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Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul [Audiobook] [MP3 CD]

Mark Bego , Mel Foster
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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469241404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469241401
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wife is over the moon!!! 30 Mar 2013
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I purchased this book for my wife. She is saving it for our cruise in May, but she is so happy to have it and it arrived quickly and in perfect condition. I will update my review after she has read it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ummm... 27 April 2012
By markus king - Published on Amazon.com
The author's previously released book on Aretha with recent updates.

Let's see...

On the plus side, Mark Bego has done his research-
the book is very thorough regarding Aretha's public activities (especially regarding the last 3 decades) and well sourced.

Now the minuses-

those references take up the vast majority of the pages. Precious little of the book is comprised of original material, new interviews, etc.
While it was nice for someone to compile all of this public information...that doesn't amount to anything revelatory, especially to Franklin's biggest fans.

The tone of the book is appalling at times. Some of the writing was so unprofessional I had to reread portions to make sure Bego wasnt quoting someone else. He wasnt. It was just his own observations, told in a slanted, gossipy manner.

It's also odd that Aretha's later years seem to get more focus than her heyday. The balance of the book seems lopsided. The author himself diminishes the historic importance of her Atlantic years at one point by placing them alongside her Arista tenure and implying that the latter reaped equal, if not greater rewards. Perhaps this is a result of the updating and expanding, but a good editor would've corrected that problem.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Thorough and Interesting 23 Dec 2013
By Cate Larsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Good author because he left no stone unturned, yet captured Aretha while keeping her dignity in-tact. I would recommend this author for this book and for his other ones.
By Vincent Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For any of the numerous loyal subjects in the royal court of The Queen of Soul this book is definitely a insightful a must read!
5.0 out of 5 stars Aretha Aretha Aretha Go Girl 23 July 2013
By stephanie clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Aretha Franklin is an extraordinary person and entertainer. I was intrigue with how she rose above her life's situations. Just to think through her choices she made in her life. Being a teenage mom, her father's infidelity, her mother's leaving. No different than any one else. Through it all she share good tunes. Aretha's music has always touch my heart. Still want to know who her sons fathers' are.
5.0 out of 5 stars the Queen reigns 25 Jun 2013
Format:MP3 CD
The audio book arived in two days as guaranteed. The audio quality is good. Though as now I have not heard all of it I am expecting to enjoy this book
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