Born to Run

Born to Run

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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Winner of the 2018 Audie Award for Best Autobiography 2018 GRAMMY AWARD NOMINEE for BEST SPOKEN WORD or NON-MUSICAL ALBUM "Writing about yourself is a funny business...But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I've tried to do this." —Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of Born to RunIn 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs. He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as "The Big Bang": seeing Elvis Presley's debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song "Born to Run" reveals more than we previously realized. Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star's memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll. Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs ("Thunder Road," "Badlands," "Darkness on the Edge of Town," "The River," "Born in the U.S.A.," "The Rising," and "The Ghost of Tom Joad," to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen's autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2016
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781508224242
Characteristics: 1 online resource (16 audio files) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Springsteen, Bruce

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amyraeweaver Apr 27, 2019

Some celebrities can’t write worth a darn—but Bruce Springsteen, the talent behind some of the greatest rock music of the last four decades, isn’t one of them. His book winds in and around his life and work: a spoiled childhood, the way Elvis Presley changed him forever, life playing the mid-Atlantic bar scene, the story of his rise to fame, and his son’s taste in music are just some of the places the book ends up. His struggles with depression were especially insightful and relatable, in ways no other memoirist’s ever have been for me. (Count me as someone who has never felt any kinship with Allie Brosh.) The audiobook is a must: Springsteen’s speaking voice is as enjoyable as his singing, and it gives the whole book a sense of intimacy. He could be telling you all this over a couple of beers at a little dive bar in Jersey somewhere.

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anniew
Feb 17, 2019

I've never been a Bruce fan, ......and I'm a great grandma.....but I've become a fan in recent months......its no surprise that he can write a good book, he's been writing all his life, but I'm reading his book for the 2nd time and enjoying it more. I started listening to Live in Dublin, great DVD, (I bought the DVD that comes with 2 CD's and its great) and the Promise.....and his 40 yr journey etc etc. After watching a few concerts, I was more interested in reading the book, instead of just skimming over it.
He really lays it all out here, I love his honesty and his humour. Its interesting to hear how a rock star is made.....he's been very determined and focused. like others have said, it wasn't about the money for him, he loved the music and the creative process. He grew up poor, so its neat to see him enjoying so much success, and he spreads it around. I'm looking forward to listening to him this summer while I'm out on my eclipse. I wish his wife Patti would write a book, she has a lot to say, cuz she's a star in her own right, and she has jointly raised this rock stars three kids. Would love to hear her side, altho her albums tell a lot of it.....but be sure to listen to her, she has a lovely voice, altho I don't always think it blends well with his, but others, like myself, probably enjoying listening or watching them sing duets. Its a great book!

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courtk123
May 22, 2018

Listening to Bruce talk so intimately about his life, his process, his mental health issues is the ONLY way to "read" this book. I have a hard copy too, but rented this audio version and am SO HAPPY I did!

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garycornell
Jul 14, 2017

Bravo Bruce you created both a book and an audiobook that would exceed any rock music fan expectations. Other KCLS patrons have left adequate details on the audio book. You won't be disappointed with Bruce. He is just so honest and you have to respect a man who never wanted to compromise his own principals. He never did it for the money. It was always about his music and preserving for future generations!

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njon38
May 03, 2017

Its possible that one has to been a big Springsteen fan to love this book as much as I did. It should not surprise any of us that he is a really good writer and its his voice reading the audio book which is well worth listening to. Since he is about my age, it is also the story of my generation.

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dogkahuna
Jan 19, 2017

"I've never been a raving fan of Bruce Springsteen's music, but I know enough about the man to respect his work, his integrity, his vision and his values. I figured the story-telling talent in his songs would translate to reading his own book, so I decided to listen to the audio version--an excellent decision.

This book was mesmerizing to listen to. Springsteen's story is captivating and his voice takes us through his life with much emotional range. I loved hearing him excitedly recounting success and somberly and seriously capturing heartbreak and sorrow. Listening to it gave me moments of fists-in-the-air joy, more than a few belly-laughs and also jerked a few tears.

He describes his background and childhood the way only an evolved person who has done extensive therapeutic work can. He is introspective and thoughtful. He cares a lot about people in his life: family, friends, band-mates, other musicians, and people from his home-town, his state, his country. I always thought he was a guy with his heart (and brain) in the right place, but he is off the charts in this way.

If you are a fan (or just an interested observer like myself), I strongly recommend listening to your hero read his own heroic story. He is an American icon who gives much fascinating and fun anecdotal information on the music business, other musicians and being a huge rock and roll star.

When I was a kid, the ends of good books and movies would leave me sad and wanting more--why does something this wonderful have to end? I felt that way again when this book ended; I miss Bruce!

I don't know if there's a better way to recommend listening to this."

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