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Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: October 2010

Duration: 22 hours 30 minutes


As lead guitarist of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics, and the songs that roused the world. A true and towering original, he has always walked his own path, spoken his mind, and done things his own way.

Now at last Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere. Dropping his guitar's sixth string to create a new sound that allowed him to create immortal riffs like those in 'Honky Tonk Woman' and 'Jumpin' Jack Flash.' Falling in love with Anita Pallenberg, Brian Jones's girlfriend. Arrested and imprisoned for drug possession. Tax exile in France and recording Exile on Main Street. Ever-increasing fame, isolation, and addiction making life an ever faster frenzy. Through it all, Richards remained devoted to the music of the band, until even that was challenged by Mick Jagger's attempt at a solo career, leading to a decade of conflicts and ultimately the biggest reunion tour in history.

In a voice that is uniquely and unmistakably him--part growl, part laugh--Keith Richards brings us the truest rock-and-roll life of our times, unfettered and fearless and true. Richards' rich voice introduces the audiobook edition of LIFE and leads us into Johnny Depp's performance, while fellow artist Joe Hurley bridges the long road traveled before Richards closes with the final chapter of this incredible 23-hour production, which includes a bonus PDF of photos.


  • Neil Windas

    What a life, what a man and what a great book. Shame it switched narrators but other than that loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Kirsten Popplewell

    I loved this book and listened to it while driving. The change in narration was slightly disconcerting but I quickly adjusted to the change in narrator and it was an added bonus to have KR reading his own story for the more recent years. KR is a true rock god and the ability to live his life true to the cause makes his life story a danm good read. The worst part of this book was the fact that it ended. .... must be a few more years to write about now?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    I was absolutely loving the book, and I am not a huge Rolling Stones fan, but when all of a sudden the narrator changed from Johnny Depp to someone else I had to package the disks up and send them back. The new narrator was so annoying and over 'acted' . I shall have to buy the book to find what happened 'in the end'!

  • John Richards

    This book was well written. The choice of narrators could not have fit better!

  • Anonymous

    I was interested to hear the story and the narration by Johnny Depp. At the beginning, I really liked the narration with Depp only using his artificial, but decent, English accent to speak the words of people other than Richards in the story. However, as time went on, there were some chapters with a heavy English accent throughout and some without, except in certain places. Maybe that's because they changed narrators. I found that to be very distracting and annoying. The story as a whole seems rather self serving and self aggrandizing. The dude is already a rock star. Does he really need to write (or have someone ghost write) about how cool he is?


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