Freddie Mercury: The Definitive Biography

  • by Lesley-Ann Jones
  • Narrated by Lesley-Ann Jones, Jane Collingwood, Hugh Lee, Kristopher Milnes, Kevin Shenn
  • 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the definitive biography of Freddie Mercury. Written by an award-winning rock journalist, Lesley-Ann Jones toured widely with Queen forming lasting friendships with the band. Now, having secured access to the remaining band members and those who were closest to Freddie, from childhood to death, Lesley-Ann has written the most in depth account of one of music's best loved and most complex figures. Meticulously researched, sympathetic, unsensational, the audiobook - like the forthcoming film - will focus on the period in the 1980s when Queen began to fragment, before their Live Aid performance put them back in the frame. In her journey to understand the man behind the legend, Lesley-Ann Jones has travelled from London to Zanzibar to India. Packed with exclusive interviews and told with the invaluable perspective that the twenty years since Mercury's death presents, Freddie Mercury is the most up to date portrait of a legendary man.


What the Critics Say

"No one has captured better than Lesley-Ann Jones the magical, enchanting dualism of Freddie Mercury." (The Times)


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Customer Reviews

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Interesting book but irritating listen

The main narrator makes this book an interesting listen but it's let down by the other voices who imitate members of the band and also people who had been interviewed by the author.

The imitated American accents are an insult to the ear and sound like chalk on a blackboard.

Also, the author has tried to cleverly shoehorn in Queen song titles into sentences but it is also an irritant

On the whole , it's full of interesting trivia but you're better off reading the book rather than listening to it.
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- Thaigreencurry

Not enough about Freddie

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would if the person was more interested in the music and groups of the time.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Freddie's childhood was the most interesting.
I got bored with the details of all the music and other bands.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I did not like the voices used especially that of "Freddie's mother" she sounded as if she was permanently crying and it was irritating and whiny.

Was Freddie Mercury: The Definitive Biography worth the listening time?


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- Carla

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-06-2012
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton