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Davy Jones was a young aspiring actor when he was cast in a new television series called The Monkees. In this upbeat, entertaining autobiography, he recounts his career from its beginnings through the 1980s Monkees reunion and revival.

©1988 Davy Jones (P)1988 Dove Audio, Inc.

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the depths of his heart

What made the experience of listening to They Made a Monkee Out of Me the most enjoyable?

Davy's voice was always distinctive, and in this you hear not only his lovely tones, but his lovely soul.

What did you like best about this story?

Davy narrating about his reconciliation with Micky Dolenz, and how he developed so much more respect for him after that.

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

Both laughed and cried. A picture developed of a man who trusted people, trusted the world, and was frequently abused for it, and whose talent was enormous.

Any additional comments?

Peter Tork said that the saddest thing about Davy's passing was that most would never know the depth and breadth of this man's heart, that Davy was the most heartfelt man he'd ever known. This book, and Davy's voice narrating it, reveals that heart.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Guy
  • Benson, NC, United States
  • 07-06-10

Good listen!!!!

This is a great book! Even though it's short, Davy gets straight to the point and tells his story. No real shocking details, but a fun "read."

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Davy, Always the Entertainer :-)

What made the experience of listening to They Made a Monkee Out of Me the most enjoyable?

Davy's narration provided me with an opportunity to travel along with him while he relived his life's journey. He made me feel like a participant rather than a spectator.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The most poingnant point in the book occurred for me at the end of the book when I realized just how much Davy Jones loved performing for the people he loved, his fans. His untimely death is an enormous loss.

Any additional comments?

Davy may have been diminutive in size, but he was enormous in talent, passion, and dedication - the consumment entertainer!

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Davy at his best, as usual.

It's wonderful to hear Davy talk of his life. I miss him so much.

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Monkee

Not as much Monkee information as I would have hoped for or expected. Davy's rather thick accent forced me to have to really pay attention in order to understand. Still quite entertaining all in all.

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Something to Monkey around with

Davy Jones does a wonderful job of telling his story and how he came to be one of the Monkeys, but he doesn't give us much about his castmates or the rest of his life. This is a fast moving book and leaves out a lot of details, yet is enjoyable because he is obviously a man who has enjoyed all the ups and downs of his life.

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Good book!

How wonderful to hear Davy tell his story. It was entertaining, funny, human. I wish it had been longer.

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Entertaining

Any additional comments?

I grew up having a huge crush on Davy so when he died I was really sad. Well, this book gives him back to us in a way that just listening to him sing cannot. It's not what I'd call "in-depth," but was certainly worth what I paid for it and I'll listen to it again. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars for the performance was because he was sometimes difficult to understand. Despite all his years in the states, he retained a fairly thick English accent and spoke so quickly that I had trouble following him and had to "rewind."

Another reason for the 4 stars was because it was abridged. Granted, I knew that when I bought it and maybe that makes the rating unfair. Since I haven't read the full biography, I can't decide if what was cut would have made for a better story.

The editing left a little to be desired as there were sometimes some abrupt shifts. Still, it's Davy Jones as if he's talking just to me. I can live with that!

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Love Hearing His Voice

The audible book is the way to go, it's like Davy is whispering his life story on your ear.

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  • M. Pack
  • Albuquerque, NM United States
  • 04-20-13

Great to hear Davy's voice again!

What did you love best about They Made a Monkee Out of Me?

I love the fact that Davy admitted that being a Monkee was fun; at least in the beginning.
I also loved hearing about his early childhood and about his parents.

What was one of the most memorable moments of They Made a Monkee Out of Me?

When Davy talked about how He and the other Monkees really didn't make that much money and how they were not represented properly.

What about Davy Jones’s performance did you like?

I loved all of it.

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

Yes, its only about 2hours.

Any additional comments?

The thing I really didn't like is that this is an abridged version.You can tell where they have cut things out.