Comfortably Numb

The Inside Story of Pink Floyd
Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (240 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Mark Blake draws on his own interviews with band members as well as the group's friends, road crew, musical contemporaries, former housemates, and university colleagues to produce a riveting history of one of the biggest rock bands of all time. We follow Pink Floyd from the early psychedelic nights at UFO, to the stadium-rock and concept-album zenith of the '70s, to the acrimonious schisms of the late '80s and '90s. Along the way there are fascinating revelations about Syd Barrett's chaotic life at the time of Piper at the Gates of Dawn, the band's painstaking and Byzantine recording sessions at Abbey Road, and the fractious negotiations to bring about their fragile, tantalizing reunion in Hyde Park.

Meticulous, exacting, and ambitious as any Pink Floyd album, Comfortably Numb is the definitive account of this most adventurous - and most English - rock band.

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

©2008 Mark Blake (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"You really do feel as if you're being sucked into the drama. That's a testament to Blake doing his job...It's a journalistic take on the band, and its reads like a history book. It's respectful and revealing, but not in a scandalous way." ( New York Press)
"Mark Blake has clearly done his share of research...Blake is at his best [when] providing those details that leap off the page while placing Pink Floyd squarely in the context of the times." ( Blurt Magazine)

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Would read the actual book

The story is great even though it’s hard to get in to details of each individual. The performance is not good on this audiobook. It’s very flat and read like it’s the radio news you’re listening to. I would recommend read this book yourself.

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Great book

Absolutely great, so much detail in this story. From the early 60's all the way to 2010.

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The Absolute Definitive Story of Floyd and Company

First off, the narrator was the perfect choice to put forth the author's words. English, sympathetic and warm. I was extremely impressed how much time the author devoted to the legendary Syd Barrett and Syd's influence he left on the band and his enormous clutch of fans. Syd's life is threaded all throughout this book, as if the author could have added to the titled, "...and Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Syd Barrett. Nothing is left to the imagination, and the author's words are written as if he were a "behind the scenes" ghost in their entire career, including the individual members' personal lives outside the band in just enough snippets to keep you wanting more. I've listened to this one three times, and will undoubtedly return again, as I get more out of this book each time I come back to it. I'm always left with the feeling that I'm just as much an insider as the author and his sources, fortunate enough to feel as though I am as much a 5th member of the band, their friends and associates of their career up to 2008, when the book was published. If there's anything else to be said about Pink Floyd, the members' side projects and all it's machinations, it's nowhere in sight. As more than just a casual fan, I've yet to discover anything quite as magnanimous in the 45+ years I've been following the ultimate rock behemoth, Pink Floyd. An immense thank you to Syd, Roger, Dave, Nick and Rick, for creating some of the greatest rock music to have ever been created in the mid-20th century through the beginning of the 21st, as well as your ability to influence countless other bands and dedicated orchestras even today, and for never selling out your integrity through all of rock's changes and attitudes, and for remaining true to the non-conforming sound of Pink Floyd to the very end...reviewed by Marc Austin.

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Great for fans

Lots of detail about the bands relationships with each other. I felt that Waters and Gilmour were both fairly portrayed, each having a hand in the bands demise. Although it seems Waters definitely came off as an overbearing control freak, unbearably so right up thru the meetings for the 2005 reunion. The real revelations here are all the details about Syd Barrett and his sad descent into madness. A great listen for Pink Floyd fans everywhere.

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This book is Everything!

I am a big time Pink Floyd Fan and just love this book. Unlike other people who reviewed, I really enjoy the English accent of the Narrator and think it adds much to the British background of The Floyd. The story is so engaging I listen to it every time I go anywhere in my Jeep and recently bought Dark Side of the Moon in Vinyl, vintage 2018 and had it playing in the background while listening to the audiobook. It really added the ambiance needed to get into the groove that I grew up with in the Seventies , listening to Pink Floyd on 8 Track!
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great overview of the bands early days and career

Malcolm's narration can be overwhelmingly english at times, though suitable for the retelling of a very english story. Blake can be longwinded in some areas, but overall storytelling is well done and anecdotes provide both humor and value to understanding the characters in the band.

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If you are a fan...

If you are like me a fan, and never clearly understood the whole history and drama of the band this is your book! I’ve never let go of the childhood memories of laying down in front of my dad’s speakers listening to Dark Side, Wish you and of course the Wall, and this book with great care and detail helped me to understand their origin story and once and for all understand their collective genius! Well done!!

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Good inside into the band

I’m a big Floyd fan. Yes, even Division Bell and the others. It is disheartening to see how dysfunctional they were as a band. It’s amazing they made anything of value. Roger has, and always will be, a jerk. However, good book.

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A must for Floydophiles

Detailed and well researched. A lot of good stuff from the Barret era. Every year of their history is chronicled.

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Who is Pink?

Confirms deeply held beliefs that Roger Waters is an asshole. And this was supposed to be impartial.