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What are you reading these days?
27 March 2013
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fabfouremily said

CremeTangerine13 said

My dad has got this book and I've been meaning to read it for some time now. Would you recommend it?

 

Definitely, I'm only about a quarter or more into it, but he's really good at telling his story, being very straightforward and giving a lot of detail; the way he talks about the songwriting process or how the band got together, (it has really gotten into his use of drugs yet). He also gives good insight into Brain Jones, and how that sort of fell apart. He even talks about The Beatles a bit. It's a good read.

27 March 2013
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Gerell said

Anyway I don't have actual "physical" books, but e-books which are basically free (if you know what I mean) 

After years of being unable to track down a certain old book (I began my search before I had access to the Internet, in about 1991 -- my college library didn't have it, I couldn't find it in any bookstore -- then online sellers didn't have it).  Finally, two years ago, I discovered that someone had uploaded it onto Google Books and I could read it for free!  I'm still not done -- taking it slow (I read French slowly, plus I like to note and type out passages I like -- unfortunately cannot copy-paste from the Google Books format).

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28 March 2013
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Still reading "Many Years From Now".  heartheartheart

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

28 March 2013
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this post

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28 March 2013
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robert said
this post

You weren't reading it before you typed it, you might have been reading this thread, or this forum, but definitely not "this post" until after you had written "this post". Sorry to be a pedantic sod.

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28 March 2013
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mja6758 said

robert said
this post

You weren't reading it before you typed it, you might have been reading this thread, or this forum, but definitely not "this post" until after you had written "this post". Sorry to be a pedantic sod.

Yeah, but robert didn't specify when he read it. 

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28 March 2013
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CremeTangerine13 said

fabfouremily said

CremeTangerine13 said

My dad has got this book and I've been meaning to read it for some time now. Would you recommend it?

 

Definitely, I'm only about a quarter or more into it, but he's really good at telling his story, being very straightforward and giving a lot of detail; the way he talks about the songwriting process or how the band got together, (it has really gotten into his use of drugs yet). He also gives good insight into Brain Jones, and how that sort of fell apart. He even talks about The Beatles a bit. It's a good read.

Okay, I'll dig that out then. This was the push I needed apple01apple01

 

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28 March 2013
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If I can go one step farther, if you want to truly enjoy 'Life' (the book, not the state of being), get the audiobook.  Seriously.  It's read by Keef himself, Johnny Depp and someone named Joe Hurley.  

I think people tend to unfairly skip audiobooks nowadays.  Many now have multiple narrators and are performed more like a radio play. 

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28 March 2013
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Aren't those mostly for the visually-impaired? Or do people listen while driving or doing household chores?

I'm not sure I'd get much use out of one, myself. I haven't had the experience of being read to in, like, 35-40 years! I can see my thoughts drifting and me constantly being forced to rewind.

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28 March 2013
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I drive a lot and I don't have a lot of spare time to sit down with a book.  I also love them when I'm on the beach.  Also, sometimes something is so large and unweildly that the audio version helps make it more entertaining.  I never got around to reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but I couldn't see myself chipping away at it as a busy adult and staying engaged with it.  Instead, the audiobook kept it moving along while I drove to and from work.  And as a bonus, the narrator sang all the endless songs instead of my having to just glaze over the lyrics.

 

Audiobooks have come a long way since the old days of 30 cassettes read by some dull British scholar.  

Some examples:  The best-seller "Gone Girl" by Gillian Jacobs:  Each alternating chapter is read by one of the two protagonists, a husband and wife.  They aren't *reading* the book, they're telling their stories first-hand.  The stress, exasperation, wit, snark...  It's all there.  

"Haunted" by Chuck Palhanuik is collection of short stories by different narrators that intertwine with one main story read by a separate narrator.

"Packing For Mars" (or any book by Mary Roach) has a narrator who takes what could potentially be a dry subject matter, and adds her own inflection and emphasis on the humour within the scientific subject matter.

 

A boring book is a boring book.  But a well-performed audiobook makes a good book a truly amazing experience.  

I dare anyone to download "Gone Girl" or Keith Richards' "Life" and NOT be hooked on the idea of trying more audiobooks.

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2 April 2013
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I'm reading Life by Keef too! Still on the early days - Bill and Charlie have just joined the band.

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6 April 2013
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One of the best things about not being a motorist is having time for reading, so I'll probably never have to deal with audiobooks as far as that goes!

Then again, even when I had a driver's license, I was too paranoid a driver to be conceivably able to concentrate on driving and being read to simultaneously.

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6 April 2013
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I almost bought Life at a used bookstore last night based on the recommendations here, but I'll get it from the library. I did get a laugh over the photo of Paul and Keith together with a huge bag of pot on the table.

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6 April 2013
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Keith made an interesting remark about the Beatles music - he said that the Beatles could rock, but they couldn't roll!

I took that to mean that they didn't have the R&B feel that the Stones had. Or something.

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6 April 2013
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Books I'm reading now would be The Love You Make by Peter Brown, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, and then I'm reading Kite Runner for English.

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7 April 2013
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Spring break just started so I figured I could squeeze in another book. I borrowed We're Going to See the Beatles!: An Oral History of Beatlemania as Told by the Fans Who Were There, and so far it's great.

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11 April 2013
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I'm currently working my way through The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series-on The Restaurant at the End of the Universe at the moment, although lately I've been paging through random chapters of Shout! by Philip Norman as well. There's a bit of anti-Macca bias here and there, and it doesn't so much have the "four corners of a square" outlook that many people have when it comes to the ranking of each Beatle, but its a gripping, evocative read.

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11 April 2013
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Textbooks!

One of the books we are going over is The Dialogues of Plato.

I'm writing on a report on The Problems of Philosophy. 

11 April 2013
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sky090909 said
Textbooks!

One of the books we are going over is The Dialogues of Plato.

I'm writing on a report on The Problems of Philosophy. 

 

Sounds interesting.

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Egroeg Evoli said

sky090909 said
Textbooks!

One of the books we are going over is The Dialogues of Plato.

I'm writing on a report on The Problems of Philosophy. 

 

Sounds interesting.

It is and it isn't. a-hard-days-night-george-10

I like some of the aspects of philosophy, but others I could just leave.

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