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Telling Stories

Narrated by: Craig Parkinson
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
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The unabridged digital audiobook edition of Telling Stories, Tim Burgess’s lacerating, frank, and vivid memoir. Read by the actor Craig Parkinson, star of the hit film Control.

The Charlatans have had three UK Number One albums and 17 Top Thirty singles. But they’ve also had to face the imprisonment and death of keyboard player Rob Collins and an accountant who ran off with all their money. Not to mention the rock & roll excesses of singer Tim Burgess. In his startlingly revealing memoir, not ghosted but written by Burgess himself, he describes how they dealt with their crises, and what’s gone right with the band as much as what’s gone wrong. Brought up in a Cheshire village, he went on to front a band that has travelled the world and was at the forefront of the Madchester and Britpop movements.

Telling Stories is a tale of achievement and survival, via a fair bit of heartache, but told with humour. At the centre of it is Tim Burgess’s own story: how someone with a passion for music got to fulfil his dreams. He doesn’t flinch from the dark stuff - the lure of the rock & roll lifestyle, its sweet enticements - and he confesses in vivid detail how he had to pull himself back from the brink. But along the way he had a lot of good times and met some great people while making great music. It’s all here in Telling Stories.

©2012 Tim Burgess (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • Deborah
  • 05-03-2014

Woeful Production

What would have made Telling Stories better?

Not having massive chunks just repeat themselves.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Telling Stories?

The end

Would you be willing to try another one of Craig Parkinson’s performances?

Yes, not his fault the production was so poor. Sound quality was questionable and the repetition became frustrating.

What character would you cut from Telling Stories?

n/a

Any additional comments?

Please fix the poor production quality!

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  • Mr Tom Youll
  • 25-06-2018

Wtf is with the audio editing

This could be great, but it is ruined by the editing of the story and the repeating of sections........avoid!!!

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  • S. Brown
  • 09-07-2015

Great story, terribly edited

Sections are repeated, others are missed out. Whole thing sounds like it's been edited with a pair of blunt scissors and sellotape.

Story is really funny, even if you're not a Charlatans fan, so buy the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-2019

Sound editing is HORRENDOUS

Great book for any fan of the charlatans but I’ll be returning this title due to the terrible editing and massive sections being repeated. Basically you are either really confused and rewinding, or irritated and fast forwarding.

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  • Chris Banks
  • 14-01-2019

Now know Tim inside out!

Great listen, very interesting insight to Tim’s life and The Charlatans. Craig Parkinson is a great narrator also. Moving on to Tim Book Two.

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  • mr n p lowe
  • 30-10-2018

great story well read

only issue is the editing it jumps around and is about an hour shorter than advised due to duplicate audio!

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  • Jonathan Hammond
  • 20-07-2018

Telling stories

Tim’s book is like a trapped bee in a jar buzzing around in every direction! Strangely hypnotising and it will keep you interested from start to finish. A more open reflection on someone’s life you will struggle to find - Tim comes across like a flawed genius that genuinely has a wonderful tale to tell..

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  • Dave
  • 19-08-2016

Some repeat issues...

Did Tim edit this after someone blew some coke up his bum? All over the place.

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