We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
That Close | [Suggs]

That Close

Suggs is one of pop music's most enduring and likeable figures. Read by the author himself with the assured style and wit of a natural raconteur, this hugely entertaining and insightful autobiography takes you from his colourful early life on a North London council estate, through the heady early days of Punk and 2-Tone, to the eighties, where Madness became the biggest selling singles band of the decade.
Regular Price:$25.85
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Suggs is one of pop music's most enduring and likeable figures. Read by the author himself with the assured style and wit of a natural raconteur, this hugely entertaining and insightful autobiography takes you from his colourful early life on a North London council estate, through the heady early days of Punk and 2-Tone, to the eighties, where Madness became the biggest selling singles band of the decade.

Along the way he tells you what it's like to grow up in sixties Soho, go globetrotting with your best mates, to make a dead pigeon fly and cause an earthquake in Finsbury Park.

©2013 Graham McPherson (P)2013 WF Howes Ltd

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

5.0 (1 )
5 star
 (1)
4 star
 (0)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
5.0 (1 )
5 star
 (1)
4 star
 (0)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
5.0 (1 )
5 star
 (1)
4 star
 (0)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance


There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Sort by:
  • Marion Nash
    Warks, UK
    2/12/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Time spent with Suggs"
    Would you consider the audio edition of That Close to be better than the print version?

    I've got both - you can hear Suggs' voice in the book and then get closer with the audiobook - it's like listening to the same story you always love to hear from a pal


    What other book might you compare That Close to, and why?

    Rock autobiographies, social history books - because that is what it is


    Which character – as performed by Suggs – was your favourite?

    Erm, Suggs


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It was the cat what made me do it


    Any additional comments?

    I've always been a fan of Suggs - he's so down to earth and loyal to his roots - and, of course, a great singer/songwriter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Binky Bowles-Balls
    St Brelade, Jersey
    11/16/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fantastic"
    What did you like most about That Close?

    I adored the 'rude boy' charm that came across so well. This is a cheeky, funny, really entertaining book, and Suggs is so humble it's obvious he is a truly, lovely gentleman. It's interesting to listen to, as Suggs has the soul of an urban poet, and a brilliant way of utilising words.


    What about Suggs’s performance did you like?

    I appreciated that it was narrated by the author, it really made the book come to life.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    London, United Kingdom
    12/23/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The life of a "National Treasure""
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Having just watched Suggs at the Garrick Theatre delivering a monologue and music, I was slightly disappointed to hear word-for-word the same sections within the book. However, it was entertaining and had me listening to it over a short amount of sittings.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Ending? Not sure an autobiography actually ends but how it finished was slightly disappointing. It was as if he had made it to the promised word count and fired it off to his publisher. The clever circular narrative of the live performance involving the singer's search for his dead father and inner-meaning to life lingered longer in the mind than a quick anecdote about being the last band to play at the BBC Television Centre.


    Which character – as performed by Suggs – was your favourite?

    Suggs himself. He managed to chart the amazing success of Madness without giving off an air of smug gloating. He came across as genuinely suprised at his achievements. Proud but humble.


    Could you see That Close being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Well it did make the Theatre, but it won't be commissioned as a film. I'd much rather see the Richard Curtis penned sitcom - mentioned in the book - in which the prime minister is kidnapped and Madness are installed as interim leaders of the UK.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Suggs's decision not to use a ghost writer on this autobiography largely paid off. I've read a ton of celebrity biogs and most read like they've been constructed around a couple of interviews recorded onto a dictaphone and then padded out into a book. Suggs is a natural raconteur as he has depicted in his lyrics over the last three decades. It's not clear if he hired the services of an editor, because the chapter on the history of Ska and the singer's recent take up of serious cycling felt like padding and should have been cut. I enjoyed learning that the school his school fought against every term was my school. Listening to Baggy Trousers will never be the same again!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • alexander
    2/15/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Glimpses of magic but too rare."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More detail, slower narration and focus more on the band evolvement, which lets be honest thats why we read musicians biographies.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Suggs again?

    Wouldnt rule it out.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There is a warm, interesting story dying to get out. He has tried his own style of book and i applaude him for that unfortunately for me it just didnt quite come off. I like the idea of telling the story in years chronologically particularly as pre fame biogs can be dull, however this led to a lack of detail and 5 hours in i was still thinking i had hardly learnt anything interesting about this guy. Even anecdotes which were presumably included for humours sake were badly written ( parmesan cheese story came to nothing).

    Suggs wonderful voice and style should have been a charm but i think it fails in the reading of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to love this story and indeed will re listen in case ive been harsh.

    I thought it was turning as they broke into the music scene, the top of the pops were interesting and funny but sadly could have been more detailed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-4 of 4 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.