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What Does This Button Do?

Narrated by: Bruce Dickinson
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
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A long-awaited memoir from the larger-than-life, multifaceted lead vocalist of Iron Maiden, one of the most successful, influential and enduring rock bands ever.

Pioneers of Britain's nascent Rock & Metal scene back in the late 1970s, Iron Maiden smashed its way to the top, thanks in no small part to the high-octane performances, operatic singing style, and stage presence of its second but twice-longest-serving lead singer, Bruce Dickinson. As Iron Maiden's front man - first from 1981 to 1993, and then from 1999 to the present - Dickinson has been, and remains, a man of legend.

But OTT frontman is just one of the many hats Bruce wears. In addition to being one of the world's most storied and well-respected singers and songwriters, he is an airline captain, aviation entrepreneur, motivational speaker, beer brewer, novelist, radio presenter, and film scriptwriter. He has also competed as a world-class level fencer. Often credited as a genuine polymath, Bruce, in his own words (and handwritten script in the first instance!), sets forth many personal observations guaranteed to inspire curious souls and hard-core fans alike.

Dickinson turns his unbridled creativity, passion, and anarchic humour to reveal some fascinating stories from his life, including his 30 years with Maiden, his solo career, his childhood within the eccentric British school system, his early bands, fatherhood and family, and his recent battle with cancer.

Bold, honest, intelligent and very funny, What Does This Button Do? is an up-close look inside the life, heart, and mind of one of the most unique and interesting men in the world - a true icon of rock.

©2017 Bruce Dickinson (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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A really captivating book

A really captivating book with an outstanding history and reading performance.
On top of that the author and reader is one of the biggest legends of the music industry.

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What does this button do? - Let’s find out!!

Mr Dickinson surprised me with this book. Not only is he a talented singer and songwriter but he seems to have a hundred of little talents hidden. I loved his voice and way of presenting his book and I loved the way he told his story. I understand and appreciate he decided to leave out his love life and family. I see it as respecting their privacy and his life is interesting enough without.
As a extra for me having been a pilot for small planes, I loved the view on aviation from a fellow metal head :)

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Amazing

I loved the story of Mr. Dickinson and, even though first in doubt whether I should go exactly for the audio version, I don't regret it. Now, that I've finished the book, I already miss the voice of a new friend.

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good

Enjoyed every minute of this. An inspiration. Very well written and read. I thought some of the musings ("theatre of the mind") strayed into the Partridgesque, but that may have been my fault as listened to this right after finishing 'Nomad.'

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Dissapointed....

Leaving out all of the personal stuff from family and close friends made this book feel aloof. What is the point of a personal memoir if the really important and learning stuff of life is gone. I think family deserves at least a footnote of space.

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  • Neil Pardoe
  • 10-19-17

Scream for me Audible

A brilliant audio book. I couldn’t wait to listen to Bruce telling his own story! Wasn’t disappointed.

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  • John Imeson
  • 10-30-17

A very well written autobiography.

I really enjoyed this book. So often autobiographies are self indulgent, full of rambling anecdotes aimed at self justification, but this is a tight, disciplined book with a coherent and interesting narrative. There is a very nice balance between the music and his other interests and nice bits of travelogue when describing his visits to foreign shores. To be honest the delivery was a bit Clarksonesque but easily forgivable in light of such wonderful story telling. Some parts made me laugh out loud whilst others made me feel sad, but Dickinson never deliberately tweeks the heart strings. All in all a fine piece of work, well worthy of the fascinating life it seeks to portray.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-18

The Book of Soul

Utterly utterly excellent audiobook. Bruce tells his story like a master storyteller and there were plenty of laughs along the way. I cannot recommend this thoroughly enough for anyone who likes life stories - rockers or not!

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  • chris cleeter
  • 11-20-17

Interesting even if you're not a Maiden fan

Didn't really know anything about Bruce or Iron Maiden but thoroughly enjoyed his narration and the story.

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  • steven
  • 10-23-17

Trooper

What a great listen. Lots of good stories of rock n roll life and plenty of humour. Crack open a bottle of Trooper stick your cans on and listen. Highly recommended

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  • Donald
  • 10-22-17

Funny and interesting

A good autobiography (he admits that he has left certain subjects out) by a highly entertaining polymath - a singer, airline pilot, fencer, writer & broadcaster. This book is entertaining and thought provoking as he details his life in Rock and the trials and tribulations he has faced on the way.

The fact it’s read by the Author himself makes it even more entertaining.

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  • HEATHER RUSSELL
  • 10-22-17

Great book and very entertaining to listen to

Great book and very entertaining to listen to. very interesting account of his and Maidens exploits.

Bruce is a compelling narrator

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  • Neal Graham
  • 01-06-18

Inspiring

Bruce is such an accomplished man. I read this as a lapsed Iron Maiden fan and enjoyed it from beginning to end. It is a life affirming read that leaves you with huge admiration from a great man, a real Trooper!

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  • Steve J. Black
  • 01-03-18

Brilliantly witty

Bruce Dickinson is one of the great gents of metal. I had the great fortune of meeting him once and he was polite and cordial with a somewhat drunken fan (Me). His rise from the streets of Worksop to singer, musician, writer, producer, Olympic fencer and pilot, is nothing short of amazing. Fabulously witty and peppered full of great stories, this was a pleasure to listen to. Thanks Bruce.

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  • N.K
  • 01-02-18

Brilliantly written and read

Brilliantly written and read by the one and only Bruce Dickinson. I could not stop listening to this audio book version of this autobiography. Bruce is witty, to the point, and honest in this book, and the stories are gripping stuff. Highly recommended - not just to Iron Maiden fans!!

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  • David
  • 06-19-18

Superbly Entertaining

Bruce has a fantastic life story and an engaging presentation style that made this a thoroughly enjoyable read/listen.

I’m a big Iron Maiden fan and there was more than enough about the band, tours and their creative process for a fan, and this was complimented by his other non-maiden life which most fans would be aware of but not to the detail here.

Was a relief the book wasn’t the rockstar bio trope of a set of anecdotes about sexual conquests and escapades with recreational drugs - if that’s your thing then there are plenty of other rock star biographies out there.

In my view, this book is far more interesting and entertaining

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  • Jugger
  • 11-05-17

A true life boys own adventure

Iron Maiden front man Bruce Dickinson has done just about everything boys dream of doing: lead singer for one of the world's most successful bands, airline captain, novelist, screenwriter, movie and documentary producer to name but a few.

'What Does This Button Do' is a thoroughly enjoyable account of Bruce's life, from growing up in a working family, through impoverished uni student days, right through to rock superstar and accomplished pilot. It also contains a honest and thoughtful account of his battle with cancer.

I enjoyed this book immensely and would recommend it to Iron Maiden fans and non-Iron Maiden fans alike.

Also, awesome to have the man himself narrating the audio version of he book.

I'd give this book 5 stars, but it steers clear of anything controversial, as Bruce himself states in the afterward, he's steered clear of anything to do with marriages, divorces or births. The sections on Iron Maiden, while enjoyable, don't really give hard core Iron Maiden fans anything they wouldn't already know. For these reasons I'm taking a star off.

Fair play to the man though, he comes across as a thoroughly likeable and intensely interesting chap, the sort of bloke you'd love to have a beer with in the pub.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-31-17

what a man.

i found it weird that he left family, wives etc out at first but it's his story and that's fair enough. what an inspirational man. it took me a little to get used to his reading style but i find nearly every audio book is hard at first. great listen.

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  • Martin Castilla
  • 08-10-19

Rollercoaster ride with a nonconfrmist Rock Star

Dickinson's story is captivating, made more so by his ability to imitate accents so each (real life) character in his book 'speaks for him/herself'. From a small town two-bit band frontman to exhibitionist rock star of one of the world's most successful and enduring heavy metal rock bands, Iron Maiden. Dickinson carries you from his and the band's trajectory from obscurity to superstardom, at the same time learning to fly small aircraft (which gripped him so much he flew the band cross country on tours) to actually becoming a real life airline pilot and captain of heavy metal (airline speak for the largest passenger commercial jets), his story moves along at a high pace, never boring, often humorous and always interesting. Much enjoyed it.

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  • Dee
  • 07-31-19

Incredibly interesting man!

I have always loved Iron Maiden and also been interested to learn little nuggets of info about Bruce along the way. This book, however, is so incredibly interesting and hilariously knowledgable all at the same time. I've never listened to ones horrific experience with cancer, be told in such a way that I end up laughing. Absolutely brilliantly written and most entertainingly narrated as well. 👏👏 I applaud you yet again Bruce, first two times were in front of you while on stage, this one from my home. You really do freakin ROCK!! 🤘

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-13-19

Fantastic

I’m a fan so I was always going to be interested. You really don’t have to be though. A wonderful telling of a remarkable life. Metal front man, commercial airline pilot, cancer survivor and so much more.

Well worth the listen.

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  • Graeme
  • 03-20-19

A brilliant insight into a very successful mans life

I have listened to the book 3 times and I enjoy it just as much as I did the first time.

Bruce makes the whole story come alive and you just get a real sense of who he really is.

I highly recommended this book to anyone not just Iron Maiden fans.



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  • Fernando
  • 11-29-18

The best book ever!

I really liked Bruce’s narrative and different accents that he does :-)
There are plenty of fun stories and details.
I strongly recommend this book... especially if you are fan of Iron Maiden.

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  • G. van Staden
  • 11-18-18

An Amazing View on Life

Bruce doesn't just recount his life history he tells marvellous stories from his very full life. He has a very positive and pragmatic view and this book shows the World through that lens. This is not just a story about Bruce's involvement with Iron Maiden, it does relate how being in Iron Maiden influenced his life but the book covers much more. This is more than a biography it's just great story telling and completely entertaining. I picked this book up for interest sake and was drawn in to the wonderful events Bruce has experienced and his great attitude toward life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-24-18

Brilliant

The highs, the lows, all narrated with a sense of humour and aplomb. Will revisit.