Little Girl Blue

  • by Randy L. Schmidt
  • Narrated by Cheryl Bentyne
  • 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Little Girl Blue is an intimate profile of Karen Carpenter, a girl from a modest Connecticut upbringing who became a Southern California superstar.
Karen was the instantly recognizable lead singer of the Carpenters. The top-selling American musical act of the 1970's, they delivered the love songs that defined a generation. Little Girl Blue reveals Karen's heartbreaking struggles with her mother, brother, and husband; the intimate disclosures she made to her closest friends; her love for playing drums and her frustrated quest for solo stardom; and the ups and downs of her treatment for anorexia nervosa. After her shocking death at 32 years of age in 1983, she became the proverbial poster child for that disorder; but the other causes of her decline are laid bare for the first time in this moving account.
Little Girl Blue is Karen Carpenter's definitive biography, based on exclusive interviews with her innermost circle of girlfriends and nearly 100 others, including childhood friends, professional associates, and lovers.


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The writer leads you to believe he's got the inside track on Karen and her eating disorder but instead he goes on and on about the parents, and the family, and the family's friends, and their move to California, and Richard, and how he got into the music industry, and how karen started singing, and how the music industry took on the Carpenters, and their accounting practices... I've listened to 11.5hrs of this book, total amount of time that focused on Karen was 1hr. All you learn about Karen is that she was a tomboy, started out playing drums, and fell into her singing career, he doesn't even touch on her eating disorder. 11.5hrs and that's all I get?! Ridiculous! He should have called it THE CARPENTERS AND THEIR RISE TO THE TOP not THE LIFE OF KAREN CARPENTER. This book is a total fraud.

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- Cosmocitygrl "cosmocitygirl"

Beautifully written. Excellent book.

I was born in 1979, so I missed out on the phenomenon of the Carpenters. My only real idea of her was of a singer who died of anorexia.

This book really opened my eyes to the remarkable life and outstanding talent of Karen Carpenter. Many things in this book surprised me: I love that she started out playing the drums! She was one of the first well known female drummers in the genre (probably in any genre.) I respect her complete loyalty to her brother, despite her potential to have a very popular solo career. Most of all, I just love her voice. Because I had little knowledge of the music, I kept pausing this book to look up Carpenters music online. I fell in love with her voice!

I enjoyed reading about Karen as a young woman: about her early musical career on the drums, her fantastic collaboration with her brother Richard, and the serendipitous discovery that she had the voice of an angel

I highly recommend for anyone, certainly not just carpenter fans. In fact I think those who are not fans will find this very interesting as well. The author explains issues the Carpenters had with their "goody-goody" image, and how it limited them and their music! There's also a great discussion of other stars like Olivia Newton John, the Jackson Five, and others.

I was really impressed by this book, and can't praise the narrator enough.

I was confused by the reviewer who disparaged the book for making "Karen a victim".
I disagree 100%. There is NO BLAME placed on any one person for Karen's eating disorder. Instead this book succeeds in demonstrating how the illness slowly came about. There's no one thing that caused her condition. She developed a poor body image, meanwhile she was constantly in the public eye, placing incredible pressure on herself to be perfect. It's also a complicated function of many issues like control and self confidence. I never felt like she was victimized!

An excellent book for everyone. I think music lovers will be surprised by how good this book is. A must buy!
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- Benoibe "audio addict! Mostly interested in history and some historical fiction. Will Durant is my all time favorite. Loving the Great Courses too."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-29-2013
  • Publisher: Randy L. Schmidt / Chicago Review Press