• Queen: As It Began

  • Authorized and Revised Edition
  • By: Jacky Smith, Jim Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Mike Cooper
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The original edition of this revered and authorized Queen biography explored every aspect of the legendary group’s career from inception to 1992. Newly revised and updated with cooperation and insight from Brian May and Roger Taylor—and drawing on exclusive interviews with the bandmembers—this book completes the story of the Mercury era and the immediate years after his death. With numerous extra photographs and a new Foreword from Brian May, Queen: As It Began: Revised and Authorized is an informative and authoritative portrait of Queen’s most fundamental period.

©2022 Original edition © 1992 by Jacky Gunn and Jim Jenkins. This edition © 2022 by Omnibus Press (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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Very good, but insufficiently deep

This is a great synopsis of the career of Queen, but does not delve far enough below the surface to be definitive, which is surprising, given that one of the authors runs the Queen fan club. It's unclear if the band were at all involved, but there's nearly nothing here that one couldn't gather from reading Queen's press. A good book for sure, and worth the listen, but it left me wanting a lot more.

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Hagiography in nasal antipodean

Despite its length, this is a hurried passage through the history of a fascinating band. There is little of the insight or refreshing honesty of Mark Blake's excellent A-Z. Instead we skip across the timeline with little sense of who these four remarkable individuals are. What could have been a merely inconsequential listen becomes downright grating after about 20 minutes due to the delivery of the narrator. With his clanging vowels and hurried but hushed delivery, he sounds like should be the drivetime DJ on Neighbours FM. Irritating.