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By K on 05-05-16
Surprise ... My Best Read Yet
What made the experience of listening to Over the Top and Back - the Autobiography the most enjoyable?
The self-effacing and non-pretentious nature of the writing is incredibly endearing. Tom Jones admits to his errors, but is humble in the life he's created. I wish all celebrities could keep his attitude. I was a fan before this; I'm a HUGE fan now.
I actually felt emotion in this listen. I laughed right out loud in parts, and felt the pain and pride in others.
Johnathan Pryce does a fantastic job narrating. He hits the accent and tempo dead-on ... you'd think you were listening to Tom Jones himself.
Really quite impressed.
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By Kentucky Painter on 01-10-16
Wasn't hugely a fan before, but I am now!
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I'm not sure I've ever taken the time to write a review--maybe once for Colin Firth's masterful performance of Graham Greene's finest book,"The End of the Affair". But it would just be dishonest not to speak up about this book, which grabbed me right out of the gate and never loosened its grip. Welsh actor Jonathan Pryce supplied the proper linguistic rhythm and intonation I would have missed as an American reader. Not only did I often enjoy an actual laugh or exclaim aloud with wonder, Jones has that silver-tongued Welsh flair of story telling so personable that keeps you leaning forward. His writing voice is as distinctive and gripping as his vocal one. Frank, self-deprecating, funny, not unkind, calling himself out, it was unflaggingly engaging. Despite his mountain range of a voice and long-lived, many-faceted and rightly lauded musical career, this level of writing talent would tempt me to describe him: "Tom Jones, the author, who also sings." Thank you, Mr. Jones...Sir!
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