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Brian, Carl, and Dennis Wilson, along with Mike Love and Al Jardine - better known as the Beach Boys, rocketed out of a working-class Los Angeles suburb in the early '60s, and their sun-and-surf sound captured the imagination of kids across the world. In a few short years, they rode the wave all the way to the top, standing with the Beatles as one of the world's biggest bands. Despite their utopian visions, infectious hooks, and stunning harmonies, the Beach Boys were beset by drug abuse, jealousy, and terrifying mental illness. In Catch a Wave, Peter Ames Carlin pulls back the curtain on Brian Wilson, one of popular music's most revered luminaries, as well as its biggest mystery. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and never-before-heard studio recordings, Carlin follows the Beach Boys from their earliest days through Brian's deepening emotional problems to his triumphant reemergence with the release of Smile, the legendarily unreleased album he had originally shelved.
©2006 Peter Ames Carlin (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By J. Barker on 08-08-16

Not great

Probably the best Brian Wilson biography despite the author going into excruciating detail over every note of every song Wilson ever wrote, listened to, or was in the same county as when it was played or hummed. Not much of an exaggeration actually.
But what really drags this audio book down even more is Balki's droning performance. Who selects him to read a book? If this passes for a professional performance then I am in the wrong business. Put some inflection in your voice man!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Billy on 08-10-15

Wonderful

I'm a big fan of Brian Wilson and of audiobooks and this book was a winner. I don't know what the other reviewers are talking about regarding the narration. I thought Bronson Pinchot was great. Perhaps they were expecting some sort of performance piece, but it would have been odd. This is a history book and it was read as such. I loved it. It was riveting.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Angelo on 04-20-17

Wonderful

The rock'n'roll Icarus parable re-told wonderfully, enough to drive you back to Brian's work with fresh eyes. Highly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sooper8 on 07-15-16

Superb

This is written by a master of his craft. The narrator could not be better.
Overall, the best audio book about music that I have ever read/heard. And I'm old!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Ruth C Fogarty on 08-09-15

Thorough for lacking emotional depth

If you're a fan of the beach boys' musical achievements- and those of Brian Wilson in particular - then this is for you. Highly detailed essay on their musical ups and downs. But I was after more on the human story, the family and Brian's personal history and this didn't go too far down that path.

Comprehensive but not personal enough. Saying that, I'd listen to Bronson Pinchot read a shopping list. He's king of Audible.

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