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Take Me Home

An Autobiography
Narrated by: John Denver
Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
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In a career that spanned decades, John Denver earned international acclaim as a singer, songwriter, actor, and environmental activist. Songs like "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "Rocky Mountain High", and "Annie's Song" have entered the canon of universal anthems, but at his start John Denver was a young man with little more than a fine voice, a guitar, and a dream. Growing up in a conservative military family, he was not expected to drop out of college and head to Los Angeles, where the music scene was flourishing. Nor was he expected to succeed. In Take Me Home, John Denver chronicles the experiences that shaped his life, while unraveling the rich, inner journey of a shy Midwestern boy whose uneasy partnership with fame has been one of the defining forces of his first 50 years. With candor and wit, John writes about his childhood, the experience of hitting L.A. as the '60s roared into full swing, his first breaks, his years with the Mitchell Trio, his first songwriting success with "Leaving on a Jet Plane", and finally a career that made his a global household name. He also explores his relationships with the women in his life - particularly his first wife, Annie Martell, and his second wife, Cassandra Delaney - as well as his parents, his children, his partners through his life, and his friends.

Honest, insightful and rich in anecdotes that only a natural-born storyteller could tell so well, Take Me Home is a highly charged and fascinating audiobook from beginning to end. It's like spending a couple of days with a good friend.

©1994 Rocky Mountain Merchandise LLC (P)1994 Rocky Mountain Merchandise LLC

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So sad.

It is obvious from this autobiography that some areas of John's life were so much sadder than his glorious songs and public personality implied.

In some respects I wish I hadn't read it, as it has tarnished my opinion of John a little.

Having said that - sometimes the truth hurts.

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In his own voice

Not having known much about his life, but recently finding out about his environmental activism I decided to listen to some of his Windstar concerts and then his autobiography. It is a treat to hear his story from his own lips. He tells it warts and all. A beautiful human being who despite struggling with his demons did much for his people and planet. A beautiful voice in every way. Thank you John Denver.

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Take Me Home

I enjoyed hearing John Denver speak so openly about his life I have liked his music so it was nice to know how his music came about.

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A must for John Denver Fans

Lovely just to sit and listen to his story in his own words and hear his wonderful voice.

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Smart all round guy, what a mind.

Intelligence abounds but with the frailties of mankind to boot, very enjoyable listening highly recommend.

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Beautifully read by a true legend

John Denver has always had a special place in my heart and I had read this book before but to hear it read by the man himself is truly wonderful. It's a great insight into the music industry in the 60's and 70's and an incredible journey of one human being who made a profound difference to so many people's lives. RIP John Denver. I love you x

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  • Brenda M.
  • 03-02-17

Loved hearing John Denver telling his story

What did you love best about Take Me Home?

Hearing John Denver's voice telling his story. It left me wanting more of his story, more details.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Take Me Home?

Learning from him the details of how he started out and then eventually the successes he had. He earned his success little by little. His passionate determination and of course his extraordinary talent eventually got him to where he wanted to be. Nothing was handed to him.

What does John Denver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He told his story his way to the reader--his perspective in his own beautiful storytelling voice!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"The John Denver Story"

Any additional comments?

I have the actual paper book & this audiobook is NOT the whole book. A lot was left out of this audio. I would have preferred to have the whole book in his spoken word.

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  • Jackie
  • 12-10-16

Sitting with John

Today is the anniversary of his death so spending the day with him reading his autobiography was like spending a day with an old friend. Wonderful book and having it read by him made it that much better.

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  • Patti smith
  • 13-04-16

A story I never knew...

I have always loved John , but never knew much about him. This was a Wonderful insight into to him. I miss him and his music. I will forever be a fan.

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  • baboo234
  • 21-08-19

Answers lots of questions about Annie!! Recommend!

I enjoyed reading (i.e., hearing John Denver read) this book because of John’s willingness to bear it all . . . the love, the scars, the bitterness, the loneliness and the life lessons he learned too late. I read of Annie all the way through the book. She occupied most chapters in some way or another. In the final chapter, near the very end of the book, John made the following statement: “Where do I go from here, I think I go in the direction of art, not art songs, but songs that have artistic intention. Art serves as a catalyst to see ourselves. It might be the art of Michelangelo’s David, which puts you in touch with your own spirituality. Or, it might be hearing a song like “Season’s of the Heart”, and recognizing that you never really let go of the woman you divorced some years ago.” . . .

If you want to understand John’s love for Annie, read this book!

In my opinion, based on reading this book, Annie was John’s first love, his last love . . . his only true love. I have to admit, that was the very reason I purchased this book. I wanted to see where she ended up in his life story. If you are interested in this relationship, the book will not disappoint you. There is so much detail that it truly explains why they gave up on each other for a time. To be fair, the book also contains so much more about him, his interests, and his life. His Father was also a very big part of his life struggles, but in the end, he found peace in this area of his life.

My final evaluation of his relationship with Annie, based on the reading of this book, follows: When John first laid eyes on Annie, it was love and longing at first sight. As I listen to many of his songs (even those written after their divorce), you can see how she affected him. He loved her, but seemed unwilling or unable to be faithful to her. Life on the road without her appeared to be beyond his ability to stay faithful to. But, in his mind, none of “them” mattered. They were a diversion to aid his inability to cope on the road away from her. Annie must not have been willing to accept that as truth. She could not get past the hurt caused by his unfaithfulness (and what woman in love could!) and her inability to communicate effectively with him. In the end, I think it was his unfaithfulness that caused her to pull away from him, to scorn him (but only for a season). Under this dichotomy, they were unable to meet in the middle. In the end, Annie asked for a divorce and although John may have found relief for a short time from the pain he struggled with because of their complicated relationship, I think she always was and forever would be his first love, his last love and his only true love.

If you love John Denver and want to understand this gifted and complicated man, read the book. If you don't want to know about the struggles that caused him to lose Annie's love, then don't read the book. In the end, I'm glad I read it and I'm still a huge fan!

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  • Ray W.
  • 31-05-16

The struggles of fame

John Denver may have been a world wide known celebrity, but he was a person. A person like you and me with problems and issues that he had to deal with. In his story he explains these and how he dealt with them. He just had the balls to share them with us through his book. He really makes you feel that you are not alone.

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  • Lori Hanson
  • 12-01-16

Definitely worth the listen!

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The day John Denver died, my husband asked me if he should call in sick for me. So maybe my rating is slanted, but I don't think so. I own the hardcover version so I was interested to see what would be kept in the abridged audio version. I wasn't disappointed. The editing was good and there were enjoyable music clips at the beginnings of the chapters. If you want the whole story, you still have to read the book, but this is a good sampling. Also, brings John back to us if only for a little while.

Another thing he deserves credit for is that he didn't try to whitewash his life. No, it wasn't one long, drawn-out confession, but a good example of the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover." We get an honest glimpse into his personal life that sometimes had a darker side.

John: I'm still a fan.

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  • ROBIN A OCONNOR
  • 03-11-15

JD brings it home. A wonderful vivid story.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

John reaches into his heart to tell his innermost secrets. The journey from childhood to the end of this life is fascinating. I truly appreciate Annie and John's family. Many sacrifices were made to give the world his beautiful music.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Take Me Home?

John truthful admission of his flaws shown the human behind the stardom. I felt like I was sitting next to John, as he told his story. You can hear the wind chimes and planes flying off in the distance.

What about John Denver’s performance did you like?

His passion and emotion makes you feel as though you are there.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

His loneliness was so profound.

Any additional comments?

Truly worth you time. Great job, John.

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  • Michelle Weese
  • 21-04-15

Wonderful -a must listen to autobio

So bittersweet to get to the end!
A must hear autobio for Fans and casual listeners to John Denver.
Did not want it end

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-11-19

On the wings of a dream...By John Denver.

I luved the fact that John Denver narrated and of course wrote. If there was going to be a book about him; he wanted to tell his life himself. Yes he made mistakes, we all do, but in the end. Quote Annie Denver...He was a good man.

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  • Lisa
  • 17-10-19

Wonderful!

I loved listening to John read. I miss him. I was a huge fan. This book brought back great memories and insight.