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"A thoroughly riveting account of Holiday and her milieu." (New York Newsday)
"May be the most thoroughly valuable of the many books on Holiday." (The New York Times Book Review)
Local Government Officer, listens to audiobooks whilst commuting, loves Biographies of quintessentially English eccentrics.
An extremely detailed and often harrowing look at Billie's life. Too lengthy and detailed in places. The reader does a good job but drones a bit in places. A fascinating insight into some of the great musicians she played with and their vices. Just needed pruning down a bit.
A huge fan of audiobooks and particularly fantasy and crime.
A lively and vivid account of the life and art of lady day.
The level of detail both about her life and recordings was fascinating.
The ending was particularly poignant .
It made me laugh often.
"Good Biography, Tedious Discography"
I enjoyed this book very much. Lady was a fascinating person. The only problem with the book (to me) was that there were too many details about recording sessions. I don't really care who played drums on which song at which session. However, the rest of the book was great. The narrator was perfect for the material. The language in the book can be pretty salty so be advised if listening out loud. All in all a good bio.
"It has been a struggle."
I have found this book to jump all over the place. I have lost track of who is saying what about whom. I am only 4 hours into it, am lost and at the moment cannot listen further.
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