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Divided Soul

The Life of Marvin Gaye
Narrated by: Dion Graham
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
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Summary

In this intimate biography of the Prince of Soul, David Ritz provides a candid look at a star and a friend. Ritz had been collaborating with Marvin Gaye on his story for several years before the singer's tragic death and had conducted a series of extraordinary interviews in which Gaye discussed his deepest secrets. What emerges is a full-scale portrait of a charming but tortured artist, a brilliant singer with a divided soul.

Here is Marvin's story, from his early years in the slums of Washington, D.C. to his rise to the top of the Motown industry, his fall from grace, his comeback, and finally his sudden, shocking end at the hands of his own father. It is also the story of his glorious music and the music of black America over the past fifty years, an epic tale whose cast of characters includes Diana Ross, Berry Gordie, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder.

©1991 David Ritz (P)1995 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

"[David Ritz] tells Marvin Gaye's sorrowful story with remarkable insight and sensitivity....Divided Soul is often startlingly candid, but it manages to avoid lurid sensationalism, no mean feat given the particulars of the story: sex, drugs, child abuse, show business scandal." ( The Nation)

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The Drugs Don't Work

A sad take of the great singer-songwriter. This is an apparent abridged version. There are relatively few descriptions of recording the albums which is what I wanted to know about. Not the greatest autobiography.

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Amazing Marvin

An excellent book would recommend to anyone not just Marvin fans. gives such an insight into his life and struggles.

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  • Ade Ngeno
  • 12-08-16

Wow made for the big screen

I learned so much about Marvin Gaye and the music that I do love. I am so surprised they haven't turns this into a movie for the big screens. it certainly has all the drama love sex and drugs that will fill the seats.

I didn't love the narrator. In fact I purchased this AB once before and returned it only to repurchase some months later because my sister said I would love it. She was right. After a chapter or so in I was so into the story that the narrator voice didn't irk me so.

I highly recommend this book.

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  • Trenetra
  • 25-03-11

Nice

I really enjoyed this book. It was sad and joyful all at the same time. I enjoyed the way the story was told and learned so many things about Marvin that I never knew. It is an awesome biography.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-03-18

one of the great musical biographies of it's time!

loved this book! Divided Soul is probably one of the great biographies of its time!

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  • MsTee
  • 29-12-17

Excellent Audio Book

Marvin Gaye was such a talented artist. This books gives you an inside look on his struggles and demons. Never judge a book by it's cover. He was not a happy man even with all of the glitz and glam.

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  • Alycia
  • 19-05-17

Incredible

This audio book is one of the best I've heard. The narration was excellent, the history of Marvin's childhood was insightful & the psychology of what happens to beautiful, gifted children when they have deep-seeded shame is accurate. Marvin's difficult life living in his own skin made me feel such sadness for him & all those who are hurt by shame.

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  • Monike Brown
  • 09-08-16

Musical Genius

This is a awesome read from beginning to end. It lays out Marvin's life story in an elegant fashion. He was one if the greatest despite his demons.

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  • ANTHONY THOMPSON
  • 04-06-19

An American Tragedy

What a tremendous waste of talent due to drug induced paranoia. A great talent Abused

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  • Lynisha
  • 04-01-19

Great!

I loved everything about this biography. Very well told and had some great interviews. The narrator was awesome.

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  • Wesley Thomas
  • 26-11-18

David Ritz is damn good.

David puts together a fine account of one of the greatest singers of all time’s life

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  • Victor Clayton
  • 07-02-20

Reading to Listening

I read this book many years ago.
Listening to it today it hits different.
The Performance adds tremendous depth and as I listen to this tragic tale of a fallen Hero with a greater maturity in life's experience for myself, it becomes even more dramatic and so much more tragic.
Mental illnesses drug addiction the supreme genius and talent. The self hate and shame all more enhanced through the performance. I could see it play out right before my eyes. Lonely, Tragic and Cold.
Amplified.
Brilliant