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A Better Me

The Official Autobiography
Lu par : Gary Barlow
Durée : 10 h et 23 min
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Best-selling audiobook; shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018

Includes an additional new chapter.

Gary Barlow is one of the most successful British musicians and songwriters of all time, but 15 years ago, as he himself admits, he hit rock bottom - he was out of shape, out of work, depressed. 

Food for him had become an addiction, a means not only of comfort but almost of self-medication as he grappled with the cruel twists of fate of musical stardom. In 2003, as he struggled with the disappointment of an underperforming solo career alongside the tireless media taunts; Gary turned to food. Relentlessly. In the space of nine years he had been on 20 diets in the hopes of a resolution to all his woes. After asking the doctor what the 'cure' for obesity was, it sunk in that he was the only one who could take control of his health. Gary describes this realisation and the task that lay ahead - 'it was like being at the foot of a massive mountain'. 

So how did he go from an obese, out-of-work and depressed pop icon, to a superstar of music and TV and an accomplished musical songwriter and producer who is full of vitality, fitter, happier and more successful than ever before. What happened? 

In his extraordinarily honest memoir A Better Me, Gary tells of his journey back to professional success and mental and physical health. From reforming Take That to critical and commercial acclaim and reigniting his own legendary songwriting career; to overcoming his weight problems and crippling obsession with food; to TV judging panel stardom on The X Factor and Let It Shine and at last finding balance in both his personal and professional life. 

A Better Me is a remarkably frank memoir of Gary's life as he battled with weight, stress, fitness and depression, and staged one of the most thrilling professional comebacks in years. In his warm, witty and authentic voice, he recounts his story with compelling insight, captivating honesty and a human side that people rarely see. Here is one of the UK's most beloved pop stars open, honest and raw and as we've never seen him before. 

©2018 Gary Barlow (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Amazing story of an amazing person

I loved hearing this entertaining, intelligent, and moving story read by Gary, truly a great human being and artist

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  • Jeehan Balafaqaih
  • 03/03/2020

Genuine, row and funny

If you are struggling with your weight, your workload or just life in general, this is for you. It is hilarious and the narration is excellent. But it is also real and genuine. You truly connect with the human being behind the pop star. I bought it cause I am a fan of Take That and it exceeded my expectations. I believe non Fans will find this book touching and inspirational.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19/10/2019

Tugs at the heart and honest

I thought Gary Barlow was authentic in his feelings, and provided depth to the emotions he felt when dealing with his life's experiences. The pain, sorrows, and joys he's felt was brought out by his sincere expressions put forth in this audio book. I enjoyed it and found it an uplifting story.

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  • Jessica Cutler
  • 27/09/2019

New fan

I didn't know who Gary Barlow was a month ago. I came across his music on YouTube and then found his book. After listening to his book, I'm forever a fan. He's authentic, he's talented, he's a rare find. Thank you for sharing your story. I have taken more from it than I thought I ever could. Now I'm off to discover the better ME!

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  • svwrejoices
  • 20/04/2019

Loved the he'll out of it.

He keeps it real. Was very enjoyable to go on this journey with him. Glad he chose to share.

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  • Eric R
  • 21/03/2019

So good I forget where I’m driving.

I find that autobiographies are usually boringly-written stories about interesting people, or boringly-written stories about boring people. But this book is a brilliantly-written tale about a brilliant person and an absolute delight to listen to (obviously.)

I already adored Gary's writing style (which is why I love his songs and deep lyrics,) but now I love him even more. No part of the book was dull, and so many parts made me burst out laughing or shedding tears. This book has also, (authentically) "accepted it won't be in fashion." There are no trending thoughts in this. It's just true, honest, wonderful Gary.

This book is so worth the money. Worth all the stars. Worth everything! I'm utterly depressed that it's finished, but now I shall listen all over again.

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  • Cheryl A. Waters
  • 13/02/2019

Great fun, heartwarming and surprise! Therapeutic!

I just discovered Take That and Mr. Barlow in 2018. It was right on time. They’ve kept me company during a year of significant transitions. Even though Gary’s life is very different than mine, the underlying humanity is the same. Thank you for the encouragement to be me and like me. Even so, I’m always working at being a “Better Me!” Loved the Book! 👏👏👏

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  • Colleen Stead
  • 04/01/2019

as expected .... entertaining

had me laughing so much in places and told me so much about his demons despite his huge success .... really good, enjoyed it - great narration

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02/01/2019

Outstanding Telling of a Life

I "discovered" Gary Barlow in November 2018 and have since come to love and admire him with a passion! This book is a raw and compelling story about the struggles of a famous person and weight, and his lifelong relationship with food. It is sprinkled with stories of fame and his Take That band with the humility and self deprecating humor that seems apparent in his interviews. Fantastic!

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  • Myr_Orange
  • 07/11/2018

increible

Me encanto como desnuda su alma y explica sus miedos y sus demonios. Gary Barlow en estado puro

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05/11/2018

our beautiful Gary

amazing biography book, our beautiful Gary, not only outside, as also on the inside, I am a better me because of you. love this wisdom Gary bring to this book.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 16/02/2019

Interesting Book and brutally honest. I like it.

This is a rare found honesty. I really apprechiate how the author has written the book. It´s hard to hear sometimes, because he did go through alot hardship but he overcame it and finally was stronger and a better person. For me as an aspiring musician and artist very interesting also the psychological side of fame and all its "friends"...
I can really recommend reading this book, or hearing it, because its just something true. And that is knowingly something beautiful somehow.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 16/12/2018

Learn more about Gary Barlow's diets

Half the book seems to consist of Gary Barlow's diets. I didn't expect that and it started to annoy me throughout the book. Rest of it was okay though.

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  • Kindle-Kunde
  • 13/10/2018

lovly story

I love Gary. He has such a great voice, very calm but not boring.
Made me cry, made me laugh.