In a career that spanned decades, John Denver earned international acclaim as a singer, songwriter, actor, and environmental activist. Songs like "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "Rocky Mountain High", and "Annie's Song" have entered the canon of universal anthems, but at his start John Denver was a young man with little more than a fine voice, a guitar, and a dream. Growing up in a conservative military family, he was not expected to drop out of college and head to Los Angeles, where the music scene was flourishing. Nor was he expected to succeed. In Take Me Home, John Denver chronicles the experiences that shaped his life, while unraveling the rich, inner journey of a shy Midwestern boy whose uneasy partnership with fame has been one of the defining forces of his first 50 years. With candor and wit, John writes about his childhood, the experience of hitting L.A. as the '60s roared into full swing, his first breaks, his years with the Mitchell Trio, his first songwriting success with "Leaving on a Jet Plane", and finally a career that made his a global household name. He also explores his relationships with the women in his life - particularly his first wife, Annie Martell, and his second wife, Cassandra Delaney - as well as his parents, his children, his partners through his life, and his friends.
Honest, insightful and rich in anecdotes that only a natural-born storyteller could tell so well, Take Me Home is a highly charged and fascinating audiobook from beginning to end. It's like spending a couple of days with a good friend.
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"Sitting with John"
Today is the anniversary of his death so spending the day with him reading his autobiography was like spending a day with an old friend. Wonderful book and having it read by him made it that much better.
"The struggles of fame"
John Denver may have been a world wide known celebrity, but he was a person. A person like you and me with problems and issues that he had to deal with. In his story he explains these and how he dealt with them. He just had the balls to share them with us through his book. He really makes you feel that you are not alone.
"A story I never knew..."
I have always loved John , but never knew much about him. This was a Wonderful insight into to him. I miss him and his music. I will forever be a fan.
"JD brings it home. A wonderful vivid story."
John reaches into his heart to tell his innermost secrets. The journey from childhood to the end of this life is fascinating. I truly appreciate Annie and John's family. Many sacrifices were made to give the world his beautiful music.
John truthful admission of his flaws shown the human behind the stardom. I felt like I was sitting next to John, as he told his story. You can hear the wind chimes and planes flying off in the distance.
His passion and emotion makes you feel as though you are there.
His loneliness was so profound.
Truly worth you time. Great job, John.
"Wonderful -a must listen to autobio"
So bittersweet to get to the end!
A must hear autobio for Fans and casual listeners to John Denver.
Did not want it end
"Loved hearing John Denver telling his story"
Hearing John Denver's voice telling his story. It left me wanting more of his story, more details.
Learning from him the details of how he started out and then eventually the successes he had. He earned his success little by little. His passionate determination and of course his extraordinary talent eventually got him to where he wanted to be. Nothing was handed to him.
He told his story his way to the reader--his perspective in his own beautiful storytelling voice!
"The John Denver Story"
I have the actual paper book & this audiobook is NOT the whole book. A lot was left out of this audio. I would have preferred to have the whole book in his spoken word.
"Nice music between sections"
Yes most likely
The music. It was different than his albums, and brought a tear to my eye nearly every time.
Yes, and I did.
I'm glad he made it before he died.
"John Denver seems a hesitant intellectual"
The joyful song writer and performer comes off sad and hesitant. I loved his music. I appreciate better his path to performing. A little too short and too few details.
"Definitely worth the listen!"
The day John Denver died, my husband asked me if he should call in sick for me. So maybe my rating is slanted, but I don't think so. I own the hardcover version so I was interested to see what would be kept in the abridged audio version. I wasn't disappointed. The editing was good and there were enjoyable music clips at the beginnings of the chapters. If you want the whole story, you still have to read the book, but this is a good sampling. Also, brings John back to us if only for a little while.
Another thing he deserves credit for is that he didn't try to whitewash his life. No, it wasn't one long, drawn-out confession, but a good example of the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover." We get an honest glimpse into his personal life that sometimes had a darker side.
John: I'm still a fan.
"I love John Denver!"
I've always liked John Denver he had such a true heart and a beautiful voice!
He missed!! I enjoyed the book.
"Beautifully read by a true legend"
John Denver has always had a special place in my heart and I had read this book before but to hear it read by the man himself is truly wonderful. It's a great insight into the music industry in the 60's and 70's and an incredible journey of one human being who made a profound difference to so many people's lives. RIP John Denver. I love you x
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