• Bright Lights, Dark Shadows

  • The Real Story of Abba
  • By: Carl Magnus Palm
  • Narrated by: Adrian Mulraney
  • Length: 26 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-09-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (28 ratings)

Summary

An exploration of all aspects of the Abba member’s lives and careers. Amazingly detailed, it examines the group member’s family backgrounds, the pre-Abba days, the legendary 70s, the marriages, the divorces, the business ups and downs, and the post-Abba solo careers.
©2002 Carl Magnus Palm by agreement with Bengt Nordin Agency (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic reviews

“How did Abba do it? And why, 20 years after they split, are they still so popular? Palm’s book achieves the difficult feat of capturing the multiple layers of Abba… with a deftness unusual in a rock biography.” ( The Sunday Times, London)
“Another fine addition to the canon of music biographies…. Palm’s biography is extremely thorough and dipped deeply in a pond of melancholy.” ( The Times, London)
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Customer Reviews

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2 out of 5 stars
By VPman on 13-07-18

Horribly detailed so only for detail buffs.

Way too much detail so it becomes extremely boring to listen to this book. I'm at chapter 18 of 55 and only now reached the selection for 1974 Eurosong contest. The narrator tries to pronounce Swedish titles and names and fails miserably.
For the love of god please release an abridged version.

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5 out of 5 stars
By tee pee on 27-04-16

Well read and absorbing

A well researched biography of the group, my only complaint there was far too much info regarding their business ventures

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5 out of 5 stars
By Howard_a on 18-06-12

Awesome! -- All the Swedish words pronounced!

I read the physical book 10 years ago, and I still learned a lot from this audiobook. Palm chronicles the lives of the major people involved in ABBA, since most of there were kids. It is an enjoyable story that doesn't hide the truth about many of the situations they've encountered whether good or bad. I will most likely listen to this several times, because the content is so rich. When I originally read the book, there were many Swedish words that I guessed at the pronunciations, making them not so memorable, the audio edition changed that! Also, I was pleasantly surprised that it was updated in 2011.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Natalie on 20-09-11

Loved it...

How refreshing to read a rock/music bio that actually contains very real, detailed and honest info re the band, including their ups and downs along the way-right from the start. All I can say is WOW. I knew they were all talented before I heard this book, but now I see them all as not only 'incredibly' talented, but also with an incredible work ethic. Most 'stars' of the current generation want fame so quickly, and wonder why it never lasts. Abba's talent that has been carved out during their lifetimes, which is why it has shone so strongly. Currently enjoying an ABBA music revival, on my ipod as a result.

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