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Love Is the Cure

On Life, Loss, and the End of AIDS
Narrated by: Elton John
Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
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Audie Award Nominee, Nonfiction, 2013

In the 1980s, Elton John saw friend after friend, loved one after loved one, perish needlessly from AIDS. In the midst of the plague, he befriended Ryan White, a young Indiana boy ostracized by his town and his school because of the HIV infection he had contracted from a blood transfusion. Ryan's inspiring life and devastating death led Elton to two realizations: His own life was a mess. And he had to do something to help stop the AIDS crisis.

Since then, Elton has dedicated himself to overcoming the plague and the stigma of AIDS. He has done this through the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised and donated $275 million to date to fighting the disease worldwide.

Love Is the Cure is Elton's personal account of his life during the AIDS epidemic, including stories of his close friendships with Ryan White, Freddie Mercury, Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, and others, and the story of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. With powerful conviction and emotional force, Elton conveys the personal toll AIDS has taken on his life - and his infinite determination to stop its spread.

Elton writes, "This is a disease that must be cured not by a miraculous vaccine, but by changing hearts and minds, and through a collective effort to break down social barriers and to build bridges of compassion. Why are we not doing more? This is a question I have thought deeply about, and wish to answer - and help to change - by writing this book."

Sales of Love Is the Cure benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

©2012 Elton John (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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"My friend Elton John has touched us all with his music and with the countless lives he has saved through his AIDS Foundation. Now he has given us a deeply personal story of struggle and perseverance in the fight against this terrible disease. Few people know more [than] Elton what it will take to end AIDS. His wonderful new book will convince you there's cause for hope - and inspire you to be part of the solution." (President Bill Clinton)

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  • Kathleen
  • Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • 08-27-12

Elton John's moving story of his life.

Elton John gives us a candid look at his life full of cocaine and booze from 1974 until 1990. In that time period, he meets Ryan White and befriends him and his mother through Ryan’s harassment in Kokomo, Indiana where he contracts AIDS through a blood transfusion, and is treated badly by the town due to fear about, and misunderstanding of, AIDS in the 1980’s. When Ryan died, Elton John decides to get help for himself, but still needs the intervention of his lover who has gone to get help himself. Elton goes through rehab, kicks his habits, and finds he is fortunate not to have contracted the HIV virus. From 1990 to the present, he has worked to combat the spread of AIDS. He believes that if everyone who was HIV positive was offered the drugs that exist today, they could live AIDS-free for 20-30 years, and also cites a study that through the use of such drugs, the HIV virus is much less likely to be transferred to a partner. So he argues that by making medication available to anyone in the world who is HIV positive, and combining it with better support for people world-wide who are already sick, we could stop AIDS in its tracks even without finding a cure for the disease. It is an interesting book and it is clear that Elton John passionately believes his theory of love being the ultimate cure. Here is a book that couldn’t be narrated better by anyone but Elton John himself.

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  • jeff
  • Albuquerque, NM, United States
  • 07-20-12

Inspiring book

Where does Love Is the Cure rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best books I have heard in a long time. I knew that Elton John was involved in the AIDS fight, but I had no idea how much the foundation has achieved since its inception. Elton chronicles the history of not only the foundation but the fight against AIDS as well. It is a virtual primer on the fight and the efforts (for and against) to end this virus once and for all.

His account is clear, honest, perceptive, and cuts through the political nonsense that has surrounded the AIDS crisis.

If you want some plain and simple facts, get the book. He knows what he is talking about and has worked tirelessly to help end AIDS.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Love Is the Cure?

I liked how honest he was in the book. His honesty extends not only to others who did nothing to fight AIDS, but also to himself and how he did not act when he could have. After looking into his foundation some more, I think he has done a brilliant job making up for lost time.

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Eye-Opening Account Of A Worldwide Epidemic

I just participated in the AIDS Walk this fall in Philadelphia, but prior to doing so, I listened to this audiobook. I wanted to have a greater understanding of the AIDS epidemic and the best way to overcome it. Elton John's book did just that. It provided a clear overview of the current worldwide AIDS crisis, how we're addressing it and what we're failing to do.

Having Elton John narrate the book was a treat because it felt as though I was having a cup of coffee with him. However, since he's not a professional narrator, there were moments when his pacing was off and he'd awkwardly deliver a word. It wasn't a deal breaker, but it was noticeable.

This audiobook also provided me with a rare glimpse into Elton John's personal life and the demons he had to battle over the years. These tidbits humanized the music legend and provided a greater context for the AIDS work he does today.

If you're thinking about buying this book, I think you should go for it. It's a fascinating listen from start to finish about a disease that doesn't get the attention it deserves.

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  • Kimberly
  • Tinton Falls, NJ, United States
  • 08-13-12

Educational and Entertaining

A great look "back" on the fight of AIDS and a synopsis of the current day and future. Felt this book was very educationtional and also reminded you of a past so many have chosen to put behind us. Elton was very entertaining as the reader and kept your attention the whole time; even when stating facts and figures. I have recommended this book to many people and feel I am a better person for having read it.

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Illuminating look at Aids

Very compassionate and informative look at Aids from Elton John.
From the emergence of this epidemic in the 80's when these poor souls were cast out and
ostracised, to how things stand today.
A lot of work still remains to be done to combat this decease.
Attitudes are still a problem to overcome especially in the lesser developed countries.
Elton John continues to support this cause through his Aids Foundation.

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  • Andy
  • Westport, CT, United States
  • 07-24-12

more than a hobby for this rock star

Elton John tells the story of what drove him to become a leader in the "end Aids forever" movement and what more he thinks needs to be done. His passionate narration amplifies the message.

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I'll read anything read by Elton John.

I am blown away by the pure raw haterade Ryan and his family endured during his time of need. this book is educating and painful to process . John not only calls a spade a spade. He does it gracefully . Indulges in his personal life as to let the reader know where this love of humanity is coming from. John had a beautiful soul.

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  • Beth
  • Riverside, Ca
  • 10-20-19

Where we’ve come

To hear the history behind the fight against AIDS is scary. Elton puts it in plain English so all can understand. Unfortunately, it will just make you mad when you here hoe government bureaucracy has gotten in the way.

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Highly Recommend

Wonderful book, well written and solid content for educating people about HIV/AIDS, the obstacles, and the devistating truth every person living with this horrible disease faces.

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Everyone Must Hear This Book

The message is clear, compelling, and brilliantly presented by Elton John, putting correlation between stigma and epidemic. Impressive information, and meaningful for everyday social life amongst those affected by the disease.
He makes the proposal: We can end AIDS.