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Alice in Chains Audiobook

Alice in Chains: The Untold Story

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Publisher's Summary

Alice in Chains was the first of grunge's big four - ahead of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden - to get a gold record and achieve national recognition. With the charismatic Layne Staley behind the microphone, they became one of the most influential and successful bands to come out of the Seattle music scene. But as the band got bigger, so did its problems. Acclaimed journalist David de Sola follows the members from their inauspicious beginnings at a warehouse under the Ballard Bridge through the history of the band, charting:

The local hair metal scene in Seattle during the 1980s.

How drugs nearly destroyed the band and claimed the lives of Staley and founding bassist Mike Starr.

Jerry Cantrell's solo career and Mike Starr's life after being fired from the band.

The band's resurrection with William DuVall, the Atlanta singer/guitarist who stepped into Layne Staley's shoes.

Based on a wealth of interviews with people with direct knowledge of the band and its history, many of whom are speaking on the record for the first time, Alice in Chains will stand as the definitive Alice in Chains biography for years to come.

©2015 David de Sola (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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    Rob 12-23-16
    Rob 12-23-16
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    "Disappointing!!!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I imagine someone who wasn't a real fan and doesn't mind a horrible narration filled with non sensical BS. The author reaches too far right past the real story but damn you'll learn the DOB of some inconsequential character. And for good measure the "voice" is annoying.


    What was most disappointing about David de Sola’s story?

    Too much information that has no merit being there. Scattered. Start stop Brake Pedal reverse, brake and pedal It's like riding with a 16 yo learning how to drive. I have heard the very members speak differently about the basics of the band's history.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sebastian York?

    Anyone who wasn't trying so very hard to come off as a badass. I really hope that's not how he talks in real life. I don't cast narrators


    What character would you cut from Alice in Chains?

    Really, Seriously come on that's a trick question. How about David de Sola. Start there. So much doesn't deserve or need to be in the book. Did he have to write a certain amount of words? He vomited all over the pages


    Any additional comments?

    Don't be teased into a let down

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steve 10-21-15
    Steve 10-21-15
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    "Kick ass"

    I do not care if this was unauthorized or not. You can tell that the author respects the band and the people discussed in the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer New York, New York 10-05-15
    Amazon Customer New York, New York 10-05-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Excellent!!"

    I would highly recommend this for anyone who is interested in Alice In Chains or the grunge music scene from the nineties.

    It gives a very comprehensive overview of the band's career from the formation to the present day. It is mainly focussed on the Layne Staley era, which is when most of their recording career took place.

    It shows that in spite of personal tragedy great art can still be created.

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    Peter M. Romero 06-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Focused on the wrong things"

    The Writing was not great.... focused way too much on secondary figures while glossing over the making of the hit records and the processes behind them. Also spent time bashing another author that nobody cares about. An editor would have helped focus this author on the story of Alice.... not on the story of some random drug user in a random band.

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    chris 06-11-17
    chris 06-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "a great insight"

    I loved it. but it was also sad to see someone so talented and beautiful lose himself to addiction the way he did.

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    Michelle 06-05-17
    Michelle 06-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Encyclopedic, well read."

    Being a native Seattle-ite, the same age as the members of AIC, this was a great trip down memory lane (no pun intended). My only complaint would be the narrator mis-pronounced many local place names.

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    Harrison-Crawford Caver 05-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Really enjoyable listen... Great story"

    I have no idea what made me purchase this book... It was on a whim, and I'm glad that I did. It's the best listen I've had in months with Audible.

    The narrator is perfect for the AIC story and the author is obviously passionate about the band. Thumbs up!

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    Emilio Garcia 04-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Don't miss this one!"

    This book was AMAZING to say the least! I like how the book focused mainly on Layne and how fascinating the Music Bank stories were. The Author did a Hell of a job doing research on the band without the cooperation of Layne's Mom and bandmates for this book. All the info was there to make this book the Author just had to dig and dig for it which he did, and pulled it off. Any AIC fan needs to check this one out. I finished in 3 days and will probably listen to it again this week it's so good.

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    yvonne lozano 09-28-16
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    "love R.I.P Layne Staley you are missed"

    I went into the authors world he lead me guided me and I now feel I know even more just absolutely wonderful Bravo Sir♡

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    Nick 09-23-16
    Nick 09-23-16
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    "Dull."

    I love this band, but this book is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo....... boring!!! the author does nothing to create a sense of feeling and understanding of Lane and his tragedy. very dry and dull.

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