Born to Run Audiobook Summary
The revelatory and wildly bestselling memoir by legendary rock star Bruce Springsteen: “Glorious…a philosophically rich ramble through a rock ’n roll life…It’s the lyric he was born to write” (USA TODAY, 4 out of 4 stars).
Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life. The result is “an utterly unique, endlessly exhilarating, last-chance-power-drive of a memoir” (Rolling Stone) that offers 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.
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.
“Both an entertaining account of Springsteen’s marathon race to the top and a reminder that the one thing you can’t run away from is yourself” (Entertainment Weekly), Born to Run is much more than a legendary rock star’s memoir. This book is a “a virtuoso performance, the 508-page equivalent to one of Springsteen and the E Street Band’s famous four-hour concerts: Nothing is left onstage, and diehard fans and first-timers alike depart for home sated and yet somehow already aching for more” (NPR).
Born to Run Audiobook Reviews
Upon my third listen, it gets better and better. Just like a great Springsteen album, there’s always something new or different, seemingly heard for the first time, that comes from multiple go-rounds.
Nobody else could narrate this book. That Bruce does himself, with his own inflections, emotions, and emphasis, pulls you in and sits you right next to him at the kitchen table. And living room, bedroom, on his motorcycle, on the road, in the bar, on stage. Just like one of his songs, Bruce paints you a picture, or more accurately shows you a short film, and let’s you watch with a connecting, voyeuristic, and participating eye (and ear). And with 80 chapters, that’s many hundreds of short films the listener sees and hears.
I received the book on release day. I struggled through 100 pages. I kept putting it down, and struggled to read more than 10 or 12 pages at a time. Not because it was boring. DEFINITELY NOT! But because it was so draining on my emotions. That’s how heartfelt and stirring Bruce’s stories and descriptions are. It seems every page could be penned into a song of his. And like good poetry and prose, a slow reading of the book was the only way I could absorb the detail and depth of Bruce’s storytelling.
So I got the audiobook, and it made all the difference and more. Bruce is a slow reader, and it works for the best, as I aforementioned. If you love Bruce, you’ll love this book. And if you thought you knew everything about Bruce, you are sadly mistaken! Bruce shares all, and we are fortunate that this private hero has allowed us this (way more than a) glimpse into his music life, family life, personal life, psychological life, child life. If you’re a casual fan, It’s hard for me to predict your assessment of it (I’ve never been “casual” about Bruce). Music fans and musicians of all disciplines no doubt will find Bruce’s passion, and singularly focused drive compelling.
This is more than a book about music. Way more. It’s the story of man who is shaped, burdened, broken by, and built up by, the countless influences of people, neighborhood, politics, humanity, religion, and psychological experiences. All the reasons Bruce is who he is. And we’re invited into his world for 18 hours or so. How lucky for us!
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