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By bec on 24-02-16
good story but boring style
Review A woman working at an influential level in the music business, Sun Records no less, and in the 50s! Just the seeing names of the stars was enough to attract me to this book. Sadly though, what could have been an exciting read turned out to be a tad disappointing.All the information I wanted is there, but it reads like a rather boring history, which is great if that's all you want. I didn't get any sense of the vibe of those times, I had wanted to live it through the authors retelling, but that just didn't happen for me.To summarise: Excellent source of historical detail but a very dry account of an interesting time in the popular music industry. Disappointing.NarratorLee Ann Howlett did a darned good job considering the somewhat emotionless and dry story she had to relate, I doubt anyone's ability to make this sound interesting. Good job Lee Ann!This audiobook was provided by the narrator. In return, this is my honest review
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By Memory38 on 16-07-15
Geat story of early rock and roll
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I'm from the south (North Carolina) and around the same age as the author, Barbara Barnes, and I loved her story. Hearing about the antics of these musicians that I listened to via their records made me feel like I was there. Jerry Lee Lewis was even crazier than I thought he was. The part where he blindsided everyone at Sun Records when he married his cousin was priceless. I had no idea that the English press reported the story before the people at Sun knew what he had done. Johnny Cash came across as an interesting person. Of course, listening to what it was like working for Sam Phillips was fun. I was impressed by how well Barbara handled duties for Sam like writing the liner notes for albums and having to 'sell' records to various disc jockeys around the country. I'm not sure I could have handled the pressure or the egos.
Lee Ann Howlett did a great job telling Barbara's story. She has just enough of a southern accent to make her seem like the author was looking back and relating the events to you. She was also good when narrating the humorous parts and there were plenty of them.
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