• Boys in the Trees

  • A Memoir
  • By: Carly Simon
  • Narrated by: Carly Simon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-25-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (1,003 ratings)

Regular price: $27.99

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Publisher's Summary

Simon's memoir reveals her remarkable life, beginning with her storied childhood as the third daughter of Richard L. Simon, the cofounder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster; her musical debut as half of The Simon Sisters, performing folk songs with her sister, Lucy, in Greenwich Village; to a meteoric solo career that would result in 13 top 40 hits, including the number-one song "You're So Vain". She was the first artist in history to win a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award, for her song "Let the River Run" from the movie Working Girl.
The memoir recalls a childhood enriched by music and culture but also one shrouded in secrets that would eventually tear her family apart. Simon brilliantly captures moments of creative inspiration, the sparks of songs, and the stories behind writing "Anticipation" and "We Have No Secrets", among many others. Romantic entanglements with some of the most famous men of the day fueled her confessional lyrics as well as the unraveling of her storybook marriage to James Taylor.
Includes original music composed especially for the program by Carly Simon and Teese Gohl plus a previously unreleased bonus song from Carly Simon.
©2015 Carly Simon (P)2015 Macmillan Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Carly Simon exuberantly narrates her memoir, which reads like a history of rock and roll from the 1970s onward. Simon's warm and personal style sounds as if she's telling her story directly to each listener." ( AudioFile)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Adele on 11-30-15

Gorgeous and Sad

Still trying to decide how I felt about it. On the one hand it was gorgeous. She reads it herself and the audiobook is interlaced with lots and lots of her music throughout. It has to be a completely different experience from reading it with eyes only. In many ways it confirms how sensitive and brilliant she is.

On the other hand it also seems like it was her attempt to come to terms with the fact that she has never come to terms with the failure of her 10ish-year marriage to James Taylor which ended in the early 1980's. Yet she was married again for about 20 more years to someone else, and unless I nodded off toward the end, there's not even a mention of that. There's something disturbing and downright pitiful about how she seems so determinedly stuck in the long-ago.

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5 out of 5 stars
By E. Anderson on 11-27-15

Beautifully told with Carly's music.

Beautifully written and narrated by Carly Simon. The book is scored to many of the songs she's written, thanks to the genius of Ken Burns. The music and lyrics enhance the story Carly shares. Interesting insight into her relationship with James Taylor--not the easiest man to love or live with. One of the best audio books I've ever listened to. This particular book demonstrates the power of an audio book over the printed version. So many feelings and subtleties are conveyed to paint a more vivid account of the events in her life. After all the years have past since her divorce from Taylor, you can see that Carly still has a place in her heart for James Taylor.

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5 out of 5 stars
By TRIDENT on 01-10-17

Quite simply the best audio book I have ever heard

This mixture of honesty ,intensely moving story, and music. The best I've ever heard & I have over 200 titles thanks Carly.Brilliant !

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lucy T. on 09-16-17

Wonderful but background music too loud

I was concerned when music in the background started playing quite loudly - I assumed it would die down- it didn't and was rather annoying throughout the whole book. But Carly Simon was wonderful at reading her story - which I loved and highly recommend. Fascinating and heart breaking and funny - everything you want in a great book

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3 out of 5 stars
By Stan on 11-12-16

Songwriter's story

I knew and enjoyed Carly Simon's early albums pretty well and after a friend's recommendation, looked forward to this. But she's a songwriter not an author and it shows - some good lines but not good sustained writing.

It's interesting enough if you already have an interest. Despite her singing sometimes as part of the audio, it did not grab me.

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5 out of 5 stars
By T. Oakley on 07-13-16

Honest and massively enjoyable

This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to for years. Carly reads her book perfectly, peppering the audiobook with her own music, adding to the emotion and stories.

Carly's life, growing up in the 50s and the trials of her life beyond are fascinating, and her seemingly balanced portrayal of James Taylor left me slightly heartbroken.

This really made me appreciate Carly's massive back catalogue and the meaning behind both the hits and wealth of hidden gems therein. The book was over 14 hours long but still had me aching for more. I listened to the final chapter twice, which is a first for me. Highly recommended, and for the whole experience I recommend having a serious listen to her autobiographical songs outside the book, between sessions!

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