Over the Top and Back

The Autobiography
Narrated by: Jonathan Pryce
Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (190 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Tom Jones was born Thomas Jones Woodward in South Wales to a traditional coal-mining family. He began singing at an early age and landed his first record contract in 1964, winning a Grammy in 1965 for "It's Not Unusual". Knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2006 for his services to music, his recordings have spanned the spectrum of musical styles over 60 years. He lives with his wife of 58 years, Melinda, in Wales and California. They have one son.

©2015 Tom Jones (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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  • 05-05-16

Surprise ... My Best Read Yet

What made the experience of listening to Over the Top and Back - the Autobiography the most enjoyable?

The self-effacing and non-pretentious nature of the writing is incredibly endearing. Tom Jones admits to his errors, but is humble in the life he's created. I wish all celebrities could keep his attitude. I was a fan before this; I'm a HUGE fan now.
I actually felt emotion in this listen. I laughed right out loud in parts, and felt the pain and pride in others.
Johnathan Pryce does a fantastic job narrating. He hits the accent and tempo dead-on ... you'd think you were listening to Tom Jones himself.
Really quite impressed.

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Wasn't hugely a fan before, but I am now!

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I'm not sure I've ever taken the time to write a review--maybe once for Colin Firth's masterful performance of Graham Greene's finest book,"The End of the Affair". But it would just be dishonest not to speak up about this book, which grabbed me right out of the gate and never loosened its grip. Welsh actor Jonathan Pryce supplied the proper linguistic rhythm and intonation I would have missed as an American reader. Not only did I often enjoy an actual laugh or exclaim aloud with wonder, Jones has that silver-tongued Welsh flair of story telling so personable that keeps you leaning forward. His writing voice is as distinctive and gripping as his vocal one. Frank, self-deprecating, funny, not unkind, calling himself out, it was unflaggingly engaging. Despite his mountain range of a voice and long-lived, many-faceted and rightly lauded musical career, this level of writing talent would tempt me to describe him: "Tom Jones, the author, who also sings." Thank you, Mr. Jones...Sir!

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The Tom Jones we didn't know

Would you consider the audio edition of Over the Top and Back - the Autobiography to be better than the print version?

Johnathan Pryce's narration makes it seem as if Tom Jones himself is telling the story.

What about Jonathan Pryce’s performance did you like?

Wonderful voice he sounded like I imagine Tom Jones would sound if he were speaking.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I thought the book was extremely interesting. To be honest, I'm not a big Tom Jones fan. There are a few of his songs that I love and the rest...well, I can leave them. There is tremendous honesty in this story and he comes off quite funny in many places! I came away with great respect for Tom Jones, who apparently, despite his being seen as a sex symbol for decades, remains faithful to his wife to this today.

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It was a great listen. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to find other narrations by Jonathan Pryce.

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Very disappointing

What did you like best about Over the Top and Back - the Autobiography? What did you like least?

I was very disappointed in the limits of the story. This is a outline of his career with very little personal stories. If you want to know about his many romances this not the book. Not worth the time.

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Who doesn't live Tom Jones!

While missing some of the more personal exploits, this autobiography gives Tom Jones prospective on his life. I'm also interested in reading, someday, a more in-depth review of Tom Jones ' life written by someone else.

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Incredible dynamite of a life!

I saw this great human voice at Jones Hall in Houston Texas in the early 1970's. I was probably 12 or 13 years old I had begged my father to take me. I wish I could see him today before time runs out. What an incredulous story. Red roses to your talented vocal cords.

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A must for fans

All you wanted to know about the rise, leveling off and rebirth of the legend. Thoroughly enjoyed learning about his life, especially the early years. But beware that it has no salacious detail about the playboy reputation if that’s what interests you.

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Enjoyable overview of Tom Jones' life and career

Enjoyed this book. Though there is a particular chapter of experience that doesn't seem to have made the book. You all know what I'm talking about.

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what a ride to fame, that supported his family.

loved it! Gave me another perspective from being the famous singing star to the young father it was just trying to support his family.

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My first review.

Out of all of the books I’ve listened to on Audible, this is the first one I have felt compelled to say anything about. Jonathan Pryce did an amazing job narrating this book. It sounded like it was actually Tom Jones reading it. The story is absolutely fantastic, as well. I highly recommend this book.