• Prince in the Studio

  • The Exclusive Studio Stories behind the Hits: 1977-1994
  • By: Jake Brown
  • Narrated by: Jake Brown
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Music
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Prince’s most prolific period between 1977 and 1994 is explored here for the first time in depth via exclusive, firsthand interviews with his key engineers, including fan faves Susan Rogers and David Leonard and Peggy McCreary, along with Matt "Dr." Fink re-creating the making of all Prince’s greatest hits for fans, from “1999” and “Purple Rain” to “Bat Dance” and “Kiss”, every album and hit are broken down in exciting detail as fans are taken inside Paisley Park and Prince’s world.

©2019 Jacob P. Brown (P)2019 Jacob P. Brown

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Narrator ruins the book

The narrator of this book is awful. He reads entirely to fast and I noticed in the chapter about Dirty Mind and Controversy he repeated himself. Unbelievable that no one proofed this.

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Horrible to listen. Can't get past the 1st chapter

Of all of my Audible purchases, I was so excited about this one. The voice actor, however, reads so fast that sometimes he doesn't even stop for the periods at the end of sentences. Who approved this?? This was not what I expected and I couldn't enjoy it at all. The reader sounded rushed. Why? Seriously folks, I want my money back.

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Great book, tough listen

The guy is pretty much speed reading and there are some glaring edit errors - it’s almost exhausting, but the book itself is fantastic. I probably end up just getting the actual book.

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Worst Quality Audiobook to Date

I'm not one who likes to complain and leave scathing reviews, but this audiobook is just subpar. The reading. The editing. Just bad. Couldn't get through it.

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Speed Reader, Jake Brown

I could hear him turn pages, mispronounce names and words, speed read. He read this so fast I had to turn the speed to .8x instead of 1.0 and it was still too fast.
The content of this book was what I wanted and expected. I really wish he had someone else narrate. I would’ve given a great review.

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I was so excited for this book…

I could not wait to listen to this book.
I figured I could finish it off in one day. But the narrator is talking so fast, I had to turn the speed down. And it didn’t really help. He is very monotone, every word read in the same voice, same ‘not very excited to be here’ tone. I love the stories, but I am struggling to get through this book. Like one of the other reviews, I will probably buy the book to read myself.

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  • L. BETTLES
  • 01-05-22

What terrible let down!

I am a massive proponent of Princes music and legacy and I was very much looking forward to a granular book about Princes music and the stories behind some of his most memorable work. There are so many things wrong with this book. The narration is awful, how audible can allow this to go out at this speed is beyond me. Even on audible slowest speed. It was still too fast.

The author made a massive mistake by referring to the father of Prince and the wrong middle initial, which I know sounds a bit like splitting hairs. This is supposed to be a book of reference and the author can't even get the name of Princes father correct!??

The information that lies within the book on the whole is quite interesting but is red so poorly and so fast you can hardly take the time to absorb what's being read. I have read many books on Prince and this is by far the worst. Not necessarily because of content, but the narration is the worst overheard on a book and if you going to write a book about subject and you can't get the name of the father of the person that you're right, correct it does make you question the accuracy of other proponents that are within the book.

There are many more well read and well researched books available on the subject. If you are new to Princes work. Avoid this book, like the plague.

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  • Dave
  • 01-03-22

Complete car crash!!

The author is talking way too fast, so much so that you can’t understand what he is saying unless you slow the speed down to around 7, which is most frustrating! Also the most basic of facts are incorrect so you can’t really rely on anything he is writing about! Prince’s fathers name is apparently ‘John T. Nelson’, when in fact it is ‘John L. Nelson’ and prince has not written a song called ‘Crazy Relationship’ I think the author meant ‘Strange Relationship’ but still these are ridiculous mistakes to make and means that you cannot entertain anything else as facts unless you know!

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  • K H Pang
  • 12-29-21

Avoid - Can I Get A Refund?!?

Jake, why didn't you hire a REAL narrator - were you in a hurry to record this? I thought I had it on 2x speed. As for the writing itself...the less said the better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-22

It's a shame

Struggling to finish it. Narrated too fast with some repetitive content. It is a shame as I am a massive Prince fan

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  • Looshbaby
  • 03-30-22

Great But Terrible Production

I really enjoyed a lot of the content, minus the million PURPLE references, but a chapter is doubled up, another is part missing, there are sonic and editing issues galore, this seriously needs to be edited again and resubmitted.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-22

Fantastic content, but...

A great insight into Prince's music world and musical genius. However, story needed serious editing.

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  • David
  • 03-11-22

Repetitive and poorly edited

While this audiobook provided some interesting insight into the development of Prince’s albums the editing may it a challenging and disappointing experience. There is significant repetition across chapters as a result of poor editing and poor writing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-25-22

Good story, terrible audiobook

Narrator mispronounces words, there are a number of sections repeated and I had to check my playback speed. Great job Jake Brown.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-23-22

Thought I must have accidentally hit double speed

Could not listen to this as the narrator speaks so quickly and without inflection, tone or nuance. I tried to persevere but it was just painful. What a shame, I would love to hear these stories :(

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-09-22

Musical Geek-Out

Really enjoyed the level of in-studio detail. The fly-on-the-wall view! I'd have given 5 stars overall, but there's a bit that gets cut-off, I think it's the Around the World in a Day Chapter and parts that are repeated, not sure if it's a cros-reference in the hardcopy version that isn't translated in the audiobook? In saying this, it's a gift of a resource and I appreciate the opportunity to listen to Prince's legendary, creative prowess in the studio!