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Sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Coming out and coming of age in the days of AIDS, MTV, Reaganomics, and Just Say No.

Daron Marks is a young guitar player with a dream: to make it big like the guys he grew up idolizing in New Jersey - or at least escape his dysfunctional family. He makes it as far as music school in Rhode Island and the rock clubs of Boston beckon him. But it's hard to succeed from the closet.

©2010 Cecilia Tan (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Donald
  • Louisville, Georgia, United States
  • 10-05-13

The Start of A Relatable Journey...

I have had this book in my library for some time and just have now gotten around to reading it. Written and read like a journal, you are introduced to Daron and become privy to a subjective perspective of a ‘coming of realization’ in the 80s. Volume 1 provides the groundwork to understanding where Daron comes from and why he sees the world the way that he does. As someone who was the same age as our protagonist in the 80s, I can relate to the fear associated with the awakening and acceptance process. I look forward to the next volume and seeing where Daron goes from here… I enjoy Cecilia Tan’s writing style and Teddy Hamilton’s narration was spot-on. On to the next book…

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Nic
  • Australia
  • 12-26-13

Really enjoyable

Daron's Guitar Chronicles Volume 1 is the first in a series of stories about the life of Daron, a young nineteen year old musician growing up in the 1980's in the world of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll.

Check out the author, Cecilia Tan's video (on YouTube) which tells a little about how this series of books came into being.

I actually listened so the audio version of this book and quite enjoyed the narration by Teddy Hamilton. His voice and inflections really seemed to suit the story and the character of Daron.

The story itself is part of a larger journey, and this book only covers a small part of Daron's life. In this first book, we are introduced to Daron and his struggles to find his path in life. With dysfunctional parents who he no longer really sees or talks to, he is out making it on his own. He is trying to get his band up and running while earning enough money to fund his college course. He is also struggling with his sexuality and everything that goes along with discovering who he really is and what he wants.

A large part of the story is taken up with Daron accepting a roadie gig with the band of a friend of his father's. As he travels the country he meets some interesting people and has some interesting encounters - from a couple of sexual exploits with men to being actively pursued by a girl also on the tour.

This is not a romance, this is a character driven tale that introduces Daron - he is sweet and insecure and a bit confused - and tempts the reader into the next book of the series where Daron's journey continues.

This is a relatively short book, at least I think it is. I have the Kindle version but listened to the Audio version which is just over 4 hours long (the audio versions always take much longer for me as my reading speed is heaps faster than the narration). But as usual it was a great way to spend my commute to work over a couple of days!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A Great Listen

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

Yes, The characters are well written and the story is easy to follow.

What did you like best about this story?

The 1980's music references and the main character's relationship with his parents.

Have you listened to any of Teddy Hamilton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't believe I have listened to any of his other performances.

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

No, but thats not the book's fault. Its a very good book, but i had other things on my mind at the time so it took me a little while to get through it.

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  • Susie
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 11-28-12

A Sex, Drugs, and Rock‘n'Roll teen Coming-of-Age

A Young Adult tale for adults. Follow Daron as his band becomes famous, he goes on tour, and falls in love with the band's lead singer, Ziggy...

Daron's Guitar Chronicle is like Almost Famous, except in this story the boy isn’t so innocent. Daron's coming of age means coming out of the closet. Not so easy when you are in the world of rock'n'roll and it’s the 80s.

A really fun story with great characters

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Same review for all 3

I am sure these stories are pretty good...but I got bored with first story... not enough smexing for me... and I like smexing in my stories... not enough action either. I will go back one day and listen later...but right now...pretty bored...

Narration was just ok...nothing to rave about

1 of 5 people found this review helpful