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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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By Greg on 04-20-16
Too long to get to The Pretenders...
I got restless waiting to get to The Pretenders. Most of this book is Chrissie's story before The Pretenders, and then when we finally get to The Pretenders they only get a couple of chapters and the story ends with the deaths of Pete and Jimmy. There was no mention of everything that followed, which I was really interested in. Also, Rosanna Arquette has a really squeaky, grating voice and she reads this book as if she's reading a children's book in front of a class of 10 year olds. She overacts throughout her entire performance. Why didn't Chrissie read it herself? I had just finished Pete Townshend's and Patti Smith's autobiographies which were both beautifully written, so maybe I'm a little spoiled, but this could have been a lot better.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Snapper on 10-07-15
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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful