Change of Seasons

A Memoir
Narrated by: Chris Epting, John Oates
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

John Oates was born at the perfect time, paralleling the birth of rock 'n roll. Raised in a small Pennsylvania town, he was exposed to folk, blues, soul, and R&B. Meeting and teaming up with Daryl Hall in the late 1960s, they developed a style of music that was uniquely their own but never abandoned their roots. John uncovers the grit and struggle it took to secure a recording contract with the legendary Atlantic Records and chronicles the artistic twists and turns that resulted in a DJ discovering an obscure album track that would become their first hit record. This is not your typical rock and roll story. John was focused creating great music. Along the way he achieved incredible success, battling the ever-changing pop music landscape and coming to terms with complex managerial, business, and personal challenges.

Daryl Hall and John Oates have over 20 albums together, more than 60 million records sold, and 29 Top 40 hits. They are the most successful pop duo in the world and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And yet John's story has never been told. Relying on his many hand-written journals, he brings to light many fascinating stories spanning his entire life with a journalist's eye and a poet's heart.

In Change of Seasons, John shares his highs, lows, triumphs, and failures. He takes the listener on a wild ride through all the eras, personalities and music that has shaped him into what he is.

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Listen to the music

John doesn't just talk about the music and I found that refreshing, he tells his story and his experiences. He left the tedium of a blow by blow account of his rise to stardom for a different book. I found the end of the book the most interesting when he was trying to put his life back together after a messy divorce. I felt like I got to know John Oates as a real person. this book is a bit different than other rock star biographies.So take a chance.

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Less Than Meets The Eye

As an avid listener to rock n roll personality memoirs, I was very disappointed in Change of Seasons. Oates and his co-author seemed so preoccupied with writing something literary and descriptive that what they often ended up describing were banal, leaving out stories of actual events throughout Oates career as a musician and performer. Descriptions of sunsets, and weather and wheat fields, etc., are all well and good but that's not what the listener bought this for.

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Eh. Mediocre stories not enough John Oats

Was disappointed that John gave very little effort towards this book. Only narrated a very small I intro and end. Obvious the real writer (who narrates 99% of the book) wrote the book based on Johnson stories. Stories are weak, doesn't go into very much detail. More time spent on skiing, car racing and Hunter S. Thompson. Also weird that they had to reiterate three times that Daryl had nothing to do with this book and why. I've listened to a lot of biographies, this has some good stories but not much. Only gives background on one song with minor details of a second. I expected a lot more based on what could have been talked about.

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Breath of Fresh Air

John's honesty and and hard work are what keeps coming through on this well written memoir. His choice of Chris Epting as co writer was spot on and the result is a very compelling and easy to listen to story. But, of course John Oates knows a few things about the collaborative process. He tells you what he's going to say, says it, and then tells you what he said, making for a very concise, tight story of the highs and lows of his career and life. He is also true to his partner, Daryl Hall, which speaks to his inner character. You don't see such a partnership make it for as long as theirs has lasted. A very good book.

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Really..?? A Race Car Driver, Pilot, & Rock Star

Yep...that's John Oates (JO)...A Race Car Driver, Pilot, and Rock Star! You probably didn't know that??....because I surely didn't. :-( What a great success story, but it didn't come easy. JO and author Chris Epting walk you through the ups and downs of JO's career(s) with some truly unique stories. Each chapter will make you want more, as JO takes you down the road on his incredible journey! I'm sure you'll enjoy these adventures as much as I did!

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The reading flowed and always kept me interested. I can’t wait for perhaps the final season!

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disappointing

As a long time fan I looked forward to reading this story, left so disappointed.

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Disappointing

I grew up listening to Hall and Oates starting with Rich Girl and I always had a crush on John, so I was really looking forward to this book. It was disappointing and dull. Not sure if it was the narration or content or both. I read almost exclusively biographies and autobiographies and this one might have been my least favorite.