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Publisher's Summary

A Billboard Must-Read Fall 2015 Music Book

The first comprehensive biography ever published about America's favorite living pop icon, Beyoncé, from New York Times best-selling biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli.

Beyoncé Knowles is a woman who began her career at the age of eight performing in pageant shows and talent contests, honing her craft through her teenage years until, at the age of 16, she had her first number-one record with Destiny's Child. That hit-making trio launched Beyoncé's successful solo career, catapulting her, as of 2014, to number one on Forbes' annual list of most wealthy celebrities - the same year she made the cover of Time. Becoming Beyoncé is not only the story of struggle, sacrifice, and what it takes to make it in the cut-throat record industry; it's the story of the great rewards of such success and the devastating toll it often takes on the human spirit.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2015 J. Randy Taraborrelli (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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The reader was HORRIBLE!!! Almost offensive!!!

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

Yes. Beyonce's life story is amazing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Becoming Beyoncé?

All of it was memorable. Impossible to pick just one.

How could the performance have been better?

Yes. The performance was appalling.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A remarkable Life.

Any additional comments?

I can't stress enough how bad the reader was!

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meh

boring average very few revelations. no recommendation. you may as well read the Enquirer. I want my audible credit back.

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DRY AS A BONE...AND HEARD IT ALL BEFORE ON BLOGS..

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the material had not been recycled from old articles and interviews that had already been exposed over the past 15 years. I kept waiting for something NEW or insight.....
why on earth was this book 18 hours? The first 1/3 of book is well researched, but after that everything felt recycled from interviews already given and fully availble online. And if you are a fan, you have ALL of this knowlege.....Please don't waste your money....

Has Becoming Beyoncé turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes, I had placed other books this author had done on Marylin Monroe, Michael Jackson, Dianah Ross, delted them all from my list of ones to get.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

yes, but maybe some serious editing needed....as far as 18 hours. I thought I was getting something good. It only emphasized what we already know about Beyonce, hard worker, gives 100%

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

i kept waiting for the big reveal. It is well documented by words herself in the press and her own documentary in Life is but a dream. and countless other magazine interviews.

Any additional comments?

no....too dull....

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Way too long...way too boring

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

I have read books by J. Randy Taraborrelli before. They were not bad, so I was excited to download this book, even though I am not a Beyonce follower.

Sorry, but this was painful. I cannot believe it took this long to basically say the same things over again. Nothing was really exciting and it was pretty boring to say the least.

I will not get those 19 hours i spent listening to this book back.

For those Beyonce fans...don't bother, you will be frustrated.

Has Becoming Beyoncé turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not even a little.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

When the narrator was reading the male parts, she tried to sound like a guy...it sounded terrible.

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trust me it's mostly about Matthew Knowles not Bey

first of all instead of naming this book The Making of Beyonce please name it the making of Matthew Knowles it was more about Matthew Knowles that Beyonce trust me if your if you are a true Beyonce fan nothing in this book will be new to you, I would say buy it if you are a Matthew Knowles fan lol

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The narrator made this difficult

I would encourage Audible to use a narrator who can familiarize her or himself with the Hip Hop dialect more authentically. I have heard many of the people in the book talk in interviews and while there is a Southern accent, the narrator made them sound uneducated and more "urban" than they really were. It sounded like she based her voice on what she thinks Black people sound like. It was borderline offensive.

This book didn't really tell me any new revalations but it was somewhat entertaining. I was intrigued with the team of people involved in Beyonce becoming a star. It was ok. Way too long, but good listening on road trips.

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I LOVED IT!!!!

This book brought me so much joy to get to know her better! She is Amazing

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Good Job!!!

This was an interesting read. J Randy Taraborrelli also wrote the book for Michael Jackson. There was so much more information revealed in that book, however this was a nice audio book and I'm surprised I got through it so quickly.

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Extensive

This was a very long and extensive audiobook. One could say it was more so a biography on Beyoncé and Mathew Knowles.

There was much focus on the beginning of her life and career but not much on her most recent years. Beyoncé being as sheltered as she is, I'm sure there is not much one could dig up on her most current life. I learned a lot about how she entered the industry, the many controversies the surrounded her, and of course, her first love.

Overall, it was certainly worth the almost 20 hours.

One thing to note, the reader mispronounces Beyoncé many times in the book.

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Awesome book

Absolutely loved it!! It was a long audio but really well researched and provides an inside look at her life.