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    With the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics, and the songs that roused the world, and over four decades he lived the original rock-and-roll life: taking the chances he wanted, speaking his mind, and making it all work in a way that no one before him had ever done.

    Now, at last, the man himself tells us the story of life in the crossfire hurricane. And what a life. Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records as a child in post-war Kent. Learning guitar and forming a band with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones. The Rolling Stones' first fame and success as a bad-boy band. The notorious Redlands drug bust and subsequent series of confrontations with a nervous establishment that led to his enduring image as outlaw and folk hero. Creating immortal riffs such as the ones in 'Jumping Jack Flash' and 'Street Fighting Man' and 'Honky Tonk Woman'. Falling in love with Anita Pallenberg, and the death of Brian Jones. Tax exile in France, wildfire tours of the US, Exile on Main Street and Some Girls. Ever increasing fame, isolation and addiction. Falling in love with Patti Hansen. Estrangement from Mick Jagger and subsequent reconciliation. Solo albums and performances with his band the Xpensive Winos. Marriage, family, and the road that goes on for ever.

    In a voice that is uniquely and intimately his own, with the disarming honesty that has always been his trademark, Keith Richard brings us the essential life story of our times.

    ©2010 Keith Richards (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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    • David
    • 09/02/2011

    A rare insight into a rock legend

    This is the finest audible book I've listened to. The narrators (Depp and Hurley) although diametrically opposed in terms of vocal style, both add so much to the listening experience. This is an experience not to be missed. Imagine yourself sitting with Keith in front of a roaring fire in the middle of winter and Keith is reminiscing about the many milestones in his professional and personal life.

    The Audible novel puts you there.. seriously. On top of everything else, Keith shares his techniques, guitar tunings, and songwriting methods with ease. As an amateur guitarist, I have learned more about the instrument and various tuning methods (specifically Open G) in a week of listening to the book than I have in over 30 years of trying to teach myself.

    In this book, Keith openly discusses his drug habits, but always counsels the listener to stay away from drugs. This is no mean feat.... the book is full of stories of what happened under the influence of Heroin, cocaine, marijuana and various other uppers and downers, but amazingly you come away from the experience with some understanding of why Keith (and others) would subject themselves to the problems that this lifestyle introduces, without the feeling that Keith is in any way endorsing this lifestyle.

    I have to say, prior to the book, my impression of Keith Richards was that of an aging rock star who should have quit long ago in his prime. A rock personality who was almost always "out of it" on drugs or alcohol, and who was almost an anachronism in this day and age.

    What I learnt however was that this is a highly intelligent and articulate man who has an amazing capacity to recall events from the past 40 years or so, and in the process has given us, the reader (or listener) an unprecedented insight into an amazing life at a turning point in 20th Century culture.

    Read or listen to "Life".... you won't regret it.

    Thanks Keef for a great body of work and an amazing biography.

    Keep on rockin'!

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    • sarah
    • 17/12/2010

    fantastic Mr Richards.

    This is the second best audiobook I've ever listened to. The section Keith reads himself is simply marvellous- cooking tips, pet care, it's all in there! Fabulous!

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    • Adam
    • 10/12/2010

    Amazing

    I would have read LIFE, but I am so happy that I did not. Listening to Richards, Depp, and Hurley was simply so engaging that I think this a case where listening beats reading. The book itself is of real substance. I think this is a autobiography at its best.

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    • Phil
    • 24/01/2013

    Too long, too much rambling!

    I love me a rock bio TRUST me! but I couldn't get through this to be honest. The man is a legend I admit and has had a pretty cool life but you have to wade through so much rambling that it gets hard to stay focused. Gave it a while but couldn't last. Sorry Keef!!

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    • Natalie
    • 26/12/2012

    I just loved it! Am now in the Richards fan club..

    What an amazing guy. What I loved most about this book, was the fact that you discovered how incredibly talented Keith was/is, but you also learned he is a good, kind hearted and giving man, despite his flaws. He was so different in so many ways to Mick it would seem, no wonder they each brought something so different to their writing partnership, as The Glimmer Twins. I wasn't so fond of the first narrator (ie Joe Hurley), I think it wold have been better to have just had one narrator throughout. This book has really opened my eyes up to The Stones and what makes them so bloody great. They certainly know how to work hard!

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    • alexey
    • 23/11/2011

    Keith Richards' Life: free any old time.

    An audio edition of Keith Richards’ best-selling autobiography Life should silence most sceptical critics of audio books, who regard the format as an oversimplified substitution of reading. The Rolling Stones' founder and lead guitarist proves that, at least one literature genre–memoirs¬–is better listened to, than read. Even though, he himself rarely features on the twenty-three hour record.

    Instead, Joe Hurley, New York singer, imitates Richard's voice, while Jonny Depp leads the narration with a trademark lucidity, ensuring that the record beat any competition at the Audiobook of the Year award in 2011.

    Despite a very provocative character of the story, taken to the extremes by skilful narrators, Life is far from being just an audio guide for heroin addicts or a collection of satirical monologues about Mick Jagger. Depp and Hurley dramatize a lifelong experiment that Keith Richards endured to create the Rolling Stones and keep the band rolling for fifty odd years. In this experiment, he managed to find the right combination of hard work, passion for music, and sheer desire to create something outstanding, which yielded miracles like Jumping Jack Flash and Gimme Shelter.

    Life is also about another realm that exists in parallel with our world, hidden behind fences of ocean villas, VIP clubs and private parties. Occupied by rich and famous, the realm is built on the absolute freedom. Free to have anything, to say anything, to take anything, 'to do what I want', Keith's point is that humans are not designed to cope with such amount of freedom.

    At 68, he sounds genuinely astounded with the fact that he survived his experiment. While most of the others who were unfortunate enough to taste freedom with the Rolling Stones, did not.

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    • Carolina
    • 14/02/2011

    Very interesting

    Interesting book to learn more about the life of a character such as KR. In terms of the narrators, I found that Jonny Deep was pretty good with the parts that he did, even though a bit monotone sometimes. Joe Hurley took a bit to get used to as he has a very strong accent, but he could really translate the personality of Keith Richards and that enriched the storey. I got a bit lost sometimes when he transitioned to different characters as it was not very clear all the time whether is was Keith talking or somebody else. Keith himself does the final chapters, and his english is not very clear, so I suppose it is good that he did not read the entire book. Overall, a very good audiobook.

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    • Michael
    • 25/07/2020

    Well Worth the Read

    This book is one of the greatest autobiographies out there on a rock star. If you love that genre, you'll love Life.

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    • Joselo
    • 11/03/2020

    Soul Survivor

    This is among the very first audiobooks that I listened to, back in 2013. It made me realize how much fun an audiobook could be when left in the hands of a proper narrator (or narrators, in this case). This is partly why it feels so special to me. Actor Johnny Depp, musician Joe Hurley and Keith Richards himself, all take turns bringing to life the story of a true rock n' roll legend. While I listened to this memoir, and for a long time afterwards, I became fairly obsessed with the Rolling Stones, and in particular, with the album Exile on Main Street, which to this day remains one of my favorites. I already liked the Stones, and the album, but when I learned all the details about how it was made, it became all the more powerful. Thanks to this audiobook, I began to also listen to some of Richard's solo work. It's all there, how a young kid from Dartford, England grew up to love the blues, country and rock, mastered the guitar and worked the whole world into a frenzy. Richards shares with his fans some of the pain and the glory that he's been through, and a little bit of the mischief that he's known for. All in all, a stupendous listen.

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 30/11/2019

    One of the best experiences on audible!

    The cast, the narrative, the storyline, the lifestyle, the history, the attitude and the stories, a musician’s pure gem!

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    • Sascha
    • 12/11/2013

    Unterhaltsam – aber Vorsicht, deutsche Hörer

    Ich habe nicht viel mit den Stones am Hut, bin aber davon ausgegangen, dass der Mann was zu erzählen hat. Hat er, und nicht nur über sich, sondern über viele, viele bekannte Künstler und mehr oder minder bekannte Events.

    Das Buch hält sich nicht all zu lange mit der Kindheit auf, was ich persönlich bei Biografien mag.

    Johnny Depp liest auf die übliche Art, die man von seinen Off Beiträgen in diversen Filmen gewohnt ist, ruhig und gut verständlich. Joe Hurley hingegen mimt den Irischen Dorftrunkenbold (vielleicht mimt er ihn auch gar nicht), was streckenweise unterhaltsam aber teils auch kaum zu verstehen ist – zumindest für mich. Nach Möglichkeit lieber erst probehören.

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    • Lukas Privat
    • 14/11/2020

    Amazing

    This is the most amazing biography I have ever heard. It is wild, emotional and well spoken. The only one thing that confused me is sometimes it is not clear whose pov it is. Regardless, I listen to this quite often and have a whole new appreciation for the Stones.

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    • William Blake
    • 05/09/2020

    Johnny Depp! Amazing voice!

    Johnny Depp! Amazing voice! I could listen to him all day long. He is simply brilliant.

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    • Maximilian Schell
    • 28/08/2018

    fantastic listen

    awesome readers, exceptional story, definately worth a listen! you get a good overview of the stones history.

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    • Marc A
    • 10/02/2018

    Outstanding, great shit!!!

    What a life, what great storytelling. Love that bloke for his honesty and way of life!

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    • SE7EN11
    • 27/08/2017

    half n half

    this is a great book if you are at least a tiny bit interested in the stones or rock or rhythm n blues music. dont get me wrong. its mostly all good but I had to cut 2 star off of performance for though I loved how Johnny Depp read his parts (5stars) I didnt like Joe Hurleys parts (2 stars, yeah really, and thats well meant) at all. didnt sound that much believably genuine, too much like a wanna sound cool, yep personally I found it really annoying, forced, played, fake, overexagerrated, lame even though over time I became more and more used to it. Keith himself then narrating at the end of the book is just priceless, a revellation, thats 5 stars at least there.

    The book all in all grew more interesting to me towards the end anyway. But I have to cut 1 more star off cause to me it was a bit too detailled here and there, I do not need to hear about everything about Keiths life I guess. So overall this is a great audiobook, just a bit too long and one of the narrators didnt deliver it my cup of tea style. I wish they would have let Johnny Depp read the whole book, his parts are read so much better, light years better.

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    • moebus21
    • 04/04/2011

    Verrückt wie er selbst

    Es bring viel Spaß Johnny Depp und John Fox zuzuhören. Allerdings ist es nicht immer ganz leicht zu verstehen, kann aber auch an meinem Englisch liegen. Nichts desto trotz hatte ich viel Spaß und war nach kurzen 23 Stunden noch nicht bereit zum Ende zu kommen.