Torment Saint

  • by William Todd Schultz
  • Narrated by Travis Young
  • 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Elliott Smith was one of the most gifted songwriters of the 90s, adored by fans for his subtly melancholic words and melodies. The sadness had its sources in life. There was trauma from an early age, years of drug abuse, and a chronic sense of disconnection that sometimes seemed self-engineered. Smith died violently in LA in 2003, under what some believe to be questionable circumstances, of stab wounds to the chest. By this time fame had found him, and record-buyers who shared the listening experience felt he spoke directly to them from beyond: astute, damaged, lovelorn, fighting, until he could fight no more. And yet, although his intimate lyrics carried the weight of truth, Smith remained unknowable.
In Torment Saint, William Todd Schultz gives us the first proper biography of the rock star, a decade after his death, imbued with affection, authority, sensitivity, and long-awaited clarity. Torment Saint draws on Schultz's careful, deeply knowledgeable readings and insights, as well as on more than 150 hours of interviews with close friends from Texas to Los Angeles, lovers, bandmates, music peers, managers, label owners, and recording engineers and producers. This audiobook unravels the remaining mysteries of Smith's life and his shocking, too early end. It will be, for Smith's legions of fans and listeners still discovering his songbook, an indispensable examination of his life and legacy.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Almost interesting, often overwrought, poorly read

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator.

What didn’t you like about Travis Young’s performance?

Travis Young mispronounces a word every 2 or 3 sentences. It is annoying and takes me out of the story.

Any additional comments?

I am going to start asking for refunds for books read by semiliterate narrators.

Several books I downloaded recently had the same problem. Imagine if you bought a printed book that had a multiple typos on every page. Does anyone edit or check these things? Or, do they just turn on the recorder and use whatever comes out on the first take?

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- G. Prevelige

great book

This book describes in detail the troubles he had with drugs and relationships. I liked it more than the big nothing book. Seemed to have more info and more sources. Still, I recommend both books.
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- ap

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-18-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury