• Elton John

  • The Biography
  • By: David Buckley
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Elton John is as much loved for his outrageous personality and witty outspokenness as for his music. Such shamelessness and sheer silliness rivals anything uttered by punk rockers, yet it is so typically Elton: honest and intemperate. Tragedy and heartbreak have played a large part in his life. Behind the parties, the hedonism, the lavish stage costumes, and the silly glasses lies a more somber story. Between disputes with managers, legal wranglings, public breakups, and divorce, John has been faced with not only an expanding waistline and a receding hairline but serious health problems and drug addictions. 

Drawing on many firsthand interviews with his associates and musical collaborators, this intriguing story of high drama and prodigious talent traces John's astonishing journey through life as the colossus of camp, while also offering a critical history of his work and a fresh analysis of his contributions to popular music.

©2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Great book!

I learned a lot from this book, and I highly recommend it to anyone!

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A very powerful music biography

I knew little about Elton John, even less about how songs are recorded, arranged, and produced. This lucid, intriguing true story,, besides being fascinating taught me so much.

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my opinion

Found this book extremely boring. I love biographies, but I truly didn't enjoy this one. For me to not finish a book is definitely not the norm

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This story is hard to follow.

I did not enjoy listening to this book. I stopped about half way through. The storytelling is very disjointed and hard to follow.

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A well rounded Biography of the man and the talent

From both first hand knowledge and hours of interviews David Buckley has put together an impressive Biography of Elton Johns talents, vulnerabilities, amazing philanthropy and at times downright bitchiness. Any of us could be a fan of Sir Elton John as a performer but through this biography I found myself a fan of the man himself faults and all.
Well written and read I was thoroughly engaged.

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Mildly Interesting

I think this might have been a little more interesting if it were cut down to 6 to 8 hours. There was a whole lot of droning on and on in a monotone voice about ...what I really can't remember as it was just mostly boring. I'm not sure what I was expecting but I think it would have been more interesting if I learned more about the songs and why Elton wrote the songs or learned more about his relationship with Bernie, these topics were glassed over. Basically, I found this book lacking any interesting detail.

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  • Caroline W
  • 08-21-19

Thoroughly Enjoyed this book

It was fascinating to hear all the insights about someone who I have known and loved nearly all my life. All Elton's struggles and successes and how he has dealt with them all.

A good listen for any music fan.

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  • Blind Girl
  • 06-17-19

Completely satisfactory

So you've seen the movie. So did I, sort of. And even if I am able to listen to no more than a dozen of Elton hits, 'Rocket Man' made me curious.
Now, 'The Biography' may sound a bit pompous but surely this humble, respectful and warm-heartedly written new book about Sir Elton is much far from wanting to be larger than life. I knew everything what I ever wanted to know about him in a funny, tender, tactful and (it seems to be the case) reliable manner. I would highlight the accurate historical and musical background and the professionally researched, often day by day account of Elton's carreer without ever being tedious. The author gives us an enjoyable analysis of each release and is full of admiration towards his subject but also full of sober criticism.
The narrator read the whole stuff full of awe and often near to tears. He read it like poetry. It was slightly annoying at the beginning but all in all suited the lovely tone of the biography. Sorry, The Biography.