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Over the Top and Back Audiobook

Over the Top and Back: The Autobiography

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Publisher's Summary

In a career that has spanned six decades, Sir Tom Jones has performed with almost every major recording artist, from Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis and Sinatra to Robbie Williams, Van Morrison and Jessie J, across every imaginable genre, from rock and pop to country, blues and soul. The one constant throughout has been his unique musical gift and unmistakable voice.

In this, his first ever autobiography, Tom will revisit his past, both personal and professional, exploring the twists of fate that took a boy from a poor Welsh coal-mining family to global celebrity status.

He will chart the stories behind the hits as well as the ups and downs of his professional life - from the heyday in Las Vegas and subsequent fallow years in the 1980s to his renaissance and comeback thanks to the direction and management of his son, Mark - as well as shedding a light on the life he has led behind the cameras and the stage.

©2015 Penguin Books Ltd (P)2015 Penguin Books Ltd

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    Helen 14/10/2016
    Helen 14/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great read"

    The choice of narrator was spot on, it felt like Tom talking....it was a fairly basic no frills account of his time in show biz, but gave you an insight into his journey.

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  • Ian
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    2/04/16
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    "A Knickers Moment."

    I always suspected that Tom Jones would be the real deal, a true global 'Celebrity' who told us what we all suspect, that, becoming a star, is, if the talent is there in the 1st place, is a heady mix of : Determination, chance, being in the right place at the right time and having that one 'Fuel in the tank' moment that propels you to greatness within your craft!

    His was most certainly having a 'Knickers hurled at you in a New York club' moment. An unplanned, serendipitous PR coup, which gave him the opportunity to win people over with his stage craft and wonderful singing voice. Maybe the many, many wannabe 'Celebrities' who, in these days, litter the TV looking to be are worshipped, should stop for a moment and pray to the god of serendipity for a 'Knickers' moment.

    Your a true talent Tom! But I won't wish you good luck, you already had that!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • geoffrey w brown
    21/03/16
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    "Very enjoyable."

    It sounded just like Tom Jones speaking. Well done Jonathan Pryce. The historical musician info was interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Goronwy-Wyn
    Cardiff, United Kingdom
    21/02/16
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    "it's Tom"

    insightful, well written, fascinating pick a superlative they all apply.
    True Saxon in parts! - Great

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn
    27/01/16
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    "Great Listening"

    This is a great autobiography and the reading is all the better because Jonathan Pryce actually sounds like Tom Jones.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Veenus
    Aberdeen, Scotland
    13/01/16
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    "Not many surprises Tom"
    What did you like most about Over the Top and Back?

    Well laid out and flowed well, coherent storytelling


    If you’ve listened to books by Tom Jones before, how does this one compare?

    First one I have read


    What does Jonathan Pryce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Excellent delivery - his Welsh accent made me think it WAS Tom narrating.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    I was hoping for a bit more openness from Tom - I felt this book played it safe he didn't really reveal much that hasn't been written about in autobiographies. For example his well documented infidelities were not mentioned or even vaguely touched upon but instead I felt he tried to portray himself as a doting loiving husband which I found a bit hypocritical. Nevertheless I enjoyed the book and Jonathon Pryce did an excellent job!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lydia
    10/01/16
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    "Couldn't be better!"

    This was fantastic - great anecdotes from a great man. Don't let the fact that it's not narrated by Tom Jones put you off. Jonathan Pryce is perfect and really makes it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mrs k v southby
    7/01/16
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    "Loved every minute of it!"

    Jonathan Pryce is excellent at narrating this book, you are instantly submerged into the life of Tom Jones. It's funny, heartwarming & a very interesting read (or listen). I couldn't put it down!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mikeeb
    29/12/15
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    "Very entertaining"

    Excellent narration throughout. Many many great stories from a fantastic life Tom Jones has had. It's easy to forget how big he really was and actually still is to this day. Loved every bit of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • cheryl
    16/12/15
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    "fantastic , felt like I was there !"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Over the Top and Back to be better than the print version?

    audio was so good the person read it was so clear


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom jones


    What does Jonathan Pryce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    reality


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend it it was out standings and I felt I was there

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve M
    15/12/15
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    "TOM JONES"

    I read a lot of blogs- this is a really great account of Tom's life. Even if you don't know much about him it's a great story.
    No surprise you one out loving him for being so grounded and normal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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