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Wonderful Tonight

George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me
Narrated by: Pattie Boyd
Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
4 out of 5 stars (260 ratings)

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An iconic figure of the 1960s and '70s, Pattie Boyd breaks a 40-year silence in Wonderful Tonight, and tells the story of how she found herself bound to two of the most addictive, promiscuous musical geniuses of the 20th century and became the most famous muse in the history of rock and roll.

She met the Beatles in 1964 when she was cast as a schoolgirl in A Hard Day's Night. Ten days later, a smitten George Harrison proposed. For 20-year-old Pattie Boyd, it was the beginning of an unimaginably rich and complex life as she was welcomed into the Beatles inner circle. She describes the dynamics of the group, the friendships, the tensions, the music-making, and the weird and wonderful memories. It was a sweet, turbulent life, but one that would take an unexpected turn, starting with a simple note that began "dearest L" from Eric Clapton.

For the first time, Boyd, former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, a woman who inspired Harrison's song "Something" and Clapton's anthem "Layla", gives us her story: rich and raw, funny and heartbreaking, and totally honest and open and breathtaking.

©2007 Pattie Boyd (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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  • Chris
  • Spokane, WA, United States
  • 09-03-07

Interesting, but too short

Too bad there isn't an unabridged version of this title. At barely 2 hours long in the abridged version, this is an entertaining and interesting piece of work, but even some of the information readily available from Ms. Boyd's recent interviews is lacking.

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Overall, enjoyed it

I wish this book would have been offered in the unabridged version. I found what she had to say interesting and it was fun to hear about the rock'n'roll stars she knew.

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Thanks for sharing

As a huge fan of Eric Clapton's music and 60's fashion, I have always wanted to be Patty Boyd. This is a powerful example that "the grass isn't always greener on the other side." Thank you Patty for your honest and painful story. My heart is broken for you and I hope you have found the peace and joy you deserve in life. Thank you for inspiring George and Eric to write such beautiful music. It had brought me great joy and without you Wonderful Tonight may have never been written. S Boyd.

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  • Marilyn
  • kenner, LA, United States
  • 07-09-12

Good, but needed to be longer and more detailed.

What did you like best about Wonderful Tonight? What did you like least?

I liked the reading by the author. The interactions between Pattie and the group(s) she talks about... Other Beatle wives / girlfriends; Harrison; Clapton and others was the most interesting. Although Pattie's childhood and family stories are interesting, I would have enjoyed more Harrison, Clapton and Beatle shenanigans! The story of Eric's young baby and subsequent death are / were known pretty well, but more detail would have been great. I don't wish to make it seem as though Pattie's early life was not important. It obviously ties in to the later life. It was interesting and important. I only wish she would have included more of her 60's life. All in all. A good listen! :-)

What did you like best about this story?

Pattie and her life experiences during the 60's.

Which character – as performed by Pattie Boyd – was your favorite?

The entire listen was good.

Could you see Wonderful Tonight being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes. I'd have to give more thought to characters for a movie.

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  • Jill
  • Nonthaburi, Thailand
  • 12-23-07

Open and honest book

Excellent! I highly recommend it. Hear all the juicy details of the Beatles and Eric Clapton from Patti's point of view. She tells what it's like to be part of the fame, and the drawbacks.

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Short but Sweet

Considering Patti Boyd isn’t an actress or singer, someone should have been overseeing her recording. She spoke to fast leaving her breathless most of the time and unlike a storyteller, she was devoid of inflection and pausing where needed to absorb the story. Not her fault. While her story is short, it’s still worth listening to.

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Good but was hoping for more

Content is, of course, amazing but it read more like a history text book. I was hoping for more emotion and color.

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Wonderful Tonight

This was an interesting story from the author's point of view. I had wished that there had been more about the music artists lives from an inside look. It was mostly about the relationships of the writer. Still, interesting.

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Short and sweet

I found this a very interesting listen. As Pattie's life was very interesting. She as many ups and downs. I had seen George Harrison's "Living in the Material World" and Eric Clapton's "Life in 12 Bars" and it was nice to hear Pattie's perspective. Could have been longer with more detail.

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Thanks for a little history

As a Beatles fan I enjoyed this small tidbit into their lives. But it is much more about Pattie, the girl we all wanted to be in the 60’s. Hearting to know that this muse to two rock legends was so much more than a pretty face.