Boys in the Trees
- A Memoir
- Narrated by: Carly Simon
- Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 25-11-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio
The memoir recalls a childhood enriched by music and culture but also one shrouded in secrets that would eventually tear her family apart. Simon brilliantly captures moments of creative inspiration, the sparks of songs, and the stories behind writing "Anticipation" and "We Have No Secrets", among many others. Romantic entanglements with some of the most famous men of the day fueled her confessional lyrics as well as the unraveling of her storybook marriage to James Taylor.
Includes original music composed especially for the program by Carly Simon and Teese Gohl plus a previously unreleased bonus song from Carly Simon.
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By Lucy T. on 16-09-17
Wonderful but background music too loud
I was concerned when music in the background started playing quite loudly - I assumed it would die down- it didn't and was rather annoying throughout the whole book. But Carly Simon was wonderful at reading her story - which I loved and highly recommend. Fascinating and heart breaking and funny - everything you want in a great book
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By Adele on 30-11-15
Gorgeous and Sad
Still trying to decide how I felt about it. On the one hand it was gorgeous. She reads it herself and the audiobook is interlaced with lots and lots of her music throughout. It has to be a completely different experience from reading it with eyes only. In many ways it confirms how sensitive and brilliant she is.
On the other hand it also seems like it was her attempt to come to terms with the fact that she has never come to terms with the failure of her 10ish-year marriage to James Taylor which ended in the early 1980's. Yet she was married again for about 20 more years to someone else, and unless I nodded off toward the end, there's not even a mention of that. There's something disturbing and downright pitiful about how she seems so determinedly stuck in the long-ago.
24 of 25 people found this review helpful
By E. Anderson on 27-11-15
Beautifully told with Carly's music.
Beautifully written and narrated by Carly Simon. The book is scored to many of the songs she's written, thanks to the genius of Ken Burns. The music and lyrics enhance the story Carly shares. Interesting insight into her relationship with James Taylor--not the easiest man to love or live with. One of the best audio books I've ever listened to. This particular book demonstrates the power of an audio book over the printed version. So many feelings and subtleties are conveyed to paint a more vivid account of the events in her life. After all the years have past since her divorce from Taylor, you can see that Carly still has a place in her heart for James Taylor.
19 of 21 people found this review helpful