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When Giants Walked the Earth Audiobook

When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin

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Publisher's Summary

Led Zeppelin rose to become one of the biggest-selling rock bands of all time. Mick Wall, respected rock writer and former confidant of band members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, unflinchingly tells the story of the band that wrote the rulebook for on-the-road excess and eventually paid the price for it, with disaster, drug addiction, and death.

Wall also recounts, in a series of flashbacks, the life stories of the five individuals that made the dream a reality: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, and their infamous manager, Peter Grant.

Finally, the full, shocking story is told from the inside.

©2009 Mick Wall; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"So this is the big one: a fat, juicy biography of the biggest band ever....Mick Wall, the veteran rock journalist, lays it all bare in a book that can only be described as definitive." (Daily Telegraph)
"That Wall can add so much fresh detail to the Led Zep story is in itself an extraordinary achievement. That he manages to humanize these planet-striding giants while doing so puts this book into the 'definitive' category." (Classic Rock magazine)

"Wall painstakingly traces Zeppelin's development and musical pedigree. His access and attention to detail make this a definitive work….an essential source for anyone eager to learn about the era when rock stars ruled the world." (Publishers Weekly)

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    JUDI 06-21-16
    JUDI 06-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "NO, NOT : LED ZEPPELIN?"

    It would be nice for me to say I LOVED IT , but in all fairness I just heard something about a "bowel movement " ? I rarely get disappointed by the written word , especially when I'm in the midst of a biographical binge but I was miffed ! The reader is set down a vast amount of time travel yet, the overwhelming amount of substance is missing clearly by the monotone voice of the narrator. Continuity, what's that ? Your bored into sleeping like a trance, a TRIP ! I thought I'd try an audio-book , but now I'll have to go back to basics and READ ! You try it couldn't finish it .

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    Jill Trent 03-18-16
    Jill Trent 03-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "phenomenal"

    I could not wait til I left for work and got off work so I could listen to another hour. I dearly love led zep music but hate to now know about the occult influences. and the drugs oh my! The devil finds his way into everything. But he won't beat me on the this... ill continue to see Jesus instead. The random
    talking to un named people was jacked up. Wth????? I hated when the writer did that. maybe I'm not smart enough for this guy.

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    PETER LAZAR 03-17-16
    PETER LAZAR 03-17-16
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    "Maybe, maybe not"

    Not sure why he was so cool on the O2 concert. The video shows tens of thousands of people going ape s#!+ whilst he's looking at his watch. Not buying it. He's not an authority on Led Zep if he thinks ITTOD was weak. Not their best work, but not weak. Sounds like envy to me. That said, he's a good writer, even if most of this book is historical fiction.

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    Johan 02-27-16
    Johan 02-27-16
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    "Things about Led"

    It revealed some interesting insight to that era of music and the story of Led

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    Amazon Customer 10-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent"

    Loved it. The audio version is especially awesome for an American, I tried reading the book but it was slower since some is written in the voice of the British members of the band.

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    M. Henderson 10-09-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Unbelievable"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I should have known an authorized biography narrated by Simon Vance could be similar to his TV documentaries, which are terrible. So was this book. Made it to chapter 3 before I dumped the book


    What could Mick Wall have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Convinced Jimmy Page to write it!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Vance’s performances?

    Not in this century


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    Sean 09-25-15
    Sean 09-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Personal Review"

    Author's attempt to relate facts about the character's lives through their own words written by the author was a failed attempt to make the biography more interesring. The facts and characters were interesting enough on their own not needing such a contrived style of writing.

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    ifthenwhy 02-17-15
    ifthenwhy 02-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Second Person Narrative Is "Almost" A Deal Breaker"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Zep begins and ends with Page.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Vance perfectly captures the working class Northern British attitude in his voice, which is essential for telling this story.

    AND he pronounced "Bron-Y-Aur" correctly!


    Any additional comments?

    "Giants" is a wonderfully researched book, on a topic that is pretty well tread and Wall manages to unearth enough information and insights into the Zep story to make this book a must read for Zeppelin fans.

    It's a compelling read that captures the essential elements of the bands rise and subsequent troubles when coping with their own fame. But Walls decision to add second person narratives throughout this Bio not only damages the credibility of the author, but also pulls the reader from his nicely paced and constructed narrative.

    Yes, I get that bios are often stylistically lazy in their execution, but this dramatic second person device came close to ruining this book for me. I found it totally unnecessary and rather irritating. Wall even warns the reader at the start of the book, basically saying, "While I tried hard to research and take educated guesses as to what the band might say in these instances, I MADE IT UP!"

    Yuck.

    And while I appreciate an author trying to add color to a story, I would argue that a well executed biography ( Mark Lewisohn's "Tune In: The Beatles, All These Years", a fine example of a rock Bio at the top of its form) really should be about nothing more than comprehensive research and artistic/editorial flare.

    Having said that, it is a testament to Walls research and writing that I held on. Without these irritants, the rating would have been 5.

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    Ron Giles 01-18-15
    Ron Giles 01-18-15 Listener Since 2008
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    Would you listen to When Giants Walked the Earth again? Why?

    Once was enough. It was a mostly satisfying listen and I would recommend the book to anyone with more than a passing appreciation of Led Zeppelin's mystique.


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

    No. The longish bits about the Crowley stuff, while perhaps important with regards particularly to Page, didn't always make for a fascinating listen. There were also the uncomfortable passages where the author wrote as though 'speaking' directly to individual subjects as if present for various historical events in their lives from childhood on. Made for jarring transitions in narrative style, at times. Yet, it sometimes DID help to dramatise events that could only be speculated upon. Perhaps this book is best described as a dramatisation, rather than as a biography.


    Any additional comments?

    Very much enjoyed Simon Vance's narration. Despite criticisms, this was a fun and mostly engrossing listen. Certainly, I feel as though I now have a better appreciation for the sequence of events and the times in which they occurred. I cannot ascertain how accurate this telling of Zeppelin's history is, but it has a certain ring of authenticity - at least in the broad strokes. Given that no authorised story is likely to emerge, this might be as good as it gets. Even if we were to one day have the definitive word from the living sources, who's to say what details might be suppressed or altered?

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    E. Murphy KC 01-15-15
    E. Murphy KC 01-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Long"

    Long read took a long time to get through it. Sad story in the end.

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