Elvis Presley

  • by Bobbie Ann Mason
  • Narrated by Karen White
  • 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

PEN/Hemingway Award-winner Bobbie Ann Mason turns her acumen on one of 20th-century America's most mysterious icons, The King himself. This new biography eschews sensational speculation to paint a thoughtfully researched but wholly felt portrait of the man-child, simultaneously naive and shrewd, who metamorphosed into a hero, one of the most popular and least supported characters in American history. In 1955, at age 20, Elvis provoked his first near-riot when he sang at a baseball park in Jacksonville. Inspired by black gospel quartets and mentored by producer Sam Phillips, Elvis blended hillbilly music with rhythm and blues in a synthesis that defined a new direction for popular music. Mason's book gets at the consciousness of the icon and of the cultural climate that made him one.

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slow but informative

The book srarted slow as I didnt care for the narrator. As I continued listening, the book became a lot more interesting and I forgot about narration n found myself wanting to see what was going to happen next.
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- Sherry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-27-2005
  • Publisher: Books on Tape