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Barry Hughes

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  • Waging Heavy Peace

  • A Hippie Dream
  • By: Neil Young
  • Narrated by: Keith Carradine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56

Neil Young is a singular figure in the history of rock and pop culture generally in the last four decades. Reflective, insightful, and disarmingly honest, in Waging Heavy Peace he writes about his life and career. From his youth in Canada to his crazy journey out to California, through Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, & Nash, to his massively successful solo career and his reemergence as the patron saint of grunge on to his role today as one of the last uncompromised and uncompromising survivors of rock & roll - this is Neil’s story told in his own words.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what you might expect

  • By Colin on 06-09-14

An interesting ramble

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-12

I'm a Neil Young fan, so downloading this was an automatic.



It's not an auto-biography - it's more akin to Bob Dylan's 'Chronicles' - where the author tells stories from the old days and views his opinions.



It's a bit like Neil's albums - he has so many of different types, it's impossible to like them all. Each chapter of this book feels a little like that. He also talks a lot about his Puretone idea.



I enjoyed it - but I was hoping for more biographical stuff.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (33 1/3 Series)

  • By: Mark Polizzotti
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Between the fitfully brilliant Bringing It All Back Home and the sprawling masterwork that is Blonde on Blonde, Highway 61 Revisited stands as the defining moment in both Dylan's career and the musical evolution of the mid 1960's. But beyond its place in history, Highway 61 works because of its enduring emotional appeal. Few songwriters before Dylan or since have combined so effectively the intensely personal with the spectacularly universal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quite A Journey

  • By Barry Hughes on 23-03-09

Quite A Journey

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-03-09

A great listen. Not a massive Dylan fan but do like a lot of his music and fascinated by the man himself. This was a very detailed look at the making of an amazing album and Dylan's career in the sixties.

Highly Recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Relentless

  • By: Simon Kernick
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 515

John Meron, a happily married father of two who's never been in trouble, receives a phone call that will change his life forever: his friend Jack Galley, a high-flying City lawyer, is screaming down the phone for help. As Meron listens, Galley is murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Absolute Winner!

  • By Elizabeth on 20-08-08

A reasonable tale

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-03-09

I did like this book, but I have read and listened to better. It is fast-paced - but the story at times gets lost within itself and the main character seems too much of a wimp to be a believeable hero. If you liked this book, read the much preferred Shaun Hutson book Heathen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Everything's Eventual

  • 5 Dark Tales (Unabridged Selections)
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Judith Ivey, Oliver Platt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

For longtime Stephen King fans, the highlight of this volume will be The Little Sisters of Eluria, which is something of a prequel to the Dark Tower series. For "Constant Readers" and neophytes alike, all of the dark tales herein are intense, eerie, and instantly compelling. King "develops characters and atmosphere more fully in the span of 50 pages than many authors can in a full novel," says Amazon.com.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable listen...

  • By Barry Hughes on 30-12-08

An enjoyable listen...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-08

5 stories from King that are classic King. All very different and all narrators do an excellent job.

The stories are of varying length. The 2 longest are the first title 'Everything's Eventual' and the tale of King's gunslinger from the Dark Tower books. The others are short, but not fillers.

If you're considering your first Stephen King audiobook, I'd recommend 'The Shining' before this, but this is pretty good.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful