Becoming Beyoncé

  • by J. Randy Taraborrelli
  • Narrated by Allyson Johnson
  • 19 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Billboard Must-Read Fall 2015 Music Book
The first comprehensive biography ever published about America's favorite living pop icon, Beyoncé, from New York Times best-selling biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli.
Beyoncé Knowles is a woman who began her career at the age of eight performing in pageant shows and talent contests, honing her craft through her teenage years until, at the age of 16, she had her first number-one record with Destiny's Child. That hit-making trio launched Beyoncé's successful solo career, catapulting her, as of 2014, to number one on Forbes' annual list of most wealthy celebrities - the same year she made the cover of Time. Becoming Beyoncé is not only the story of struggle, sacrifice, and what it takes to make it in the cut-throat record industry; it's the story of the great rewards of such success and the devastating toll it often takes on the human spirit.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

The reader was HORRIBLE!!! Almost offensive!!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Beyonce's life story is amazing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Becoming Beyoncé?

All of it was memorable. Impossible to pick just one.

How could the performance have been better?

Yes. The performance was appalling.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A remarkable Life.

Any additional comments?

I can't stress enough how bad the reader was!

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- Persnicketyblogger


What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the material had not been recycled from old articles and interviews that had already been exposed over the past 15 years. I kept waiting for something NEW or insight.....
why on earth was this book 18 hours? The first 1/3 of book is well researched, but after that everything felt recycled from interviews already given and fully availble online. And if you are a fan, you have ALL of this knowlege.....Please don't waste your money....

Has Becoming Beyoncé turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes, I had placed other books this author had done on Marylin Monroe, Michael Jackson, Dianah Ross, delted them all from my list of ones to get.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

yes, but maybe some serious editing far as 18 hours. I thought I was getting something good. It only emphasized what we already know about Beyonce, hard worker, gives 100%

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

i kept waiting for the big reveal. It is well documented by words herself in the press and her own documentary in Life is but a dream. and countless other magazine interviews.

Any additional comments?

no....too dull....

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- Jamilla

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-27-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio