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3.3 out of 5 stars
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3.3 out of 5 stars
Life
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on 9 October 2017
I have to assume that it would be excellent as a fan and admirer of Keith Richards and the "Rolling Stones" band/company. However I had to return them - I received two books ?? both in German - sorry I am not able to read German. I don't understand how the error occurred, yet I give it a five star rating.
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on 22 December 2014
At the time of me writing this review, there has only been one other review of the audiobook for Keith Richards' "Life", and that reviewer complained that her version was read in German. Well my complaint is that my version was in read in American, rather than the dulcet tones of Dartford, Kent. Surely the whole point of choosing a reader for an autobiography is to get someone whose voice is as close the author's as possible, if they are unable to read the book themselves? Johnny Depp may look a bit like Keith Richards (in Pirates of The Caribbean at least - well he did nick the look) but he sounds nothing like him. Compounding this problem is the fact that Johnny loses interest after a couple of discs (having mispronounced all the place names, and lots of other words), and in steps Joe Hurley an American voice-over artist who chimes in with a brilliant impersonation of . . . Mick Jagger. Then, right at the death (Disc 19 or 20 - this is a very big listen) up pops Keith himself to do all the most moving bits at the end. This is great, but a stark reminder of what we've been missing through all the other discs. Keith's voice is warm and amused, and bears a slow, wheezy testimony to a hard-lived-life. Having said all that, the listener's enjoyment of an audiobook is all about two things - the production and the content, and despite the production being bananas (for the reasons listed above) the content is brilliant. Keith Richards' has a great story to tell, if only to remind us that Mick Jagger was only ever half of Jagger & Richards, and if Mick was handy for chipping in some suitable words when required, it was Keith who came up with all those riffs that live on today. Keith doesn't shy away from revealing the tears, tantrums and triumphs of their relationship down the years - in the end, the summary is they are brothers who fight, rather than friends, and that's not surprising as Mick seems hard-wired to nick his band-mates girlfriends, credit, control, glory etc. The rest of the Stones don't really feature - Brian Jones' rise and fall is in here, and Charlie Watts pops up now and then, but Bill Wyman and the others are very much in the "peripheral character" category. Keith's dialogue may be from another age (chicks and cats abound, plus various much more pejorative descriptors), but it's clear from this how ground-breaking his music has been, albeit as a reworking of blues and rhythm-and-blues. Thank god he's still alive (he's had his fair share of near misses), and thank god he's told his wonderful tale. It's just a shame he couldn't have read it all out for us too.
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on 31 January 2013
I ordered this book for my brother who lives in a care home. When it arrived it was in German. Because he is not very able, he cannot return the book and I am in another country, so cannot help him. I am prepared to purchase this book again for him, but it has to be in English
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