media put about and he let run at the time are here shown up as media hype.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rod. Because this is his story.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    No scenes. this is a life.


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

    It made me laugh several times.


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised at the honesty shown in this book and it gave me a new perspective on the man behind the media hype.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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