Written By: Bruce Springsteen

Narrated By: Bruce Springsteen

Date: December 2016

Duration: 18 hours 11 minutes


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).


  • Tina M

    I loved this book! I enjoyed being carried through Bruce's honest and open story of his life by his extraordinary voice. He's a wonderful story teller with a very pleasing rhythm, depth and texture to the telling. His heartfelt story of love, family, career, challenges, pain and his commitment to his art took me through a range of emotions, brought tears at times but, all along, his exceptional creative talent and insight shone through. This is a man I enjoyed getting to know. This audiobook is one to keep and revisit. I highly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Eva Prieto

    This book is fun, interesting and really inspiring. I have learned a lot and I am grateful to The Boss for having shared so much. I loved that he read his memoirs, listening to Bruce's voice telling his story is very powerful. Highly recommendable!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Joanne R.

    Nice to listen to Bruce but way to much boring details. Story should have been half the length.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    He is the boss

  • Patty Oole

    Insightful, self aware, and inspiring.

  • Rosanne D.

    Excellent. Could listen to Bruce talk all say. Really enjoyed his narration.

  • Terry R.

    Fabulous 100 million times!

  • Anonymous

    Good but too long

  • Stephen M.

    Loved this book.Bruce is a natural at the read and the adventure of his life. Telling of how he grew as a musician and as a man. I lived in Jersey for 20 years and its a place thats beautiful to the eye but its the locals that bring you back Bruce describes the struggles of trying fit into a world knowing that the right people help but at the end if the day its a "dog eat dog world" . You go dude you deserve it

  • Gary Y

    So insightful, pure, surprising and also helpful. I'm not even a huge Bruce fan, although I've always casually enjoyed his music. This book is further proof that every man has a story beyond what their persona shows.

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