Come as You Are

The Story of Nirvana
Narrated by: Kurt Loder, Michael Azerrad
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Nirvana came out of nowhere in 1991 to sell nearly five million copies of their landmark album Nevermind, whose thunderous sound and indelible melodies embodied all the confusion, frustration, and passion of the emerging generation X. Come As You Are is the close-up, intimate story of Nirvana - the only audiobook with exclusive in-depth interviews with band members Kurt Cobain, Krist Noveselic, and Dave Grohl as well as friends, relatives, former band members, and associates - now updated to include a new final chapter detailing the last year of Kurt Cobain's life, before his tragic suicide in April 1994.

©1993 Michael Azerrad (P)2019 Random House Audio

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"Amazingly raw and candid.... Come as You Are is as good as rock bios get." (Billboard)

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Time Capsule

The majority of this audiobook consists of the chapters published by Azerrad in 1993. Listening to it today is an adjustment since it predates Cobain's passing and finishes with speculation on the coming response to In Utero. After scores of mythologizing biographies and articles over the past 25-years it's refreshing to have a book tackle Nirvana from the perspective of the moment rather than in hindsight. It does feature a thoughtful epilogue narrated by the author dealing with the suicide and outpouring of emotion that followed, but the majority of the book talks about Kurt Cobain and Nirvana in the present tense. A lot of the material is by now well worn from being retold in subsequent books, documentaries, and interviews, but Azerrad is a talented writer who makes band/scene histories compulsively readable (check out his excellent Our Band Could Be Your Life). Choosing Kurt Loder to do the narration is truly inspired. It's hard to do better than have the book read by the voice of MTV News. Loder broke the news of Cobain's death and guided fans not only through the sadness of April 1994, but the entirety of the band's national rise. Loder's voice and Azerrad's prose work in unison as time capsule that made me feel like I was transported to the early-to-mid 1990s again. Great listening experience all around.

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Highly recommend for Nirvana fans.

If you want to know the truth about the band this is the book to get. This book was written when Kurt was still alive so a lot of the info is coming straight from Kurt himself. There is a lot of good info in this book and is worth the read.

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Not like every other book

Enjoyed the fact this wasn’t written in the post death voice. Made it feel less skewed.

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Definitive

Kurt Loder is the voice of the 90s on MTv so it's rather fitting he narrate. They leave a little bit out, but you can pick up the rest in the Everett true novel. Well done.

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real

it was very cool that Kurt loder was the one reading the book. this gives a great insight into the band not just Kurt Cobain and looking at him in a very holistic point of view very well written in red

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Terrible reader

Choosing and allowing this nasally presentation of a great book is ridiculous. Had to stop listening, unbearable.

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  • 08-21-20

The tone of the narration doesn't match the story

I've wanted to read/listen to this book for a while. I am finding this book hard to listen to as Kurt Loder is reading it as if it's a news report. The tone doesn't match what he is reading and this is a bit disappointing. It seems stiff and isn't flowing and I'm not able to focus on the words as I would be able to if the tone matched. I'm not sure if I will be able to finish it due to this.