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Neil Taylor

Discovery Bay, Hong Kong
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Entertaining rock n roll memoirs

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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: 11-06-19

Great bunch of stories from the front lines of music journalism at arguably the best time to be in the business. Allan Jones give an honest, unvarnished trawl through his experiences with many of the most volatile and talented musicians of the 70s and early 80s. Despite the excesses of the time, he doesn’t need to rely on a faulty memory, as he had the whole thing on tape.
Respect to Matt Bates for some creditable rockstar voices, even if all the Brummies sound identical.

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The often painful human costs of progress

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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: 07-03-18

Sometimes a simple idea can have a dramatic impact far beyond the inventor’s vision. In The Butterfly Effect, Jon Ronson examines the personal impact that free porn has had on people both in the porn industry and beyond.

As with all of his work, Ronson approaches the people he interviews with empathy and without preconceptions. The result is compelling, sometimes tragic, but never depressing. A fascinating glimpse into a generally misunderstood world.

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So where's the book?

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

Reviewed: 20-07-17

The interview is really a promotional introduction for Maajid Nawaz' audiobook, Radical. So it's strange that the book's not available on Audible.

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Better than print

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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: 25-05-17

Chris Barrie does a superb job of narrating this second book in the series. Even if you've already seen the TV series, download this - it's just as funny without the pictures.

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Not every mother's audiobook

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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: 11-11-16

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Doug Stanhope takes the mundane old audiobook, gives it a violent, chaotic kick up the backside and creates a whole new literary genre.

Moving, disturbing, hilarious, disgusting, everything you'd expect from Stanhope at his best is in here, but it's also, deep down, a sentimental memoir and a love story. Bonnie Stanhope fits no definition of the perfect mother, but despite all the troubles they inflicted on one another, it's clear he wouldn't have wanted her any other way.

The delivery is excellent. Bringing in friends to read passages, reminisce or just argue about how things really panned out was an inspired idea. It's like the director's cut of the book, read out live in a bar after hours.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful