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What Does This Button Do? Audiobook

What Does This Button Do?

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Publisher's Summary

A long-awaited memoir from the larger-than-life, multifaceted lead vocalist of Iron Maiden, one of the most successful, influential and enduring rock bands ever.

Pioneers of Britain's nascent rock and metal scene back in the late 1970s, Iron Maiden smashed its way to the top, thanks in no small part to the high-octane performances, operatic singing style and stage presence of its second but twice-longest-serving lead singer, Bruce Dickinson. As Iron Maiden's front man - first from 1981 to 1993, and then from 1999 to the present - Dickinson has been, and remains, a man of legend.

But OTT frontman is just one of the many hats Bruce wears. In addition to being one of the world's most storied and well-respected singers and songwriters, he is an airline captain, aviation entrepreneur, motivational speaker, beer brewer, novelist, radio presenter, and film scriptwriter. He has also competed as a world-class level fencer. Often credited as a genuine polymath, Bruce, in his own words (and handwritten script in the first instance!), sets forth many personal observations guaranteed to inspire curious souls and hard-core fans alike.

Dickinson turns his unbridled creativity, passion, and anarchic humour to reveal some fascinating stories from his life, including his 30 years with Maiden, his solo career, his childhood within the eccentric British school system, his early bands, fatherhood and family, and his recent battle with cancer.

Bold, honest, intelligent and very funny, What Does This Button Do? is an up-close look inside the life, heart, and mind of one of the most unique and interesting men in the world - a true icon of rock.

©2017 Bruce Dickinson (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Anonymous 19/10/2017
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    "Scream for me Audible"

    A brilliant audio book. I couldn’t wait to listen to Bruce telling his own story! Wasn’t disappointed.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    John Imeson 30/10/2017
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    "A very well written autobiography."

    I really enjoyed this book. So often autobiographies are self indulgent, full of rambling anecdotes aimed at self justification, but this is a tight, disciplined book with a coherent and interesting narrative. There is a very nice balance between the music and his other interests and nice bits of travelogue when describing his visits to foreign shores. To be honest the delivery was a bit Clarksonesque but easily forgivable in light of such wonderful story telling. Some parts made me laugh out loud whilst others made me feel sad, but Dickinson never deliberately tweeks the heart strings. All in all a fine piece of work, well worthy of the fascinating life it seeks to portray.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    chris cleeter 20/11/2017
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    "Interesting even if you're not a Maiden fan"

    Didn't really know anything about Bruce or Iron Maiden but thoroughly enjoyed his narration and the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    steven 23/10/2017
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    "Trooper "

    What a great listen. Lots of good stories of rock n roll life and plenty of humour. Crack open a bottle of Trooper stick your cans on and listen. Highly recommended

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    "Funny and interesting"

    A good autobiography (he admits that he has left certain subjects out) by a highly entertaining polymath - a singer, airline pilot, fencer, writer & broadcaster. This book is entertaining and thought provoking as he details his life in Rock and the trials and tribulations he has faced on the way.

    The fact it’s read by the Author himself makes it even more entertaining.

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    "The Book of Soul"

    Utterly utterly excellent audiobook. Bruce tells his story like a master storyteller and there were plenty of laughs along the way. I cannot recommend this thoroughly enough for anyone who likes life stories - rockers or not!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    HEATHER RUSSELL WHITEHILL, HANTS United Kingdom 22/10/2017
    HEATHER RUSSELL WHITEHILL, HANTS United Kingdom 22/10/2017
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    "Great book and very entertaining to listen to"

    Great book and very entertaining to listen to. very interesting account of his and Maidens exploits.

    Bruce is a compelling narrator

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    Neal Graham 06/01/2018
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    "Inspiring "

    Bruce is such an accomplished man. I read this as a lapsed Iron Maiden fan and enjoyed it from beginning to end. It is a life affirming read that leaves you with huge admiration from a great man, a real Trooper!

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    Simon Ferenczi 03/01/2018
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    "Good, great even, but ultimately left wanting"

    Loved to hear Bruce himself read his work, which is very well written and delivered, and the story itself as compelling as it is unique.

    That said, though, there are huge omissions; his ‘no marriages, divorces or births’ editorial decision undoubtedly leaves the reader short changed (this IS an autobiography after all). How is one to assess the measure of the man, without the heart?

    These omissions also leave the work badly skewed; vast tranches are given over to matters of aviation (frankly boring as hell to non-flyers, in the main, as admirable as his achievements undoubtedly are. Does an autobiography of a great surgeon endlessly obsess over the nitty gritty of his medical techniques and operations? Besides, there are many great pilots, many of them with greatly longer and more illustrious flying careers than Bruce - but bona fide A-list Rock Gods are harder to come by.... this, I suspect, is what most people wanted to read about.

    In terms of the Maiden stuff (and as a Maiden fan of 30 years), I really wanted a firsthand account and insight into key watershed moments in the Band’s history, from Di’Anno’s sacking, the departure of Adrian Smith, Bruce’s own hiatus and suchlike, but again, these were barely touched on in some cases, in stark contrast to endless aviation guff. Similarly, very little indeed about the interplay between Bruce and other Band members as personalities, and virtually nothing about them fullstop. What’s Steve Harris like to work with? Is he as intense as he comes across? How about Dave Murray, barely mentioned at all? You get the picture.

    If this is all sounding a bit whiney and negative, I don’t mean it to; Bruce Dickinson has long been, and very much remains, a total hero to me, and I can count the number of people I regard in such a light on one hand.

    In terms of the book, I could not put the phone down (much to the chagrin of my lady wife), hence the four stars. Still, though, it would’ve been good to have more balance - and more full stop. A sequel perhaps, Bruce? :)

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    Steve J. Black 03/01/2018
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    "Brilliantly witty"

    Bruce Dickinson is one of the great gents of metal. I had the great fortune of meeting him once and he was polite and cordial with a somewhat drunken fan (Me). His rise from the streets of Worksop to singer, musician, writer, producer, Olympic fencer and pilot, is nothing short of amazing. Fabulously witty and peppered full of great stories, this was a pleasure to listen to. Thanks Bruce.

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    "Amazing"

    I loved the story of Mr. Dickinson and, even though first in doubt whether I should go exactly for the audio version, I don't regret it. Now, that I've finished the book, I already miss the voice of a new friend.

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    "Dissapointed...."

    Leaving out all of the personal stuff from family and close friends made this book feel aloof. What is the point of a personal memoir if the really important and learning stuff of life is gone. I think family deserves at least a footnote of space.

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