Read—and sung—by Sara Bareilles!
With refreshing candor, Sounds Like Me reveals Sara Bareilles - the artist and the woman - and her take on songwriting, soul searching, and what's discovered along the way. She shares the joys and the struggles that come with creating great work, all while staying true to herself. Imbued with humor and marked by Sara's confessional writing style, this collection tells the inside story behind some of her most popular songs.
Most recently known for her chart-topper "Brave", Sara first broke through in 2007 with her multiplatinum single "Love Song". She has released five albums that have sold 2.5 million copies and spawned several hits. More than a privileged view inside the experience of a remarkable musical talent - this is a moving tribute to the universal search for growth, healing, and self-acceptance.
©2015 Sara Bareilles. All rights reserved. (P)2015 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"Sounds Like Me, too"
I have read a lot of books in my life. Books are important to me, they’ve made me who I am. Words are that way too. In my mind, sometimes I like to pretend I’m a writer. In reality, I cling to words I didn’t write to try and express how I feel and find answers about who I am. In my mind, writers are people that feel a pull towards making their thoughts tangible, can weave intricate patterns of words to express themselves or make sense of whats going on in their heads. I’ve felt like that a few times in my life. I am not a writer, but I felt like one yesterday. Yesterday, a book came into my life that made me want to tell the world how much it meant to me, or at least send it out into the void. Hello, void.
Yesterday I drove from Charleston, South Carolina back to school in Elon, North Carolina after a long weekend trip with my parents. I’m 4 months into a 10 month masters program, living 10 hours from home for the first time, and feeling myself floundering more often than I’d like to admit. I am a self-professed enthusiastic car singer but I signed up for audible.com just so I could listen to this book. I would like to officially go back in time and congratulate past me on making such a great decision. My trip home was like sitting down to chat with a guardian angel disguised as an older sister figure who was sent to tell me everything I needed to hear right when I needed to hear it.
Let’s just get it out there: I cried a lot. They should put a warning on this audiobook not to listen to it while you’re driving because the tears will obstruct your view. But I laughed a lot too. I felt moved and inspired, and like I might not be as lost as I feel like I am sometimes – or at least I’m lost in the right direction. I wanted to plaster my walls with whole paragraphs so I could read them everyday. I felt a pull to find a way to write down everything that I felt, every reaction I had, every time I thought “thank God” for feeling like I wasn’t the only one who felt like a messy shell of who I want to be sometimes. I’ve read other collections of essays from people I admire, but none that felt like they were speaking directly to me like this one did. This book is special. Sara is a writer, in the very best sense of the word. Sara is the kind of writer I dream about being. She is witty, she is smart, she is honest, and she is inspiring. Her words were like a beacon of light, like a map to a place I haven’t reached yet, but might someday because she told me I can. I just needed to write that down, to thank her in some way for making me cry and making me laugh and being there when I needed her. I needed to send this out into the void.
Thank you for sending this piece of yourself out into the world for me to find. Thank you for saying all the things I needed to hear, without even knowing I needed to hear them. Thank you for writing a book that sounded just like you, but sounded a little bit like me too.
"I'm Not Going to Write You a Review"
The writing isn't always incredible, but it's still very heartfelt. (And I personally loved getting to know her better!)
(P.S. Stick around for the outtakes at the very end. Totally worth it!)
Hearing Sara read this book is like hearing a good old friend opening up about some personal backstory that you never heard before. That probably makes more sense in my head but what you need to know is that this book is awesome, Sara's delivery is superb (not to say hilarious at times) and overall a whole journey through the backstory of some of her best songs she chose for this book.
I thought I couldn't love and respect miss Sara B. any more, well I was completely WRONG.
Sara's music and persona is a gift for everyone and I seriously hope she continues to do this great in the future!
oh my heavens did this come at the right time in my life. great songs. even greater stories. I'd like to share that literally as I finished this book, and made a very tough decision in my life because of it, the great city of Oklahoma city proceeded to SHOOT OFF FIREWORKS OUTSIDE MY WINDOW!
thank you to Sara and team for this great work. thank you to whatever is up there for the flaming rockets.
A++ don't hesitate to purchase.
"what a treat!"
i liked Sara's music but didn't consider myself much of a fan before listening to this book. I bought it because it was a "buy 2 for 1 token deal" but WOW am I glad I did. She opens up for a sincere look inside her life.
My favorite parts were the singing. It felt like being in a living room and she just decided to perform just for you and a small group of friends with her beautiful voice. Evey song just felt like such a treat.
"She is soo amazing"
This is one of the best audio books I have ever read. The interwoven music and reading is really special. It's short but meaningful. Enjoy!!
"As down to earth as you'd expect"
I haven't read the print version of the book, but with the audio, you'll actually get to hear Sara Bareilles sing some of her songs a cappella. I would recommend the audio version for that alone.
I love listening to Sara Bareilles talk. Her voice is smooth and soothing and so very easy to listen to.
Sara Bareilles is one of my favorite singers. I love how down to earth her songs are, and I was so pleasantly surprised to find that she really is as genuine as her songs suggest. Hearing about her struggles, successes, and overall life made me love her even more. She is inspirational and seems like someone I'd enjoy having a coffee with. Her book is conversational and easy to listen to, and I would recommend it to anyone struggling to find their place in the world, because she makes all of the bad parts seem so natural and surmountable.
I wanted to thank you for sharing bits and pieces of your life with us through this book. It's not fair to give you a "review" because this isn't some fictional story so instead, I'll just thank you for doing this. For being brave enough to bare your soul and be honest about your story. It's interesting knowing your thought process, and it's incredibly amazing how you incorporate your life story into your songs. It's what makes you so relatable. I hope this isn't the last time you're going to write a book. Thank you being an inspiration to me, and to many others. Thank you for constantly reminding us to be brave, just like you.
If you're a fan of Sara Bareilles, this book will only make her love you more! It's raw, eloquent, relatable, silly, and heartwarming. I'll be sending this to my dearest friends!
"The voice makes the story"
Much like her music, this book would not be as impactful without Sara's voice, humor, and inflection driving it. It is the wonderful tale of how her music has grown, come into being, and become a part of so many lives, her own first and foremost.
I've been a fan of Sara's for many many years. this book is a great insight into her life and how she creates her music.
"Took me a while to start..."
... but I was so glad I did. The musical parts of the book are just an acoustic version of one of her songs at the start of each chapter, so
"Charming and refreshing - a real treat!"
As only Sara would this isn't a story of her life, or an explanation of her songs. But something that twists in between those things, opening up the innards of her self discovery throughout her life.
It moved me to tears many times as her story rang true with my own and made me laugh at the funny situations life throws at us.
A real treat!
"Now with added singing"
Most definitely. In fact its on my relisten list for over christmas, in conjunction with the book.
Not so much a scene, instead the chapter introduction to every chapter which comes in the form of a acapella version of a song relevant to the chapter. Though there were scenes that made me laugh out loud, and others that made me want to cry (not recommended whilst driving).
This book kept me company driving 250 miles one night, and it certainly made the journey a lot more pleasant than usual.
"I laughed, I cried"
Great book! So glad I listened to it, as Sara's way of reading and singing adds so much to the book. Very honest, open and funny. What a life (so far)!
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