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I've listened to Johnnie Walker on and off since the late sixties,and I've always liked what he did and the way he did it.This is no different,he is very honest and sincere.I always wondered what happened in the States and why he came back, and now everything is explained in detail.he went through a lot and still stuck to his beliefs in life and music.There are a couple of things that puzzled me,one is that there was no mention of Man,s Fight for Freedom and that when he was telling the story about Caroline coming back in the eighties,he seems to have got it wrong.Maybe this is due to the book being abridged.All in all it is a very well written (read) book and very enjoyable.
If you've ever listened to JW on the radio over any substantial period of time then you'll probably have an affection for him. Listening to this audiobook will only broaden that affection.
His account of his early days at Radio London & Radio Caroline through to his years at Radio's 1 & 2 are very interesting indeed. His(and his wife's) account of his illness and their fight to overcome it are candid, humbling and rewarding to the listener.
Listening to Johnnie tell his own story is something that I personally prefer over reading the book.
All in all, you realise that you were right all along about Johnnie Walker. He's the real deal!
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Johnnie Walker's writing style is just like his programmes - absorbing and as though he is the room with you telling his story! Cup of tea before you start?
Once the button on the iPod or the laptop was pressed, I could not stop listening.
How his name change occurred is nowhere near how I, and probably many others imagine why it was changed or why the name was chosen!
The events of pirate ship broadcasting put that time into order and sequence. Johnnie Walker's humour makes it all seem like a walk in the park and makes me wonder why I was not there to be in on the fun! His story brought back many wonderful memories of that era.
He and his wife's account of his battle with cancer was factual and makes clear the agonies of battling cancer for both the patient and the carer and all involved with that person's illness. My tears flowed. The actions and emotions of a cancer patient are very different to that of family and friends. I thought it was very clever and sensible to have his wife write and narrate the events of their terrible time. She portrays the fears, horrors and waiting of what this terrible disease does to a person. How they supported each other through it all; how his strength got him through some very gruelling times to get to the other side. Her love and care was with him through it all. How fortunate they are to be together. Some things are meant to be and in this case they are definitely meant to be together. What a warm and happy home they must have.
Many of us supported Johnnie through his ordeal when suspended from "Drive Time" and it was excellent to hear the full account of the situation, so clearly put forward.
Thank God we still have Johnnie Walker to listen to on a Sunday and I hope that for a long time yet his dulcet tones, easiness, interesting people and topics and his humour will be heard on the airwaves for many years to come.
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