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Waging Heavy Peace Audiobook

Waging Heavy Peace

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Publisher's Summary

An iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture (inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Neil Young has written his eagerly awaited memoir: "I felt that writing books fit me like a glove; I just started and I just kept going."

Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical career, spanning his time in bands like Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crazy Horse; moving from the snows of Ontario through the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today. Candid, witty and revealing, this book takes its place beside the classic memoirs of Bob Dylan and Keith Richards.

©2012 Neil Young (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    advrider Greensboro, NC, United States 02-25-13
    advrider Greensboro, NC, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A little disappointing."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I really like Neil but I felt he didn't go into as much detail about his music career than I would have liked.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Neil spent too much time on his automobile & sound enhancement ventures.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Keith did ok I guess.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Neil Young’s life?

    I was excited about his performances at Woodstock & The Last Waltz. I think he wrote maybe a paragraph about Woodstock.


    Any additional comments?

    I understand about his interest in improving autos due to the environment. And improving the music experience with improved sound. But I wanted more about his music history.

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    gerald Amarillo, TX, United States 02-20-13
    gerald Amarillo, TX, United States 02-20-13
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    "Really Interesting, But Where's the Beef"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Waging Heavy Peace to be better than the print version?

    No Idea


    Would you be willing to try another book from Neil Young? Why or why not?

    Yes, this was very interesting.


    Have you listened to any of Keith Carradine’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No idea


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

    His discussion of drug and alcohol addition, and the ongoing recovery.


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to the book was like hearing an interesting, rambling conversation with Neal. I enjoyed the stories he told and the history of his life; however, I though the book was going to give details of Pono, Young's new audio format. Instead it discussed how good Pono is but gave no details as to format, equipment needed to play it or any additional data. The same was true about his electric car.

    I would recommend the book to any fan of Neil Young for the life story it tells.

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    Brian Sycamore, IL, United States 02-15-13
    Brian Sycamore, IL, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2012

    I listen in the car on my long commute. Fiction, science fiction, history, essays, you name it.

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    "First: I have always loved Neil Young."
    What made the experience of listening to Waging Heavy Peace the most enjoyable?

    I don't read a lot of biographies, but I have always thought Neil Young was one of the most interesting artists I had ever encountered. I had heard a few of the stories of Neil's life, but hearing them in his words was great. I liked that he jumped around a lot - like a stream of consciousness conversation. The connections he has had over the years, and the way he was at the heart of the 60s and 70s culture makes his story very interesting, as it is also part of my story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed how open and honest he comes across in the stories. I am sure some were hard to write.


    What does Keith Carradine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Keith Carradine's narration was a little wooden, but it seemed to work for me. He would not sound good at all reading fiction in that style, but for this story, it didn't bother me, and I am often critical of the readers.


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

    I felt how strongly Neil loves his family and friends, and how important they are to him. Once I started it, I didn't want to get out of the car.


    Any additional comments?

    He talks quite a bit about his audio project, and his electric car project, but these are a lot more than money-making projects to him, and I didn't get tired of hearing about them, although a couple of my friends did.

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    marti richmond, va, United States 01-31-13
    marti richmond, va, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "sugar mountain uncoated"
    What did you love best about Waging Heavy Peace?

    Neil Young's point of view of Neil Young


    What did you like best about this story?

    Understanding Neil better


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Yes ..Could have done with a little more feeling


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    Michael J. Mountain Virginia Beach, Va 01-25-13
    Michael J. Mountain Virginia Beach, Va 01-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Getting to know Neil Young"
    Where does Waging Heavy Peace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorite biographies. I felt like i was sitting down with Neil Young as he told me stories about his life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Neil Young. Listening to the book brought me closer to who the man is instead of just the guy on the records.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Just listening to Neil describe his passion for not just his music, but all music.


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

    That would be nice, if a little impractical. The narrative aspect of it was a nice change from most biographies I have read.


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    genevieve ANACORTES, WA, United States 01-15-13
    genevieve ANACORTES, WA, United States 01-15-13
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    "He clearly wrote the book for himself, mostly."

    It is possible to both be an admirer of his music and not a fan of this book. This autobiography seems honest and well-meaning, it just isn't my cup of tea. Maybe if I was an old rock and roll guy I'd like it more.

    The stories are a bit scattered, but I found that part charming. It's just that after an hour or so I started to feel like I was hanging out with an old man who's a bit out of touch. Young pays tribute to many of his friends and family, it's really sweet overall, it's just that it's surprisingly really sappy and the sentimentality directed towards cars, toy trains, guitars, houses, and other property of the sort is not that interesting to everyone.

    I think that if the book had been read by the author it could have worked better. I saw Neil Young on the Daily Show and it made me want to get this book. The title itself was also super promising.

    I was sadly disappointed.

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    Tom A Howell 01-03-13
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    "Sold me on Audible"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's an easy fun listen for anyone into the old school philosophy that art and music is important for the development of the soul.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Rust Never Sells


    Any additional comments?

    In his weathered Pendleton and T-shirt Niel Young stands alone among the artist of his time. As all the others have retired or sold-out and commercialized he stands true to the idea that music is not commerce or commodity but art. And in spite of the odds he fights the good fight and keeps the faith for those among us who still know and care.

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    J. Landry mountains, CO 01-02-13
    J. Landry mountains, CO 01-02-13
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    "Interesting listen. Jumps around alot"
    Where does Waging Heavy Peace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Loved David Carradine's performance. Many interesting points came up, but it was a bit all over the place as timeline goes and can be hard for the listener to follow.


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

    Not really an ending as Neil's adventure continues


    Have you listened to any of Keith Carradine’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    There is more to Neil than meets the ear.

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    Stephanie 12-13-12
    Stephanie 12-13-12
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    "Felt at times like a commercial for pono"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have. Interesting life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hearing Neil's take on those things I've heard about him


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Neil Young cruising down the highway in his old boat of a car with a quiet electric motor and the top of the line pono car stereo system.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Yeah. Him.


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    tehuti Albuquerque, NM 12-12-12
    tehuti Albuquerque, NM 12-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful memoir"

    Waging Heavy Peace was very well read, it felt like I was hanging out with Neil and he was telling me stories about himself. It seemed like I got to know him a little, and really got a feel for his amazing life. He has a lot of heart, and has really lived his life with integrity. By the time it was over, I had a bit of a hero!

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