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Editorial Reviews

Those looking for an exhaustive biography of the beloved megastar should look elsewhere than Madison Moore’s morsel-sized but cleverly written and thoroughly engaging look at Beyonce’s pervasive role the American musical landscape that’s chockfull of interview excerpts from the diva herself as well as Moore’s keenly observant pop culture musings.

Zane Sanchez’s animated performance captures the fan-like enthusiasm of Moore’s prose, and his voice is as easy on the ear as a Top 40 hit.

Publisher's Summary

We're in a Beyoncé moment. The pop sensation has more fans, more fame, and more cultural influence than ever before. But what makes her so iconic? Is she really that perfect? And why do we love her so much? How to Be Beyoncé isn't a biography (mostly because nobody wants to get sued by someone who does everything so perfectly). Instead, it's a meditation on her place in culture, why we love her so much, and what we can learn from her image and work-ethic, so we can reach our own potential.

©2013 Madison Moore (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Not Even Worth Free

Embarrassing. It was free but the waste of time listening made even free too expensive.

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Can't handle the narrator.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, have the book reread by a different narrator.

Would you be willing to try another book from Madison Moore? Why or why not?

May try another. But not if Zane Sanchez is reading it.

Any additional comments?

Wasn't able to get through 5 mins of it. So I'm unable to properly rate on the story itself. So I gave the middle star.

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Rubbish

I don't know how this ended up in my library, maybe it's a gift or something. I don't care about Beyonce, and the narrator should be hired to torture prisoners in Guantanamo Bay by narrating random stuff to them all day.

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How to make me not want to be Beyonce

The narrator really irked me. I wanted this book to be more about Beyonce's work ethics but instead he ranted on about fandom and obsession- I couldn't relate. As other reviews have said, this wasn't free, it was a waste of my time.

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Hate to be negative, but...

I got this free from Audible, however, as someone else said, even for free, this was just a plain waste of time.

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A fans personal love story for Beyoncé. Who cares?

What disappointed you about How to Be Beyoncé?

How to be Beyoncé promised to be a more academic look into why Beyoncé is So wonderful. What it was was a fans tribute to her including a personal story for every point he was trying to make. It was borking and a little sad.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator added what I'm sure he thought was a sassy twang to every other word. It came off as a little desperate.

What character would you cut from How to Be Beyoncé?

Beyoncé

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Waste if Time

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The narration was terrible. The book content may be alright on its own, but listening to it was terrible.

Would you be willing to try another one of Zane Sanchez’s performances?

Definitely not. Audiobook narration is not the career path for Zane Sanchez. The poor guy has a speech impediment and the cadence of his reading is incredibly tedious. His pronounciation of words is incorrect. For example, the word captivates was pronounced CAT-ivates.

Any additional comments?

Dumbest book ever. I only listened to get me through to my next Audible credit and because it was free. Thank God it was only an hour and a half long. The book may have been cute had I read the paper version but the audio was so bad I cringed getting through it. Next!

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It's Okay

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was interesting I wouldn't say it was time well spent but it was interesting to hear the views of someone who is very into entertainers and idolizing entertainers. I am not a person who idolizes entertainers.

Would you ever listen to anything by Madison Moore again?

I am not sure, I really didn't dig this book, I understood and agreed with some of the points that Madison made in this book but I guess I am not a real die hard Beyonce fan like Madison so I wasn't really excited about hear about the whole career walk of Beyonce. I do like that Madison added facts about other entertainers who have interacted with Beyonce.

How could the performance have been better?

Zane really sounded like he was just reading the book, it was monotone there were no emotions really in the reading. I think there could have been some parts where Zane could have put some emotion in it.

Do you think How to Be Beyoncé needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No not really, this book isn't really about being Beyonce it talks about the writers views on the popularity of Beyonce and their personal likes of Beyonce from the beginning of her career all the way to her current career status.

Any additional comments?

None

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Waste of time

Pointless story that is poorly narrated. Unless you are a super-fan, don't bother. The narrator needs to practice reading before their next recording.

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Thank you for taking your time to write this

Love this book. And Ivor Beyoncé thank you for writing this! I hope to meet her one day