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Surprisingly compulsive listening

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-19

I’ve seen the film and wondered whether the book would be as interesting. I have done of Elton’s CDs but could largely take him or leave him.
Having listened to the audio book however I am gagging to now see him live, before it is too late (as was the case with Freddie Mercury, George Michael and David Bowie).
I live the honesty of the book: it’s no frills, but that’s what makes it so interesting. We see the highs, the lows and the incredibly harsh family life into which Elton had to live.
The narration is about 95% brilliant. Towards the end Taron Everton sounds as though he’s tiring but that aside, he does a superb job of keeping the listener enthused.
I bought the book out of curiosity, inspired by the film. I’d recommend it to anyone with an interest in music and to anyone who wants to hear about how someone born into a (seemingly) normal, lower class family sticks to his guns and does supremely well. Excellent book.

Superb

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-10-19

I listened to this over 2 days. Couldn’t stop.

Olivia tells her story very well and unlike some of the other biographies I’ve listened to of late she tells her full story to date. She’s a great narrator - you sense the highs and lows as she reads them - with clear emotion.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. What an interesting life she has had (to date) and she has clearly been through some very joyous and some very difficult times.

Loved it. Highly recommended.

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Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-19

I’ve always loved Debbie Harry and was keen to get my hands on a copy of Face It. The audio version is all the more special as Debbie herself is the primary narrator. As such, I know it’s reliable, honest and heartfelt.
This isn’t a Blondie book. Inevitably the story of Blondie is included but it’s a fascinating narrative of the protagonist, sometimes funny, sometimes sad and sometimes even quite surprising (in both good and bad tunes).
Debbies life has massive highs and massive lows and they’re all included here.
I loved the book and hope in years to come we hear the succeeding volume.
Thanks Debbie for the music and the story.

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