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Born to Run

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Bruce Springsteen

18 Hours 14 Minutes

Simon & Schuster

December 2016

Audio Book Summary

"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 Run In 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.

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  • Tracy T

    What a fantastic journey! Bruce really opened up his heart and soul. He\'s a very brave, and courageous artist.

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  • Gary B

    Brilliant book and read with meaning, loved it, thanks Bruce .

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  • Damien S

    A total surprise in every aspect. Honest , original , heartfelt, soul baring , poetic and insightful. It was a true pleasure to listen to Bruce talk about his life in a way most famous people don't. Loved it.

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  • Cathy B

    I really enjoyed this book. Bruce is a good writer and narrator and although I know little of his music it made me want to hear more outside of his top hits that I was familiar with. He is surprisingly open about some aspects of his personal relationships and I really came to like him as a person. His descriptions of this walk with depression are honest and frightening and his love and respect for Patti comes shining through. I was surprised at how accomplished a story teller he is and the book led me back to list to his music again and understand more of what it's about. Can highly recommend it. I would have loved more music clips though.

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  • Jordan C

    Amazing to hear Bruce read it. The cadence of his prose matches his lyrical voice. Really humanizing and endearing to have such an open discussion of one's past.

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  • J Paul K

    Born and raised in Philadelphia, of course I\'m a Bruce fan, but I wouldn\'t have considered myself an acolyte. This book, with Bruce\'s own voice delivering it, was compelling! I was so impressed with his history, thought process, capacity, tenacity, and endurance that I might be on the edge of acolyte status. I\'m really very impressed by the audio book, and highly, highly recommend it. As I just did, and have been doing with friends and family.

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  • Sharese R

    It was like Bruce Springsteen was sitting next to me telling stories from his private life. I found his writing style and visual imagery beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to every moment.

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  • Patrick Rea

    Great listen!!

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  • Nicole Bradley

    The best audio book I've listened to yet. It was so honest and inspiring. Highly recommend!

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  • Charles Rowland

    The Boss has been a backing vocal to my life. But it wasn't until I read this book that I understood why those songs resonated and lived beyond the top 40 pop of the day -Why Hungry Heart,The River, Thunder Road and Born To Run seem to show up on almost every mix tape I've ever made. The prose of the book is stunningly beautiful and deeply profound. I cannot imagine it being read by anyone but the author and it is the best audiobook I've ever heard. Good on you Bruce Springsteen.

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