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Publisher's Summary

After almost four decades in the music business, David Foster - producer, arranger, songwriter, performer - is ready to speak. In his compelling and outspoken memoir, Foster shares incredible stories from his years of working with music superstars, including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Natalie Cole, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, and many others. Foster offers rare glimpses of the musical icons at work and shares his secrets for success in the fickle music industry.
At its heart, though, Hitman is the story of a boy with perfect pitch who grew up to become one of the most influential music forces of our time.
©2008 David Foster & Pablo Fenjves (P)2008 Phoenix Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 04-18-09

Top Music Industry Insight

David Foster is one of the world's top music producers and an incredible songwriter with countless no.1 hits. This is a rare inside look into the music industry and some interesting stories of the many music and show-biz stars that David has worked with.
A MUST listed for any music buff.

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5 out of 5 stars
By James M. Patton on 08-03-17

This is how an autobiography is done!

Where does Hitman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have read over 100 biographies and autobiographies in the last couple years and "Hitman" should be used as a template for how memoirs are written.

1. Do not write the book chronologically, starting as a child or even starting with previous generations. Start the book where we know you from, and then refer to childhood, earlier generations, etc as they apply to interesting stories in the evolution of why you are famous and why we are reading about you.

Examples of bad biographies include a biography of Steven Spielberg that spent almost 3 hours on his grandparents and parents. I don't care about the ingredients and aromas of your mother's Spanish rice if I have to spend hours just to reach your adolescent years and still not be to anything pertinent to what I know you for.

2. Feel free to jump around as the stories suit you. When you are writing a song that touches on something from your youth, that is the time to tell me about it. That way I am enjoying what I know you for, and getting the backstory, instead of wading hours through backstory without knowing why.

Hitman gets it right. I am running out of memoirs to read and I am getting desperate, reading books I would not have chosen had I not already read almost all of the celebrity memoirs Audible has. I went ahead and chose to listen to David Foster's book because I like his music and needed a book. What I got was the definition of how to write a memoir. Kudos to David Foster!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

David Foster. As noted above, he did a fantastic job of telling his life story while staying relevant to how you know him and why you bought his book.

What about David Foster’s performance did you like?

I always like when an author reads their own book, and David Foster did a great job of capturing the essence and emotions of his life story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES, which is rare! The book was so well done that it was hard to turn off.

Any additional comments?

I can't stress enough to those considering writing biographies or autobiographies that this book is a template for how to stay in the present while presenting a past that covers 50 years. A great performance of a great book!!

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