Me

Elton John Official Autobiography
Narrated by: Elton John, Taron Egerton
Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
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Publisher's Summary

In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, which is also the subject of the film Rocketman. The result is Me - the joyously funny, honest, and moving story of the most enduringly successful singer/songwriter of all time.

Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of 23, he was performing his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his bright yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt, and boots with wings. Elton John had arrived and the music world would never be the same again. 

His life has been full of drama, from the early rejection of his work with song-writing partner Bernie Taupin to spinning out of control as a chart-topping superstar; from half-heartedly trying to drown himself in his LA swimming pool to disco-dancing with the Queen; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, and George Michael, to setting up his AIDS Foundation. All the while, Elton was hiding a drug addiction that would grip him for over a decade. 

In Me, Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father. In a voice that is warm, humble, and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships, his passions and his mistakes. This is a story that will stay with you, from a living legend.

©2019 HST Global Limited (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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A Book as Extraordinary as Elton

This book is an amazing look at one of the world’s most amazing people. I wish it had been read by Elton but Taron Egerton is the next best thing. Between the movie Rocketman and this autobiography I now understand this fabulous man whom I have loved for 45 years so much better than ever before. Elton helped me get into recovery 22 years ago, though he doesn’t know it. The recovery parts of the book and the movie touched me to my heart and soul. Other than my wonderful wife and my amazing sponsor of 22 years, John, no one has given me more or meant more to me than this chap I’ve never met (though I still dream of doing so). I love you Sir Elton Hercules John Reggie Kenneth Dwight, and I always will.

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Elton - Friend for life

As you listen to Elton John tell his own story (or at least Taron Egerton voicing for Elton), you feel like he is relating his story just for you. It is as if the two of you are sitting together, and he is reminiscing on his life. And you are just rapt at attention, waiting for the next story, the next juicy tidbit. When it is over, I felt like I made a friend for life. I always loved his music; now I love him.

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Elton - Worth The Effort?

A Great book, Full of whit & charm and extremely well told by the man himself, this is as close as you will ever get to this living legend, well worth the effort, Cheers Reg!

Kindest Regards, Paul Mason, Maui Hawaii.

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Thoroughly engaging!

I have loved Elton John's music since I was a 7th grader (many, many moons ago). This may not be an accurate review, as I have only started chapter two, but what I've heard so far has been delightful and poignant. Unfortunately, there are also horror tales of the abuse Elton suffered as a child. If I had any criticism, it's that Elton only read the dedication and forward - I was really looking forward to hearing his voice. But I must say, this narrator is killin' it! And Elton is a wonderful storyteller.

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Amazing Story, paired with an Incredible Narrator

I LOVE this book. The story itself is incredible and is so perfectly Elton. The story structure and self deprecating humor is so authentic that even though it’s not Elton reading it, it sounds just like he’s telling the story to an old friend.

The openness and honesty Elton gives his story is so refreshing for a celebrity biography. He doesn’t hide his “dark” secrets or the unpleasant choices he made. He lays it all out in a frank and beautiful way.

The narrating is perfect, and I really enjoy all the different accents he does to fit each person. Having Taron Egerton narrate it was a stroke of genius. You can tell he really knows Elton, and the way Elton would speak.

This audiobook is the perfect marriage between story and narration. It’s a MUST listen to for any Elton John Fan.

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Truly love Elton's telling of his life

This book is beautifully written and truly honest. Elton relives his greatest, saddest, and most vulnerable moments. He admits to his faults and some of his outrageous actions and yet shows how all those actions has made him who he is today in such an a lovely and inspiring way. The narrator Taron did a beautiful job conveying Elton’s spirit and English wit. I truly recommend this book to anyone.

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Not What I Wanted

If you want a full description of his sex life and drug and alcohol addictions, then this book is for you. If you want his story about his music, don't bother.

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Elton John Is The Man

I don’t really ever write reviews but after hearing his life story I felt compelled to do so. Not only is he a fabulous singer his life story makes you thankful he was able to live and become the wonderful artist he is today. What can I say I’ve always been a huge fan and I’m proud to say my 20 year old daughter and 25 year old son love his music as well.

My dream is to see him when he comes back to Jacksonville, Fl in June of 2019, not sure I will be able to afford to go but believe I’m going to try.

Thank you for sharing your life, your song and your memories.

Also a big shout out to Taron. I love your voice it’s as nice to listen to as it is to look at you.

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Think you know him? Think again!

I’ve been a fan since the early seventies. I’ve read everything about the man, until I “read” this book. Hear Taron reveal the insights of this incredible life as if you’re living it. I’ve never listened to an audio book before. I started reading “Me” in print form until I discovered this format. To have Taron Edgerton whom totally nailed Elton in Rocked Man narrate this book is like having Elton himself tell you his incredible story! A must have for any hardcore Elton fan! I only hope a sequel to Rocket Man is made, Fully Furnished, the happy years!

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Fantastic!!!!!!

I’ve always been a MUSIC fan. I love any and all books on the artists. I will say this is ABSOLUTELY the BEST ever. Elton takes you through his entire life. The ups the downs. This book made me realize,Elton, is by far the most down to earth contemporary artist in the world. I feel as if I showed up on his doorstep, he would ask you in for tea all the while sitting on his children. Such a wonderful read by Taron. Kudos to all involved. I will listen again. And I’m actually going to buy the hardback for my library. Such a great read....don’t pass this one up!
Jim....front The Beautiful Cascade Mountains
Luv you Elton

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happy endings

I've loved Eltons music since the 70s as a teenager and have been to a couple of concerts since then.
hes been a soundtrack of my life in many ways, so it's been wonderful to hear about his life and view into the world from another perspective.
great audiobook that I laughed and cried too.
beautiful.
thank you.