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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 3 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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    YrLic Dallas 09-29-17
    YrLic Dallas 09-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Repetitive and overly precious"

    As an AiC fan, I wanted to love this book, but the repetitive attention paid to pedestrian detail was frustrating.
    This comment was not corroborated by the author but was not denied. The author said that he did not disagree with this comment but did not support it either. The author's publisher thought the comment was stated in late 2017 but could have been as early as September 2017.
    Really?

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    Anonymous 09-26-17
    09-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Needs editing"

    I felt this was excessively long. Seemed to be lots of unnecessary detail that didn't need to be there. Just my opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Max pavlovich 09-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Depressing, sad listen but not the authors fault"

    Hard to listen through most of it, love Alice In Chains but what a waste of human life. Beyond Jerry they were all just throwing away their lives and couldn't fix it. Author did well, just can't make a good listen to people throwing away a life most dream of and literally killing themselves.

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    Brenda Persico 07-30-17
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    Love AIC. Great book overall.Appreciated the history with lots of interesting details. Probably off track in a few spots...I personally would have appreciated a more expanded focus on Jerry Cantrell.I do recommend to fans !!

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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
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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