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I was once a “Duranie.” I spent the early part of my teen years making Duran Duran scrap books with pictures I cut out of magazines like, Teen Beat. The first concert I ever went to was a Duran Duran show at Madison Square Garden when I was 13 years old. Floor seats!
This is what drew me to this audiobook. Sheffield does a great job expressing the nostalgia many of us feel toward our first music loves, and the embarrassment and slight shame our obsessive behavior left us with. This book has actually helped me to come to terms with my Duran Duran past. You’re only 13 once, and the role music takes on for most of us during this time is irreplaceable. Sheffield depicts this relationship with humor and affection which make this book a great listen, and one I would recommend to anyone who grew up in the 80’s.
The narrator does an absolutely terrific job! So much of this book references song lyrics and inside jokes that if read incorrectly would have just ruined the narrative. He obviously had a great understanding of the subject matter, and conveyed the author’s voice perfectly.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
This was a joy to listen to -- consistently funny, vividly rendered, thoughtful but never self-important, and overall just completely entertaining (and I never even liked Duran Duran!). The laid-back narrator is a perfect match for the self-deprecating humour of the book.
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