A total surprise in every aspect. Honest , original , heartfelt, soul baring , poetic and insightful. It was a true pleasure to listen to Bruce talk about his life in a way most famous people don't. Loved it.
I really enjoyed this book. Bruce is a good writer and narrator and although I know little of his music it made me want to hear more outside of his top hits that I was familiar with. He is surprisingly open about some aspects of his personal relationships and I really came to like him as a person. His descriptions of this walk with depression are honest and frightening and his love and respect for Patti comes shining through. I was surprised at how accomplished a story teller he is and the book led me back to list to his music again and understand more of what it's about. Can highly recommend it. I would have loved more music clips though.
Amazing to hear Bruce read it. The cadence of his prose matches his lyrical voice. Really humanizing and endearing to have such an open discussion of one's past.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, of course I\'m a Bruce fan, but I wouldn\'t have considered myself an acolyte. This book, with Bruce\'s own voice delivering it, was compelling! I was so impressed with his history, thought process, capacity, tenacity, and endurance that I might be on the edge of acolyte status. I\'m really very impressed by the audio book, and highly, highly recommend it. As I just did, and have been doing with friends and family.
It was like Bruce Springsteen was sitting next to me telling stories from his private life. I found his writing style and visual imagery beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to every moment.
The best audio book I've listened to yet. It was so honest and inspiring. Highly recommend!
The Boss has been a backing vocal to my life. But it wasn't until I read this book that I understood why those songs resonated and lived beyond the top 40 pop of the day -Why Hungry Heart,The River, Thunder Road and Born To Run seem to show up on almost every mix tape I've ever made. The prose of the book is stunningly beautiful and deeply profound. I cannot imagine it being read by anyone but the author and it is the best audiobook I've ever heard. Good on you Bruce Springsteen.
This book is fun, interesting and really inspiring. I have learned a lot and I am grateful to The Boss for having shared so much. I loved that he read his memoirs, listening to Bruce\'s voice telling his story is very powerful. Highly recommendable!
Coming to this book, I was not a particularly ardent Springsteen fan. I was a teenager during the Boss' height of fame in the mid '80s and got to know his big hits, but I never really dug into his larger catalogue. So I wasn't sure how much I'd dig his autobiography. But my God ... this is one of the best books/audio books I've experienced in a long, long time. The writing is lyrical, eloquent, blunt, honest, and riveting. The prose would sing no matter who narrated it, but Springsteen's reading is remarkable and adds an extra special dimension that moved me, sometimes to tears, sometimes to laughter. The basic "plot" of the story is unremarkable: Jersey kid growing up in the late '50s/early '60s gets the rock 'n roll bug, learns guitar, joins a band, hits it big, has lots of ups and down, logs lots of time on the road, etc. What's special is Springsteen's keen eye for detail and his unbending honesty and introspection. In short, it's a great, great book. And best of all, listening to it inspired me to finally check out Springsteen's work, starting with "Greetings from Asbury Park." Wow. I'm super late to the game, but the songwriting is remarkable, so full of life, energy, heart, and wisdom. Bruce Springsteen is an American treasure.
"The Boss" hit the music industry with the release of his first album Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J., in 1973. The Wild, the Innocent, and The E Street Shuffle quickly followed this release. The albums received critical claim with comparisons to Bob Dylan, but did not sell well with the fans. Bruce Springsteen's career had begun.
Springsteen was born in Freehold, New Jersey, on September 23, 1949. He grew up in a "normal middle class family" and first started playing around with the guitar in High School. After graduating from High School he moved to New York to try and break into the Fol