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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.
©2013 William Todd Schultz (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By G. Prevelige on 01-27-14

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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3 out of 5 stars
By cameron on 04-07-17


What did you like best about Torment Saint? What did you like least?

info is good but were they TRYING to mispronounce every name of every location in Portland? And the names? Jesus. It's like he went out of his way to mis pronounce. Like a weird condescending southern daddy

What was one of the most memorable moments of Torment Saint?

how he says OR-E-GON

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Travis Young?

someone who could say words correctly

Did Torment Saint inspire you to do anything?

be angry at the pronunciation

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