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Narrated by: Elton John, Taron Egerton
Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
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Publisher's Summary

In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, which is also the subject of the smash-hit film Rocketman. The result is Me - the joyously funny, honest and moving story of the most enduringly successful singer/songwriter of all time.

Read by actor and star of Rocketman, Taron Egerton, with an introduction and epilogue read by Elton John.

Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of 23, he was performing his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his bright yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt and boots with wings. Elton John had arrived and the music world would never be the same again.

His life has been full of drama, from the early rejection of his work with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin to spinning out of control as a chart-topping superstar; from half-heartedly trying to drown himself in his LA swimming pool to disco-dancing with the Queen; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation. All the while, Elton was hiding a drug addiction that would grip him for over a decade.

In Me Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father. In a voice that is warm, humble and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships, his passions and his mistakes. This is a story that will stay with you, by a living legend.
 

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Critic Reviews

"Self-deprecating, funny...You cannot help but enjoy his company throughout, temper tantrums and all." (The Times)

"Chatty, gossipy, amusing and at times brutally candid." (Telegraph

"Chatty, gossipy, amusing and at times brutally candid." (Telegraph

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Absolutely fabulous

What a tale, this made me admire the man even more, what an outrageous and caring man. Taron Egerton was superb as the narrator. This is the best audio book I have ever listened to.

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fantastic!

just like the man himself ! Taron did a great job reading Elton's words. loved this book.

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Simply Superb!

Fantastic listen
Taron Egerton is first rate in bringing a great story to life!
You will laugh and cry in this wonderful book
Eltons self deprecating wit and dry humor really shine in this brutally honest biography.
The sheer insanely of life a Elton John has to be heard to be believed

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Fascinating

All that happened to find you are you. I am me. loved the story. thanks

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So sad to finish this book...

I saw Elton John in Perth, WA in 1983. He played Crocodile Rock laying on the floor with a large bowl of fruit on his head. From that moment on I have been in awe of this man. I have never been so spellbound by an autobiography before...the rawness, the sadness, the humour, the honesty, the passion for Life...everything features in this book. There were a couple of lines where I just wanted to pick up the phone to Elton to say ‘I’m sorry this happened to you & I’m sure your Mother didn’t mean it’ but sadly I couldn’t. That’s how real this journey felt. I am delighted after all these years he has a beautiful family to Love & be Loved by. I feel enormously privileged to have had the opportunity to listen to Eltons story & I look forward to what comes next 🤩 Fantastic book 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Magnificent

What an amazing story. So well told. An incredible journey.
I had no idea the history of Elton John’s life. Incredible. What a human!

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The real Elton

No holds barred, no pretence, just a real and interesting life story. I thoroughly enjoyed it

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What a book!

Such an amazing book. I loved the flow of it, the history, the way the story is told. it was fantastic!

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great story of a life well lived

the narrator was excellent and perfectly encapsulated Elton John. the man himself shared a lovely story and I commend his charitable work with the AIDS Foundation. bravo Elton!

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Elton Inspires

Opened my eyes and inspired, fantastic! Now I'm listening to all his albums every day

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  • Claire
  • 29-11-2019

fabulous

It feela honest from start to finish. An insight into a world most of us will never be a part of.

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  • BookWorm
  • 18-11-2019

Well read young man.

Fantastic narration by Taron Egerton. Really puts emotion into the words. Feels like an honest story by Elton John.

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  • Kim L Beckwith
  • 17-10-2019

Hilarious recount of a fascinating life

Elton is funny and unafraid of telling his story warts & all.
Taron’s narration was awesome and really enhanced an already hilarious book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-10-2019

Delightful

Elton John is a wonderful writer - engaging, a talented eye for detail, and very, very funny. Taron Egerton is the perfect narrator. I listened to it every spare moment I had, and then listened again. Highly recommended

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-10-2019

Amazing emotional journey

This is the first audio book I’ve ever listened too, Elton Johns story was emotional and funny; I’ve never laughed so much during a book. Taron Egerton reading is just the icing on the cake - from playing him in the biopic to reading his audio autobiography.

This was worth 11 hours of listening...highly recommend. A man who has been through many ups and many many downs

If I’ve taken one thing from this audio book. Don’t take cocaine. Ever

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  • Debmcd
  • 28-10-2019

Excellent

I could not stop listening .

The book was never boring,interesting and honest, humours and sad and everything in-between.

Excellent narration, kept me going back for more.

You do not need to be a fan of Elton to read this I like his music and loved the movie,but I am no means a super fan, the book kept me enralthed.

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  • D. V. Cole
  • 04-11-2019

Full on life

Elton lays out everything about himself and his life in this remarkable autobiography. At times I really didn’t like him and couldn’t understand how anyone could behave like that..however even Elton got fed up with his behaviour and changed it.... and the book reflects that journey.

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  • Campesque
  • 03-11-2019

A superb highly amusing, and sometimes sad, read from beginning to end.

I loved this book. I've never been a particular fan of his music, being a baby when Elton John enjoyed his first success, but always thought he came over as a decent and caring bloke.
I thought his autobiography would be interesting and entertaining, and I certainly wasn't disappointed. Throughout this fast-paced moving book Elton's sense of humour shines through and I found myself laughing out loud on numerous occasions. The guy tells a really good story against himself and this this book is full of anecdotes about other well known faces. What is really refreshing though is that the portraits he paints are affectionate and there is no nastiness. A thoroughly enjoyable book about a born surviour. I absolutely recommend this book whether you are a fan or not... you will be afterwards!
Taron Egerton's narration is the best I've listened to yet on Audible. You couldn't get a better narrator for this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-2019

Moving, funny, and like the subject, fabulous.

I loved this book! I've always thought of Elton John as one of the greatest musical talents ever, and of Bernie Taupin as one of the greatest lyricists, and I've adored their collaborations over the decades. To see the background to that relationship and the desperate hardship of Elton's childhood, his father's intransigence and inability to love, his mother's selfishness and his love for them in spite of it brought me to tears. I saw Rocketman first, but then I had to have Me as soon as possible. It's well written, and well read. A real page turner. Go, buy, read, download, listen. You won't regret it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-10-2019

Fantastic Bio

Loved the stories and narration by Taron was perfect. Such an idol with a colourful life this is a great listen with some very funny moments.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-2019

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great listen Taron Egerton made me laugh so mush and if you've already seen rocket man then it flashes you back to the movie. 100 % recommend this book.

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  • KateHenderson
  • 19-10-2019

Adored it!!

So brilliant. Want to re-read it straight away! Loved Egerton’s narration too!! Urge any Elton fan to listen!

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  • amanda gee
  • 05-11-2019

Thoroughly enjoyed this book

Superb narration by Taron. I have been left with a much better understanding of Elton, and dare I say there are a lot of similarities between us

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  • m.dale@blueyonder.co.uk
  • 02-11-2019

Totally Honest

Through every turn of my life Elton’s music has been there. To hear his own version of his life and not that of a so called newspaper has been a pleasure. His honesty about his drug and drink use, his sexuality and his family is refreshingly received.

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