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In Search Of Elvis: A Journey to Find the Man Beneath the Jumpsuit Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD

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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; Abridged edition edition (1 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405502339
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405502337
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 13.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,154,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is something about the way he reacts to fellow devotees around the globe that warms the heart (SUNDAY TMES)

The way Julian Rhind-Tutt reads is so infectious . . . you'll probably rush out and buy the classic collection Elvis:30 #1 hits (GUARDIAN)

The narration keys into the light-hearted tone of this entertaining romp (OBSERVER)

A thoroughly enjoyable exploration of an icon and his legacy. Ladie and gentlemen, Elvis may have left the building, but his soul lives on. Thank you and goodnight! (EXPRESS)

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From the bestselling author of ATTENTION ALL SHIPPING comes the first travel audiobook to examine the global appeal of the King of Rock'n'Roll

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Format: Paperback
Charlie Connelly sets off on a world-wide search to investigate the impact that Elvis Presley's life and music had on the world. He searches out Elvis impersonators in Porthcawl in Wales, and in Taskent, Uzbekistan. Then he proceeds to the places where Elvis actually lived and worked, starting with Tupelo, where he was born. The chapters set in Memphis include a charming description of Elvis's first recording, made as a birthday present for his mother at Sun Studios (happily still there). A visit to Graceland is a very moving experience . Much of Mr Connelly's time in Hawaii is taken up with an unsuccesful search for a shirt identical to the one Elvis wears in 'Blue Hawaii'. He searches out a clergyman who started the Church of Elvis in Canada (the church is evidently flourishing), and in Finland he meets a man who performs Elvis songs in Latin and Summerian ('don't step on my blue sude shoes' translates in Summerian into 'on my sandals of sky-blue leather do not stand'). In Germany he meets a former army colleague of Elvis who still treasures the memory of their friendship, and his final stop is the 'Elvis Inn' in Israel, where Jews and Arabs mingle with a shared love of their hero and his music.

You don't have to be a big Elvis fan in order to enjoy this book, though if you are a big fan you will probably already be familiar with much of the biographical mateial in this book (most of it was new to me). However, the author's admiration and enthusiasm for his subject makes this book an enjoyable read whether you are a major fan or not.
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Format: Paperback
Elvis may have left the building but...

clearly he is still incredibly important to many people around the world. Connelly embarks on a quest to find why Elvis is such an enduring icon and of such significance for so many people. The quest takes him to such varied places as Uzbekistan, Finland, Israel and Germany and any book on Elvis could hardly be considered complete without the required chapter on Las Vegas.

I did really enjoy this book. Connelly has a great personality and his childlike glee comes across throughout (but especially when he records his own disc at Sun studios.) His sense of humour is also present and correct.

The only problem I had with this book is what it actually adds to the huge cannon of Elvis books already in existence. Connelly might say that;

'Most Elvis impersonators prefer to call themselves 'tribute artists'. If you ask me stretching the seams of a polyester jumpsuit isn't any kind of tribute.'

But, some of the best parts of the book involve him watching or meeting the 'tribute artists.' Schmelvis, the Jewish Elvis tribute artist and the Porthcawl Elvis Festival were highlights for me.

I enjoyed this book tremendously, but if you are looking for a biography or a proper dose of 'The King' himself, this might not be the book for you.
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Format: Paperback
Anyone who read "The Shipping Forecast" will recognise the style; essentially it's a travel book, but with a specific purpose. In this case, it's meeting Elvis impersonators and going to places that were important in the life of Presley, gaining some interesting insights along the way.
Connelly's delight at getting to make a record in Sun studios is genuine and quite affecting, but is completely eclipsed by the final chapter, when he visits the Elvis Inn in Israel.
Diehard Elvis fans probably know a lot of what goes into this book; most of it was completely new to me, but what a truly interesting read.
One thing though; thanks to CC, I now have "Blue Moon of Kentucky" playing on a constant loop in my head. You have been warned.
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Really good book, good price and condition and no problems with delivery. Have read a number of books by this author and this didn't disappoint
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