• by Chrissie Hynde
  • Narrated by Rosanna Arquette, Chrissie Hynde
  • 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From Chrissie Hynde, one of rock's most iconic, alluring, kick-ass, and (let's face it) sexy women, a brilliant, no-holds-barred memoir of a rock life lived to the hilt.
Chrissie Hynde, the songwriter and front woman of The Pretenders in its various incarnations, has for 35 years been one of the most admired and adored and imitated figures in rock. This long-awaited memoir tells her life story in full and utterly fascinating detail, from her all-American Ohio '50s childhood to her classic baby-boomer seduction by the rock of the '60s to her sojourn in the crucible of punk that was '70s London to her instant emergence with her band, The Pretenders, in 1980 into stardom as a frontwoman and songwriter. She brings a fantastic eye for detail, a withering and sardonic sense of humor, and a fearless and sometimes naked emotional honesty to her memoir, and every line, every word of it is unmistakably hers. It is sure to be recognized as a classic of rock literature - and, man, is it fun to listen to.
With an introduction read by Chrissie Hynde.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Love Chrissie but this came up short

What did you like best about Reckless? What did you like least?

Her rawness of becoming a female rock n roll star!

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Her honesty about her parents.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Rosanna Arquette and Chrissie Hynde ?

Determined by content by story.

Was Reckless worth the listening time?

I wish she went on past her bandmates deaths. I wanted to know more about the development and songs beyond the first two albums. She is so much more.

Any additional comments?

I would like to more in depth of a women in the harsh world of rock n' roll. I felt this was written with kindness and not just harsh reality with respect.

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- Snapper

Straight-talkin' rock goddess

Loved this memoir. Rosanna Arquette has a softer voice but channels Hynde expertly.

Hynde documents the transformation of a 1950s girl from Ohio into one of the great "frontmen" of the 70s and 80s, leading the Pretenders. A great songwriter, Hynde created rock classics like Brass In Pocket.

She spends a lot of time on her childhood and a good deal more on early 70s London as punk hit. The chapters on the Pretenders go by in a breeze.

But that is okay. This is a musician's coming of age story. And she came of age at a colorful time and place. She knew the Pistols, the Clash and Iggy Pop. She does a great job talking about the rise of that scene while also paying due adoration to her 60s predecessors.

The Pretenders ended in that incarnation when two band mates died within a year. And though Hynde went on to more albums, her book ends with their deaths.
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- true britty

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-08-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio