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  • Good Vibrations

  • My Life as a Beach Boy
  • By: Mike Love, James S. Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Mike Love
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

As a founding member of The Beach Boys, Mike Love has spent an extraordinary 55 years, and counting, as the group's lead singer and one of its principal lyricists. The Beach Boys, from their California roots to their international fame, are a unique American story - one of overnight success and age-defying longevity; of musical genius and reckless self-destruction; of spirituality, betrayal, and forgiveness - and Love is the only band member to be part of it each and every step.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worthwhile for Beach Boy fans...narration awful

  • By jeffrey on 10-13-16

A Must For Any Beach Boy Fan!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Good Vibrations to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version, only the audiobook. I enjoyed the audio book because it's read by the author. That really makes it unique and special. Hearing this story straight from the author's mouth.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mike Love, it's his account, why not?

Which character – as performed by Mike Love – was your favorite?

Mike Love & Brian Wilson

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

Yes, if I could have.

Any additional comments?

This is a great account and perspective of Mike Love. For so many years you only hear pieces of information. You never know what is true and what is a story. I feel like this is an honest account of Mike Love. He really does love Brian. I think it's a shame that the false history has sort of made Mike a villain and Brian a saint. This is a must read. You will take something from it and may appreciate The Beach Boys even more.

I am a fan of Rock N' Roll. I have read all of the biographies. This is a true honest account that takes you on a journey. I highly recommend this book. I know Brian Wilson's book was just released "Again", so it would be great to read them back to back for a big picture.

  • Under the Big Black Sun

  • A Personal History of L.A. Punk
  • By: John Doe, Tom Desavia
  • Narrated by: Exene Cervenka, Henry Rollins, full cast
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334

Under the Big Black Sun explores the nascent Los Angeles punk rock movement and its evolution to hardcore punk as it's never been told before. Authors John Doe and Tom DeSavia have woven together an enthralling story of the legendary West Coast scene from 1977 to 1982 by enlisting the voices of people who were there. The book shares chapter-length tales from the authors along with personal essays from famous (and infamous) players in the scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A love song to the early punk days in LA.

  • By Brenda on 07-09-16

Awesome! Hear Some LA Punk History From The People Who Created The Experience & Experienced The Experience

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-16

If you are reading this and remotely interested, or maybe you were a part of the beginning of the LA Punk Scene in the 70's or 80's, I highly recommend this well documented and amazing book. I grew up in Orange County California and was late to the scene. I remember the Anti-Club and Vinyl Fetish which are some of the places they talk about. Every story from each of the contributors packs a punch like the music and energy they created.

This is the best book of this genre I have read. You won't regret this book. You will love it.

Thanks to the Author and Contributors. This was an amazing experience.

  • But Enough About Me

  • A Memoir
  • By: Burt Reynolds, Jon Winokur
  • Narrated by: Burt Reynolds
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702

Burt Reynolds has been a Hollywood leading man for six decades, known for his legendary performances, sex-symbol status, and storied Hollywood romances. In his long career of stardom, during which he was number one at the box office for five years in a row, Reynolds has seen it all. But Enough About Me will tell his story through the people he's encountered on his amazing journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible life!

  • By Zeppy on 11-24-15

If you Grew Up With Burt, This is a must

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-16

I am 41 years old. I grew up when Burt Reynolds was the King of Hollywood. He really pours his story out with honesty and sincerity.

He offers you a journey through his life of ups and downs. He's at heart an honest hard working man who seemed to have the best intentions. It was great to read his experiences with other kings and queens of Hollywood. Some that I dearly remember and now the world has forgotten.

This book brought back many memories of the 70s and 80s. He would tell the behind the scenes of people in his life like Sally Field to Lonnie Anderson. At the end, the narrator Burt him self gets emotional and at other times you hear his emotions come through. This is a story of a mans journey from beginning to end. The ups and downs and in the end his heart is in the same place as the beginning of his life.

The only negative is at first it was hard to hear old Burt Reynolds reading, he sounds so old and eventually you get used to his speech. I wouldn't want to hear it read by anyone else on the same token.

If you remember Burt when you were a kid and Smokey And The Bandit and Cannonball Run but don't know much about him. I recommend reading our listening to this. You will appreciate the people and stories of the time. You will know the man the legend Burt Reynolds.

  • Waging Heavy Peace

  • By: Neil Young
  • Narrated by: Keith Carradine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 339

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. 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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the ultimate entertainer...

  • By Sabine on 11-05-12

Keep On Reading In The Free World

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-16

I'm not the biggest Neil Young fan. I have the greatest hits and respect him but don't know a lot. Now after reading this book I'm interested in hearing more albums. I am a fan of Rock N Roll history and this is one of the best I have read. It's totally honest and off the cuff. He just wrote it himself. He has no set structure yet it works.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that even just knows of Neil Young. He's amazing and this book really shows a down to earth honest guy. I highly recommend this book.

  • Psychedelic Bubble Gum

  • Boyce & Hart, the Monkees, and Turning Mayhem into Miracles
  • By: Bobby Hart
  • Narrated by: Bobby Hart, Micky Dolenz
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

From the man who wrote the songs that outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in 1967, comes the story of the first decades of his life in Hollywood and New York. Immerse yourself in Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award nominated songwriter Bobby Hart's world as he shares the story behind his success; from humble beginnings comes a musical goliath. Psychedelic Bubble Gum is an exclusive glimpse into Hart's personal journey as he moves on the fast track to fame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun and surprisingly powerful book

  • By Dave Schrader on 08-06-17

Great first half! Sort of...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-16

I read all of these rock 'n' roll era biographies. This was an interesting read. Or listen I should say. I would say overall it was bland with some interesting points during the 60s during the height of their careers in the monkees era.

The last hour or so really got stale and he pretty much just wants to sell the reader on his way of life and religion of yoga. It was like a two hour movie drawn out for three hours.

The narration was read by the author, he reads it well although he sounds like he has a mint in his mouth and takes a lot of deep breaths.

I would say skip the book and watch the documentary.

  • Deal

  • My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead
  • By: Bill Kreutzmann, Benjy Eisen
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

On their 50th anniversary comes a groundbreaking rock-and-roll memoir by one of the founding members of the Grateful Dead. The Grateful Dead are perhaps the most legendary American rock band of all time. For 30 years, beginning in the hippie scene of San Francisco in 1965, they were a musical institution, the original jam band that broke new ground in so many ways.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent but not great

  • By Monty S on 03-02-16

Even If Your Not Into The Grateful Dead.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-15

Where does Deal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I read mostly biographies of Rock N Roll Legends. I am a light Grateful Dead fan. It didn't' matter. Its a great perspective to a very talented drummer from start to current. What makes these books great is how honest the writer is.

What other book might you compare Deal to and why?

I would compare this to any other Rock N Roll biography.

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

He represented well of what Bill could sound like it. Sort of wild and biker guy.

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

Sure

Any additional comments?

Great book, I would recommend it.

  • Anger Is an Energy

  • My Life Uncensored
  • By: John Lydon
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

John Lydon is an icon - one of the most recognizable and influential cultural figures of the last 40 years. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols, the world's most notorious band. The Pistols shot to fame in the mid-1970s with songs such as "Anarchy in the U.K." and "God Save the Queen". So incendiary was their impact at the time that in their native England, the Houses of Parliament questioned whether they violated the Traitors and Treasons Act.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I Just Can't

  • By notamatopoeia on 12-30-15

Not A Dull Moment! Great Read And Honest

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Anger Is an Energy to be better than the print version?

No, they are two different experiences.

What did you like best about this story?

The honesty, the pace of the story carries you along.

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

Emotion

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

Sure

Any additional comments?

I grew up a fan! It's great to hear a punk rock pioneer share his experience with what seems to be an honest perspective.

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  • John

  • By: Cynthia Lennon
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

In John, Cynthia recalls those times with the loving honesty of an insider, offering new and fascinating insights into the life of John Lennon and the early days of the Beatles. And with the perspective only years can provide, she also tells the compelling story of her marriage to a man who was to become a music legend, a cultural hero, and a defining figure of the twentieth century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, even if Paul was your favorite.

  • By Mick on 10-09-05

Pretty good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-15

I read all of these 60's Rock N Roll biographies. This one is pretty good. It gives you a different perspective from Cynthia Lennon on John Lennon.

I thought there were some interesting stories and well worth the read if you are a fan of the Beatles and of course of Lennon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Are We Still Rolling?

  • Studios, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll - One Man's Journey Recording Classic Albums
  • By: Phill Brown
  • Narrated by: Terry Brown
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

From the author's first glimpse of a magical recording studio in the mid-1960s up through a busy career that continues to the present day, this rollicking story can only be told by those that were there. As the young tape operator on sessions for the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and Joe Cocker at the famed Olympic Sound Studios in London, Phill learned the ropes from experienced engineers and producers such as Glyn Johns and Eddie Kramer.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing.

  • By Cohen on 03-06-15

It's ok but...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-15

I read all of these 60's 70's and 80's era biographies of the band members and sound engineers. This one about Phil Brown is ok. Not the best. A good listen if you are interested in that era.

I found myself lost at times of who he was speaking about. There were some good bits but again nothing all that exciting.

His brother does the narration which is good as he reacts to what he's reading. So makes it fun to listen to.

I would recommend this, some people may like it but I'm comparing it to all the many others I have read and it's simply average.

He seems like a great guy but nothing too exciting to read about.

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  • Brian Jones

  • The Making of the Rolling Stones
  • By: Paul Trynka
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Brian Jones is a forensic, thrilling account of Jones' life, which for the first time details his pioneering achievements and messy unraveling. With more than 120 new interviews, Trynka offers countless new revelations and sets straight the tall tales that have long marred Jones' legacy. His story is a gripping battle between creativity and ambition, between self-sabotage and betrayal. It's all here: the girlfriends, the drugs, and some of the greatest music of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, exceptionally well narrated

  • By M. Graham on 11-17-15

Well Written and a fair perspective On The Brian Jones

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-15

I'm a fan of the 60's and 70's era Rock N Roll era. This is a well written book which gives you different perspectives based on interviews from the people and friends that surrounded Brian.

It is well read. I really like the narrator. Very well done. If you have any interest in the Stones and Brian Jones, I recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful