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Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me | [Pattie Boyd, Penny Junor]

Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me

An iconic figure of the 1960s and '70s, Pattie Boyd breaks a 40-year silence in Wonderful Tonight, and tells the story of how she found herself bound to two of the most addictive, promiscuous musical geniuses of the 20th century and became the most famous muse in the history of rock and roll.
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An iconic figure of the 1960s and '70s, Pattie Boyd breaks a 40-year silence in Wonderful Tonight, and tells the story of how she found herself bound to two of the most addictive, promiscuous musical geniuses of the 20th century and became the most famous muse in the history of rock and roll.

She met the Beatles in 1964 when she was cast as a schoolgirl in A Hard Day's Night. Ten days later, a smitten George Harrison proposed. For 20-year-old Pattie Boyd, it was the beginning of an unimaginably rich and complex life as she was welcomed into the Beatles inner circle. She describes the dynamics of the group, the friendships, the tensions, the music-making, and the weird and wonderful memories. It was a sweet, turbulent life, but one that would take an unexpected turn, starting with a simple note that began "dearest L" from Eric Clapton.

For the first time, Boyd, former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, a woman who inspired Harrison's song "Something" and Clapton's anthem "Layla", gives us her story: rich and raw, funny and heartbreaking, and totally honest and open and breathtaking.

©2007 Pattie Boyd; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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    Chris Spokane, WA, United States 09-03-07
    Chris Spokane, WA, United States 09-03-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Interesting, but too short"

    Too bad there isn't an unabridged version of this title. At barely 2 hours long in the abridged version, this is an entertaining and interesting piece of work, but even some of the information readily available from Ms. Boyd's recent interviews is lacking.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie WARSAW, IN, United States 10-25-07
    Jackie WARSAW, IN, United States 10-25-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Overall, enjoyed it"

    I wish this book would have been offered in the unabridged version. I found what she had to say interesting and it was fun to hear about the rock'n'roll stars she knew.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn kenner, LA, United States 07-09-12
    Marilyn kenner, LA, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good, but needed to be longer and more detailed."
    What did you like best about Wonderful Tonight? What did you like least?

    I liked the reading by the author. The interactions between Pattie and the group(s) she talks about... Other Beatle wives / girlfriends; Harrison; Clapton and others was the most interesting. Although Pattie's childhood and family stories are interesting, I would have enjoyed more Harrison, Clapton and Beatle shenanigans! The story of Eric's young baby and subsequent death are / were known pretty well, but more detail would have been great. I don't wish to make it seem as though Pattie's early life was not important. It obviously ties in to the later life. It was interesting and important. I only wish she would have included more of her 60's life. All in all. A good listen! :-)


    What did you like best about this story?

    Pattie and her life experiences during the 60's.


    Which character – as performed by Pattie Boyd – was your favorite?

    The entire listen was good.


    Could you see Wonderful Tonight being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. I'd have to give more thought to characters for a movie.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Nonthaburi, Thailand 12-23-07
    Jill Nonthaburi, Thailand 12-23-07
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    "Open and honest book"

    Excellent! I highly recommend it. Hear all the juicy details of the Beatles and Eric Clapton from Patti's point of view. She tells what it's like to be part of the fame, and the drawbacks.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Olathe, KS, United States 03-21-13
    Amy Olathe, KS, United States 03-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "An absolute gem!"

    What a treat to hear Pattie tell her story with her own voice! Pattie does a wonderful job at telling her amazing life-story. While a lot of her story is sad, much of it is extraordinary and joyful. Who would not want to be her? My only complaint is that I wish it were not abridged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Hart Murphy, NC 02-25-13
    Jason Hart Murphy, NC 02-25-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Drugs cause Pattie to mixup key events..."
    What would have made Wonderful Tonight better?

    Being somewhat of a Beatle expert and having read countless books on the Beatles, I was literally appalled that Pattie got so many dates wrong.


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

    It was difficult to listen to all the way through but I slogged through waiting for the next erroneous statement.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The book was totally devoid of any passion that she talks about having toward the two famous men in her life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. V Boston, MA 02-24-13
    Mr. V Boston, MA 02-24-13 Member Since 2012

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    "I was disappointed."
    Would you try another book from Pattie Boyd and Penny Junor and/or Pattie Boyd?

    I don't think so.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have quite a few audio books that I am reading.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did a good job but the story / her story was just not as interesting as I would have hoped.


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

    It was interesting to hear about Beatlemania from the inside.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Centennial, Colorado, United States 12-02-11
    Patricia Centennial, Colorado, United States 12-02-11 Member Since 2010

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    "A story from a 60's icon"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to any friend who grew up in the 60's wondering about THOSE gals that always seemed to show up in the photos with the Beatles, or other rock and roll stars. It was always interesting to see Pattie Boyd in the magazines, but to hear her story was fun to listen to . Her naievity was quite different than I had expected.


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

    the ending was probably what you would expect


    What three words best describe Pattie Boyd’s performance?

    She did a great job. Sometimes her voice would make me sleepy, but I expected that.


    Was Wonderful Tonight worth the listening time?

    Yes it was. I listened when I was on vacation, and since I am NOT a fiction reader, I enjoyed listening to her story with George Harrison, and Eric Clapton. It was honest, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but basically a good airplane, beach, just before you go to bed listen. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good listen into the 60's world of a couple of rock and roll icons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah travelers rest, SC, USA 09-22-07
    Deborah travelers rest, SC, USA 09-22-07
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    "Good for you Pattie"

    I wish I could talk to you we have such parrallels in our lives. The horror of addiction no matter your station in life stirs up the same emotions in the heart. Sooner or later it all catches up with us in one way or another, simply put a broken heart is just that, no matter whose it is. No matter the reason for it. I am in the throes of a bad patch in my life because my husband of 22 yrs. addictions, he lies terminally ill as i write this. I like you all ways tried to make things ok, but they never are. I only hope I can persevere through the loneliness and utter hopelessness I feel at this time. Thank you for your book, it gives me a glimmer of hope that maybe it can come true. How I wish we could do lunch together, oh the things we could talk about. Forty years is a long time I will be waiting on another book, maybe some fiction that that is another record of that time in so many of our lives, I being a bit younger than you, me 54, but with a sister exactly your age. Write us some more memories Patty.
    Your Fan :)

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
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