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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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    Melinda G. 07-25-16
    Melinda G. 07-25-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding!!"

    This was a very comprehensive and well researched biography of an amazing iconic band. It has inspired me to learn more and I have enjoyed listening to many songs again. Highly recommend.

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    Amazon Customer 07-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Long and boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone with lots of time on their hands who's willing to wade through the fills.


    What was most disappointing about Mick Wall’s story?

    Too long, too detailed on every character to the point of just seeming like page fill. Lost interest many times, came back several times later but just drifts off in to many off topic jaunts. Couldn't even finish the story which is a shame because if all the fluff, the story could have been good. For all you Zeppelin fans Hammer of the Gods is much better.


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

    I have listened to other books with Simon and he's done a fine job.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from When Giants Walked the Earth?

    Simply just trim it down and clean it up.


    Any additional comments?

    Got so frustrated so many times I just couldn't finish it which is sad because I'm a huge Zeppelin fan.

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    JUDI 06-21-16
    JUDI 06-21-16
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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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