• Jimmy Buffett

  • A Good Life All the Way
  • By: Ryan White
  • Narrated by: Gibson Frazier
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (280 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way, acclaimed music critic Ryan White has crafted the first definitive account of Buffett's rise from singing songs for beer to his emergence as a tropical icon and CEO behind the Margaritaville industrial complex, a vast network of merchandise, chain restaurants, resorts, and lifestyle products all inspired by his sunny but disillusioned hit "Margaritaville".

Filled with interviews from friends, musicians, Coral Reefer Band members past and present, and business partners who were there, this book is a top-down joyride with plenty of side trips and meanderings from Mobile and Pascagoula to New Orleans, Key West, down into the islands aboard the Euphoria and the Euphoria II, and into the studios and onto the stages where the foundation of Buffett's reputation was laid.

Buffett wasn't always the pied piper of beaches, bars, and laid-back living. Born on the Gulf Coast, the son of a son of a sailing ship captain, Buffett scuffed around New Orleans in the late '60s, flunked out of Nashville (and a marriage) in 1971, and found refuge among the artists, dopers, shrimpers, and genuine characters who'd collected at the end of the road in Key West. And it was there, in those waning outlaw days at the last American exit, where Buffett, like Hemingway before him, found his voice and eventually brought to life the song that would launch Parrot Head nation.

And just where is Margaritaville? It's wherever it's five o'clock; it's wherever there's a breeze and salt in the air; and it's wherever Buffett sets his bare feet, smiles, and sings his songs.

©2017 Ryan White (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Learn how to pronounce local terms

Love the book but the narrater mispronounced so many Florida terms wrong. You can't do a Keys story using a soft ch in Conch!

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insightful, but hard listen/ read

struggled through the first half, almost gave up. pushed through and second half was better. the overall story is good, i think it was told poorly and was very slow to develope.

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Can be very dry at times

This book at times can keep you going but on many occasions I found myself losing interest.

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Flip flop

If your not a hardcore fan this book isn’t for you. And if you are-there is a lot to be desired in terms of flowing together.

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What's not to love.

Great book, really brings a lot of the history of where the songs came from that are so popular today. Jimmy Buffett has changed my life in a dark time of it and I know he has saved many others people's life with his music and books.

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Fun Listen with some great history

Really fun listen sharing the history of my favorite cultural icon. Tells the story of all the songs that I love made me want to go back and listen to every album in its entire tea over again. Also reminded me of some of the great music from some of Jimmy Buffett's friends.

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Answered a bunch of questions

This one was entertaining start to finish. Been a parrothead since the early 70's ( about the first time I heard Come Monday) and learned a bunch of stuff I didn't know.

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Works Better than Melatonin

Even though I actually live in Margaritaville, & born in mid 60’s, I was never a JB fan. More a hard-rock guy. Wanted to see how JB was able to take a 1-hit wonder song and turn it into billions. This book laboriously moves you through his early days into the present. ALL 11 HOURS! As soon as I think “ok. It’s getting good”, NO, he goes back into the past to tell another boring story.

Here’s the total story in 1 minute.
*JB was grinding it out for years trying to make it big.
*wrote a song called Margaritaville within 2 minutes while in traffic while on the 7 mile bridge to Key West
*Wanted Changes in Latitude to be his big hit but was surprised to see Margaritaville shot up the charts.
* years later someone convinced him to start doing tshirts complete with the ocean, limes, tequila, a parrot and a note saying “a woman to blame”
*JBs delusion to keep putting out albums thinking he’d strike gold again with another hit. Not!
*JBs surprise that the t shirts caught fire
*Parrot heads (think DeadHeads) were born. .
*JB now embraces this new concept of parrot heads, lifestyle and Margaritaville and licenses his name, title & image.
That’s it! What took so long

SMH

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Great history about Jimmy, lousy narration

the history was great and fact filled. i was at many of the performance areas talked about... but i lost trust in the narration with so many mispronounced words. the author should be embarrassed. Words like Conch, Cay and many more mispronounced over and over is embarrassing. the only thing that saved it was the facts.

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terrific read

this is a detailed book about a man with a coat of many colors including sea plane pilot, author of several best-selling books, and an international singing star. it has many personal details and fun facts