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When Giants Walked the Earth Audiobook

When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin

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Publisher's Summary

Led Zeppelin rose to become one of the biggest-selling rock bands of all time. Mick Wall, respected rock writer and former confidant of band members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, unflinchingly tells the story of the band that wrote the rulebook for on-the-road excess and eventually paid the price for it, with disaster, drug addiction, and death.

Wall also recounts, in a series of flashbacks, the life stories of the five individuals that made the dream a reality: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, and their infamous manager, Peter Grant.

Finally, the full, shocking story is told from the inside.

©2009 Mick Wall; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"So this is the big one: a fat, juicy biography of the biggest band ever....Mick Wall, the veteran rock journalist, lays it all bare in a book that can only be described as definitive." (Daily Telegraph)
"That Wall can add so much fresh detail to the Led Zep story is in itself an extraordinary achievement. That he manages to humanize these planet-striding giants while doing so puts this book into the 'definitive' category." (Classic Rock magazine)

"Wall painstakingly traces Zeppelin's development and musical pedigree. His access and attention to detail make this a definitive work….an essential source for anyone eager to learn about the era when rock stars ruled the world." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jason Moab, UT, USA 03-22-10
    Jason Moab, UT, USA 03-22-10
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    "author too obsessed w occult"

    this could be about 1/2 the length -- some interesting background, but more gossip and he focuses way too much on Crowley and the occult -- obviously an obsession with the author, and while mildly interesting to me, not what I was looking for... this book desperately need an abridged version that cuts out all the occult crap and talks more about the music and the band -- also the conceit of pretending to read from the diaries of each band member gets tiresome... especially after the 20th time! Don't buy this audiobook.

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    Scott 07-27-17
    Scott 07-27-17
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    "great"

    it was hard to follow the flashbacks at times but it was very enthralling. definitely compelling

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    Dalton 02-10-17
    Dalton 02-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved it! "

    A great listen! I highly recommend it. Lots of great and interesting stories, good stuff.

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    B. Butler Hong Kong 02-09-17
    B. Butler Hong Kong 02-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "touching story if rise and decline of Zep"

    Nice overview and good sourcing. didn't really like the second-person segments so much and found myself skipping over them later in the book. Sometimes was confused as to who the "you" actually was. Especially enjoyed the description of the band members' relationships post-Zep heyday.

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    Amazon Customer 01-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "WOW"

    I was totally blown away by the stories and history in this audio book. I've always considered myself a big Zeppelin fan, but there was so much I didn't know! simply amazing. if you even remotely like Led Zeppelin, you NEED this audio book.

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    Amazon Customer 10-01-16
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    "As Good As Can Be"

    The problem is that no Led Zeppelin bio can ever live up to the greatness of it's subject. Entertaining, interesting, well researched it is. I would like to read more personal accounts of Zeppelin shows, what that experience was like. This book is long on journalism, short on subjective accounts. Still well worth hearing. Recommended.

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    Bluetooth fanatic 09-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Zep story!!!"

    i enjoyed it very much. As I see it, one can never hear enough stories about Led Zeppelin....

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    Maxine 09-10-16
    Maxine 09-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic"
    What made the experience of listening to When Giants Walked the Earth the most enjoyable?

    The detail and balance. I love that the book gives as much focus on the landmark albums (IV, Physical Graffiti) as it does to their latter works (Song Remains The Same, Presence). I also loved the balance between the music and their personal lives, the only biography I've read that focus' more on the music than the personal lives of the people who made it, but I think that's owed to their reluctance to reveal themselves to the press in their heyday. Also, I loved the fictional soliloquies. Some hate them, but to me they offered great insight and helped move the story along and explain things quickly and efficiently.


    What other book might you compare When Giants Walked the Earth to and why?

    Perhaps Stephen Davis' bio on Jim Morrison, because of it's attention to music and in that it updates and improves the previous bios (No One Here Gets Out Alive for Morrison & Hammer of the Gods by Led Zeppelin)


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He speaks clearly and doesn't get in the way of the material, good job.


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

    Yes, didn't have the time but would love to one day


    Any additional comments?

    I think the only points of contention one could possibly have is with the soliloquies and the British slang, but I appreciated them and it's a british book about a british band written in britain by a british author so you get what you pay for lol

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    Melinda G. 07-25-16
    Melinda G. 07-25-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding!!"

    This was a very comprehensive and well researched biography of an amazing iconic band. It has inspired me to learn more and I have enjoyed listening to many songs again. Highly recommend.

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    Amazon Customer 07-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Long and boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone with lots of time on their hands who's willing to wade through the fills.


    What was most disappointing about Mick Wall’s story?

    Too long, too detailed on every character to the point of just seeming like page fill. Lost interest many times, came back several times later but just drifts off in to many off topic jaunts. Couldn't even finish the story which is a shame because if all the fluff, the story could have been good. For all you Zeppelin fans Hammer of the Gods is much better.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Vance’s performances?

    I have listened to other books with Simon and he's done a fine job.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from When Giants Walked the Earth?

    Simply just trim it down and clean it up.


    Any additional comments?

    Got so frustrated so many times I just couldn't finish it which is sad because I'm a huge Zeppelin fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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