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Summary

Imagine Sting grabbing at one of the Beatles' hair in a desperate attempt to get a piece of one of them! (It really happened!)

A Sting in the Tale is the sort of book to listen to if you appreciate humor. However, if you are need of a humor transplant then, perhaps, this is not the book for you. This fully authorized memoir of Sting and Jim Berryman's time together is, indeed, a hilariously, eye-wateringly funny listen. Just imagine a P.G. Wodehouse book, and substitute Jeeves and Bertie Wooster with Sting and Jim and you'll have the right picture! The author is included in most of the stories, this interaction sees Jim Berryman as the stooge to Sting's alter-ego, his real self.

Not a kiss and tell book by no means but not a suck up and kiss book either , the frankly hilarious minutes cover stories of misadventure that takes an episodic approach to presenting a decidedly more down-to-earth view of Sting than we've heard or seen elsewhere.

Sting and his best pal Jim Berryman are caught in various true-life situations that happened to them from when they first went to school together right up until Sting became one of the most successful superstars in rock history! Despite the gap between wealth and happiness, Jim and Sting have remained best friends to this day.

It was at Sting's prompting that Jim penned this biography, which tracks their friendship through thick and thin from the school playing fields to their days as trainee warehousemen. This oblique look at his friendship with Sting will hold your attention through the short, succinct, and often very funny chapters of this book.

Although there's always been a sense of mystery around Sting, this book will soon have you laughing your socks off at how the-boy-who-would-be-Sting reveals, through his friendship with the author, a side to the singer that has never been seen before.

Every chapter, all 41 of them, has something to make you laugh.

©2000 James Berryman (P)2016 James Berryman

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not strictly s bio

an entertaining read but as much about Bertyman himself as about Sting. enjoyable. recommended.

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Gave up on this one.

Gave up on this as has very little to do with Sting. Seems more of an angle to write about himself using the Sting name as a way of somehow making the story interesting. Unfortunately it’s not.

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A great listen

Really enjoyable book with lots of detail and funny ancedotes that other Sting bios don't have.

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  • 08-06-20

Not really about Sting

This is an adequate story about a guy called James Berryman who happened to grow up with Sting. Misleading.

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  • JohnW
  • 08-09-19

Mildly interesting and marginally related to Sting

Although Sting is mentioned often, this book is not about him; odd for a booked named after him.

Funny? Not really. Mostly inside jokes if they were part of your life, amusing perhaps but not a funny book. It takes stamina to get through it, always expected a reward for staying with it but it never comes!

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  • Jay-T
  • 25-09-17

Good

I'm glad the author took the time to write this book. It was very entertaining. Very insightful into the youth of Gordon Matthew Sumner - The man who would be Sting.