• George Michael

  • A Life
  • By: James Gavin
  • Narrated by: Paul Bellantoni
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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By: James Gavin
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Publisher's Summary

George Michael was an extravagantly gifted, openhearted soul singer whose work was both pained and smolderingly erotic. He was a songwriter of true craft and substance, and his music swept the world, starting in the mid-1980s. His fabricated image—that of a hypermacho sex god—loomed large in the pop culture of his day. It also hid—for a time—the secret he fought against revealing: Michael was gay. Soon his obsession with fame would start to backfire. As one of the industry's most privileged yet tortured men began to self-destruct, the press showed little sympathy. George Michael: A Life explores the compelling story of a superstar whose struggles, as well as his songs, continue to touch fans all over the world.

Acclaimed music biographer James Gavin traces Michael's metamorphosis from the shy and awkward Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou into the swaggering, dominant half of the leading British pop duo of the 1980s Wham!; he then details Michael's sensational solo career and its subsequent unraveling. With deep analysis of the creative process behind Michael's albums, tours, and music videos, as well as interviews with hundreds of his friends and colleagues, George Michael: A Life is a probing, definitive portrait of a pop legend.

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Amazingly written and performed!

Terrific book/performance that does George Michael’s complex life and legacy proud. 10/10 recommend.

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A Definitive Biography

This book was extremely well written and performed. If you’re looking for a one-stop bio on George, this is it.

If you’ve read up on George before, you’ll be familiar with the progression the book takes on his life/career events. But, the author went further by including many small details which brought new light on familiar subjects.

I really enjoyed it! Thank you for all of your hard work, James and Paul.

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this was a super great listen well broken dow

loved it written really well and narrated was accurately broken down by the timeline as well great read

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a beautiful man

George is missed so much. I do hate he went through so much. great book

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Opportunistic author

Makes me so sad that this author so gleefully took every opportunity to sully the name and reputation of such a lovely man. Was George Michael troubled and often ill- equipped to deal with everything life threw at him? Yes, he most certainly was. That is not an excuse to take advantage of the tragic fact that he is no longer here to defend himself. By sensationalising and speculating about the details that he has no more insight into than anyone else, he shows himself to be no better than the media and paparazzi who pursued him throughout his life. Nobody has an unkind word to say about George Michael, in fact nothing but heartwarming stories about his kindness and compassion have surfaced since his death. This author however, has somehow managed to paint a sordid picture not only of Michael but of those closest to him. It is a shame that the author could not have learned a lesson about humanity from the man who he sought to tear apart.

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  • 11-23-22

Annoying

I had to turn this off as the person who reading it has the most boring voice.
This isn’t showing George Michael for the true artist he is and always will be

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-28-22

Disappointing. Probnot written for UK audiences.

Disappointing for this British listener. Impersonal, often unnecessarily chooses negative representations of George. I wanted to listen to an audio book that was full of the love & respect so many had for him, especially in the UK. And as for the narrator, surely a bit of research into how to pronounce things wouldn't have gone amiss.

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  • Geri Norris
  • 10-07-22

So sad 😞

I enjoyed this book but felt Sad throughout. Being a massive George Michael fan the thought that he was so sad for most of his life really is upsetting. People used him, they didn't appreciate him his talents, his love. Very let down by Fadi and Kenny you both loved his fame and his money You hurt him more than we will ever know ...Karma