• 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

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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I've seen the Pretenders and I've heard Chrissie speak. How in the world did they choose Rosanna Arquette to read this? Really disconnected me from the story.

Would you be willing to try another one of Rosanna Arquette and Chrissie Hynde ’s performances?

Chrissie yes.. Rosanna no!

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- M. Henderson "Bad dog"

Reckless: My Life as a Pretender

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

It was interesting to find out how the Pretenders came to be. Not enough story about Chrissie's personal life as an adult.

Would you recommend Reckless to your friends? Why or why not?

Probably not, just not that interesting.

What three words best describe Rosanna Arquette and Chrissie Hynde ’s voice?

Unbelievable, boring, mistakes

Could you see Reckless being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


Any additional comments?

I felt like there was a lot more story to be told. Maybe Chrissie will do a follow up?

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Book Details

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