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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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  • 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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  • 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!

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  • Jeremy Shere

    Coming to this book, I was not a particularly ardent Springsteen fan. I was a teenager during the Boss' height of fame in the mid '80s and got to know his big hits, but I never really dug into his larger catalogue. So I wasn't sure how much I'd dig his autobiography. But my God ... this is one of the best books/audio books I've experienced in a long, long time. The writing is lyrical, eloquent, blunt, honest, and riveting. The prose would sing no matter who narrated it, but Springsteen's reading is remarkable and adds an extra special dimension that moved me, sometimes to tears, sometimes to laughter. The basic "plot" of the story is unremarkable: Jersey kid growing up in the late '50s/early '60s gets the rock 'n roll bug, learns guitar, joins a band, hits it big, has lots of ups and down, logs lots of time on the road, etc. What's special is Springsteen's keen eye for detail and his unbending honesty and introspection. In short, it's a great, great book. And best of all, listening to it inspired me to finally check out Springsteen's work, starting with "Greetings from Asbury Park." Wow. I'm super late to the game, but the songwriting is remarkable, so full of life, energy, heart, and wisdom. Bruce Springsteen is an American treasure.

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  • Gregory Monokian

    One of my all time favorite audio books! Bruce writes and speaks with such passion, empathy, compassion, love, and all qualities that make up a complex and extremely interesting life. Listening to the book made me a huge fan from a casual one. A must read.

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  • Claire Maccallum

    As a Springsteen fan, this is the best!! Bruce is pretty verbose but I love that he narrated, it added so much depth to his story. It was super candid and he didn't hold back at all. The only thing that would have improved it for me would be more music clips! I'm not sure how the legal side of that works, but if you're preparing to listen to this book, have the albums handy to listen for all the fun insights into some of those greats.

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  • Nicola Lee

    I think if you're a mad keen Springsteen fan you will absolutely love this book! I did find the first part of the book a little but dull at times but overall I really enjoyed it. Fantastic that he does the narration.

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  • Debra Grannick

    Spectacular experience. I felt like I had Bruce Springsteen narrate his autobiography only to me, telling his story , the evolution of a man and music powerhouse. He takes you from his childhood to present day, being intimate and candid without disrespecting the people in his story . He lets you in, but doesn't make you feel like you're listening in on something you shouldn't be. Although, I don't agree 100% with all his points of view ( i.e. He contemplates what a Palestinian suicide bomber thinks about his after life just before he commits his act- I think about all those maimed and murdered and don't give a rats ass about what the murderer thinks about his lost life - that's just it, they don't value life- I'm at a loss how Bruce seems to have lost this). But, Bruce lets you into his mind , his thoughts, and his honest views on life, love, loss, mental health, and so much more. Thank you, Bruce. One of the best auto biographies I've ever experienced.

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  • Michael Luecht

    Could not put it down. Excellent!!

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