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Ronnie James Dio was a heavy metal icon and frontman of three of the best-selling, most influential and famous rock bands in history: Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his own multi-million selling band, Dio. 

Rainbow in the Dark is a rollercoaster ride through the extraordinary highs and lows of Dio's life, and takes us from his early days as a street gang leader and Doo-wop singer in '60s Vegas through to his breakout success with Rainbow and Black Sabbath in the '70s and the stadiums of US metal in the '80s - ending in Dio's dressing room at Madison Square Garden, in June 1986, at the peak of his worldwide fame with Dio. 

Tragically Dio passed away from cancer in 2010, but had already begun writing a memoir before his death. Edited by the world-renowned music biographer Mick Wall, with the involvement of Dio's wife of over 35 years and personal manager Wendy Dio, Rainbow in the Dark honours and features Dio's never-before-seen original manuscript, while drawing on the extraordinary collection of print and audio interviews with the man himself to produce a vivid, raw and faithful portrait of one of the world's greatest ever rock legends.

©2021 Ronnie James Dio (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

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Disappointed

I was very excited when I downloaded this book, Ronnie has always been my favourite singer and I was interested to learn more about him and his early life. I found the early chapters entertaining and as the story approached his time with Black Sabbath things seemed to get a little rushed. The biggest issue for me is that story just ends after the Sacred Heart tour, the book is unfinished in my opinion.

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A really good listen

Anybody who is lucky enough to have seen Dio live will know how good he and his band actually were. His background story is really interesting and Wendy Dio and Mick have done a good job of editing Dio’s notes and putting everything together. This is not a bog standard Biography, I think that real care has been into producing something that Dio would have been happy to put his name to. The only real improvement would be to write more about the latter years of his life.

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Good read for any rock fan

As a Dio / Sabbath fan I enjoyed this insight into RJD's personal life.

I would have preferred a better narrator but it was still enjoyable.
Thought there might have been something later in the book about his death but who wants to read that really

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Disappointing

I really wanted to like this book as a big fan of RJD in all three of his major bands, but it just came across as pompous and one sided account where the author was always in the right and his adversaries were lucky to be in his hallowed company. The narrator was poor as well, very monotone and uninspiring.

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Fascinating!

A true legend and a fascinating story of highs and lows-I’d recommend this to any rock fan! RIP RJD.

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Good book but rushed

Ronnie is my favourite singer and the start of this book is great, however things seem rushed towards the end. The book is great in parts, but finishes abruptly and a lot is missing imo.

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Amazing Story

It was interesting to know the early days (Before Elf) and all the evolution thru the years.