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The Sunday Times best seller. Frank Turner narrates a searingly honest and brilliantly written account of his journey from pub circuit to Wembley Arena.

©2015 Frank Turner (P)2015 Headline Digital

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  • Andy
  • 09-03-15

Great stories, honestly told

This review comes with 2 caveats
1) I am a massive Frank Turner fan
2) I am not a fan of autobiographies in general (the only other one I have read and enjoyed was Slash's)

The road beneath my feet is a great collection of tour memories, stretching from the break up of million dead to the Wembley show in April 2012.

Each of the stories are structured around a particular show, and focus on interesting events in the run up to, or after the shows.

As someone who has been to many FT shows over the years, the stories provide a fascinating and entertaining insight to life on the road - especially if shows you attended, or your hometown are name checked!

Some of the stories are very personal, and you learn a lot about the inspiration and development of certain songs along the way - a very nice touch, I thought.

Only a couple of criticisms: occasionally Frank's narration can get a little monotone - this is rare, but more noticeable for it. Generally it is spot on.

Also, the stories stop in 2012! I think he wrote the book well after this, so I would have liked to have heard a little more (though the Wembley "finale" kind of makes sense...)

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to any Frank Turner fans and anyone who loves live music, and would like to hear a little more of the "other side" of it.

One final point - this book *will* make you want to listen to nothing but Frank Turner for as long as you're listening to it!

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  • Petra Porter
  • 05-20-18

Love this book

I have been a fan of Frank Turner for a while now, and when I saw it on Audible I thought I would give it a try. I have been pleased I did. It’s well written and of course well read by Frank himself. The tales of his experience on the road and the relationships he created on the way are great. I thoroughly recommend it.

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  • Paul
  • 03-21-18

fascinating

had bought the physical book but not found time to read it. listened to this over the course of two days in the car and as a big Frank fan it was fascinating to hear about the early gigs and adventures on the road.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-14-17

A musician’s musician.

An honest and inspiring account of how working hard and being a good person (and surrounding yourself with good people) brings reward.
This is a really well told audiobook, made so much better by the fact it is narrated by the man himself. It was very well described and I could easily picture each scenario due to the candid description.
I wasn’t a massive fan of FT before listening to this book but more a fan of the ‘indie’ singer songwriter stories - (eg. I have read David Ford’s ‘I Choose This’ book which is equally inspiring and a solid read), but I without a doubt class myself a fan of Frank Turner the human being and will actively seek out his music and live shows this year.

Thank you Frank. There is lots to look forward to!

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  • Clavs
  • 06-22-17

A Great Insight into Life on the Road

If you could sum up The Road Beneath My Feet in three words, what would they be?

Funny, endearing, honest

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Road Beneath My Feet?

So many hilarious antidotes from the life of a touring musician. I particularly enjoyed the incident on the Russian border.

What about Frank Turner’s performance did you like?

It was his story in his own words.

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

I could have done easily, but it also worked well split into chunks.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend it for Frank Turner fans or for anybody who is interested in rock and roll.

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  • Rachael
  • 01-12-17

Awesome book

awesome book by an awesome musician and guy. totally kept me entertained. story of the early years of frank turner

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  • callum
  • 09-22-16

An Interesting Insight

The book is an interesting read? listen? for any frank Turner fan. A must buy.

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  • Jimmy Taylor
  • 09-13-16

from Winchester to Wembley

Brilliant read by a great, down to earth an honest guy! The way Frank talks about life on the road, going from tiny places to huge arena shows, plus playing in front of 120,000 people in 2 days supporting Green Day is just fantastic! A great insight into the life of a musician who has a great future to come!

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  • Havin' a Good Time
  • 04-06-16

Frank is Ace

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have a lot of time and love for Frank Turner and his music. This is a good, insightful tour diary, which made me appreciate the blood and sweat that he has put it in over hundreds of shows and countless floors slept on to get to where he is. I also really liked this because it was written entirely by Frank (no usual rock 'n roll ghostwriter), and the audiobook was read by him.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Road Beneath My Feet?

His love for music and performance is particularly affirming in his passion to remove the barrier between crowd and performer to achieve, as he puts it, a "togetherness". There are moments throughout the book where you can feel and understand what he is talking about. I've been to so many gigs of other bands where the barrier was there, but this is a great reminder of how it should be.

Which character – as performed by Frank Turner – was your favourite?

I would have to go with Frank Turner, seeing as the book is about him. XD

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

Nope. The nature of it being a tour diary is more suitable to breaking it down into sections. It's easy to pick up again, though, as you can feel momentum building through the book.

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  • James M
  • 03-19-16

A must read for any fan

As a fan of Frank from the early days and having been to many of his shows including the 1000th show and Wembley it was an eye opener to hear about the early struggles and how hard he worked to progress yet keep his feet on the ground and remain humble to his roots and the friends who helped him along the way

The book is all diary entries from shows rather than a biography so it doesn't have that arrogance that some bios have. Interesting to read about all the tours and shows, bust ups and near misses. Frank is a genuine and humble guy and it really comes across here. Thoroughly enjoyed listening on a long 8 hour road trip!