Society's Child

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5 out of 5 stars
By Steve on 10-18-15

Simply brilliant!

Searingly honest, beautiful, at times heartbreaking account of a true star. What incredible songs Janis has written, so pleased to have discovered this gem. Thank you Janis

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Lorraine on 04-26-14

Who knew what an amazing life Janis has had?

What made the experience of listening to Society's Child the most enjoyable?

The musical intros to each chapter and the fact that janis did her own narration. I didn't know of janis' career before "at 17" so her earlier work and in particular the controversy surrounding society's child was really interesting.

What other book might you compare Society's Child to, and why?

I can't think of another autobiography that compares to this.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I mostly found the book poignant. I laughed and cried a little but it was the story that kept me rapt. Her candidness about child sexual abuse was expressed matter of fact-ly without seeking pity or apportioning blame.

I could not relate to her having relationships with men and I would have liked a greater analysis of her to journey to Pat.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Vicuña on 01-10-14

Remarkable story and lady.

Where does Society's Child rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's a first rate autobiography. Kept me engrossed.

What other book might you compare Society's Child to, and why?

It's in a class of its own because I've come across no one like Janis Ian. She's a one off!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There are many interesting moments. Her early involvement with Internet auctions to raise funds for a scholarship foundation were fascinating.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many. Abuse by her dentist and the death of her mother were particularly emotive.

Any additional comments?


Janis Ian has an astonishing story to tell and listening to her narrate the audio version of her book made it all the more extraordinary. She recounts the milestones in her eventful life with candour and often humour.

I knew little of her personal story and this book was compelling. Her unconventional upbringing, astounding musical success as a 15 year old, the nature of and the way she dealt with various types of abuse, her personal relationships...the list goes on and this is before considering her creative gifts as a writer, singer and songwriter, her influence on and involvement with the music industry and the way she embraced early Internet opportunities.

The book took me by surprise. It's a very well written ride through the numerous ups and downs of a colourful life. Unlike many half baked so called 'celebrity stories' this lady, now in her early 60's, actually has a meaningful story to tell. I enjoyed it.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Margaret on 06-07-13

the most amasing experiance

Wow to me Janice Ian was the singer of the hit song 17, in this book of her life she is so much more. What a life, I am very glad she told her story.

Thank you Janice for sharing your life story.

Take the chance and listen you will not want to stop this story is infectious you will not regret the time spent listening,

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Wras on 12-13-13

The life and times of some of my favourite songs

When I was 17 years old a girl friend gave me the album At Seventeen the song is a girls point of view of the world it changed my male perspective of the world and has been with me from LP to tape, CD and MP3 accompanying me through my life like so much music; but of the girl that wrote those songs I knew nothing, so when I heard that she had written her biography I decided I had to listen to it.
Well it was great, sad, interesting, and entertaining. (I invited my wife to hear the story with me and she loved it though she is not as interested in her music as I am).
One of the things I love is that she introduces some of the chapters by singing the song or song she was working on in that period. It is a very personal and candid story that meanders like all our lives through highs and lows and the particular idiosyncrasies of her times.
I loved the young girl that sang to me. I respect the woman she became.

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9 of 11 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By david ian hale on 05-05-16

Great story

loved it great story fascinated by all the ups and downs of her life til now

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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